Today we have Elise Ackers here to talk to us about her latest release, Dear Stranger. Take it away, Elise.
I listen to TED Talks when I’m doing particularly monotonous things at work. This is relevant, because it was Hannah Brencher’s moving talk about love letters to strangers that inspired Dear Stranger.
Hannah is the Founder and Creative Director of More Love Letters, a USA based organisation that spreads messages of love, hope and support to people around the world. The authors of these letters are anonymous, they’re positive, and they’re making a difference. The concept stayed with me. It also moved me to the point that I penned some anonymous letters of my own and left them around my city for strangers to find.
Right about now, the similarity between fact and fiction is undeniable. Although strangely enough, the idea for Dear Stranger didn’t come to me until a year after I first stumbled across Hannah’s generosity. I was sitting on a tram, thinking about work, when a woman stepped on board wearing a heart shaped polka dots dress. It was so romantic, that I found myself imagining what the woman would be like – if she was a dreamer, if she was in a relationship, if (and this was the moment) she was the type who liked to spread a little love on Valentine’s Day.
If you’re interested in listening to Hannah talk about how she’s wearing her heart on her sleeve, the link to her talk is http://www.ted.com/talks/hannah_brencher_love_letters_to_strangers.html. And if you want a quick, romantic read about a plucky, kind-hearted woman who does the same, then Dear Stranger could be your kind of story.
A beautiful love letter to the most troublesome of holidays…
Soft-hearted Reese Ahearn is single for Valentine’s Day. Again. But that’s not going to stop her from spreading the holiday’s sentiment on the streets of Melbourne with short, sweet, anonymous love letters, left for strangers to find.
The last thing she expects, however, is a reply…
About the author:
Elise K. Ackers is a romantic suspense and contemporary romance author based in Melbourne, Australia. She is a 2013 Romantic Book of the Year finalist, print and ebook published with Penguin Australia, Destiny Romance and Escape Publishing, and known to do some pretty strange stuff in the name of research.
Thank you, Elise for being here today. Elise will be giving away three e-copies of Dear Stranger, please enter via Rafflecopter.