Friday, 14 March 2014

AUTHOR LOWDOWN with Ros Baxter

Aliens are loading humans onto their ships to populate a new galaxy; you have two hours before they get to you. What do you do in those two hours?!

OMG, start with the easy ones (LOL)!

Let’s see.  I’d definitely have to start with making a list.
1. Brush my teeth (new galaxy or no, you always need clean teeth).
2. Brush the kids’ teeth (as above times a thousand).
3. Pack my kindle, my vibrator, and (of course) my toothbrush.  Oh, and my kids and hubby of course!!
4. Say good-bye to my favourite earthly things – my sister, my best friends, Lindt salted caramel chocolate...
5. Ring my Dad and tell him I love him.

Who is your favourite author?
Oh noooo... too hard. These questions don’t get any easier! Okay, so again with the list (and in no order).
1. My sister Amy Andrews (not her real name, by the way).
2. Charlaine Harris (for the hottest vamps EVER).
3. AS Byatt (for words to make you weep).
4. George RR Martin.  Because...all of it.
5. Some of my favourite Escape artists – Ainslie Paton, Sandra Antonelli, Eva Scott – ‘cause they write well and are a lovely bunch of women.

How did you start your writing career?
With a sleeping baby and a couple of hours on my hands.  Seriously though, I’d always written, since I was a kid. Journals, stories.  It was just time to make it real.

Which character was the hardest to write and why? 
In Lingerie for Felons it was Clark, the ‘other guy’.  I had a lot of sympathy for him, but I knew Lola needed to end up with Wayne.

Why did you choose to write romance?
Because life is hard, busy, compromised and did I mention busy?  Reading should be happy. It’s all about the HEA.

If you weren’t an author, what would you have ended up doing?
Going mad. We all need an escape.

Do you have any rituals/habits when you write?
I used to – now I just grab any time I can get and bash away.  Although I do keep a stash of chocolate handy! ;)

What would be the weirdest one?
I need my dog in the room - something about doggy smell keeps me focused!

If you write under an alias/Nome de plume, how does it feel to have emails etc. addressed to your other name?
No alias for me, so excited that I get to do this!

What is on your current and upcoming release schedule?
1 March – Lingerie for Felons

1 April – Beached, the next installment of my mermaid trilogy.
Also in April – Second Chances, a Bold and the Beautiful story.

Where are your books available?

Stalker links?!
You can email Ros at, find her on Facebook, or on twitter @RosBaxter. You can also visit her website.

Lingerie for Felons by Ros Baxter
Available from Escape Publishing on 1 March 2014
Amazon          iTunes          More buying options on the Escape page

Lingerie for Felons – 1 March, Escape Publishing

The story

If there’s one universal truth, it’s this: You’re always wearing your worst underwear when you land in trouble.

Lola’s parents told her that everyone can make a difference. And she believed them. She’s been fighting the good fights since she was eleven years old. But at 23, Lola falls hard for an Australian stockbroker who thinks Doctors Without Borders is a porno and Joni Mitchell sounds like a harp seal being battered to death. She cuts him loose, but over the next fifteen years, through protests, misunderstandings, humiliating predicaments, and a number of poor underwear choices, their lives and paths continue to converge.

Along the way, Lola learns a few important life lessons: Never wear a red lace thong to a strip search. Make sure you take motion sickness pills if you’re going to the Southern Ocean to save the whales. And sometimes, Mr Right can be all wrong, and Mr Wrong just needs time to find the right path. 

About the author
Ros writes fresh, funny, genre-busting fiction. She digs feisty heroines, quirky families, heroes who make you sigh and tingle, and a dash of fantasy from time to time.

ros blogRos has published Sister Pact (a romantic comedy co-written with her sister Ali) with Harper Collins, Fish Out of Water, Lingerie for Felons and White Christmas (Escape Publishing), Home for the Holidays and Seven Deadly Sins (Amazon).  Sequels to Sister Pact and Fish Out of Water are coming out in 2014, along with Second Chances, a Bold and the Beautiful story published through Pan Macmillan.

In her spare time, Ros is also a public servant, consultant, mother, lover, taxi service for extra-curricular activities, and (because she is so freakin’ busy) maker-of-the-fastest-family-meals in the business.  There is nothing you can teach her about using a slow cooker or making the same dinner sound more appealing by giving it an exotic name or interesting backstory.

Ros also coordinates “Tomorrowgirl”, a short story competition for remote Indigenous girls in Australia. You can find out more at

Ros lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband Blair, four small but very opinionated children, a neurotic dog and nine billion germs.