Madeline has always lived in Melbourne. She is emotionally allergic to spontaneity, and yet doesn't mind the weather that drags her into rain when she's planned for sunshine. She likes to call this her wild side.
She's a Virgo, vegetarian, and once had a romantic suspense style dream in which the hero was a shredded lettuce sandwich and the villain was a cherry tomato. The tomato got away. She took the dream as a sign that she'd better stick to writing contemporary romance.
Madeline is blessed with two sisters, one older, one younger. She knows her family would carry her to the end of the earth and back, because they've done so a few times already. This has inspired her to bolster the romance in her novels with the love of family.
She writes romance because she's in a long-term relationship with the genre and writing such stories makes it happy. Her latest book Love and Other Lies is out now.
Take a look at the books that have influenced Madeline.
I read Guitar Highway Rose when I was twelve. I loved the story of two teens, breaking out of the banality of high school and heading for Byron Bay, but more than that, it was the story structure that stuck with me.
There was no single narrator; there were headings interrupting the flow all over the place (“Items Found in Rosie’s Schoolbag”); and the writing style switched with the characters (loved Asher’s stream of consciousness with no punctuation). It made me realise stories didn’t have to be a sequential, evenly structured flow of text to make sense and have an emotional impact.
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