Rachel Johns: My Love Affair With Television Soap-Operas
At least I was, once upon a time before I popped out three kids in quick succession, losing one much-loved soap-opera with each one of them!
Why do they insist on putting soap-operas on at terrible times for Mums? Here in Australia, my two fave soapies were Neighbours and Home & Away and they were on at 6.30pm and 7pm at night, smack-bang in the middle of the time I get my kids bathed and into bed. Yes, woe is me, I could have recorded them I suppose but I was never good with stuff like that.
I must admit, I don’t miss them as much as I thought I would, but I DO still get nostalgic when I read an article about the anniversary of something special on the show. Recently TV Week did a special on the anniversary of Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene’s (Kylie Minogue) wedding and I lapped it all up. I was VERY little when that wedding was screened but I remembered LOVING it. In fact, I loved all the relationships and weddings that happened on my two favourite soaps so I guess it’s not surprising that this little girl grew up to write ROMANCE!!
As a writer, we’re often asked where we get our ideas from and for my recent rural romance JILTED, my love of soap operas formed one of the puzzle pieces. I needed a heroine who had left a small town and started another career that looked to be far more glamorous than life in a small town – she doesn’t think that but the residents of the small town do. Then, suddenly I thought of my love of soaps and decided one way to pamper this love was to make my heroine a soapie actress!!
When I’m writing (or planning) what a character does for a career plays a big part for me. I’ve written about a voice talent, a cultural anthropologist, a country pub owner, and of course a soapie star. I guess in a way, through my writing, I get to experience careers that I may not ever have the chance to actually do.
So, this is my roundabout way of saying that although my books are not auto-biographical, they do each have a little bit of me in them!
Now… before I go, let’s chat TV shows! Are you a soap-opera fan like me or do you prefer something else? Reality TV? Dramas? Crime shows? I’d love to hear what your favourite TV show is and WHY!?
Thanks for having me Shannon!
She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his…
After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.
But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.
Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.
When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?
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