Today on Espresso Tales, my guest is fellow Australian author, Rania Battany, who is about to launch her latest book, Fleeting Moments.
Rania Battany lives with her husband and three children in the
beautiful Yarra Ranges, Victoria. When she isn’t getting her hands dirty in the garden, frolicking with her chickens or dog, or chasing after her children, she is writing contemporary romance novels that tug at the heartstrings or curled up with a cup of tea and a book.
Megan: Congratulations on your upcoming release. Tell me a little about it.
Rania: My upcoming release is titled Fleeting Moments. When I wrote this book, I wanted to create a heroine that was flawed, and my heroine, Maya, is seriously flawed. I often read stories with strong, independent and powerful women, and while these characters may empower others, I can never relate. I wanted to create a character who had to fight her way to happiness after loss, not only the loss of a loved one but the loss of connection with themselves and others—the loss self-identity and relationships. Regardless of each personal journey, the struggle of fighting through a period of darkness is a universal one, and I believe Maya’s journey is one a lot of women will be able to identify with. I hope that through her story I have shown that healing is possible, no matter how deep the pain is.
Megan: It sounds wonderful and that cover is totally #bookstagram worthy. What's next for you? What are you currently working on?
Rania: At the end of my first book, “This is Kaylah”, I left the door open for a spin off story based on the new romance of another couple. I have now started writing a novella titled “Promise me, Ben” which explores that relationship.
Megan: That sounds great and a wonderful way for your readers to continue to connect with your characters. Speaking of characters, of all the characters in your books who would you most like to have coffee with or least like to have coffee with?
Rania: In my second book, Fleeting Moments, I think I may have created my perfect man. Sam is fun, sporty, adventurous, has a great outlook on life, and is incredibly patient. He is a gentleman and is very funny. I would love to have a coffee with him and get swept into his energy and infectious outlook on life. I’d love to go hiking and jet skiing with him for a day. In saying that, I can’t imagine my real-life husband would be happy with me going out for coffee with him. Lucky Sam isn’t real!
Megan: Yes. Coffee with #bookboyfriends is probably a good thing to avoid! I don't think my husband would be too happy about me having a coffee some of my fictional creations either. So, tell me a little about your writing routine and how you construct your books. Are you an early bird writer or night owl?
Rania: I am definitely an early bird writer. My children tend to drain what is left of my mental and creative energy by the evening! In saying that, my children are also early risers, so I am often forced into writing in the evenings.
Megan: I think your children and my children must be collaborating there as mine are all early risers too! Do you plan out your writing in advance to sitting down to write, or are you more of a pantser?
Rania: I am a total panster. I struggle to plan things in my everyday life, and writing is no different. The few times I have tried to plan my writing, I’ve found that my story takes on a life of its own anyway and ends up going in a different direction to what I had planned.
Megan: Thanks for joining me and best of luck with Fleeting Moments.
Rania: Thank you!
To learn more about Rania and her books, including Fleeting Moments, visit her at:
Fleeting Moments is now available