CABR: Ally, what do you think of how Coleen told your story?
AG: It made me squirm, blush, and cry to read about myself and Nate. I’m a private person, so it was hard to see my inner-most feelings bared for everyone to read.
But I absolutely loved finding out how Nate saw things! What an eye-opener. He is such a gorgeous enigma that it was thrilling to discover his secret thoughts.
CABR: That’s very cool (insight) 🙂
When did you really, truly, realise you were falling in love with a ‘bad boy’?
AG: When he cooked me dinner for the first time and asked me to move in with him.
That’s when it struck me that I was totally hooked on this bad boy, and knowing his past history and mine made me panic at the discovery.
Suddenly everything I cared about was at stake. Nate held my heart in the palm of his hand, and I was so afraid he’d crush me.
CABR: Do you have a secret place you go to get away from it all?
AG: I don’t have a physical ‘place’, but I go jogging to get away from everyday stresses. When I’m jogging I can zone out, leave my problems behind. It’s very meditative and relaxing.
CABR: If your story was made into a movie, who would you like to portray you and Nate?
CABR: Great pairing 😀
Can you tell us what’s next for you two, and for Coleen in 2013?
AG: Coleen is busy writing a story about my best friend, Tyler, who is the complete opposite of me.
Tyler is sexy, sassy, and a single mother. She’s a blast, so I’m looking forward to reading Coleen’s take on her story. Nate and I make an appearance, but I can’t give too much away!
eBooks or paperbacks?
AG: Both. I love the feel and smell of paperbacks, but I love the convenience of eBooks.
Spa retreat or adventure vacation?
AG: I love the idea of a spa retreat, but only for a short stay. I like to keep busy, so after a few days lazing by a pool I’d be raring for a bit of adventure. Of course, Nate would be a compulsory component of either vacation.
If you could be anyone in history for a day, who would you be and why?
AG: I’d like to be Mary Shelley at Lake Geneva during the summer she spent with her then lover, Percy Bysshe Shelley and their friend Lord Byron. During that stay she began writing Frankenstein. Mary certainly knew plenty about ‘bad boys’—perhaps that’s what attracts me to the idea of being her!
Synopsis of “Real Men Don’t Break Hearts“:
Ally Griffin is horrified to learn her new landlord is none other than the infuriating playboy Nate Hardy—the man she blames for getting her jilted at the altar six years ago. Plus, now her ex-fiancé is back in their hometown of Burronga, Australia, to marry his beautiful new bride…for real this time. Everybody’s treating Ally with kid gloves, as though she’s still heartbroken, but she’s just fine, thank you very much.
Nate Hardy is tired of his high-flying city career and bachelor lifestyle and is looking for something more real. The last thing he needs is to find himself undeniably attracted to Ally, the woman with whom he never saw eye-to-eye. But is he even capable of what Ally wants and deserves?
As Ally tries to pull her life out of the rut it’s fallen in, she doesn’t count on Nate stirring up her emotions. A short-term fling with the resident bad boy is practically irresistible, but only if she can guard her heart…
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Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.