Sunday, February 9, 2014

Iris Blobel: the Beginnings Series

I'm delighted to have Iris Blobel back at Creative Hodgepodge! Iris 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 their dog. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio
Iris has been busy, as the second of her "Beginnings" series was just released from Astraea Press. She's agreed to share a little bit about the book and what inspired her to write it.

When you cannot let go of a character

When I received feedback for my first book “Sweet Dreams, Miss England”, everyone was asking for a sequel. I kind of understood, because there are book series I really enjoyed and I liked that the author wrote more than just the one story. But when I was asked to do the same, I was at an utter loss.
Then I “met” Sophie and Mia Levesque, the two sisters from “New Beginnings” who’ve become almost family members in this household. After “New Beginnings” had been written I felt there was more I could write about the younger sister, Mia, and so I started “More Beginnings”. But Mia was still talking in my head, begging me for more, and I agreed to expand on her new friendship with Josh. “Fresh Beginnings” is nearly finished. It’s a hard story to write as the story is following our family trip through the USA we did last year. Once the photos are out for “research”, we have a little family gathering… reminiscing! J
But I’m way ahead of myself – sorry!
I’m supposed to tell you a bit about “More Beginnings”. Probably a mix of YA meets Contemporary Romance, it’s set six years after Sophie and Mia inherited a house in Hobart, and the now teenaged Mia is dealing with new emotions – her feelings for classmate Josh, her friendship with “babysitter” Zach and the new arrival of a baby in the family.
I loved putting her story on paper and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

More Beginnings:

It’s been six years since Sophie and Mia inherited a house from Clara Bellinger.
Life is good for the now teenaged Mia, even if she does have to deal with a dragon lady for a teacher. But then a man named Darren Schuster shows up in Hobart. Mia knows something is up when Sophie and Mark cut their weekend away short and rush home in the middle of the night. When Sophie won’t answer Mia’s questions, emotions run high, and Zach, the neighbour from across the road, confirms Darren’s identity to Mia. Disappointed, angry and feeling alone, Mia runs away.
Zach had been watching Mia for his friends while they took a much needed weekend away. When the late Clara Bellinger’s ex-husband, Darren, showed up, bringing Sophie and Mark home from their trip, Mia is filled with questions. But it’s Zach who gives Mia the answers she’s seeking. When she runs off, he must find her. He enlists the help of her teacher, Miss Peterson, and finds out that the ‘dragon’, is really more of a kitten.

~~ You can purchase More Beginnings at,, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and other ebook outlets.
~~ Iris Blobel can be found at her blog, on Goodreads, and on Twitter.