About the Book
Book: Persuade Me
Author: Joanne Markey
Genre: Women’s Christian Fiction/Romance
Release date: April 5, 2022
One horrible misunderstanding. Two heartbroken people.
For seven long years, Anne Elliot of Kellynch Station quietly mourned the loss of her first love. Now that she’s finally over Fred for good, her sister offers the perfect escape: Uppercross.
This move, from one cattle station to another, offers new friends, new responsibilities, and now that she’s out from under her father’s domineering thumb, a whole new world of possibilities.
The sky is the limit.
Or maybe the sky is the perfect place for helicopter mustering pilot Fred Wentworth to spend his days. It took a while for him to regroup after their breakup, but now he’s back, he’s successful, and he’s put the past so far behind him he doesn’t even think about Anne more than a couple dozen times a day.
Life is good.
Or it was until he quite literally runs into the one person he hoped to never see again. After that, what’s a bloke to do other than rethink every lie he’d convinced himself was the truth?
Although they both seem willing to admit they were wrong all those years ago, when things take a bad turn, Anne is left to wonder… Is it too late for a reconciliation?
Persuade Me: Austen’s Persuasion meets the rugged Australian bush—plus dingoes.
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About the Author
Originally from Australia, Joanne Markey now lives in Ohio with her husband and seven children. When she’s not reading or writing, you might find her wandering the property with her kids in search of whatever seasonal treasure they’re trying to find.
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Can a book be partially autobiographical without actually being an autobiography?
Probably not. Persuade Me comes close though. Not in it’s entirety, but I did draw heavily on my own life when I wrote this book. Many of the situations that occur in the book were things that happened to me back in the late ‘90s when I worked on a cattle station as station cook. I also set the book in places where we lived—stations we lived or worked on. The autobiographical part ends there though.
As a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the family situation in Persuade Me is patterned on the Elliot family, not my own. I was easily able to imagine a family like this living in Australia though. The family pride, boasting of being descended from free settlers, knowing how long the family has been in the country to the exact generation—were all things I ran into as a kid.
Not every Australian knows how many generations of the family have lived over there (or cares to know), but in high school there was this one girl… She knew exactly how long her family had been there, and anyone who couldn’t count as many generations of Australians as she could wasn’t as Australian as her. Other people have quite plainly offered the information that their family descended from free settlers, without a single convict in the lineage. Still others can tell the exact year their first ancestor moved to Australia. All I needed was to package all of those things into one prideful being—Mr. Elliot. He doesn’t play a huge role in the story, but his influence can be felt throughout the pages.
From there it was easy to imagine him as a grazier—a station owner—who’d run into hard times. His daughter, Anne, is the heroine who has a hidden past, a broken relationship she’d rather not remember. The hero of the story can’t exactly be a ship’s captain, but there is one occupation in the bush that does bring in a lot of money—helicopter mustering—and having gotten into that line of work his personal finances have taken a drastic change for the better. I won’t spoil the story, but the rest followed in like manner.
And then came the writing… To craft a uniquely Australian book one has to use Australian terms, phrases, and spellings. And when the author has been living outside the country for 21 years, sometimes it’s hard to remember what words go with what country! We worked it all out in the end though, and if you come across a word that looks like it’s been spelled wrong—it’s the Aussie spelling, which is correct for the setting.
I hope you enjoy this contemporary retelling of Persuasion set in the Australian bush. Happy reading!
Interview with Joanne
Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer. I actually hated writing as a kid. Hating it so much when I had to write a short story for school I can remember sitting there with absolutely no thoughts running through my head. I had nothing to say. I did manage to make it through high school, and I didn’t start wanting to write until my mid twenties. Even when I did want to write, it took another ten years before I was able to string enough thoughts together to create an entire book.
What book is currently on your bedside table?
My study Bible.
What has been your favorite part of the publishing journey?
Contrary to what #1 would make you think, the writing is my favorite part. I really enjoy creating the story and seeing what happens as the characters are drawn together.
What were the highlight or key challenges you faced when writing this book?
There were a couple of difficulties that had to be overcome. The first being cross cultural contamination. I’ve lived in the US almost as long as I lived in Australia so everything I do or say has influences from both cultures. There were a lot of little Americanisms that I had to try to avoid, but because I’ve become so accustomed to them, it was hard to weed them out. I couldn’t begin to count the number of emails that passed between my parents and I as we tried to determine which words and phrases I needed to use and which I needed to avoid.
Another difficulty was the research surrounding the situation that comprised the final chapters in the book. I needed it to be as realistic as possible, but the survival rate for something like that is very slim. Witnesses tend to not want to talk about what happened out of respect for the people involved, so finding ways to get the facts straight without disrespecting those with first-hand knowledge was… hard.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
I don’t post on my blog as often as I probably should, but there is some information there, and my books are listed on my website: joannemarkey.com
Any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?
I’m currently writing the third book in my Postcards From the Sea series, Loving Lissa. The fun thing about this book is… it wasn’t planned. When we started rebranding the series (formerly known as “Coxswain’s Bay sweet romantic comedies”), we came up with a cute cover for the first book. A trusted friend suggested that I use that cover on a book set in a different season. However, I didn’t have a book set in the right season, so… I’m writing one.
Told from the hero’s point of view, Loving Lissa is about two high school teachers who are definitely falling for each other while attempting to conceal the fact they’re falling in love from the meddlesome relatives who tried to set them up after deciding they’d be perfect for each other. There will be a couple of hurdles for them to cross before they can find their happily-ever-after—things like false accusations, burglary, and a dating club that the hero will need to run in Lissa’s stead, but it’s a romcom, so all of that should be fun.
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