Writer Wednesday Interview: Iris Blobel

Welcome, Iris!  A few weeks ago I posted your cover for Echoes of the Past.  Thanks for coming back to tell us more about the book.  What gave you the idea for Echoes of the Past?

The funny part is, I started the first paragraph as a post for “Tuesday Tales” where authors write to a different prompt each week. Coming back from a holiday in South Australia, I picked it up again, wondering what it’d be like to return to such a beautiful place after so many years. Family and friendship has always been an important theme in my books, so the story developed around these three issues.

Is Echoes of the Past a single title, or part of a series?
Echoes of the Past is the first book in the Fermosa Bay series.

The story is set in Australia.  How important is the setting to the story?
Very important. I write while visualising the scene and I have to like what I see. It’s like placing yourself into the story looking around and be the little spy in the corner. If you don’t like what you see, how can the reader like what they read?

How has your love of travel and your move from Germany to Australia influenced your writing?
I moved to Australia well and truly before I started writing, so in a way I’d say no. But I’d have a guess if I lived in Germany, my stories would have a different touch to them, more local, more European, more … not sure … not-Australian ;-)

I love the soft, almost wistful, tone of your covers.  Does that reflect the tone of the story?
Wistful is a good word to describe it. I’d say it does reflect Connor’s story to the dot. When I handed in the details about the story and what I had in mind to the cover artist I was curious what she’d come up with. I expected many variations, but she absolutely nailed it with this one. Yes, as much as it is a romance story, it is also about Connor re-connecting with a life he could’ve had … many “what-if” questions in the story.

Fermosa Bay #1
New Adult Contemporary Romance

::: SYNOPSIS ::::

Emily Bradshaw waited over twenty years to see Connor again…

When her childhood friend, Connor Walsh, returns home to see his ailing father, Emily is elated to be reunited with the handsome man who moved to London so many years ago. But excitement fades to disappointment when he doesn’t remember her—or their first kiss. With her crush on Connor still in full swing, she’s determined to enjoy the short time he’s in Fermosa Bay, even though she knows her heart will break when he returns to his life in London.

When Connor receives news that his biological father is terminally ill, he returns to Fermosa Bay, Australia. 

With memories of his childhood tucked fondly in the back of his mind, returning to the small, coastal town leaves him to wonder how life would have been if his mother had never taken him away. Would he have been married and had children? Perhaps with Emily Bradshaw…

Secrets from long ago begin to unfold…

As Connor and his father grow closer, Connor learns his parents have a broken love story of their own. Will the echoes of the past lure him into staying, maybe for good? Or will he relive his parents’ tragic story and flee to London? 

Walking away from a real chance at true love…


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 met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.

Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.



  1. Thank you so much, Stephanie, for having me on your wonderful blog again.


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