Author Profile -Isabelle Rowan

When I reviewed Izzy Rowan’s A Note in the Margin it left an indelible impression on me at the time and I still can’t forget this story three and a half years later. Note was Izzy’s debut novel which made it even more remarkable. A couple weeks ago I emailed Izzy about her latest release The Road to Byron and asked her if she would like to be profiled on the site. It was a lot of work to get her to agree 🙂 but she did, and here’s her story.

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Hi! *waves* My name is Isabelle Rowan and Wave has kindly let visit and have a chat about a few things Izzy!

I was born many *cough* years ago in Gateshead in the North East of England, but my parents decided to pack up and move to sunnier shores. So in the early 60’s we became 10 pound tourists and settled in a beachside suburb near Melbourne. Although part of me will always be a Geordie, Australia is my home and plays a big part in my writing.

My childhood was spent riding horses and managing a whole menagerie of pets – think blue-tongue lizards, guinea pigs, turtles, rats, ducks, chickens, ferrets, cats and dogs. Did I mention I lived in the suburbs, not a farm? Everyone thought I’d end up a vet… actually I did end up doing something I love. I teach high school!

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never took it seriously until a few years ago when I took a risk and put it on the internet. Luckily I had some great online friends who gave me the courage to keep writing and my first book A Note in the Margin is the result! Now, I tell my students to be braver than me and get their writing and short films out there.

Right now I’m writing a third book in the Margins series. All the characters will be there and each will face new challenges, but the main focus will be Jamie. It’s about time he had a love interest! I’ve also just completed the first draft of a novella called The Red Heart that will follow a young Goth guy on his journey to Uluru in the center of Australia.

My latest release is The Road to Byron (Dreamspinner Press)

I’m not sure what else you might want to know so how about a few random facts?

I’m proud to be a card carrying member of the AHWA (Australian Horror Writers Association) ~ I’m a vegetarian witch ~ My oriental black cat is called Reznor (after Trent) ~ I’m a Lord of the Rings geek ~ I have a new website www.isabellerowan.com

Izzy

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Here are blurbs for Izzy’s books

The Road to Byron

Matthew Kellett and Craig Jeffries are lifelong friends and neighbors. They thought they knew everything about each other, but some secrets seem too big share. Craig hides the truth about his father—but Matthew’s secret is his own.

To celebrate their high school graduation, Craig, Matthew, and Craig’s girlfriend take a road trip up the east coast of Australia to Byron Bay. Then one night on the beach, everything changes: Matthew meets Damien, a college student who senses what Matthew is hiding. Though the connection between them is undeniable, Matthew scrambles to keep it secret. It will take a shocking revelation from Craig and a lot of courage to get Matthew back on the road to Byron—and the boy waiting there.

A Note in the Margin

John McCann, a man who judges life by the tally of an accounts ledger, has a supreme goal in life: To achieve, live, and enjoy the rarified executive lifestyle. But he’s encountered one problem: The migraines are going to continue to get worse unless you make some major changes in your lifestyle. What you need is a ‘sea change’… Perhaps buy a nice little business in the country, settle down, something easier to occupy your time…

While John knows the doctor is right, he just can’t resign from the job he’s fought so hard for. He decides the sacrifice of taking a year’s leave of absence won’t interfere too much with his plans, and so he finds himself running Margins, a cozy little bookstore, with the help of the former owner’s son, Jamie. John expects to put in his year, get his stress under control, and then get back to business.

What John doesn’t expect is how Margins and its denizens draw him in, particularly the quiet, disheveled man who takes refuge in the old leather chair in the second-hand book section. John’s plans for an unattached year of simple business crumble when he meets David and is forced to reevaluate life, love and what he really wants from both. John and David are forced to come to terms with their pasts as they struggle to determine what possible future they might build together.

Twelve Days (sequel to A Note in the Margin)

Christmas can be a time of love and joy, but to three men at the bookstore called Margins, it also brings reflection on what was and what will be, highlighting the importance of home and family during a hot Australian Christmas. Their lives are intertwined by the bookstore, but individually David has difficulty reconnecting with the son he knew, John discovers something about the father who abandoned him, and Jamie braces himself for what he thinks will be his first Christmas on his own.

Ink

Roman centurion Dominic drew his last human breath during the time of Hadrian. In the centuries since, he’s seen much of the world change around him, but the vampire finds himself held captive in Melbourne, Australia, by his fascination with young, passionate, fun-loving, and alive tattoo artist Michael Chapman. Unable to resist the lure of Michael’s beauty, Dominic finds himself entering the parlor to get a tattoo he knows will fade.

The attraction he feels only grows, and despite Dominic’s extreme reluctance to get involved with a human, he and Michael form a bond—a connection that all too soon attracts the attention of a dark specter from Dominic’s bloody past. Soon, a dangerous game of cat and mouse threatens not only the budding romance, but also their humanity.

This is an expanded novel based on the novella Ink originally published in the Desire Beyond Death anthology by Dreamspinner Press.

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Reznor (lounging) 🙂

As you know, I don’t ask any questions in Author Profiles so this is your opportunity to do so. Izzy says she’s looking forward to answering your comments/questions and I’m sure you would like to know more about her than what is in her profile. Are you aware that she has a bunch of tribal tattoos on her body and that she’s allergic to garlic? I wonder what else she hasn’t told us. 😕 What about Rez, her black cat? 😮 Scary looking, don’t you think? 😀

 

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I live in Canada and I love big dogs, music, movies, reading and sports – especially baseball

13 comments

  • Just wanted to add fangirl squeeing here about A Note in the margin, this story affected me deeply, and remains one of the most memorable one in this genre I have ever read. Thank you :-). I think Sammie asked all the best questions already, but if I come up with more, I will be back 🙂

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    • Hi Sirius! Thank you for you kind words about Margins! Dreamspinner Press took a real risk publishing that book because it tackled some heavy issues.
      Please do come back and ask me anything! 😀

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  • I loved A Note in the Margin, and I’m thrilled to hear you are writing Jamie’s story – I’m really looking forward to that.

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    • Hi Kaje! Thank you for leaving a comment! Yep, Jamie will have his own love story. It is interesting because I had it all set out in my head, but things aren’t going smoothly – hopefully it will make for interesting reading. Please understand though, I am a slow writer!

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  • You can be as tacky as you want!! I’ll add an Aussie Aussie Aussie!
    So pleased you enjoyed it. I love writing about Oz and I’m lucky that the publishers let me have my aussisms in print. I’m heading to north Qld in the new year – not sure this Melbournite will survive the heat!
    Thank you for commenting!! 😀

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  • Can I be tacky and shout GO AUSSIE. Have myself just finished Road to Byron, remembering travelling similar roads in the 70s – sadly minus “Damien” but definitely with “Craig” LOL
    Thanks IR for taking me back
    Sending greetings from the tropical North of Australia – no surf but plenty of Damiens

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  • Well, well, well, Isabelle Rowan–forgive me for a moment while I bow–repeatedly. I love–LOVE your work!! You were the f1rst author that had me throwing my kindle across the room–A Note in the Margin? 😥 It was beautiful—at one time or another I wanted to throttle each of the characters–but oh Ms Rowan–just amazing! And then Ink?? :bravo: So sweet–so tender–you’re killing me here!!! I couldn’t put it down! So–ok enough gushing–a few questions, please. First–where do these characters spring from–people you’ve met–circumstances you’ve encountered? Are they actually hiding in your closet—cause seriously?–they are so fully fleshed out–so real–how did you conjure them into being? :crystalball2:

    Secondly, I would love to know what you teach in RL–what inspires you–what do you delight in seeing your students grasp?? 🙂

    Finally–I am coming to Australia in February–please let Byron et al know you will be coming to the meetup–cause I don’t want to have to stalk you–ok?? 😉

    In all sincerity–I really respect your work–thank you for sharing your fantastic imagination and beautiful stories with us! :loveyou:

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    • Hi Sammy! Wow thank you so much! *blush blush blush*

      Hmmm my characters! My of my friends are now a little wary of me because they know aspects might end up in book. haha! It’s true! Some of the people who inhabit my writing are totally made up although I have an actors or another person’s face in my head. The only one who I consciously based on a real life person is Abby in Ink. Although Scott’s blue dreadlocks and the key are from a real tattooist I met during an inking.
      However, once they take hold, all the characters become very real in my head. Jamie in particular nags at me! Brat that he is! He’s demanding a man of his own so guess what I’m writing now? Actually, I missed my Margins men and wanted to visit them again.
      I teach English, History and Media (film studies). There is nothing more inspiring when you see a student ‘get something’. The best thing i was ever told by a student was, “Oh come on Miss, you tricked me into learning something.”
      What meet up are you having in Oz? Are you going to be in Melbourne? I would love to catch up! 😀

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    • Hey sammy think we met over comments somewhere else. If you are getting up to Darwin during your OZ tour, get back to me we live near Litchfield Park just south of Darwin and happy to share our backyard with a fellow reader

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  • I just finished Road to Byron. Made me home sick (Perth) missing all the beaches and sharks. It was a great read. Sad but believe able. I am off to buy your back list.
    Tish

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    • Hi Tish! Thank you for your comment 🙂 You know, I’ve lived in Oz most of my life and never made it to Perth – it is on my wish list! I live very close to the beach on the Mornington Peninsula so beach guys are very familiar to me – Craig types in particular. I am so pleased you enjoyed it even though it did make me a little home sick. Please let me know what you think of my other writing!

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      • Just finished A Note in the Margin
        It was like really good poetry, heartbreaking, joyful and haunting. In other words, brilliant. Not a story i’llforget in a hurry.
        Thanks and keep writing…… But faster 😉
        Tish

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  • Hi! I’ve just arrived in Edinburgh and loving the sunshine! I’m here for a couple of days before I travel back down to Newcastle then London. Luckily I doing some research on the intercity trains for a story idea! Next weekend I leave for Albuquerque. Please feel free to ask me anything – if you are shy, you can email me direct or visit my website at isabellerowan.com

    Izzy 🙂

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