Interview with Rebecca Raisin, Author of The Heart of Bali


[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Rebecca! Welcome to the Café!

[Rebecca Raisin] Thank you for having me here today!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Rebecca Raisin] Disorganised, creative, happy, emotional, outgoing. ?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Heart of Bali?

[Rebecca Raisin] The Heart of Bali was my first ever attempt at writing romance. It’s a short story about a girl coming to terms with exactly what she wants in life, and rethinking some of the common mistakes she makes with men and relationships.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Rebecca Raisin] I came up with the title first, and then set the story around the location. The characters were fun to write because they are so different from each other, and both successful people in their own right. Marcel, the older French man in Bali, shows Aurora a new side of life, and how to appreciate every moment, and I kind of fell in love with him! Well, of course, he’s French…and I do love a French man! Aurora, the main character, is focused and driven, but at what cost?

The idea came about thinking of exotic holidays, and the idea for a holiday fling, would three days with someone special made you rethink your life, or would it be forgotten once the trip was over?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

[Rebecca Raisin] I loved writing about the always cheery Indonesian people, with their flirty charm and big smiles. If I could have transported myself to Kuta, I would have! Bali is such a wonderful holiday destination, and that coupled with the locals, and all their customs, made me start dreaming of a return visit.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?

[Rebecca Raisin] Gulp, the sex scenes. It was my first attempt at them, and I must admit to blushing when I read them still!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?

[Rebecca Raisin] Great Question! I think Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden…it’s such a sweet and gentle love song! And it takes me back…?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Rebecca Raisin] My phone! It has all my appointments stored in it, the Kindle app with all my ebooks, all my social media! It’s attached to me almost surgically some days ?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Rebecca Raisin] My phone! A glass of sparkly water, and a tub of pencils. Geez, that sounds incredibly boring! I write at our dining room table, so it’s fairly empty – and this is only because my desk is buried and I can’t find it. Brings me back to the disorganised thing again…My plan is to be a tidy-desk person one of these days…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Rebecca Raisin] Ohhh, another great question! I would like to travel back in time and be one of the ‘Lost Generation.’ Ernest Hemingway fascinates me, and I’d love to hang out with him and writers like Gertrude Stein, and F Scott Fitzgerald. I think I’d like to be one of the people on the fringes of their little circle and see how they really lived and what they discussed. It seems they lived fast, and well, and in Paris no less! And they were all brilliant writers!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Rebecca Raisin] I loved the latest Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason. I laughed and cried and enjoyed it immensely. Bridget is so relatable.

I’ve also just read The Fault in our Stars by John Green. I am amazed by his talent as a writer. That story will stay with me always.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Rebecca Raisin] We are a ‘foodie’ family, so we like to try out new recipes, and spend lots of time entertaining with friends and family. My boys like the beach so we can often be found there. And my favourite past time if I’m not writing is reading.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Rebecca Raisin]

Thank you so much! They were great questions!

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

About the book:

What happens when your break from real life shows you exactly how empty it actually is?
Focused and driven, Aurora has built her PR and event management company into a thriving success. But, it’s come at a cost. Her relationships suffer, and she has virtually no social life. When her boyfriend suggests a holiday to mend the bridges, it seems like a good idea to rekindle their attraction and make some new life choices. Instead, she finds herself in the tropical paradise of Bali, heartbroken and alone.
When Marcel, the hotelier, offers to show her the real Bali, she doesn’t hesitate — he might be just the pick-me-up she needs. Pinning Marcel as a Casanova, Aurora decides to have fun and not overthink things. Exploring her more sensual side brings a newfound confidence, and she finds herself falling for the French hotelier and the Bali he shows her…until an unexpected visitor arrives at the hotel.
As her holiday draws to a close, will Aurora choose to leave with good memories, or follow her heart?