Tuesday 6 May 2014

ACRBA Tour Imogen's Chance by Paula Vince with interview

5th - 9th  May 2014
is introducing

Imogen’s Chance
(Even Before Publishing April 2014)


Paula Vince 

About the Book

She has given herself a chance to fix her personal history. But will old mistakes bring up new emotions?

Imogen Browne longs to make up for past mistakes before she can move on. She quietly resolves to help the Dorazio family, whose lives she accidentally upset. Her biggest challenge is Asher, the one person who may never forgive her. And he is facing a crisis of his own. Imogen must tread very carefully, as trying to fix things may well make them shatter.

A sensitive story about misplaced loyalty, celebrating life and falling in love. Can family secrets concealed with the best intentions bear the light of day?

About the Author

Paula Vince's youth was brightened by great fiction and she's on a mission to pay it forward. A wife and homeschooling mother, she loves to highlight the beauty of her own country in her stories. Most of them are set in the lovely Adelaide Hills, where she lives. Paula's books are a skillful blend of drama and romance. Together with elements of mystery and suspense, you will keep turning pages.

Interview with Paula Vince.

Can you tell us something interesting readers may not know about you?
I love finding out true stories about miracles, coincidences and a-ha moments. Sometimes they make interesting fodder for stories, and other times I just like to store them away as proof that the world is a more interesting place than we may imagine.

Where did you get the inspiration for Imogen’s Chance?
I’ve always been a bit of a worrier about things I believed I had no control over. I was brought up in a family of worriers. I wanted my new story to delve into the questions of whether we may actually have more control over apparently random circumstances than we think, and what should be our attitudes about sudden shocking news, along with day-to-day worries. As always, I think it’s powerful when we have examples in story form.

In your research, did you find any interesting tidbits that surprised you?
Yes, I was delighted and excited to see that some of the research done by Imogen and Asher in the pages of my novel is entirely true. People have recovered from seemingly impossible medical prognoses and lived to tell the stories.

What would you like readers to take out of reading your novel?
That under no circumstances should we ever lose hope or give up, no matter how dire our situations may appear, or what people, including so-called experts, may tell us.

Fun question to end. If you were to recommend somewhere in Australia or New Zealand for readers to visit, where would it be?
I’d have to say the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. Not only is it where I live and set my novels, but I’ve often wondered about something. Once, I was listening to a guest celebrity from America telling an audience that he found the Adelaide Hills to be one of the prettiest spots on his world tour. As I haven’t travelled as much as I would like to, I can’t verify his opinion. I sometimes wonder whether he was being sincere, or if it’s just a line he uses on every leg of his trip. Therefore, I’d love to invite others who come from remote locations to come visit me, and tell me whether they think what he said carries weight. Is my Adelaide Hills really one of the world’s prettiest spots?

Where can we find you on the web?
I’d love you to visit me at either of my two blogs.
1) in which I like to post reflections, some whimsical and some surprising, about things which have just occurred to me.
2) in which I love to review both fiction and the occasional non-fiction titles. If you know of any books you think may fit my criteria, please visit this blog and send me a message.


  1. Paula and Jenny, fascinating interview. I find it interesting that it can be hard to make coincidences work well in a story, and not seem contrived or convenient for the plot.

    Paula, I have a true story you might find interesting, but it would probably sound contrived in a story. I was at work (in a retail store) and a customer asked if I had a contact number for centre management. She'd found a car downstairs in the car park with a door left open, a purse on the front seat, empty baby seats in the back, and no one around.

    Ten minutes later, my manager asked me if we'd contacted centre management about the car. I told the customer I was chatting with at the time what had happened. The car description matched her car, and she'd left an empty purse on a seat. She came back in later and told me it was her car. Nothing was missing, but she'd been distracted by her children and forgotten to lock it up. What are the odds that I'm talking to the owner of the car when my manager asked this question?

    1. Hi Narelle,
      Thanks for the story. That's just the sort of thing I like to hear, and they would come across as unbelievable in fiction for sure.
      A similar thing happened to me years ago, when I was the song leader in church one Sunday, and had chosen 'Amazing Grace' as one them. Later, the guest speaker got up and said how glad he was that happened, because his message included a lot about the life of John Newton, who wrote the hymn. He'd forgotten to let anybody know in time that he would really like 'Amazing Grace' to be played by the music team, and decided to let it go. Once again, what are the odds of that happening, since I didn't get asked often, and rarely chose hymns when I was?

  2. Enjoyed the interview. Thanks Jenny and Paula.

    1. Hi Dale,
      Thanks, and thank you also for the help you've already given me in helping promote this book, by having me as a guest on your blog and writing an encouraging review :)


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