Sarah Belle is in the bar!

Sarah, welcome to the Calypso Bar! Tell us about yourself…
Sarah BelleGracie, thanks, it’s great to be here! I started my professional life in the hospitality industry, working in some of the roughest hotels in Melbourne in the late Eighties, surrounded by drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, and undercover police. Tiring of the inherent dangers of that working environment, I completed a business degree and went on to work in the recruitment industry and the Department of Defence, where I met and married the man of my dreams: a dashing, Army Blackhawk pilot! We have four young sons and live on the beautiful Queensland coast, where my days are spent being a frazzled mum, writer, Bikram Yoga devotee and the only woman in a house of five males.

Sarah, you’re living the dream! Lots of real-life inspiration for some wonderful stories, too. Your new novel, Hindsight, is roaring up the sales charts. Let’s take a look at an excerpt:


I bring a glass of water to my mouth, like the Tin Man and his oilcan. Mouth partially paralysed from the hyperventilation, I manage to tip some water into the square three centimetres of gaping lips and spill the rest down my chin. Not a good look but it’s enough to create normal function.
“The date. What is the date?” I say clearly and slowly so that he understands me.
The only thing that keeps me vertical is being able to rest my hands on the back of a chair.
“It’s April 1st. Juliette, are you OK?”
“No, no! The year, what year is it?” Pins and needles climb up my legs until my body ceases to exist from the waist down.
“Juliette, relax, we’re going to the doctor.”
He sounds very assertive which, again, is unusual.
“What year is it, Chris?” The agitation in my voice is apparent, even to me.
“What year?” My arms and hands begin to tingle and lose their firm grip on the back of the chair.
“1961.” Silence fills the intervals between peaks of panic.
“1961?” My voice is nothing but a whisper.
There, it’s been said now; the practical joke can end. I await with a level of anticipation that is aneurism-inducing. Now he can tell me that the joke is over and I can tell him how convincing it was, and that he really had me going because 1961 is over fifty years in the past and it is freaking impossible to travel back through time. But he doesn’t say anything. He just stands there and looks at me.

Time to cast your mind another time, but instead to another place. What ONE book couldn’t you do without if you were stranded on a desert island? 

Ooooh! Hard one. ‘Carmilla’ by J. Sheridan LeFanu, because I’ve been reading it regularly for over 20 years.  It’s a bit tattered now!

Would you put it down for a party? Which three special desert-island guests could tempt you into the bar for a cocktail instead?

Daniel-CraigHoly moly – this is hard! Ummmm…Daniel Craig so that I could stop fantasising about him in my mind, Robin Williams because he is so incredibly talented, and Sir Richard Branson because he is a so inspiring and fascinating.

And what would you all be drinking?

I’m a sucker for a Blue Lagoon!

A most appropriate choice! Here’s the recipe for our readers joining us:

1oz Blue Curaçao
1oz Vodka
3oz Lemonade
1tsp fresh lime juice

In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, combine Blue Curaçao, vodka, lemonade and lime juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

Sarah, what’s on your essential desert-island playlist?

I’ll go with artists, so in no particular order:

My Chemical Romance– especially ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ (my absolute favourite song ever!)   

Bruno Mars



Lady GaGa

Another eclectic mix! I love discovering new songs and artists with every Calypso Bar guest. Finally, Sarah, where can readers find you and your books?

I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads, I have my own blog and website, and I’m proud to be an Escape Artist so there are links to my book with Escape Publishing!

Sarah, thanks for joining us in the Calypso Bar! We’ll have another romance guest with their own desert essentials here next week!

5 Responses to “Sarah Belle is in the bar!”

  1. Lily Malone September 6, 2013 at 5:16 PM #

    Great excerpt Sarah.
    I had to laugh when Gracie comments you’re “living the dream” with 4 boys and hubby on the Queensland coast. I have two boys, and some days I think “living the dream” would be the day I get to go to the Queensland coast without them! (Only for a writing holiday you understand – I do love my mob to bits!)
    Nice to learn more about you Sarah, and thanks again Gracie.


    • Sarah Belle September 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM #

      Hi Lily, Thank you! I know what you mean – ‘me’ time is precious! I love mine too, but sometimes it would be nice to have a chance to miss them a bit!


  2. Sarah Belle September 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM #

    Hi Gracie, thanks so much for having me at the Bar today. It was great fun. One day we’ll get to have a Blue Lagoon together at a non-virtual bar!



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