Tell us a bit about yourself
I'm an Australian author and I'm an adventurer at heart. I've lived in Argentina, Peru and Canada, and I've climbed some of the world’s highest mountains, worked as a tour guide in South and Central America and travel at every opportunity. I love immersing herself in exotic destinations, cultures and languages but Australia has always been close to my heart.
I host writing retreats for Writers at Sea and present writing workshops around Australia, as well as working on international film projects. I'm a volunteer role model with Books in Homes and ambassador for the Fiji Book Drive. My books explore history, culture, love and grief, and relationships between family, friends and lovers. My books capture the romance and thrill of discovering old and new worlds, and I love taking readers on a journey of discovery.
My website is: www.allisinclair.com
How do you find time to write?
I write full time so I write while my kids are at school and when on a big deadline, I am often found writing on my laptop in the car while my kids are off doing their after school activities! Writing is definitely not a nine to five job but I love the flexibility of it. I often have months of intense writing on a project and once it's done, I take time off to refill the creative well (which is very important for all of us!).
What’s your publishing tips?
Everyone's journey is different so don't compare yourself to others. It's hard, I know, but this is your journey - no one else's and only you can write your book. Also, it's good to be flexible and open yourself up to opportunities that may lead you down a path you may never have expected. For example, I had never thought about writing for the screen but an opportunity came up and now it's a form of storytelling that I am really enjoying and it fits perfectly alongside writing books (which I love). So if you have an opportunity to, say, have work on an anthology or collaborate with another writer, think seriously about doing it because you never know where it could lead. Another thing I would like to add is to stop every so often and look at what you've achieved. Remember that at one stage writing a book was just a dream - and you did it! Or if you haven't finished a book yet, you've started! That's a huge thing. How times have you heard people say "one day I'll write a book" and they don't? You have been proactive and done something about it - so keep at it! And for those who have been in this game a long time, take a deep breath and have a look at what you've achieved. I imagine you'd be surprised at exactly how far you have come.
Any promotional and marketing tips?
Collaborations with other authors is a great thing, especially newsletter swaps. Getting our books noticed is hard so it makes sense to work with other writers who have different readers to help spread the word about your books and theirs. Do a group promotion or give away with one or two other authors - it halves the cost of promotion and also reels in a bigger audience of readers that you may not have reached by yourself. Of course, still work on your own promotion, but it certainly helps by teaming up with other writers who write in a similar genre to you every so often. Plus, it's fun! Writing is such a solitary pursuit so it's nice to share some time with fellow writers.
Tell us about your recent book
A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town.
How far would you go to follow your dream?
Queensland, 1994: When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she's captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia's most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema's reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire's career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.
Hollywood, 1950: Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena's timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.
Can two women-decades apart-uncover lies and secrets to live the life they've dared to dream?
Harper Collins: https://bit.ly/2Cp1ywN
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2FEcIAR
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Mlz8IN
Alli Sinclair, an adventurer at heart, has won multiple awards for her writing. She has lived in Argentina, Peru and Canada, and has climbed some of the world’s highest mountains, worked as a tour guide in South and Central America and has travelled the globe. She enjoys immersing herself in exotic destinations, cultures and languages but Australia has always been close to Alli’s heart.
Alli hosts retreats for Writers at Sea and presents writing workshops around Australia, as well as working on international film projects. She’s a volunteer role model with Books in Homes and is an ambassador for the Fiji Book Drive. Alli’s books explore history, culture, love and grief, and relationships between family, friends and lovers. She captures the romance and thrill of discovering old and new worlds, and loves taking readers on a journey of discovery.
Alli’s website is: www.allisinclair.com
Alli’s newsletter is: https://bit.ly/2RDavNl
Groot the puppy, my faithful companion, sits by my side while I write my stories.