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Letter from a Rake is your debut novel – how does it feel to be a published author?
Less than a year ago, I sat at the awards dinner of Romance Writers of Australia and made a vow that I would be published in 2013. It is very exciting, and still a little surreal to see my name on the Destiny Romance website. A friend is making a very large cake for the launch and we will be having a morning tea at my work to thank all my colleagues for all their generous support.
With all the constraints on women in Regency times, are you glad you weren’t born then?
I don’t think all the glamorous gowns and balls could compensate for the fact that women were not in charge of their own lives at that time.
Is there any element of the Regency era that you think you might have enjoyed?
As Mrs Bennett says in Pride and Prejudice ‘Officers!’ All those dashing, handsome men in uniform would have had me weak at the knees.
Who inspired the heroine of Letter from a Rake, the loveable, rebellious Millie Ashton
There are parts of my own personality, especially the stubbornness and the humour. As someone who migrated to Australia as a child, and who still has most of her family in England, aspects of Australia still seem foreign. Like Millie, I think I will always have my heart in two countries.
The gorgeous hero, Alex, has a problem he keeps secret – would he have been better off being open about it?
Alex is heir to a major title and fortune; he is expected to be a leader among the upper society in England. With so much at stake, Alex and his family have every reason to keep his secret safe.
A woman’s reputation was everything back then?
I think, as today, how you handled yourself in the face of a public scandal had a great bearing on how society treated you. Of course if you had money and powerful friends, many of these scandals were conveniently covered up. If not, the other option was a quick boat out of England and a long stay on the continent for ‘health’ reasons.
Being born and bred in India, complicates life for Millie when she returns to England?
I think things are difficult for Millie because she sees herself as being Indian. Her heart will always be on the subcontinent.
Do you have a favourite romance writer?
On any day it varies between Stephanie Laurens, Anna Campbell and Julia Quinn. I am also a big fan of Eloisa James and Anne Gracie.
Tell us three things you like and three things you dislike?
I like travel, homemade soup and walking on the beach near our house, especially in winter. I dislike slow internet connections, tomatoes and bad coffee.
Describe yourself in three words?
Feisty, driven and funny, probably sums me up best.
Acclaimed Australian writer Nam Le has been chosen as one of five judges alongside Michael Chabon, Lavinia Greenlaw, Sarah Hall and Pankaj Mishra, for the inaugural Folio Prize 2014.
The prize worth £40,000 (over A$65,000) is the first major English-language book prize open to writers from around the world. Its aim is simple: to celebrate the best fiction of our time, regardless of form or genre, and to bring it to the attention of as many readers as possible.
Nam Le, author of the award-winning short story collection, The Boat, has said of his new role, “I won the lottery! I'm looking forward to it: I like the idea of making space in the award ecology for prizes like the Folio--where writers read, nominate and honour other writers.”
For more information see: www.thefolioprize.com
Already Australia’s most successful diet and fitness expert, Michelle Bridges has smashed through a new landmark, this time in book sales. Sales of Michelle’s eight books have broken through the 500,000 mark and show no sign of slowing down.
‘This is an amazing achievement, to have sold that many books in the fitness genre’ says Michelle. ‘I am proud of bringing the message of health and fitness to so many Australians’.
All eight books are available as e-books and there are also four e-only titles available, so Michelle never strays far from the bestseller lists. Michelle’s books cover a range of weight loss and goal setting issues from her hugely popular cookbooks to her motivating exercise and weight loss guides. Losing The Last Five Kilos, Crunch Time Cookbook and The No Excuses Cookbook were instant bestsellers and Michelle’s forthcoming book Get Real! is sure to follow suit.
With her uncanny knack for connecting with people looking to bring out the best in themselves, Michelle’s no-nonsense and practical approach to weight loss and wellbeing resonates with and motivates hundreds of thousands of people.
Michelle Bridges became a household name when she first appeared as a trainer on Channel Ten's hit reality weight-loss show The Biggest Loser, Michelle is now Australia's most influential fitness expert, having worked in the health and fitness weight-loss industry for nearly two decades.
The finalists for this year’s Davitt Awards, presented by Sisters in Crime Australia for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women in 2012, have been announced. Congratulations to our finalists in the following categories:
• After the Darkness by Honey Brown
• In Her Blood by Annie Hauxwell
• The Mistake by Wendy James
• Burning Lies by Helene Young
• The Double Life of Herman Rockefeller by Hilary Bonney
A shortlist will be released in late July and the winners announced in Melbourne on 31 August. For more information go to Sisters in Crime.
Congratulations to all our authors longlisted for this year’s Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing.
Best fiction category
- Blackwattle Creek by Geoffrey McGeachin
Best first fiction category
- In Her Blood by Annie Hauxwell
True Crime category
- Carl Williams by Adam Shand
- The Devil’s Cinema by Steve Lillebuen
- The People Smuggler by Robin De Crespigny
The shortlist for this year’s awards will be announced on 2 August during the Byron Bay Writers Festival. For the first time this year, the winners will be announced during the Brisbane Writers Festival in September. In previous years, the awards have been presented as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, which is held in August and September.
For more information about the awards, visit the Australian Crime Writers Association website here.
The shortlist in Australia’s pre-eminent prize for biographical writing and memoir, has been announced today by the State Library of NSW.
Congratulations to Robert Drewe shortlisted for the $25,000 National Biography Award 2013 for Montebello: A Memoir.
The winner will be announced on Monday 5 August at 11am at a special free event at the State Library. The announcement will mark the beginning of the State Library’s inaugural Biography Week 5 – 11 August 2013. For more information visit The State Library of NSW.
Congratulations to Cassandra Golds, winner of the 2013 Nance Donkin Award for an outstanding woman author in Australia who writes books for children.
The Western Australian Premier's Book Awards are run by the State Library of Western Australia. Awards are given in Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction, Western Australian History, Children's Books, Writing for Young Adults, Scripts and Digital Narrative categories. An overall winner is awarded the Premier's Prize.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced the shortlist for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Voting also opens today for the People’s Choice Award sponsored by The West Australian.
Congratulations to all our shortlisted authors in the following categories:
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester (Viking/Penguin)
Young Adult Fiction
Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar (Penguin)
Montebello by Robert Drewe (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin)
CEO MARKUS DOHLE ANNOUNCES PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP TEAM
BERTELSMANN & PEARSON FINALIZE MERGER TRANSACTION
(July 1, 2013)—The global senior executive team for Penguin Random House was announced today by Chief Executive Officer Markus Dohle, following the closing of the transaction by shareholders Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA and Pearson this morning to formally establish the venture. Bertelsmann owns 53% and Pearson 47% of the company. Penguin Random House will combine the adult and children's fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India; Penguin's trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House's companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Random House's German-language publishing group, Verlagsgruppe Random House, is outside the venture, and remains part of Bertelsmann, continuing to report to Mr. Dohle.
Between mid-February and early June, in order of review, Penguin Random House received governmental merger control approval in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, the European Commission, Canada, South Africa, and China, all without condition.
Penguin Random House will employ more than 10,000 people across five continents. It will comprise nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world's most widely read authors.
Effective with today's closing, Markus Dohle, Chairman and CEO of Random House worldwide since 2008, assumes the position of CEO, Penguin Random House, and John Makinson, head of the Penguin Group worldwide since 2002, takes on the position of Chairman of Penguin Random House. The Penguin Random House Board appointments were announced separately by Bertelsmann and Pearson this morning.
Mr. Dohle said, "Today, Penguin and Random House officially unite to create the first truly global trade book publishing company. As separate companies, we have long performed outstandingly by every benchmark; as colleagues, we will share and apply our passion for publishing the best books with our enormous experience, creativity, and entrepreneurial drive. Together, we will give our authors unprecedented resources to help them reach global audiences—and we will provide readers with unparalleled diversity and choice for future reading. Connecting authors and readers is, and will be, at the heart of all we strive to accomplish together."
John Makinson said, "Penguin Random House starts life today as a freshly minted company, but also as a creative enterprise that will draw on the greatest legacies in the history of book publishing. That heritage will help to frame the culture and personality of Penguin Random House as we place our extraordinary shared resources at the service of our authors, our customers, our readers, and our colleagues. It is an exciting day for all of us."
In announcing his senior executive appointments, Mr. Dohle said, "Our global and local leadership comprises proven executives drawn from both sides of the company who are inclusive and collaborative with colleagues in their decision making and who fully support our publishers and our authors in realizing their vision and objectives for our books."
Effective immediately, the following newly appointed executives report to Mr Dohle, who additionally serves as CEO for the Penguin Random House U.S. company: Coram Williams, previously CFO for the Penguin Group, will serve in a dual capacity as Chief Financial Officer for Penguin Random House, in the U.S. and worldwide. Mr. Williams will also oversee the self-publishing business Author Solutions.
David Shanks has stepped down as CEO, Penguin Group (USA). He will serve as Senior Executive Advisor to Mr. Dohle and the U.S. executive team.
Madeline McIntosh, formerly Chief Operating Officer, Random House U.S., becomes President and Chief Operating Officer of Penguin Random House in the U.S.
Brad Martin, formerly President and CEO of Random House of Canada, is appointed CEO of Penguin Random House in Canada.
Tom Weldon assumes responsibility for Penguin Random House in the U.K. as CEO. He was previously Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Group UK.
Gail Rebuck will become Chair of the Penguin Random House U.K. Board.
Ian Hudson will serve as Deputy CEO of Penguin Random House U.K., a position he previously held at Random House UK. Separately, he will oversee Penguin Random House's operations in Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, and Asia in his capacity as Chief Executive Officer, Penguin Random House International (English Language).
Gabrielle Coyne will be CEO of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific and Gaurav Shrinagesh will be CEO of Penguin Random House India. Ms. Coyne previously served as CEO of Penguin Group Asia Pacific, and Mr. Shrinagesh as Managing Director of Random House India. Stephen Johnson will continue to lead Penguin Books South Africa. They will all report to Mr. Hudson.
Also, continuing in their current capacities:
Núria Cabutí, Chief Executive, leads the company in Spain and Latin America; it will operate under the name Random House Mondadori.
John Duhigg, Chief Executive, Dorling Kindersley, is responsible for the Dorling Kindersley (DK) business worldwide.
Mr. Dohle announced the appointments of three executives with Penguin Random House global corporate responsibilities: Frank Steinert will be the company's Chief Human Resources Officer, Stuart Applebaum will lead communications, and Milena Alberti will oversee corporate development, each having served in similar capacities at Random House. All will also have responsibility in the U.S. for their respective corporate functions.
Mr. Dohle also announced the newly formed Penguin Random House Global Executive Committee to work together with him to set the company's strategic, operational, and publishing direction and priorities. The Committee's members are:
Núria Cabutí; Gina Centrello, President and Publisher, Random House Publishing Group; Tony Chirico, President, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Gabrielle Coyne; John Duhigg; Leslie Gelbman, President, Mass Market Paperbacks, Penguin Group U.S.; Ian Hudson; Barbara Marcus, President and Publisher, Random House Children's Books; Brad Martin; Maya Mavjee, President and Publisher, Crown Publishing Group; Madeline McIntosh; Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Susan Petersen Kennedy, President, Penguin Group U.S.; Andrew Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Author Solutions; Frank Steinert; Don Weisberg, President, Penguin Young Readers Group U.S.; Tom Weldon; and Coram Williams.
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Below you'll also find an extended bio for Gabrielle Coyne, the new Chief Executive Officer of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific.
Gabrielle Coyne has worked in the Australian publishing industry for more than twenty years. She began her career at Penguin in 1990 in the marketing department, and became Marketing Director in 2000. In 2003 she was appointed Managing Director of Penguin Australia, and in 2006, New Zealand was added to her remit. She was appointed CEO of Penguin Group Asia Pacific in October 2009 and has overseen the Penguin operations in Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia.
A passionate supporter of the industry, Gabrielle has held various positions on boards in the Australian publishing community. Most recently she was Vice President of the Australia Publishers' Association (APA), and while no longer on the board she is a member of the Trade Publishers Committee of the APA. She is currently a founding board member of the Wheeler Centre; a Victorian Government initiative and the centrepiece of Melbourne's designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, a member of World Vision's Business Advisory Council of Australia and an Advisory Councillor of the Victorian branch of the Australian Industry Group.