This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces
the story.
About the Author
I live in Canberra, Australia and I’ve spent my professional life
writing legal advice – which some may say is similar to creative writing – but
the lack of sexy heroes and happy endings have led me writing romance. I have
placed in the finals of Romance Writers of Australia writing contests, winning
the Emerald Short Award in 2014.
I love Earl Grey tea, talking about which of Jane Austen’s novels is
my favourite, and searching for the perfect frock. I will read anything, but
love romance most of all.
Interview with Justine Lewis
Why did you write this
I write
escapist romance and, without consciously meaning to, my books often feature
celebrities. The idea for Acting the Part came when I wondered about the
children of celebrities and what it must be like to have super famous parents.
That’s where Persephone Greenwood aka Poppy came from. Her mother is a
beautiful actress with depression and substance abuse problems, but Poppy loves
her unconditionally and will do anything to help her overcome her addiction.
Even if that means entering her father’s show business world, the world of
movie making, actors and celebrities. A world she blames for her mother’s
problems. A world she has avoided all of her life.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
It is difficult to pick just one, but if I had to I’d say contemporary
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
This one is easy though: Elizabeth Bennett. She’s feisty and strong
yet her vulnerability is universal. I love that she speaks her mind and still
gets the man.
What are you working on at
the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
My next book is due out in the first half of 2016 and is a
contemporary romance about a TV anchor woman who fears she’s reaching her
use-by date and finds herself both threatened and attracted to a new gun
foreign correspondent who becomes her offsider.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Poppy Greenwood needs money fast. Her estranged
father, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, has promised to help – on
the condition that she work on the set of his next movie. Although Poppy
despises the world of show business, she has little choice but to agree.
Hot-shot director Max Madden has an Oscar in his
sights. He needs this film to be a success but an overblown budget and a
difficult cast are ruining his plans. Not only that, but the Executive
Producer’s daughter has arrived to spy on him. To keep a close eye on Poppy, he
insists she work directly for him. 
But as they work together on location in southern
France, the temperature begins to rise. Max knows the boss’s daughter is
definitely off limits – and Poppy does not want a relationship with anyone in
the industry. Yet against their better judgment, an intense chemistry begins to
About the Book
Title Acting the Part
Genre Contemporary fiction
Author Justine Lewis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
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