The Story Behind Heart Knot Mine by Lily Velden

I can thank my daughter for the inspiration for Heart Knot Mine. One evening she came around with the DVD of The Holiday, starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, along with Jude Law and Jack Black, for us to watch. She knows me well—I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy. The cheeky minx told me she needed the entertainment of watching me immerse myself in the film. She and her brothers are always Heart Not Mine 7teasing me about the fact that the expression on my face always mirrors the action on screen and that they can tell what’s happening just by watching me! Apparently, that is more fun than watching the actual movie!

The premise of the film—that of swapping lives—captured my imagination. I found the concept of not being happy in our current life and hoping, by altering the scenery, we can change our state of mind intriguing. The way we want to believe a few simple changes to our environment will change our thoughts, our feelings, and somehow unlock answers to questions and provide direction to our lives. That by changing our physical address we can leave unhappiness or dissatisfaction behind.

Heart Knot Mine has a very different story arc to that of the film, but it too plays on the notion of swapping lives.

Noah Daniels is depressed—something is missing in his life. He’d like nothing more than to have a wife and family like his brother, but love has eluded him. So when the college where he works offers to have him do an exchange for one semester with his counterpart, Robert Callinan, at an English college, he grabs the opportunity with both hands.

Within a matter of days of his arrival in London he stumbles on something in Robert’s house that turns his world on its ear and propels Noah on a journey of self-discovery—one he discovers there is no turning back from.


Lily VeldenLily Velden lives on the east coast of Australia, her family having emigrated from Holland when she was a child.

She’s both a left and right brain person, holding qualifications in both Finance and Fine Arts. She tells her friends that her way with numbers will make her a profitable artist and writer… one day.

Lily has always had a love of language and a beautifully crafted sentence, and admits to having a fetish for collecting quotes, poems, and song lyrics. What she won’t admit to is how many notebooks she’s filled with those quotes… Her fascination carries on into her artworks where she often incorporates text. When a shoulder injury slowed down her art practice she decided to explore her love of the written word more fully and began writing. “I’ll paint my pictures with words.”

Not that she’s abandoned artmaking in its entirety—Lily collaborates on the designs for all her book covers.

There are many things Lily loves, here are just a few of the PG rated ones: a good laugh (all the better if caused by a naughty joke), the smell of freshly baked goods and mown grass, a smile from a stranger, rainbows after the rain, and witnessing a promise kept.

Her latest book is the M/M Contemporary Romance, Heart Knot Mine.

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