[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Sarah! Welcome to the Manga Maniac Café! Can you please tell us about yourself?
[Sarah Barrie] I am a mum, a writer, an editor, a web designer and a farm owner.. and a few other bits and pieces. I have this little fantasy thing going on where I seem to believe I never have enough work to do, so I take on more, when in reality I spend most of my days flat out trying to fit 48 hrs into a day. When I find myself grumbling about it, I drop everything and write stories, (which is when I get my novels done!) usually over a glass or two of wine at the end of the evening. But I love all of it. So what can you do?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Getting Wild?
[Sarah Barrie] Getting Wild is a romantic comedy. It’s a light, easy read about a beautiful, driven perfectionist, Ella Jameson, who comes up against her nemesis in Ryan Edwards – a seasoned adventurer with an adrenaline-junkie, alpha personality. When they end up co-hosting a travel show and touring the wilds of central and northern Australia, Ella is thrown into Ryan’s world and sparks fly all over the place. It’s lots of fun.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Sarah Barrie] I wrote Getting Wild for a last-minute competition entry, so it had to revolve around settings I was familiar with and I liked the idea of an opposites attract story with a bit of humour thrown in. It sort of just evolved from there.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Sarah Barrie] That depends entirely on several factors. If it’s pre- morning coffee time, it’s probably always going to be something along the lines of the soundtrack from Jaws. Otherwise, it changes all the time. Right now I’m liking Katy Perry’s Roar.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Sarah Barrie] I don’t think such a thing exists! I’m always leaving things behind.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Sarah Barrie] Caffeine’s good, and my laptop….oh, and a minute or two to myself (ha!)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Sarah Barrie] High Noon, by Nora Roberts
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Sarah Barrie] I think it was possibly ‘Robbie’s Trip to Fairyland’ – read to me by my grandfather around 1978.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Sarah Barrie] I’m usually editing for one of my magazines. If I’m not working at all I like to play with my kids and my horses. And I love to read… and write.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
The Devil Wears Prada meets Man vs Wild in this fast-paced romantic comedy set in the no-holds-barred world of travel journalism.
When Ella Jameson steps into a room, people scramble to attention. She’s ruthless, terrifying, and untouchable — and very, very successful as Editor-in-Chief of Australia’s top travel magazine.
Then Ryan Edwards, adventure traveller, walks into her office with an unexpected job proposal, and Ella just knows he’s going to be trouble. As far as she’s concerned, the man’s a self-indulgent, kamikaze, adrenaline-junkie with an authority complex — and he’s also infuriatingly sexy! The idea of them working together is ludicrous, but the opportunity to co-host a new travel show is just too good to refuse.
As she is swept from her world of inner-city glamour into a nightmare of camping, crocodiles, and outback adventures, Ella’s feelings for Ryan begin to heat up, and her walls start to come down. In the tropical beauty of Australia’s Top End, it’s not just the weather that’s going to sizzle…