I’m excited to present Iris Blobel , author of Journey to Her Dreams. My book review is on my home page.
Biography: Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her dog. She works at private school in town, but also presents a German as well as a Community Program at the local Community Radio.
What is Journey to Her Dreams about?
Journey to Her Dreams is set in Australia and Ireland and follows a young woman who is haunted by a recurring dream that eventually takes her to Dublin. This is where she meets Sam – and the following events have life-changing consequences for both.
Who was your hardest character to write?
Sam’s husband. His flaw is the alcohol, though he’s not a bad person at heart.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I try to distance myself from saying I wanted to get a message out there, because I mainly write to entertain the reader and let them be taken away from reality for a little while. However, there are issues in the story which are close to my heart, like dreams or the idea of “perfect” is not always good for you. So, in a way, I do hope the readers will have a good think about it even after they’ve finished the book.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I think writing “love scenes” or “cuddling”, “kissing” that kind of stuff is my favourite. It’s kind of what romance is really all about – the feel good effect! LOL
What is the best piece of advice as a writer that you’ve been given and what is the worst piece of advice as a writer that you’ve been given?
The worst one would definitely be “don’t bother!” … The best, amongst so many others, “don’t give up, keep persisting” and “write for yourself, then the reader and never for fame or money!”
Who is your favorite author and why?
Tricky question – I like reading books by Jill Shalvis, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Cecelia Ahern. They are must reads for me. But amongst my favourite books are those like “Effie Briest” (Theodore Fontane) or “84 Charing Cross Road” (Helene Hanff).
What do you do when you are not writing?
I work at a private School part time, but also present two programmes at the local Radio Station VoiceFM. Add a husband and two beautiful girls to all that and there’s not much time for anything else!
What is your best writing snack?
Don’t tell anyone, but my addiction is a nice can of Coke J. And some good music …. and the fingers are just typing away!
What are your current projects?
I’m about to prepare my third novel for submission. It’s my favourite one so far, with a young man becoming a father of a six-year-old girl literally overnight. I’ve also started my next project “New Beginnings” – about two sisters having a second chance in life.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
I assume this is where I’m supposed to say …. MY BLOG … but truth is, you won’t find much information about me there, because for me it feels odd to write about myself. So my best tip: Google “Iris Blobel” under blogs and check them out. There are quite a few guest blogs around nowadays!
Of course my blog has some information about my books and projects, but mainly reviews. So if that tickles your fancy, please do come over and have a browse – perhaps even leave a comment or two! I’d love to hear from as many readers as possible. Iris’s blog is at http://iris-b.blogspot.com/