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The Replacement Wife by Rowena Wiseman ~ Presented by Christine

Please welcome Rowena Wiseman author of The Replacement Wife.

Rowena will be awarding an eCopy of Replacement Wife to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


Replacement Wife

by Rowena Wiseman



  1. How do you come up with ideas for your books?

Ideas for my stories come from many places – from conversations with friends or something that I’ve read in the newspaper. Often an idea comes when I’m bothered by something, when it doesn’t make sense – it’s like solving a problem. For The Replacement Wife the idea came from a lady I knew who had just gotten into a relationship with a man who had a school-aged daughter. This lady wasn’t getting along with the daughter and would sometimes say things I felt wasn’t quite fair about a kid. It made me feel sorry for the daughter and her own mother. I thought about what happens if a relationship was failing but you wanted to make sure your child ended up with a decent stepmother?

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I want to keep on challenging myself with new stories that cross age groups. I’ve started a series for children Aunty Arty where I’ve worked with a fantastic illustrator, I’d like to continue developing that series. I also have two young adult novels that I would love to see published.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

Most of my characters are seriously flawed. But one character I would like to be is Ivy in my latest YA novel Repeat After Me – about two street artists. Ivy is only in high school, but she’s courageous and her own person.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I don’t belong to a critique group, as such, but I’ve been involved in online writing communities. I’ve been posting chapters of my YA novels on Wattpad – the world’s largest reading and writing website. It’s been a fantastic way to connect with readers and get real-time responses to my work. The support and encouragement I receive from readers on Wattpad is great motivation for my work.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

I wrote a novel called Searching for Von Honningsbergs about ten years ago and this would have been the first time I properly started sending my work to publishers. It was longlisted for the Australian Vogel Award one year – so I knew that it had something going for it, and that was enough encouragement for me to continue writing.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best advice I’ve received is ‘find a way to say it differently’. Rather than relying on cliché or using expressions that have been used a million times before, say it in a unique way. It’s challenging! The worst advice I’ve received is don’t use ‘And’ at the start of a sentence. It’s outdated.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I usually write down a handful of dot points about characters and what I think may happen, then I launch right in and work it out along the way. I like the idea of my writing being spontaneous.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Right now my favourite book is Tatyana Tolstaya’s collection of short stories On the Golden Porch. She has such a unique style of writing, it’s almost as though I feel a sensation when I read her words.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I always panic when I finish a story and feel like I’ll never have a good idea ever again! I recently finished my YA novel Repeat After Me and went through a few weeks of terror where I felt as though my well of ideas was completely dry. But now I’ve got two ideas! One is an adult fiction book about some suburban swingers and the other is another YA novel with a strong female character, something about global warming and how technology has made humans robotic.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

Right now it’s The Voice. I love watching it with my children – I like that it’s all about people who are passionate about music and following their dreams.


Luisa has fallen madly in love with sculptor Jarvis, so she comes up with a plan to find a new wife for her husband Luke so she can exit stage left. She wants to screen potential stepmothers for her 8-year-old son Max and has strict criteria: the woman must be a single mother; have no more than two children; she can’t be authoritarian; she must be creative, nurturing and not much prettier than Luisa.

After a few carefully orchestrated meetings with different women that fail to raise a spark, Luke finally connects with a potential replacement wife. However, Luisa isn’t prepared for the fact that Luke’s interest in the other woman makes him a better man and a more attractive husband. After suffering for years in a half-dead marriage, Luisa starts to remember what it was about Luke that she originally fell in love with. But is it too late?




It was my brother Chris’s fortieth birthday party, and I was in the kitchen helping my sister-in-law prepare salads. I was chopping spring onions when I saw Jarvis walk through the back gate. He’d grown a beard, so at first I wasn’t sure it was him. I asked Melissa, ‘Is that Jarvis?’

‘Yeah. He’s finally coming along to something,’ she responded. I watched through the window as Jarvis greeted my brother with a hefty handshake and a six-pack of ciders. It must have been at least a dozen years since I’d seen him, but it appeared now that my long-ago crush had left a tiny cavity in my heart. Distracted, I turned my attention to grating carrots for the Ottolenghi sweetcorn slaw, but ended up grazing my knuckle.

An hour later, after we’d eaten, I was sitting on the back deck. My best friend, Hattie, had just left when Jarvis walked up and sat beside me.

‘Hey there,’ he said, cautiously.


Greetings dealt with, an awkward silence fell.

‘I always wondered what had happened to you,’ I said at last. ‘I haven’t seen you for years.’ My voice felt trapped in my throat.

‘I’ve been around. It seems I prefer my own company to most people. I was curious about you, though. Your brother said you’re married now.’

I pointed out my husband, Luke, and my son, Max, who were over by the shed. Luke was standing with his arms crossed, watching Max hurl water balloons at his cousin Thomas.

‘I always took you as a free spirit,’ Jarvis said, smoothing a crease in his pants. ‘I thought it would’ve been hard for you to settle down.’

Gathering words seemed to be like catching fairy dust in the air. ‘What’s that Coelho quote? “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.”’ I had a strange urge to show him that I wasn’t living in domestic bliss, that my window was open to the fragrance of adventure.

He smiled, his mouth betraying his serious, thoughtful eyes. His plain blue shirt was buttoned all the way up to his neck, his beard was obsessively neat, and his chunky black-framed glasses reminded me that he read more than the sports section of the newspaper. With my nerves expanding in my chest, making breathing difficult, I cursed myself for being a mouth-breather. My words came out as though they were colliding with a road train. ‘What are you doing now?’ I finally managed.

‘I’m a sculptor. Well, working at an abattoir pays the bills. But sculpting’s my thing. I’m working on a major piece to enter in the McClelland Sculpture Award. Fourth time lucky, perhaps. I’m thinking maybe it’s my artist’s statement that’s letting me down: I can get carried away with my writing sometimes.’

‘I could help you, if you like,’ I said, skidding over my own enthusiasm. ‘I’m an editor. Words are my thing.’

‘Really? That would be great.’

‘You can email it to me.’ I reached into my handbag to get out my purse, but pulled out Max’s cricket box instead. ‘Oh, this is Max’s . . . He played cricket this morning; I don’t always carry dick-protectors in my bag. Joys of being a mother — you end up with all sorts of crap in your handbag. It used to be sultanas or Matchbox cars—Ah, now I’m rambling . . .’ Jarvis’s laugh was as confident as steel.

Eventually, I found my purse and took out my business card. My hands were trembling just slightly as I handed Jarvis my card.

‘Luisa, let’s go. Max is all wet,’ I looked up to see Luke’s face staring down at me impatiently.

‘It’s only water, he’ll dry off,’ I said, my neck feeling flushed.

‘He’s soaked,’ Luke said. Then he leaned in and said, ‘Thomas is a bully. Let’s go, he’s not being nice to Max.’ I knew the real reason Luke wanted to go was that he expired at social functions somewhere between two and three hours. He’d make any excuse to get back to the comfort of his own home; to a TV programme he liked, his feet on the coffee table, and four squares of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate at hand.

‘I’ll email you,’ Jarvis said, half waiting to be introduced. But Luke was in a hurry, and didn’t care to meet whomever I was talking to. No doubt he was already imagining his feet up on the coffee table.

‘Nice to see you,’ I said to Jarvis, gathering my handbag up off the ground before trailing after my husband pathetically. I left the party forgetting my salad bowl, but carrying a new seed of pleasure in my otherwise routine life.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rowena Wiseman writes contemporary fiction, young adult and children’s stories. She was recently named as one of the 30 most influential writers on Wattpad.

Rowena’s blog Out of Print Writing, about writing and publishing in the digital revolution, has been selected for the National Library of Australia’s archive program PANDORA

She works in the visual arts sector and lives on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

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Rowena will be awarding an eCopy of Replacement Wife to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


4 comments on “The Replacement Wife by Rowena Wiseman ~ Presented by Christine

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    September 24, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    September 24, 2015

    What is your biggest failure?

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me on your wonderful blog! I really enjoyed your series of questions! Best wishes!

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