Monday, 16 September 2013

Coffee Chat with Noelle Clark


 
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Welcome to Noelle Clark, author of the multiple 5 star romance novel Let Angels Fly written by fellow Australian author Noelle Clark. 

Here's a bit about the book we're discussing today:
When Abbie travels to exotic Cambodia, her goal is to find herself again. She also finds that the local people steal her heart, and she enthusiastically responds. But the mysteries of ancient Angkor Wat also captivate her, drawing her into danger and near tragedy. She unwittingly places her new friend, Craig, in a life and death situation. Abbie experiences utter joy, deep melancholy, and faces her biggest fears. But she emerges as a stronger and more confident woman, because of it.

Here's an insight into the author:
DL: So, Noelle, coffee, how do you have it and what is your favourite time of the day to partake? 

Noelle: I start the day with a black coffee. My family gave me a pod machine last Christmas, so I’ve had a field day trying out all the different flavours and strengths of pods available, and have settled on Medium Espresso. I also like the Belgian Chocolate, but I save that for late in the day.
           
DL: Where did you get the idea for your novel?

Noelle: I went to Cambodia for a holiday last year, not really knowing what to expect. Unlike many other Asian countries which have modern cities and a thriving tourism-led economy, Cambodia is considered one of the world’s poorest countries, with around one third of people living on less than $1 a day. The economy is still recovering from civil war and the atrocities of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge guerrilla warfare, where 2 million Cambodians were killed.

The poverty is everywhere – except in the extremely luxurious hotels. The hotels are an oasis for travellers, allowing the senses to recharge after a day out on the streets.

The idea of ‘Let Angels Fly’ came to me as I was cooling off in my hotel’s pool in Siem Reap. I had spent a day walking around the town, seeing many people with limbs missing – a legacy of the unexploded landmines which are prevalent in the fields and countryside. I had visited several ‘orphanages’, or schools, which provide safe homes for children who have been either left without parents, or more commonly, who have been victims of child exploitation or extreme poverty. I decided that, as soon as I could, I would return to Cambodia and volunteer to work in one of the orphanages.

So, with such an inspirational location, I created two characters who both met up in Cambodia, who needed healing in one way or another, and who were able to overcome their past whilst each, in their own way, helping the people of Cambodia.

DL: Your book refers to the Beng Melea Angel. Can you tell us a bit about how that came to feature in your novel?

Noelle: Whilst I was there, I also learned of the desecration of the World Heritage listed Angkor Wat temples. ‘Tomb Raiders’ steal the carvings and sell them on the black market. Sometimes it’s local people who do this, trying to put food on the plate for their families. But other times, the robbers are from elsewhere. Angkor Park is sacred to the Khmer, or Cambodian people. The authorities are desperately trying to prevent any more thefts.

Beng Melea Angel is a relief carving situated in a temple some two hour’s drive north of Siem Reap, away from the main Angkor Park. She has been especially sacred to the local people. Her once beautiful face is now scarred forever, due to robbers chiselling off her face, but only succeeding in splitting it down the middle, making it worthless on the black market.

My characters in ‘Let Angels Fly’ pursue two artefact thieves. There is danger, suspense, action, and intrigue, as they try to stop the abomination that tomb raiding causes.

DL: Have you been writing for a long time or is this something you’ve taken up recently?

Noelle: I’ve always written short stories, travel journals, letters. I had pen pals all over the world when I was young. I am also a songwriter, and have written over thirty songs, one of which has been recorded by an artist. It did very well on the charts at the time.

My first full length novel, Stone of Heaven and Earth, is a work of historical fiction, set in China between 1914 and 1929. As yet, I haven’t submitted it to a publisher. Maybe next year.

I began writing contemporary romance and romantic suspense in 2012, and I love it. Romance books always have a happy ending, and I like to think of them as a tonic for readers who might need a little uplifting in their lives.

DL: Are you finding any challenges being an Australian author in a global marketplace?

Noelle: My publisher, Etopia Press, is based in the United States. Therefore, my market is global, chiefly the US. But my books have a distinctly Australian flavour – my heroines have so far all been Australian. It’s important to me to incorporate my nationality into my books. I’ve had feedback from readers all around the world, who love reading the ‘Australian accent’. I think the challenge for me, with a US publisher, is actually getting my name known in Australia.

DL: What are you currently working on?

Noelle: My current work in progress is called ‘Honor’s Debt’. It’s set in Ireland, and is the story of an Australian woman tracing her Irish cousins. It’s a story about bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and it’s about the healing power of love. In some ways, it’s quite different from my previous books, but I’m having a ball writing it.

However, on December 6th, my second novel will be released, again through Etopia Press. It’s called ‘Rosamanti’ and is the story of love, adventure, and serendipity, all set on the beautiful Island of Capri, off the coast of Italy. Have you ever felt that a house you lived in drew you there for a reason? Well, that’s how my heroine, Sarah, feels when she answers a newspaper advertisement, quite out of the blue, and ends up living in a 400 year-old villa on Capri.

DL: When you have coffee, are you a cake or biscuits person?

Noelle: Definitely biscuits. I love home-made biscuits best of all – any sort. But I’m partial to Lemon Crisps too. That mixture of salty and sweet. Mmm. Do you have any handy?
 
DL: For those of you who don't know what these biscuits look like, here's a peak...


Thank you very much to Noelle for stopping by for this coffee chat and telling us about your writing. Don't forget to check out 'Let Angels Fly' via your favourite online site and you can show your support by clicking on the below links.  
 
Contact links:

Website  www.noelleclark.net
Goodreads Author Page  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7046284.Noelle_Clark
Amazon Author Page  http://www.amazon.com/Noelle-Clark/e/B00CENUDLC
Twitter  https://twitter.com/noelle_clark
Pinterest  http://pinterest.com/NoelleCBooks/boards/
      Here's a bit more about the author:
Noelle Clark is an Australian author who weaves romance, suspense and adventure into colourful and often exotic locations around the world. Widely travelled, Noelle uses her real life experience of places, culture, and people, as a backdrop to her stories, giving the reader an authentic taste of the location. Her novels often feature more mature heroines and heroes, believing that love can be sweet at any age.
Catchya
D L



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

13 comments:

  1. Deb, thanks so much for having me over for coffee - and Lemon Crisps! It was great to catch up. Really appreciate the invitation. :-)

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    1. Thank you for sharing how you combine a passion for trave and writing. It is true when they say to "write what you know and love". I'm also interested to hear more about your song writing as music is my other love.
      D L

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    2. We'll have to talk music! Maybe I'll email you. :-)

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  2. Noelle, what a wonderful interview. I enjoyed every mo of this, from the temples to your work in progress. Well done ladies.

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  3. Shey, how wonderful of you to stop by. I know it's probably the lure of Lemon Crisps and fresh coffee that brought you here, but I'm very, VERY pleased to see you. Thanks for your comments. Great to see you.

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  4. Wow, Noelle. What a wonderful and educational interview. I've never been to any parts of Asia, but Cambodia sounds fascinating. I find it increasingly sad what people will do to precious artifacts, and all they've managed to do is destroy it.

    Great interview ladies! And congrats Noelle on your current and upcoming release.

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    1. Anne, thanks for visiting. Yes, it's a fascinating Asian country that is often overlooked in favour of Vietnam, Thailand, and other popular tourist destinations. Thanks for everything, Anne.

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    2. Thanks for stoping by Anne. Cambodia does sound interesting. I'm always pleased by how an author can see a place through their eyes.

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  5. Hello there Noelle and DL. Great interview! Noelle, I'm so impressed that you wrote thirty song and had one recorded! You're book is in my TBR pile. It sounds fascinating! Oh, and now I'm craving a lemon crisp...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sharon. I think I'll ask Noelle back to speak about her music. It's one of my favourite topics too.

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    2. LOL Sharon! Do you have lemon crisps in the US? Thanks for visiting Deb's blog. Yeah, my music was a stage I went through ... I think Deb and I should exchange notes. She's got original songs and music coming out with her next release on October 25th. Sounds fantastic!

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