Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Touring Innocent Tears with Iris Blobel

Thank you, Laura, for having me today on your blog, and a big hello to all your readers. My current story is called Innocent Tears and this is what it’s all about:

Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it almost pulls the feet from right underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight! He had no idea about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody.

With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, and his parents, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’, and Emma is voicing her opinion as well. And right in the middle is little Nadine, still grieving the loss of her mother and finding a wonderful friend in Emma. There’s no doubt she’s afraid where and with whom she will settle.

But in the end, it’s a letter Flynn receives that helps him figure out what to do.

So I thought I’d give you a bit of a guided picture tour through the story and with that through Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and where Innocent Tears is set. Enjoy!

Whenever Flynn needs to sort his thoughts, he looks out of his window and watches the world go by... along the river at the famous “Southbank”.
Melbourne Skyline from Rialto - Nov 2008

The first time he spends some time with Nadine and Emma, they take the tram to go to St Kilda Beach.
W Class Tram St Kilda

Well, these ones still exist, but they’re doing the “circle hoop” and not going anywhere near St Kilda. So, they actually took one of those trams:
D2.5012 + D1.3513 stkilda

And this is where they had their lunch. Wouldn’t you like to have lunch at a place like that. But .... hmmm ... looking at the sky, well, they say, Melbourne is famous for the four seasons in one day. I suppose that would’ve been “autumn” that day.
St Kilda Beach

After the initial helplessness, Flynn received help from his parents, who live here:
Townsville, Queensland - Beach

Flynn not only receives parental advice, but also some time to think, while his parents take little Nadine to where he grew up –Tasmania:
Misty cradle mountain and lake - tasmania

Wineglass Bay from Lookout crop

But in the end it’s a simple letter that helps him make a decision, the probably most important one of his life!

Hope you enjoyed this little introduction to my adopted home. Thank you, all, for taking your time to stop by, I appreciate it!

And thank you, Iris, for taking the time to guide us on that gorgeous tour of your setting! I loved having you visit inklings today!

Where you can buy Innocent Tears by Iris Blobel:


  1. Thank you Leah for having me. I hope everyone enjoys the little tour :-)

  2. My, those sights look familiar... LOL Never been to St. Kilda, though. We usually go to one of the back beaches near Sorrento when we go to the beach. Rick doesn't care much for the bay for some reason... (By the way the one we always go to is the wallpaper photo on my FB timeline.)

    1. Ditto .... we're usually going to W'town or along the GOR.
      Thanks for stopping by Jeanne!

  3. Wow! Beautiful pictures.

  4. Gorgeous pictures! I'm trying to figure out where my next trip will be, and I think I'm getting an idea...

    1. Thank you Patty. It would be an absolute delight to welcomeyou here one day :-)

  5. Cool pix, Iris.
    Other than the British Isles, Australia is one of the places I've most wanted to visit.
    So did you cool off yet (in your pool)?
    Still having the down-under heat wave?

    1. Thanks Jeff. Nope ... as said above, Melbourne is famous for the 4 seasons in one day, make this applicable to one week. I'm freezing my bum off at some lousy ten degrees ... and I'm not kidding!!!!

      Hope to welcome you in this part of the world one day.

  6. So cool - I love the images to go with the story!

    1. Thanks Wendy. I do too ... and I could've added soooo many more ;-)