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The Farmer’s Perfect Match by Marilyn Forsyth **Guest Post & Spotlight**

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Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Marilyn Forsyth, who has just released her latest novel, The Farmer’s Perfect Match.

Marilyn Forsyth would love to live in a world where everyone’s story has an ending as happy as those in her books. Her emotion-packed outback romances combine hunky heroes and huggable heroines with settings in some of Australia’s most remote and beautiful places. When she’s not in her writing cave creating characters for readers to fall in love with she can be found travelling, painting in watercolours or canvassing local cafes for the perfect coffee/cake combo.

She has two grown sons and lives, surrounded by bush, with her husband (you may recognise him from some of her stories) in the foothills of a coastal village south of Sydney. She is also part-owner of a castle in Scotland. (Okay, okay, it’s only a one-square-foot plot in the castle grounds but, hey, it entitles her to be called ‘Lady Marilyn of Chaol Ghleann’.J)

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Reality Check

I have to tell you, after doing a heap of research for The Farmer’s Perfect Match I was gobsmacked by the things I discovered, and I haven’t been able to watch reality television the same way since. A major theme of my book is the difference between appearance and reality, and nowhere is that more evident than in the profusion of reality-based programs on our screens. Look, don’t get me wrong, I’m not condemning reality TV. I watch it a lot (just ask my husband J), but with much more than just a grain of salt these days.


I’ve read that all Top 20 of Australia’s most watched television shows in 2015 were reality-based. It doesn’t surprise me, it’s clearly what television viewers want, and studios are constantly coming up with new, and increasingly sensationalised shows (honestly, Married at First Sight? Who’d do that?) to feed that hungry audience.


It seems we watch RTV for the same reasons we watch our favourite scripted shows: characters to empathise with, interesting settings, an entertaining plot. But the thing is, real life doesn’t have a plot and, let’s face it, much of everyday life is pretty mundane. Of the hundreds of hours’ worth of footage that go into making a one-hour show, most of it ends up on the cutting room floor, leaving editors to stitch together an intriguing story with the bits they’ve saved. I understand it’s the nature of the beast, but to combine audio/video from different sets of footage to portray a character in a misleading way, or to coax characters into verbalising feelings they may not yet feel, or to play dramatic music over an innocuous scene in order to create a sense of conflict, it’s…well, it’s audience manipulation, isn’t it?


Evie and Adam learn all this and more about reality television in The Farmer’s Perfect Match.

The Farmer’s Perfect Match

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One farmer + two stunning girls competing for his affection = 1 hit reality show

Gorgeous farmer Adam Armstrong loves his life — he owns and runs his own piece of heaven, a successful pearl farm, and spends his days outdoors in Australia’s stunning Kimberley. There’s just one thing missing: someone to share it with, but when you live in one of the most uninhabited places on Earth it’s not easy to meet the perfect woman.

Enter Evangeline Sinclair, PA for hot new reality show Perfect Mate — smart, funny, passionate and determined to help him find his ideal partner. What could go wrong, right?

Adam has signed a contract to pursue a relationship with one of the contestants and he’s a man of integrity, but Evie, with her very personal interview questions, is opening him up in unexpected ways. Can he stay true to his agreement to find love in front of the cameras rather than behind?

For Evie, a year in professional wasteland after an on-air debacle has left her desperate to salvage her career and Perfect Mate’s success will ensure this. But can she stand by while the man she’s falling in love with is ruthlessly exploited?



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18 March 2016 at 13:47 delete

Hi, Marilyn Forsyth! I love The Farmer's Perfect Match, mainly because of the central characters but I have to say I got totally engrossed in the plot too--the not so 'real' making of reality TV. Thank you for the fantastic read!
And thank you Renee Conoulty for your blog!! Love it!

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Enisa Haines
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18 March 2016 at 13:48 delete

Hi Marilyn. Thanks for the insight into reality TV. Humans are a funny lot wanting inclusion in others' private lives. Looking for thrills, I think, that's lacking in their own lives. I loved your book. So much emotion, which I love in books. I am looking forward to your next publication.

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18 March 2016 at 14:45 delete

Hi Marilyn. I enjoyed this blog a lot. I can see what you mean about manipulation in the way a certain cooking show (won't name names) makes some contestants seem like the villains and cutting and editing to make a twist or dramatic scene more than it really is. Your book sounds fantastic and would make a great beach read.

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18 March 2016 at 19:13 delete

Hi Enisa! Living your life vicariously through reality TV has become a real 'thing', hasn't it? I think you might be right about people missing something in their own lives. I'm so glad you enjoyed my book.

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18 March 2016 at 19:23 delete

Hi Cassandra! You know, it's not just manipulation in cutting and editing. There's that whole 'choosing of participants' thing; finding attention-seekers to create ready conflict just by being themselves. As is mentioned in The Farmer's Perfect Match, no conflict/no audience.

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Sharon Burke
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18 March 2016 at 21:09 delete

Hi Marilyn, I loved The Farmer's Perfect Match. The insight it provided into the world of reality TV was fascinating. Some of it I already knew, but I had no idea how selective the editing could be. Thanks for a great read.

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18 March 2016 at 22:51 delete

Thanks for visiting Dee! I'm looking forward to reading Marilyn's book, I'll post my review as soon as I do.

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18 March 2016 at 23:01 delete

Thanks for popping in Enisa. I think we find it easier to relate to real people on reality tv, seeing them as more like us than a scripted character (not that that is really the case though).

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18 March 2016 at 23:02 delete

Thanks for being my guest Marilyn. I'm really looking forward to reading The Farmer's Perfect Match.

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18 March 2016 at 23:06 delete

Thanks for stopping by Cassandra. It's amazing how a comment taken out of context can mean something totally different.

Yes Marilyn, choosing the right characters to naturally create tension between them would be a huge part of a producing a successful show - no tension - no story. I remember when the first Big Brother was coming out. A friend of mine made an audition video with a bunch of girls (including me) chasing him down the street Benny hill style. We made it into the local paper, but Big Brother mustn't have been watching that time. I still have the newspaper clipping somewhere.

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18 March 2016 at 23:07 delete

Hi Sharon. I'm glad I don't have the job of editing one of those reality shows, I don't think I'd have the patience to trawl through all the nothing looking for the gems.

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19 March 2016 at 07:18 delete

Hi Sharon! Thanks for your kind words. I love hearing that readers have enjoyed my book!

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19 March 2016 at 07:20 delete

Being a guest on your blog was my pleasure, Renee! Thanks so much for having me.

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Malvina
AUTHOR
19 March 2016 at 07:21 delete

Hi Marilyn and Renee, I don't watch much reality TV but I do enjoy the romantic ones and the cooking ones. I've read your book, Marilyn, and loved the behind the scenes parts. Who knew?! I also loved the way you created a unique romance. What a lovely read, thankyou. Looking forward to your next one!

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19 March 2016 at 22:26 delete

Hi Malvina! One of the women on Master Chef in 2014 (Rachael Ciesiolka) had me over for a dinner party to practice before her audition. It was the most amazing meal I've had in my life! I don't watch much tv, but I kept an eye on Master Chef that year.

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Katrina
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22 March 2016 at 20:27 delete

Hi Marilyn, I watch a bit of reality tv - quite enjoyed Married at First Sight actually! I don't take any of it too seriously, it's a bit of a laugh, and I absolutely can imagine they do all those manipulative things. Thanks for the insight and a very enjoyable read - looking forward to your next book!

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24 March 2016 at 02:19 delete

Hi Katrina. Thanks for popping in. I remember hearing such a fuss over Married at First Sight,until people realised that the marriage wasn't actually a legal one.

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