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Friday, September 20, 2013

Taking Tea with - Iris Blobel (and giveaway)


It's my pleasure to introduce a "new to me" author this week, the peripatetic, Iris Blobel. Her books deal with the complexities of relationships between parents and children, men and women and siblings and her voice is probably more reminscent of what is loosely described as "women's fiction" rather than straight romance. 

Welcome to my tea table, Iris... Are you a coffee or a tea drinker?

Definitely a tea drinker. If I don’t get my cup of Earl Grey, things can get really nasty around me J 
(AS:  Earl Grey...shudder!...fortunately I do keep some on hand for such emergencies

You have led a peripatetic life…born in Germany, au paired in Australia, lived in Scotland, London, Canada and now living permanently in Victoria, Australia…  what drove your travel urge?

We always travelled. As long as I can remember, we headed off somewhere during the holidays. Those days we had little money and all the other kids in my class when to the “in-places” like Ibiza or Majorca. Instead, our travels took us to places like Romania or Bulgaria. It was great. We never missed out. Even at a very mature age, mum’s still travelling and I envy her for that, and  I’m really happy that she does. We’ve got postcards from Namibia and Israel, Thailand and the Czech Republic. I hope my two daughters will have that travel bug as well – then again, I’m pretty sure they already do!

I have read that you met your Australian husband in Canada (Australians are great travelers too). Would you like to share how the two of you first met?

OMG – not sure. It was on one of the Contiki Tours. I heard the tour guide saying his (German) Surname every day when it came to the room allocation and wondered who on earth he is. I thought I’d met all the Germans on the tour already and couldn’t figure it out … until one of the first party evenings … the rest is history. (AS:...sigh...I love "first meeting stories)

You have worked in the film industry, is it as glamorous as people like to think? What is the funniest thing (or most peculiar request) that you encountered? 

Yes and No. I loved it. As a twenty-something-year old I was very impressionable (if that word exists).  I used to work for the ZDF, the German Television station in town, one of the biggest, if not the biggest TV station in Europe. It’s massive, so much so that at least once a year I couldn’t find my car in the car park, because I hadn’t parked it in the usual spot.

It was great working there, and I really enjoyed the daily atmosphere of ‘new books’, ‘new stories’, actors, ratings and the letters from the viewers. I’d have a guess if I had worked there at a more “mature” age, I’d probably still be there. The actors I got to meet and talk to had mostly been local actors, and I’ve got to admit, none of them really stood out that much that I can still remember them … except for Pierre Brice. That was one day to remember!

Pierre Brice in "Bravo"
After that I moved on to Filmproduction and worked as the PA to the CEO at a company called FFP – long hours, lots of international connections, absolute great time, but worn out after only one year … time to move on.

Oh … funniest thing … the letters from the viewers. We had a production called “Schwarzwaldklinik” (loosely translated: Hospital in the Black Forrest). We honestly had people writing in wanting help with their ailments. Funny and sad at the same time, I suppose!

Has your experience in film production influenced your writing?

No, not at all. For me it’s kind of a different lifetime. The only thing I got out of working in this industry is that actors aren’t any better than us.  But it is a buzz and today I often say “I worked in the industry”. Gives me a bit of a kick … LOL

I do most of my reading in the car, commuting to and from work. I LOVE audible books and I fascinated to see that two of your books are available as audible books. What was the process involved in turning your novels into audible books and is it worth it? (self interested question!)

I LOVE THEM, TOO!!! But I mostly listen to them while doing housework or ironing.  But as for the process, I’m afraid I can’t help. It was all organized through my publisher Astraea Press.

Dreams seem to be a recurring theme in your contemporary novels.  What is their significance in your own life?

Very important!  One day when I have enough time, I will have to actually find someone who can tell me more about it. Having said that, though, I do take my time and check out dreams that are very intense or recurring.  But I also believe everyone should have “dreams” in life and work towards them. Life’s too short to do what’s “just” right  or do what you don’t like. Life’s a journey, and like all journeys you should enjoy and treasure it.

Your current WIP is the third in the “Beginnings” series, can you tell us a bit about this series and when we can expect the third book?

I’m hoping to start edits for “More Beginnings” (#2) soon. It’s set 6 years after the first book and we get to follow Mia (the younger sister) through some teenage struggles including her first love.  I’ve only just started Beginnings #3 (Fresh Beginnings) and I’m not quite sure where to head with it, but it’s going to be Jared’s story.  


Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her two dogs. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

For more about Iris and her wonderful books visit her WEBSITE/BLOG


To believe in new beginnings is to trust in tomorrow

Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Levesque has been guardian to eight-year-old sister Mia since their mother’s death a few years ago. Luck comes their way when they inherit a small house in Hobart. Problem is, though, they don’t know or have even heard of Clara Bellinger, the testator, and Sophie is afraid it’s all been a mistake.
As Mia settles well into her new school and life in general, Sophie is not only occupied by her search of what connected her to Clara, but also her new studies and the two men, who suddenly have become part of her daily life - Mark O’Connor, the lawyer representing Clara’s estate, and Zach, the hunk from across the road.
 Purchase  NEW BEGINNINGS on Amazon: 


If you could have a chance for a “new beginning” what would you like it to be? 


  1. Thanks so much for "inviting me for tea", Alison. I really enjoyed it!

  2. I have to say that I would remember meeting Pierre Brice, too, Iris! YUMM! ;)

    AFA a new beginning; I can't think of what it would be if I had a chance for a new beginning. I am grateful for the life I have lived and can think of no way I would change it. I enjoyed your interview, and Your book sounds like a wonderful read!

  3. Hi Iris,
    I was surprised to find you live in Melbourne - I suspect from your book settings that you'd really prefer to be in Tasmania! Have you ever thought of writing a story set in Germany? I visited Germany for the first time earlier this year and was charmed. I'd love to read a story set in a small German town.

  4. Great interview, Iris.
    You've certainly had some COOL jobs over the years ... great exposure to people and circumstances that most of us only read about.
    I, too, am fascinated by dreams. I went several years with very little restorative sleep and once I began getting some of that again, the dreams came FLOODING in. I was able to remember many and wrote down accounts of most I could recall. I presently have HUNDREDS typed up. I also have an outline for at least one novel which deals with dreams...

  5. Thanks everyone ....
    Venetia, I like to set my stories in a location I know and feel comfortable with. I love Tasmania and Ireland and that's why I have most of my books set there. But having said that, I'm currently researching an idea to write a story set in Germany with my grandfather's experiences during the WWII as a background ... not sure whether I can pull it off.
    And Jeff ... yes we've many times talked about the importance of dreams, haven't we. Another good theme for a 4F1H week, don't you think! As for the jobs ... yup, I've been lucky.

  6. Thanks Janette for stopping by. It's music to my ears to hear a person is content ... that doesn't happen very often anymore!

  7. Hi Iris and Alison,
    Lovely to visit both of you. Dreams are funny things--those from our sleep and those hopes and goals we hold dear. I"m very happy with my life but if I were to have a new beginning, I think I would choose to have followed my youthful dream to be an archaeologist. But I would hope not to change anything else; my spouse and my children are too precious.

    Great interview , ladies. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for stopping by Susanne!
    Archaeologist sounds like a great dream to follow ... but it's good to hear, you're happy with life as well!

  9. Wonderful interview and I always wondered how you met your husband.

  10. Lindsay! So good to see you here :-) Thanks for coming over and saying hello ;-)

  11. I'm glad I stopped by, today, Alison. I see you're having a very interesting tea party with Iris Blobel. It's amazing the things one finds out when pouring tea, and I hope you have some of my favourite German biscuits to go with the cuppa. Luelsdorf would be a great place to set the scene for another novel, Iris. Might put it on the map, because it's definitely not there now as far as some genealogy researchers are concerned...

  12. Hi everyone and apologies for not calling in earlier but I have been in central Australia...bush camping and definitely out of Internet range. It's been great catching up with all your comments and Iris has been a terrific guest.
    The night before last I lay on my back looking up at the stars of the Australian bright you think you can touch them. In Aboriginal dreaming it is the dark spaces between the stars around which the stories are woven...or so I have been told.

  13. Hi everyone. I'm on holidays as well with no internet ;-)
    Robyn .... Hahaha about luelsdorf. I'd ove to hear u pronounce it. I need a beer to get that word over my lips!
    Alison ... Stargazing in the Australian outback! Not much that can beat that. So jealous!