Do you speak English?
I can hear you say “Of course”, so let me explain.
English is my second language which I started learning at a tender age of ten years. Well, I learnt British English, where my favourite colours come with a “u”, it’s a courgette, or people use a rucksack. In my mid-twenties I moved to Australia. Thankfully, my favourite colours still come with a “u”, but it’s now a zucchini, and people use a backpack. A few years back, I started writing books, and my editor didn’t know about Panadol or an Esky. It was a little eye-opener and kind of funny as well.
To bring in another English-speaking country: recently I read a book which was set in beautiful New Zealand. It was well written, and I didn’t need to google chilly bin or jandals. But it gave me a little giggle nonetheless.
In a time when the world is becoming smaller with the internet, it’s those small differences that make us unique, and I believe we should hold on to that, especially in books.
My first book JOURNEY TO HER DREAMS is set part in Australia, part in Ireland, and I tried to add the small nuances in the dialogue. I tried the same with FRESH BEGINNINGS where my main –Australian- character is travelling through the USA… the difference starting from driving on the right side instead of left J.
Have you come across a book you noticed the differences and loved it?
“I suppose it doesn’t hurt to dream sometimes.”
by Iris Blobel
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♥♦♥ SYNOPSIS ♥♦♥
A blind date that doesn’t happen might lead to love.
After her divorce, Jeri Belmont moved to Hobart and now runs a successful art gallery. When her niece sets her up with a neighbour, Jeri expects a blind date like the many she’s had. But she never expected her date wouldn’t even show up because of her age. Despite feeling unjustly judged, when she unexpectedly runs into him again, she finds it hard to ignore Ely’s charm.
Ely Lennox knows he shouldn’t have skipped the blind date because of the lady’s age. After all, it had only been a date, not a lifetime commitment. When his carpentry business takes him right to the woman he bailed out on, his guilt turns into regret when he finds out she’s everything a man could hope for. How can he convince Jeri that he knows acting so immaturely was a big mistake? Will she ever forgive him? Or is she hiding behind something else?
♥♦♥ MEET THE AUTHOR ♥♦♥
Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.
Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.
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