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TFW interview author Monica M Martin

Award winning author Monica M Martin recently caught up with Two Flat Whites to have a chat. Monica is a proud mum. Monica published her first novel in 2003 & has since gone on to write several #1 bestsellers, been nominated for two CAPA awards for historical works & is a 2007 EPPIE Award finalist.

If you sign an autograph what do you write? And where do you call home?

Depends… could be something personal or simply, ‘Enjoy the read!’ Monica M. Martin. I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, QLD.

In your own words, what do you do?

I’m an author, I write historical, contemporary, fantasy and paranormal romance works – sensual, erotic and erotica. I also write sensual, erotic and mainstream poetry.

I’ve written several #1 bestsellers, been nominated for CAPA awards for historical works Isabella’s Desire and Lucinda’s Contract. I am a 2007 EPPIE Award finalist– in the Erotic Romance Fantasy/Paranormal category- Immortality’s Caress book 2: Eloise’s Awakening.

Childhood Memories:

TV Show – The Wombles, Wonder Woman, Are You being Served?, Get Smart, Sale of the Century, cricket, Sixty Minutes and Neighbours. The still watch Neighbours today. :-)

Hobby – Dancing, horse riding and sketching. I was a tomboy.

Food – I loved cream buns, lamingtons and cheese tarts. I loathed vegetables.

Fear – Being struck by lightening simply terrified me.

People – My family and friends were, and still are, everything to me.

Defining moment – Childhood: The death of my mother. Adulthood: The birth of my son and my first book contract.

Schooling memories, chore or cherished?

Chore: I simply loathed school.

From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up too?

After I’ve tidied up and packed my son off to school, I work. I sort my mail and then get on with researching, plotting and or writing– depending on where I’m at with that particular work. Four p.m. it’s back to being a parent… I get back to work after nine most weeknights.

Where can people see your work?

Monica M. Martin http://www.monicammartin.com/Monica_M_martin_All_Books.html
Join me on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/monicammartin
Read my blog here: http://www.monicammartin.blogspot.com
Join my online ‘mailing list’ here http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Monica_M_Martin/.

For love or money?

Both.

What future endeavours are in the pipeline?

Immortality’s Caress – erotic historical vampire series
Book 4: ‘Jamal’ The Gifted One, set in Cairo, 1800s
Book 5: ‘Lucien’ The Dark One, set in Victorian England
Book 6: ‘Michael’ The Sacred One, set in New York, 1920s
Also, watch for the first of my mainstream suspense works late 2008.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hmm… I see myself as a well-established author with an international best seller or two. Fingers crossed. ;-)

If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?

Jane Austen, Patricia Cornwell and Stephen King. We’d discuss the craft of writing, of course. ;-)

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee! Gloria Jean’s ‘skinny latte’ is my favourite. I fancy blackcurrant or lemon iced tea during the warmer months. I drink iced coffee, too.

Best Restaurants – Sydney v Melbourne?

A common question asked by many in the food industry. Does Sydney or Melbourne have the best restaurants? There were the days when to dine decently one had to fly to Melbourne. When it came to restaurants, Melbourne had it all over Sydney. Fanny’s, the Latin, Maxim’s, Lynch’s, Glo-Glo’s, Mietta’s, Hermann Schneider’s Two Faces, Stephanie’s in that amazing Italianate boom period pile in Hawthorn, the venerable Florentino, the fabled Flower Drum – one was spoiled for choice. And the people who ran them were larger-than-life personalities.

Compared to Melbourne, Sydney was the Gobi desert of dining. Then something strange happened. Sydney took over. A bunch of brash, young chefs began to run kitchens, and the situation was reversed. It took Melbourne quite some time to realise what had happened to its reputation for the nation’s premier restaurants, the epicentre of stylish dining.

What happened was simple. Diners didn’t want that kind of style any more. They wanted to know who was in the kitchen, not who was on the floor pampering the patrons. The day of the celebrity chef had dawned and the flash chaps juggling the pans were the stars, not the proprietors who hired them.

The evidence is that Melbourne may be regaining some of the considerable ground lost in the last decade – when Neil Perry, Tetsuya Wakuda, the brothers Doyle, Mark Armstrong, Paul Merrony, and, most famous of all, Tony and Gay Bilson (both Melburnians, ironically), began getting all the attention and a hefty slice of international column inches. 

Australia is producing some of the best young chefs in the world today. We are becoming more creative, fusing tradition with daring and a highly personal style? So you be the judge. Whether it’s Sydney or Melbourne leading the way today, do yourself a favour & hit one of our wonderful restaurants!

Hope Street Markets

Critic of the year – The Pascall Prize

The Herald film reviewer Paul Byrnes has won the Pascall Prize as critic of the year. The $15,000 award, announced in Sydney last night, came with praise from the judges for his “always distinctive, mature, incisive and argumentative” work. Accepting the prize, Byrnes declared that serious film criticism was in danger of dying out.

He said the industry had succeeded in “a huge con” that commerce was more important than art. “What has happened in the last 30 years is that great films and great box office have become entwined in a way they never were before. Since Star Wars and Jaws, the balance between audience, critic and film has shifted to the extent that much of the public now believes that a great film can’t be great unless the box office makes it great.”

Human Rights Medal and Awards 2007

Since 1987, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has recognised individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of human rights in Australia through the annual Human Rights Medal and Awards.

On the 20th anniversary of the awards, help the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission recognise and acknowledge outstanding achievements in human rights by nominating people for the 2007 Human Rights Medal or in one of seven award categories.

To be eligible, entrants must have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia. An entry form and supporting material must be received at the Commission’s offices by 5pm, Friday 5 October 2007, addressed to:

2007 Human Rights Medal and Awards
Public Affairs Unit
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
Level 8, Piccadilly Tower
133 Castlereagh Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000

or GPO Box 5218
SYDNEY NSW 2001.

New Music Network Concert Series 2007

New music is where creative musicians strive to express their ideas and feelings through media that encourage innovation and pose new challenges at every step.  The pursuit of an aural ideal, the embrace of new technologies, the thrill of exploring a new combination of sounds or personalities, and the need to express a personal ethos are all motivating factors that encourage the creation something new in music.

This concert series reflects the wealth and diversity of new music, presenting Australia’s leading exponents of contemporary art music performance. Improvisation with the bush, the possibilities of intermedia and acousmatic computer works, recent European music for saxophones, modern settings of Shakespeare, and chance encounters with John Cage’s music are among the experiences presented.

The New Music Network Concert series gives adventurous and inquisitive audiences the opportunity to connect and engage with the best of new music. Catch it at The City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney.

Saturday 6 October 2007, 7:30pm
Saturday 20 October 2007, 7:30pm
Saturday 1 December 2007, 8:00pm

Hold the phone – Warney’s in the news!

Cricketer Shane Warne has hit back at allegations by his former wife that he is cheating on her again. Warney, one of our greatest cricketers, some say the best ever, has lived his life in the news for both cricket & for personal reasons.

Australia’s greatest ever wicket taker & one of the toughest competitors of all time. Warney is a living legend in sporting circles but has consistantly let himself down due to one thing & then another.

From affairs, to drug taking & throwing stumps, Warney has just about done the lot. So I’ll let you decide – Warney one of our greatest sportsman or Warney, not again!

Best Blog Award!

The Blogger’s Choice Awards have hit our shores once again! Two Flat Whites have a chance to take this years title!

Support Two Flat Whites & Australia, by voting us as the Best Blog Design…. It’s easy, just take 2 minutes out of your day & sign up & vote now! Go to one of the attached links!

‘Two Flat Whites’ is a network for Fashion, Design, Music, Entertainment, Food, Lifestyle, Travel and Small business. ‘Two Flat Whites’ offers the opportunity for talented, skillful and inspirational Australian fashion designers, photographers, graphic designers, musicians, entertainers, bands, chefs, personalities, fashion labels, restaurants and small businesses to be recognised while showcasing their work.

If you think you have what it takes & would like to showcase your work, update us on some exciting project or get your name out there even further by being interviewed. Let us know.

We welcome your feedback, comments and opinions.

Two Flat Whites.

Discovering, promoting & nurturing Australian talent!

TFW talk with artist Kirstin Mills!

Two Flat Whites recently had the pleasure in talking with talented artist & keen writer Kirstin Mills. Kirstin’s art can best be described as fantasy. Although, she doesn’t mind the more traditional portrait styles either. You can check out Kirstin’s online gallery & store.

If you sign an autograph what do you write? And where do you call home?

When I sign prints of my artworks I usually just sign my name, unless a special message is asked for. I haven’t yet been asked for an autograph in the street!

Home is wherever I feel the most safe, content and happy. That’s usually wherever I am with my partner. I don’t need walls and a roof to feel at home. Though if you were to look me up in a directory you would find me living in the beautiful rural outskirts of Sydney.

In your own words, what do you do?

I have fun! Work-wise I do lots of things. My main and most enjoyable part is my art. I imagine, draw and paint my way through life. Most of my art has a magical, fairy and fantasy theme. Although I also very much enjoy traditional portraiture as well. Then I bring these artworks to as many people as wish to share them through my website, in the form of prints and lovely giftware accessories like magnets, keyrings, greeting cards and lots of other wonderful things!

Childhood Memories:

TV Show – I’m always talking about the wonderful shows I grew up with in the late 80s/early 90s… “The Lost Cities of Gold” was my all time favourite but there have to be at least fifty that all had a profound effect on me in some way!

Hobby – My art, but it’s not such a hobby anymore as a way of life! I also read and write a lot, anything to do with using my all too active imagination!

Food – As a kid I hated almost everything except breakfast cereal, which I would eat for almost every meal. Nowadays I squeeze in most other kinds of food as well! I get so much pleasure from enjoying good food! Especially chocolate cake!

Fear – Not much except for King Brown snakes chasing and biting me. I really dislike them.

People – My family have always been very close, form the greatest part of my cherished (and uncherished!) memories, and provided me with so much inspiration, love and guidance.

Defining moment – My life was filled with defining moments as far as I was concerned. I was nearly always in my own world and always paid infinite attention to the details of the moment I was in. A lot of times I was observing the simplest thing, such as a flower in my garden, or a caterpillar, when I would stop and my life would catch up to me. In those moments I would realize “this is me” and “this is where I am in my life.” Those moments, happening a lot from the time I was very small, I see as my most defining, or self-defining moments.

Schooling memories, chore or cherished?

Definitely cherished! I was so privileged to go to wonderful schools near my home, both public schools that were absolute gems in my life. School for me was such a perfectly contained world of imagination, opportunity, encouragement, growth and laughter! I would definitely go back if I could!

From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up to?

I’m never sure of that myself until I am doing it! I could be whiling away the hours on a new piece of art, filling out orders from my website, thinking up and creating exciting new products based on my artworks, or anything in between! Sometimes I do try to seek some semblance of stability! A new company has just licensed my work for their perfume labels so I’m currently designing those, while also building my wholesale website.

Where can people see your work?

The main place to view all my work together is my online gallery and store: www.kirstinmills.com. There are a few online galleries that I have work in, such as DeviantArt, Elfwood and the Australian Fantasy Art Enclave. You may also see it around the place published as greeting cards, keyrings, cross-stitch designs and of course, these perfume labels!

For love or money?

Definitely love! If I were after the money I would have studied business or law at University rather than studying English literature and then launching a career writing and painting! I love creating things immensely; it always was and always will be a huge part of me!

What future endeavors are in the pipeline?

I can never be sure! It depends on how well my art is received by people all over the world and which companies feel like sharing it on their products. Personally, I will constantly strive to achieve more in my art and writing. I’m going to start work soon on a few children’s books, while short stories and novels are also set for future projects!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I honestly don’t know, and I like it that way. It means I live each moment as it happens because that’s all I have. If my life continues the way it’s traveling at the moment, I will be content and happy, and hopefully enjoy the knowledge that more and more people have shared and been touched by my art and writing.

If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?

My partner, who I would always choose to spend time with if I could, my beautiful father who recently passed away, a brilliant man and one whose company I always cherished,… and a very ancient ancestor because I have always wondered what the people that came before me were like and whether we would get along quite well. Obviously family means a very great deal to me!

Coffee or Tea?

Tea. I absolutely love peppermint tea. I grow it in my garden and drink it all the time!

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