Talli Roland in the HOT SEAT

Talli Roland stumbles into the room and when she sees the HOT SEAT, she begins to giggle. Yes, that’s right. Giggle. A half-drunk bottle of wine slips from her hand and smashes to the ground. The poor dear. She’s resorted to dutch courage. 

Hope it helps, Talli. But I doubt it. Let the  games begin. 😀 

What genre(s) do you write, Talli?

Talli Roland

Gday, Talli!

I write light women’s fiction . . . also known as romantic comedy, also known as chick lit. It’s a fun and entertaining genre, and I really enjoy writing it. Can I add here that chick lit is not just cupcakes and high heels? It can also feature strong, independent female characters relevant to modern life. (Mini-rant over!)

[CJ: Obviously a subject close to your heart! :-)]

Tell us about your latest book in 25 words or les.

My most recent novel is Watching Willow Watts, about a country girl who discovers that fame can cost a fortune. It’s my second novel.

[CJ: Oooh. Intriguing!]

Most of us write part time. How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?

I’m one of the lucky few who can write full-time [CJ: very lucky!], and it’s taken over my life (in a very good way). When I’m not writing, I’m usually blogging or tweeting! Or drinking wine. The day must end with wine.

[CJ: I couldn’t agree more. I recently went for two weeks without a glass of wine (for dental reasons). It was far, far more difficult than it should have been!]

Tell us a little about your writing process.

Coffee. Writing. Wine. I’m usually at my desk by 7:30 or 8 a.m. I need to sit down a.s.a.p. in the morning, because once I start the procrastination, there’s no end. I write until lunch plus an hour or two afterwards, then I answer emails and do other promo stuff.

[CJ: Best thinking time in the morning, hey? Me too. My brain goes to mush after lunch until about 6pm. Just ask my work colleagues!]

Who or what are your biggest writing inspirations?

Margaret Atwood is one for sure – not only is she an amazing writer, she’s Canadian (like me). And she’s on Twitter!   

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a writer?

Hm, I think the biggest one has been learning to accept that you can’t please everyone. Publishing is so subjective and no matter how hard you try, there will always be people who don’t like what you’ve written.

[CJ: That’s a tricky one, isn’t it? As writers, we want all readers to love our work. But the unique perspectives our readers bring to the table (or the chair) is part of what makes it so wonderful, so I guess you’ve got to take the good with the bad, don’t you? :-)]

Time for the HOT SEAT questions!

Hot Seat

*Insert scary music here*

Gimme some wine; I’m very afraid . . .

What are your secret fears as a writer? How do you stop them from taking over? 

Secretly, I fear that I will misspell a very common word, and everyone will highlight it and tweet about it, and I will be uncovered as someone who cannot write let alone spell! To overcome this, I use spell-check obsessively (not that it helps me with blog comments, where I am the typo queen).

[CJ: The thought of it alone is enough to make me break out in a cold sweat!]

Watching Willow Watts cover

Talli's latest book

Finish this sentence from your character Willow’s perspective.

Something most people don’t know about me is…  After tasting kumquat marmalade for the first time, I was sick in Belcherton’s fountain. 

[CJ: Tee hee hee. Oops!]

Now finish the same sentence from your own perspective.

Something most people don’t know about me is… I lived in Poland for two years and plumped up on pierogi! Yuuummmm…

[CJ: Loving that alliteration :-).]


If you’d like to hear more from Talli, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.

If you’d like a turn in the HOT SEAT, let me know in the comments and I’ll schedule you in for a buttocks burning. 😀


By the way… I’m on holidays road tripping around Sydney and Northern New South Wales for the next ten days, so this will be my last post until I return. I’ll still respond to comments and check out my fave blogs on my mobile though! 🙂



Filed under Hot Seat, Writers, Writing

48 responses to “Talli Roland in the HOT SEAT

  1. Kumquat marmalade? Just … no!

  2. Thanks for another great interview, Cally! And Talli, (also a morning writer here) I have been seeing mention of Watching Willow Watts all over the blogosphere, so I guess it’s about time I hightail it down to the library and read it 🙂

  3. Cally, thank so much for hosting me and asking such interesting questions! My butt is a bit warm, but thank you for putting me on the hot-seat!

  4. What fun! Thanks Cally, great interview. And Talli, I especially enjoyed your mini-rant. You make a good point. I don’t write your genre, but I think there’s merit in all. I’m glad you railed a little. As for the wine, I think we’re all in agreement.

    I too am Canadian and love our literature. However, I’m not a huge Atwood fan. But I do love a good lager and Tim Horton’s every now and then. Perhaps that makes up for my lack of Atwood.

  5. Amy

    Great interview! I loved The Hating Game and can’t wait to check out Watching Willow Watts, it’s already on my TBR list! 🙂
    My writing process is the same too, if I don’t start early, I’ll procrastinate all day long!

  6. Great interview! I’m glad someone else has made comment typos, too. Don’t you just hate that moment when you notice it and it’s too late and you can’t erase it because it’s someone else’s blog.

    • Kirsten, I am the WORST at comment typos. I think it’s because I often comment while listening to the radio, and my fingers just seem to take on a life of their own! Grr… Glad someone else makes typos, too!

  7. procrastination – um, I already started. I’m doomed!

    Gads, yes typos in comments. I think the comment box is alive and creates the typos for us. What’d think? Can I sell it?

  8. This is such a fun feature! I’m a morning-writing gal too, Talli. I workout then I write first thing. I have to or else, like you said, it’ll be too easy to just procrastinate all day and not do what needs to be done. Not that I know this from experience or anything… 😉

  9. Interesting interview! I especially liked the part about how Talli says you can’t please everyone. I think most of us can relate to that, because we all want everyone to like our work, but it’s hard to write something that everyone in the audience can agree on.

  10. plumped up on pierogi *snork. Yum is right.

    My mom always said, you can’t please everyone so pick what pleases you and be the best you can be.

    Enjoyed the post!

    Sia McKye’s Thoughts…OVER COFFEE

  11. Great, now I’m worried about misspelling a common word! Thanks, Talli.

  12. Thanks so much for frying up Talli! Fun interview. 🙂 Thanks to both of you!

  13. Great interview, Talli – I really enjoyed it! And I can totally relate to your fear of typos and misspellings. I get the horrors over it – somtimes to the point where I can’t sleep! Daft or what…

  14. Well Willow Watts pleased me. Men can enjoy Talli’s books too in my opinion.

    Tossing It Out

  15. awesome post Cally, doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that it is the fabtastic Talli Roland you are interviewing. *grin*

    Just so you know i’m 1/2 way through my wine for this evening 🙂

    I hope you enjoy Sydney, but i’m biased and say you should have gone to QLD. (The biggest plus about northern NSW is the wineries.) Hang on, think i just found the reason for northern NSW. I take my comments back Talli, you enjoy your tour. sorry the weather has turned foul.

    As for me i’ happily misspell every word I can and laugh at the silly twits that don’t have anything better to do than tell me that i buggered up the spelling in a stupid non-important word.

    Have fun, and great post Cally,


  16. hmmmm methinks the wine got the better of me in that last comment. Sorry guys. Have just put on my “reread the post goggles” and realized my blunder.

    I’m just glad that i clarified my wine drinking status BEFORE hand.


  17. Haha, I love Talli’s secret writing fear!

  18. I knew there was a reason I connected with Talli! She’s an Atwood fan. Yay!

    Great interview. Wish I could be as organized as she is with the sitting down, getting to the business of writing. I’m a perfected procrastinator.

    Glad I stopped in to say hi from the Write Campaign.

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