Today I have K.A. Last stopping by.
what I was doing. I decided to follow the advice of write what you know, and
what I know pretty well (in my opinion) is Australia. You’d hope so anyway,
since I was born here and—apart from a three year stint OS at a young age—I
grew up in this great land.
lie in and around an Aussie country town. That town is surrounded by state
forest, which is why I use the term forest instead of bush. I changed the place
names because for some reason I felt weird typing the real ones. Who knows why,
I just did, so my fictional names stayed. Although, if I told you the real
names you’d be able to see how I came up with them.
Australia plays a big part in shaping the stories I write. Today I want to talk
about some of the things I’ve mentioned and used in Fall For Me that absolutely scream Aussie for me.
This car is an Aussie icon, and every farmer I know has one. I know a lot of
city people—often tradies—who own this little piece of Australia as well
*raises hand*. Not only are they practical work horses, but they’re pretty
cool, too. I love my ute, and some days I miss being the one to drive her every
day, because hubby now uses her for work.
Truck: Every farm in Australia would have one of these,
similar. It’s like a crime not to have a rusty, falling apart truck somewhere
on your property. Sometimes even several. I’m sure it’s the same in other parts
of the world, but the rusted panels, grass growing out of the engine bay, and
possums nesting in the front seat, scream Australia to me. This truck is on my
parents’ property. It, and the country side surrounding it, is the inspiration
for some parts of the Tate Chronicles, but I’m not going to tell you where it
is because I’m mean.
This summer the cicadas have been out in force, to the point where you can’t
talk to the person standing beside you because the little buggers are so loud.
You know summer is well and truly here when the cicadas start up before you’re
out of bed in the morning.
Bay Figs: (Ficus macrophylla)
These large, majestic trees are a native of most of the east coast of
Australia, and their common name comes from Moreton Bay in QLD. They have huge
root systems called buttress roots, and are best known for this beautiful
feature. The tree in the image below is in a little NSW country town which also
inspired parts of the Tate Chronicles. This particular tree is where I had my
wedding photos taken, so it has a special meaning for me.
Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was
eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and
graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart,
she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a
vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in
love with it. K. A. Last is currently studying her Bachelor of Arts at Charles
Sturt University, with a major in English, and minors in Children’s Literature,
Art History, and Visual Culture. She resides in a peaceful, leafy suburb north
of Sydney with her husband, their two children, a rabbit named Twitch, and a
guinea pig called Squeak.
K. A. Last
of Publication: January 17th 2013
of pages: Paperback – 312
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especially with each other. But for the record, you were worth it.”
Vampire Hunter, and she has always followed the rules. But some rules are made
to be broken…
simple, and falling in love was never part of the plan. So what happens when
it’s beyond Grace’s control, and when she least expects it she falls for the
as it seems, and the one person Grace thought was her enemy becomes her most
friendships will be tested. It all comes down to one decision, and when Grace
tries to save all those dear to her, she realises not everyone can be—or wants
K. A. Last
of Publication: May 24th 2013
of pages: Paperback – 114
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decision will hurt the one person he keeps breathing for, but he can’t take it
anymore. He can’t be near Grace knowing she will always be just out of reach.
loves him unconditionally, but not in the way he wants. They both know that in
Heaven physical love is forbidden, and to break the rules is to defy everything
they’ve ever been taught.
to save a young mother and her unborn child, Grace must face the fact that Seth
won’t be returning home. She doesn’t understand Seth’s decision and hates him
for it. But what neither of them realise is how big a part that single decision
will play in shaping their entire future.
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