I’m currently writing a romantic trilogy centered around a trio of sisters in a country music band. The McAllister sisters (who go by the title The Cloud Sisters) are an undiscovered act who hail from the fictional small country town of Wattle Hill in my home state of New South Wales, Australia.
Each book is told from the POV of a different sister (and the hero) and follows their journey from being an unsigned act to finding success and love, and is set in both Australia and Nashville.
The idea emerged two years ago from my months-long boxset binge on the TV show Nashville. I’d always loved a bit of country music but after falling in love with the show, I became a dedicated fan of both the music and the scene.
In January this year I even travelled to Tamworth for the annual country music festival, the most iconic event of its kind in Australia. I wanted to write a fictional series like Nashville about the Australian country music industry, and going to Tamworth gave me a lot of insight and inspiration, not to mention exposure to some pretty talented Aussie bands and artists.
My inspiration for the all-girl sister band came from our very own McClymonts, who have a stack of successful albums and are well-known in this country.
Also, being the middle of three sisters has given me a wealth of material to work with! The fun, the love, the fights (eek!). The characters of Elodie, Scarlett and Amber are entirely fictional though (promise, sissies…).
Each of the sisters have their own talents and unique personalities, and even though they’re travelling the same way, their paths to fame and love are very different. I can’t wait to tell their stories!