Sometimes facing the past is the only way forward.
Starting over never felt better. Christie Ryan adores the
little cottage she’s renovating, the seaside town that embraced her, and Martin
Blake, the man she longs to marry. Ex-fiancé Derek Hobbs is finally out of the
picture, and there are no more secrets in her life or mysteries to solve.
Will the arrival of a mysterious woman who commissions a
portrait from Martin under a cloud of secrecy break her after all? Unrest and
suspicion remind Christie that happiness can be fleeting, and when the peaceful
town is shattered by crime, her past is again thrust into the limelight.
With one chance and only minutes to save those she loves,
Christie comes face to face with her greatest fear—and there is no way around
Jasmine Sea follows on from The Stationmaster's Cottage, set
shortly after its stunning conclusion.
Phillipa Nefri Clark grew up around lonely Australian
beaches with wild seas and misty cliffs. From a young age she wrote stories and
dreamed of being a writer. There were many detours along the way as she trod
paths as diverse as a travelling sales rep to singing and acting. Fascinated by
film, Phillipa wrote five feature length screenplays, one which was optioned.
Now living in regional Victoria on a small acreage close to a mountain range,
she markets the family business a few days a week and writes the rest of the
time. With nonfiction credits for specialist canine publications, she finally
returned to stories with the release of The Stationmaster’s Cottage, a dual
timeline romance, in February 2017. Her great loves, apart from writing, are
her family of two young adult sons and her husband, their Labrador, music, fine wine, and friends.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Controlling my favourite characters. I’m very intuitive and become immersed in their lives and at times there is the risk of them taking over. J
Does your family support your career as a writer?
My husband and two young adult sons are super supportive! They share my highs and I try hard to keep the lows to a minimum, but they have my back either way.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Difficult question. The real answer is ‘nothing’, because I’m the writer I am based on my life experiences. From a technical standpoint, finishing high school and doing further studies would have benefited me, but as a teen I had other people relying on me for an income.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
The Stationmaster’s Cottage took more than fifteen years, on and off. Its sequel, Jasmine Sea, took only five months to write plus editing. So, getting faster!