MURDER DOWN UNDER WITH AUTHOR CHRIS TAYLOR

Sydney

My infatuation with all things Australia started in the early eighties with The Thorn Birds, Mad Max, and A Town Like Alice. Then came the Shark Greg Norman, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and Wolverine Hugh Jackman. Now I have a new name to add to my Aussie fan girl list: Australian writer Chris Taylor and her Australia-based romantic suspense series: The Munro Family.

I first met Chris last year when we were both finalists for the 2013 Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense. Today she joins us (from a time zone 14 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Daylight Time aka UTC/GMT+10) to talk about her debut suspense series–4 books published and more on the way. And be sure to read to the end for details about the giveaway.

G’day and welcome to K&T, Chris!

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With settings in Sydney, Canberra, and northern New South Wales, reading the Munro Family series is like taking an armchair vacation to Australia. (I recognize the Parliament House in the background of one of your covers.) Where did your inspiration for the series come from?

The Betrayal - Book 4 Canberra

Chris: I’ve always loved reading series. When I discover an author I absolutely can’t get enough of, it’s a dream come true if I also find out they have written a series. I get to revisit all of those characters I’ve fallen in love with along the way and I get to the point where I almost feel part of their family! (A little weird, but true LOL!)

ThePredator_1400_newSo, I wanted to give my readers that same kind of experience. That said, I also wanted my books to be stand alone stories, so that it didn’t matter if you came into the series halfway or read them out of order. I think you get more out of The Munro Family Series if you read them in order because you know all of the past history etc, but you can pick up any of my books and enjoy the story. That was very important to me.

The name “Munro” was also an important choice. In my hometown, there are two very prominent families and they both share the surname “Munro”. One family is Aboriginal and the other family is white. They are not related.Sydney by day

In The Munro Family Series, the patriarch of the family is Aboriginal and his wife (the mother of the Munro children who feature in the series), is white. The children are mixed heritage and each one deals with this in their own way (along with solving crimes and finding love – I do write romantic suspense after all!).

Tell us how your background prepared you to write the series?

Ebook High - Book 2 (1)Chris: My background as a lawyer has helped enormously with the legal /crime aspects of the series. All of the Munro men (including their Aboriginal father) are in law enforcement. During my years as a criminal lawyer, I worked for both the prosecution and for the defence at various times over the course of my career and I have been inside many police stations, jails and courtrooms. I am also very fortunate to have the opportunity to regularly consult on all aspects of policing with a currently serving Australian Federal Police officer (AFP) which is a bit like the FBI in the US. It has helped enormously with my credibility and the accuracy of my “fictional facts”.

Favorite movie(s)?   

Chris: There are so many!!  I LOVE going to the movies! Eight Seconds with Luke Perry is certainly up there, along with Pretty Woman and On Golden Pond (Wow, I’m showing my age here!) More recently, I’ve added The Book Thief, The Railway Man and of course, ANYTHING starring Hugh Jackman (anyone who has read any of my books will realize I have a bit of an obsession with him. And who could blame me??) Hugh Jackman

Certainly not me 🙂 A dream trip for you would be to…?

Chris: Nashville, Tennessee. I am so hoping to be able to get there after the RWA Nationals in San Antonio this month. I am totally in love with the “Nashville” TV series and I have always LOVED country music!

What writing or publishing projects are in your future?

Chris: Book Five in The Munro Family Series (The Deception) will be released this month. Book Six (The Negotiator) and Book Seven (The Ransom) are currently being edited and Book Eight (The Defendant) is in a rough draft. I’m hoping to release all eight by the end of the year. (Yes, I function on very little sleep!!)

Wow! That’s quite a list! Congratulations, Chris! Let’s end on an excerpt from THE PROFILER—Book 1 in the Munro Family series.

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A psychopathic killer is stalking the women of Sydney…

Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they’re still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife’s suicide, Clayton’s forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case.

Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiancé intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the elite body of officers is anything but favorable. Angered when her boss orders her to partner with the Fed, she’s determined not to cut him any slack.

But women are dying on the streets of western Sydney and the pressure is mounting to find the person responsible.

Will Clayton and Ellie be able to put aside their animosity and work together to catch a killer before it’s too late? And what about the special fascination the killer seems to have with Ellie…

 

Chris Taylor is giving away The Profiler (ebook) to one lucky commenter. For a chance to win, tell us what you love or hate about reading series.

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And Chris wants K&T readers to know that THE PROFILER will be available for free through Bookbub on July 18-28th!

You can find Chris Taylor online at www.christaylorauthor.com.au. She’s also on Facebook, Twitter, and goodreads. You can find the Munro Family series on Amazon, B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

 

About Krista Hall

Debut novel BROKEN PLACES won the 2013 RWA Golden Heart ® Award

Posted on July 8, 2014, in Author Interview, Krista Hall and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. So lovely to be here with you on K &T! Thank you so much for having me (and for sharing my obsession with Hugh Jackman LOL!). Looking forward to seeing you at the RWA nationals. Xx

  2. Heather Ashby

    Great interview, Chris and Krista. (LOVE that you mentioned my favorite love story ever!!!! A Town Like Alice!!!) Can’t wait to read this one, Chris! Write On!

    • Heather, did you read A Town Like Alice first or see the movie? I saw the movie first and then went looking for the book. I found it in my library under the original title The Legacy.

      For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, the book was written by Australian author Nevil Shute and published in 1950. The story takes place in England, Malaysia and Australia during WWII and just after. Not only is it a great love story, it is also a fantastic girl-power story!

      Thanks for stopping by K&T, Heather! And I should mention that Heather Ashby is the author of the fantastic Love in the Fleet series (check out the K&T archives 🙂 )

  3. Belinda Bremner

    Hi Chris, great interview! Just finished The Profiler in a day and a half. Obviously I loved it and will be heading to The Dust Jacket tomorrow to get the next one! Had wondered if you may have used the Munro name from here so thanks for clearing that up!! See you at your next book signing ( or Keith Urban concert!).

    • Hi Belinda,
      So lovely of you to drop by and a fellow Aussie to boot! Good on ya, mate!
      I’m thrilled that you loved The Profiler. One of the best things about being an author is sharing your stories with people who love your characters as much as you do.
      Thanks again for stopping by! xx

    • Don’t you just love it that there are 3 more Munro Family books to devour! Thanks for stopping by K&T, Belinda. Happy reading!

  4. Chris, we’re so excited to have you join us! Since we’re talking series, is there one that influenced you as a writer or stands out as your all time favorite?

  5. Hi Heather, thanks so much for stopping by so bright and early! It’s great to see you here. Hope you enjoy The Profiler. xx

  6. Hi Krista, (waving madly from Down Under!),
    Mmm, my favorite series… I have to say, my earliest memory of reading a series was the Calder boys by Janet Daley. “Calder born, Calder bred” and “Stands a Calder Man”, to name a couple of them. I think I was all of thirteen or fourteen when I discovered them in my local town library and secretly read them beneath the covers! They sparked a lifelong thirst for series (not to mention hunky Montana cowboys!)

    • Hunky Montana cowboys are great, but what about the Australian version? Yes, I’m back to A Town Like Alice and Joe Harman (hunky Bryan Brown) who managed a cattle station in the Outback.

      A series that was influential to me is Elizabeth Lowell’s Donovan Series–Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove (set in Australia). I loved how she weaves the mystery with the love story and the well-researched details that drive the plot.

  7. Hi, Chris!!! I’m SO excited that your Munro series is available! I really enjoyed reading The Profiler. 🙂 Suspense, good writing, complex characters…. Can’t wait to get to the next one. And the next…!

    Looking forward to seeing you in San Antonio in a couple of weeks! You, too, Krista! And I have to sneak in a quick comment about how much I enjoyed reading your book, Krista! Our Golden Heart group is jam-packed with talent and great stories. I’m so lucky to know both of you!

    • Hi Leslie,
      How wonderful to have you drop by and thank you so much for your lovely words about The Profiler. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Counting down to the Nationals…

    • Leslie, thanks for your kind words about Broken Places! I just started reading your debut romantic suspense Hijacked last night. It’s an exciting read from page 1 on 🙂

      • Thank you, Krista! It’s a real joy to read books like yours and Chris’s, that are so authentic. I love to learn things as I’m reading good stories, and both The Profiler and Broken Places deliver in spades! Hope you enjoy Hijacked, too. 🙂

        As far as series go, I had forgotten Elizabeth Lowell’s series, with Pearl Cove set in Australia! I still have all four books, rather worn by now, but wonderful friends to cozy up with when the mood strikes. I suspect the Munros will fall in that category, too!

  8. Chris! Hooting, hollering, and cheering all the way from…uh…Up Over? Is that a thing? It should be.

    My dear Lucky 13, I’m so proud and pleased to have your books in the world! What an incredible series! And I love how your day job lends itself to authentic “fictional facts.” 😉

    Wishing you explosive sales!

    Will miss seeing you guys at Nationals. But NYC? I am ALL over that!

  9. I am so happy for you, Chris. I have your books on my TBR list and can’t wait to read them when I go the beach in a few weeks. I hope you have tremendous success with this series. Go Luckies! Go #TeamWorldDomination!

  10. Hi Chris and Krista! Thoroughly enjoyed the interview and getting to hear what’s behind your awesome books. So excited to see more of the Munro family series will be released this year!

  11. Wow, Chris, books in one year – I’m so impressed! Looking forward to seeing you in San Antonio.

    Gail

  12. Welcome to K&T, Chris! Gosh, you look SO familiar. We’ve met somewhere I believe. Congratulations on your Munro series, they sound terrific and your covers are fabulous!

    What I like/dislike about series: I love getting to know characters in one book and knowing that when I pick up the next one they’ve been frozen in time waiting for me to open page 1 before they continue on with their adventures. 😉
    I hate that I have to wait up to a year sometimes to get the NEXT one, LOL!

    Oh, I hope to run into you in SA. Terribly unhappy Krista won’t be joining us.

    • Me too! I will be following all the excitement on awards night–probably on twitter, probably on Smart Bitches. Sarah, I can’t wait to see pictures of you at the Golden Heart awards ceremony. You were absolutely stunning in your Cinderella dress last year 🙂

    • Hi Sarah,
      Lovely to have you drop by! I think we probably did meet last year at Atlanta. It would be great to see you again in San Antonio. I love your comment on series and so far, I think you’re the only one who has made a comment to that effect! (Which means you stand an EXCELLENT chance of collecting a copy of The Profiler!). What I love about indie publishing is that we control the timing of our releases, so there is no need to wait a whole twelve months to get another fix, provided our favoritie authors can keep up the pace! (Yes, I’m looking squarely at myself LOL!) See you soon…

  13. Loved this post, Chris. First, I want to thank you and Australia for sharing Hugh Jackman with the rest of the world. 😀 I’m in awe of all you’ve accomplished this year. See you in San Antonio!

    • Sandy, I think you’ll find that we are all in complete agreement with you. And I just discovered today that the author of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, is also an Aussie. Lots of talent Down Under!

    • Hi Sandra,
      Sharing Hugh Jackman…mmm, the possibilities that come to mind! I really must get over this thing I have for him. People might start to talk…
      Can’t wait to see you in San Antonio!

  14. Great interview, Krista and Chris! Chris thanks so much for being here today. I have to admit your books sound right up my alley. I’m adding them to my TBR pile now. Oh, and did somebody say Thornbirds? Le sigh.

    • Hi Carey,
      So lovely to have you drop by! I can’t wait to hear what you think about the Munro Family. Colleen McCullough is one of my all time favorite authors. Have you read “Tim”? It was one of her first books (if not her first) and a very young Mel Gibson played Tim in the movie. It is such a beautiful story. I highly recommend watching the movie and then reading the book. That way, you’ll have the image of the very gorgeous young Mel Gibson in your mind with every page you turn…

  15. mandacollinsauthor

    Yay! I’m so excited to find another Australian romantic suspense series to read. Congratulations, Chris, on all your successes and I hope you make it to Nashville after RWA. And thanks so much for coming to Kiss and Thrill!

    • Hi Manda,
      Great to see you here and thanks so much for stopping by! I am now leaving for the US on Saturday, 19th and my very first stop is…Nashville!! Whoo Hoo!! I can’t wait! Thanks for having me on Kiss and Thrill. xx

      • Nashville and San Antonio! Chris, you have a great itinerary. How long is the flight from Australia to the U.S.? Will you fly through Hawaii? Good spot for a layover 🙂

        • Yes, and I’ve just added a couple of days in Memphis! The flight is a long one – 15 hrs from Sydney to Dallas and then onto Nashville. I’ve been to Hawaii – stopped there on my way back from a trip to the US last year with my husband and children. We had a lovely week in Honolulu. xx

  16. Great interview, Chris. Thanks for sharing the Munro Family with us and Hugh Jackman!

  17. Chris, thank you for joining us at K&T today (or is it Wednesday for you?)! We loved learning more about your exciting Munro Family Series! We are all wishing you great success! Happy reading everybody!

  18. Arriving late but just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your blog, Chris, and the chance to learn more about your series! I agree with you about reading a series and starting to feel like “part of their family.” The better the series the closer like family it all starts to get 🙂

    • Hi Jacqui,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. And thank you for letting me know what you love about reading a series. I guess that means you and Sarah are fighting it out for the prize… Hey, how about I send a copy to both of you?

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