Inspiration and travel by Joanne Dannon

Today it gives me great pleasure to welcome Joanne Dannon – all the way from Melbourne, Australia to introduce her debut Falling For Mr Wrong. Joanne and I met through Romance Writers of Australia’s critique partner scheme over five years ago and one day we hope to meet in person! Selfie

Thank you to Rachael and The Write Romantics for inviting me to chat about my recently launched book, “Falling for Mr Wrong”.

Today, I’m talking about inspiration and ideas for books. Many times I’m asked about where I get the ideas for my writing and I answer, everywhere, which is true. It could be a newspaper article or something I hear about that will have me thinking “what if?”

“Falling for Mr Wrong” is set in Israel and I wrote it after returning from 12 incredible days there. The words flowed as I poured all the amazing experiences I had just enjoyed into Tilly and Nate’s story.

In July 2014 I was selected to attend a dynamic women’s conference in Israel. I arrived early and spent 3 days exploring Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Although the conference was based in Jerusalem time was spent in of Tiberias and Tsfat.

Rather than just basing the story in Jerusalem, I took Nate and Tilly to beautiful northern Israel. Whether you’re religious or not, you can’t help but feel inspired by the places and events that occurred there.

Tsfat, the home to Jewish mysticism has amazing artists living there and you can immerse yourself in art galleries.

In Galilee, Christians visit the places where Jesus performed his miracles, Jews visit the tombs of the Rambam and other great sages. And for the not so religious visitors, there are stunning walking tracks and hot springs to indulge in.

The country is steeped in history and everywhere you go, there are monuments and remnants of the past that have been meticulously preserved.

Not only did I have a truly incredible, travel experience but it inspired me to write “Falling for Mr Wrong”.

I’ve loved the feedback I’ve received where readers have not only enjoyed the romance, but also the setting.

I’m giving away an e-book of “Falling for Mr Wrong” to one lucky reader. To enter, simply tell me a place you’d love to visit and why. I will randomly give the prize to one person who comments.


Excerpt from Falling for Mr Wrong –

Perspiration dotted her forehead and salt burned her brows. Lifting her glasses she rubbed her eyes absent-mindedly. “Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!” Pain seared through her brain as the smudged mud slipped underneath her eyelids, burning her eyeballs.

Scrunching her eyes tightly shut, Tilly tripped on the uneven sandy beach foreshore, blindly searching for her towel to wipe her eyes.

Her ankle twisted sharply.

With a sore foot and burning eyes she stumbled. Her hip connected with something metal, something hard. A vat of mud. She swore an un-lady like word as she started to fall – falling into a great big tub of mud, head first!

Bracing herself for the inevitable squelch she gasped. Air, not mud filled her mouth. A pair of strong, masculine arms caught her and with the ease of a weightlifter, said strong arms hauled her to his chest. Saved!

“I’ve got you,” a deep voice, with a dreamy-to-die-for British accent, filled her ears.

Oh, you most certainly do, she purred, her back pressed against firm packed muscle and two lightly tanned forearms fastened snug around her waist. She always liked reading about her heroes saving heroines but this was so much better.

Where to buy – 




Barnes and Noble

About Joanne Dannon –

Joanne writes to give her readers the experience she still loves to savor—indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel.

Joanne Dannon is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family.  She can be found on Facebook and her website chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.  She loves to hear from readers.

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12 thoughts on “Inspiration and travel by Joanne Dannon

  1. Your visit to Israel sounds amazing. What an incredible experience! The place I’d most like to visit is Granada, mainly because it looks so beautiful but also because it inspired one of my favourite novels, The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. Hopefully, one day soon, I’ll manage to make it there.

    • Thanks Alys, Israel was amazing 🙂

      I had a quick look at some internet pics of Granada and have to agree that it’s stunning. I love the picturesque buildings!! And how wonderful that Granada inspired one of your favourite books 🙂

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your story about the inspiration behind your novel, Joanne. I think really evocative settings can almost become a ‘character’ in the story in their own right and it sounds like that might be the case with your debut. I just had a look at your website too and I really like the idea of your love of cooking finding its way into your stories. Good luck with ‘Falling for Mr Wrong’. 🙂

    • Thanks Jo for your kind words 🙂 I’ve never really thought about the setting being a character but I do have to agree with you. My trip was so inspiring and life changing that it poured into my writing. Love your insights 🙂

      And yes, I do love cooking and baking. I’ve found a new apple cake recipe that’s soooooo delish that I’m tossing out my old recipe and using the new one. I’ll up load it to my website soon 🙂

  3. Hi Joanne!

    I loved the setting and wish to go visit all the places where your Tilly visited!

    This book is like magic and all the readers are loving it.

    All the best!

  4. Hi Joanne!
    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us… And I love the excerpt!
    Hope the Melbourne conference was fab…hubby and I had our wedding night at the same hotel and I’d have loved to be there this year. One year maybe the Write Romantics will head down under to Australia!
    Helen J Rolfe.

    • Thanks so much Helen 🙂

      The Melbourne conference was amazing and fab to catch up with my writing buddies. And yes, the Hyatt is truly lush, a wonderful place to stay with your hubby 🙂

      Let’s hope Rachael Thomas might be able to trek to Adelaide for next year’s RWA conference. It’s a long way but we’d love to have her there 🙂

      PS – I’ve got your book “The Friendship Tree” sitting on my TBR pile 🙂

  5. Thanks Jessica for stopping by and for your lovely comment 🙂

    Israel really is an amazing place and food is sooooooo delish especially the halva 🙂 I was in halva heaven there 😉

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