Guest Author, Iris Blobel
The blog for this weekend is fairly low maintenance for me. My guest today provided both sides of the interview below. So all I have to do is sit here and wait for comments.
Being a Dad and Grand-dad, I have occasionally found myself "over my head" as it pertains to the needs of small children. Though I never had to deal with anything as drastic as Flynn faces in Innocent Tears by Iris Blobel.
Here's what Iris has to say about her new release:
It’s an absolute delight to be guest here on Jeff’s blog today. He’s not only a colleague author at Astraea Press, but has become a good friend over the distance. As a person who’s always up for some laughter, I enjoy his wit and spontaneous replies.
Anyway ... so I’m here to tell you a bit about my new release Innocent Tears. The easy way would be to just tell you about it, but I thought I might pretend to have a
conversation with Jeff – something along these lines:
Jeff: Tell us about your latest book, Iris.
Me: Thanks, Jeff. The book’s titled Innocent Tears, set in Melbourne (Australia),
and tells the story of Nadine and her father Flynn –
Me: Yes, you know, named after Flynn Rider from the movie Tangled.
Jeff raises his eyebrows
Me: Never mind. I suppose I should’ve named him after Rev John Flynn.
Jeff interrupts: Yeah, I know him. The Flying Doctors guy.
Me: Smiles. Exactly! The minister who set up hostels and bush hospitals for pastoralists, miners, road workers, railway men and other settlers. As he witnessed the daily struggle of these pioneers living in remote areas where just two doctors provided the only medical care for an area of almost two million square kilometres he campaigned for an aerial medical service.
Jeff: And they still exist, don’t they?
Me: Yes, and they’re doing a marvellous job in the Outback here in Australia.
Jeff: So who’s the Rider guy?
Me: Flynn Rider is Eugene Fitzherbert.
Jeff: Who’s Eugene?
Me: The guy in Rapunzel who pretends to be Flynn ...
Jeff: And who’s Tangled?
Me: Never mind, Jeff. Most important – Innocent Tears, Flynn McCormack, Nadine’s dad and one “helluva” guy .... OUT NOW !
Jeff: Not you, the readers! You still need to tell us how you got the idea for your story.
Me: Ohh. Well ... Hmm. I just had the idea.
Jeff: More details please!
Me: It kinda came about when I was on holidays and hubby looked after our girls at home.
Jeff rolls his eyes
Me: Oh. Name?
Me: Mr Blobel. Looks at Jeff for response. Anyway. Afterwards the girls told me between the lines how dad did everything different.
Jeff: Chatty little buggers.
Me: Indeed. So this is how I came up with the concept of a father/daughter relationship and as I wrote along it came into shape that the girl’s actually that little bit older – with attitude and character.
Jeff: Did you get the attitude and character from “between the lines” comments as well?
Me: Don’t I always?
Jeff laughs. I remember those days. Thanks, Iris, for telling us a bit about your story. It sounds like a great book!
Me: Thanks Jeff, and thanks for having me.
Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it almost pulls the feet from right underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight!
He had no idea about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody.
With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, and his parents, Flynn tries to do the right thing.
Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’, and Emma is voicing her opinion as well. And right in the middle is little Nadine, still grieving the loss of her mother and finding a wonderful friend in Emma. There’s no doubt she’s afraid where and with whom she will settle.
But in the end, it’s a letter Flynn receives that helps him figuring out what to do.
Where you can buy Innocent Tears
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/innocent-tears-iris-blobel/1112935696?ean=2940015712766
Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germanyand immigrated to Australiain the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland and London ... as well as Canada, where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her dog ‘Spot’. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program, as well as Community Voices at the local Community Radio.