Fifteen Firsts: Talli Roland

What was your first car? A green Ford Escort. I loved it and the freedom it brought me.

What was the first thing you learned to cook? French toast. I used to lust after yummy golden French toast dripping with maple syrup. *drool*

When was your first time on an airplane? I was four, and my family was travelling to Disney in Orlando. I still remember how excited I was at take-off.

What was your first paying job? Oh, ugh. Need I recall this? It was McDonald’s. I hated wearing the horrible polyester trousers!

How old were you when you had your first kiss? Um… eleven, I think? Just thinking about it is making me giggle, for details I shall not reveal.

What was the first concert you went to see? Kim Mitchell, a Canadian musician. It was an outdoor concert in the summer, and I was so excited to be there.

When/what was your first regrettable hairstyle? It has to be crimping. In the mid-eighties, I had a crimping iron, and I went a little crazy with it! Note to self: never, ever crimp your hair again.

How old were you when you got your first computer? I must have been nine when my family purchased a Vic 20. We graduated to a Commodore 64, and I wrote my first novel on it.

What was your first big purchase? My Ford Escort!

What was the first book that made you cry? I think it was Anne of Green Gables. Oh, when Matthew died… so sad.

Where was your first road trip? My family took loads of road trips, but my first road trip with friends was to Boston.

Who was your first best friend? I had two wonderful friends growing up, both girls my age in the neighbourhood. We’re still in touch through Facebook, although I haven’t seen them for ages.

When/where was your first trip abroad? When I was nine, my family went to Spain, where we visited Malaga, Cordoba, Grenada, and Gibralter. It was a fantastic trip and definitely whet my appetite for more.

Who was your first love? Hmm, I can’t really say I had a true first love until university.

Who was your first celebrity crush? If my answers haven’t already dated me, then this certainly will: Kirk Cameron. 

Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savors the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories--complete with happy endings. Talli's debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, while her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favorite. Her novels have also been chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites and have been bestsellers in Britain and the United States. Construct A Couple, the sequel to Build A Man, is her latest release. To learn more about Talli, go to or follow Talli on Twitter. Talli blogs at