FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LIZZIE’S SECRET and LIZZIE’S WAR.
LONDON 1958. Lizzie Larch battles to keep her daughters safe and out of harm’s reach. Perfect for the fans of Nadine Dorries and Lyn Andrews.
Lizzie adores her beautiful and clever daughters and will do anything for them. Both possess a wonderful creative flair but have fiercely different characters. Betty, the eldest, is headstrong like Lizzie’s first husband whilst Francie is talented and easily influenced.
When Betty runs away after an argument with Sebastian, heartbreak and worry descend on the family.
At great risk to her health, Lizzie finds herself pregnant but is determined to give Sebastian the son they craved.
Sebastian meanwhile is plunged into a dangerous overseas mission using his old contacts to track Betty to Paris and to the lair of the rogue that seduced her.
Consumed with guilt, can Sebastian right the wrongs of the past and finally unite his family and friends?
My Q&A with Rosie Clarke
Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.
Rosie Clarke is happily married and lives in a small Cambridgeshire village with her husband. She has now written well over 150 books under various names, which you can find at www.lindasole.co.uk and news of Rosie Clarke at www.rosieclarke.co.uk
Rosie has been writing for about 30 years now and has been successful with various genres but Lizzie’s Secret was a best seller at amazon and is one of her most successful and these books are what she really enjoys writing these days. In the past she has written quite a few historical romances as Anne Herries and other sagas as Linda Sole and Cathy Sharp. The books based in London’s East End that she is now engaged in writing are very close to her heart and evoke memories of a childhood spent with Grandma and Uncle Tom in one of the suburbs and many trips into the city for pantomimes, visits to Petticoat Lane and the Mall after the coronation, Princess Margaret’s wedding and other events. She well remembers seeing the scars of the war, bombed-out sites where the grass was growing through that still needed clearing, and the shortages and rationing that followed.
Describe yourself using three words?
Happy ~ Wife ~ Author
What inspired you to write your first novel?
I’ve always loved making up stories and was at a stage in my life when I needed something to keep my mind occupied because my beloved dog was unwell. Being an avid reader of romance at that time I wrote a historical romance that was eventually published as The Witch Child, under the name of Lynn Granville.
What time of day do you like to write?
I prefer mornings because that’s when I am fresher and able to sit at my computer for several hours. However, I read through what I’ve written in bed so perhaps that’s work too, though it always seems like pleasure.
What is your favourite book and why?
Of my own books I think probably I like Lizzie’s Secret best so far but when it comes to other authors there’s so many to choose from: For years I’ve said that Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is my favourite book and it still comes high on the list, but there are so many other books I enjoy and recently one of the authors I’ve most enjoyed has been Matthew Harffy. He writes excellent books on Saxon England. The Serpent Sword is the first in a wonderful series. I really enjoy this series of books because this author brings the period to life in a way that is easily understood even if like me you only know a smattering of the history. His hero becomes real as the series progresses and so he is one of the authors I would rate with my favourites.
How did you pick the title of your book?
Lizzie’s Daughters is the third in a series of books set in WW11 and it took a lot of consultations with my agent and publisher to decide what the first book should be. We tried things like Hats Off for Lizzie Larch! and Stylish Hats and Broken Hearts, lots of different ones that were liked but not quite right and then I thought of Lizzie’s Secret and everyone approved. After that it was easy enough to go on with Lizzie’s War and now Lizzie’s Daughters.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No, not in whole, though every character I write has some basis in an observation I’ve made of someone. A lot of them have my opinions and some have characteristics of people I know.
What’s your favourite word?
If you were a colour what would it be?
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I know how it starts, how it ends and bits all the way through, but the rest comes as I write.
Who is your favourite Author?
I have a list of favourites. Elizabeth Gill in sagas, also Carol Rivers, Nadine Dorries. In ancient history, Matthew Harffy. In Regency Georgette Heyer. In mysteries, Anita Davidson. They are the books I mainly read, though I try lots of other authors. Often I find a new author when her book is sold for 99p on amazon and then, if I love the book, I go back and buy everything she or he has written.
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Scarlet O’ Hara, Gone With the Wind, because I admire her guts for doing whatever she has to, to protect her family and the land she loves.
Beobrand, The Serpent Sword, because he is a fierce Saxon warrior but comes over as such a real human being that you can identify with his fears and needs
Arabella, Heyer Regency of the same name, because she taught me to love bold heroines, who were enchanting and mischievous.
Sebastian Winters, from Lizzie’s Secret, because he’s the kind of male guest you need at any dinner party, guaranteed to keep all your female guests happy.
What book are you reading at the moment?
I’ve been reading the third of Anita Davidson’s mystery trilogy: Knightsbridge Mystery
Where in the world is your happy place?
My home, in particular, my garden and my study. I also love holidays in Spain.
If you had one superpower what would it be?
I would like to be able to stop all the terrible wars that are hurting people at the moment and restore the destroyed homes to what they were so that there were no refugees. Unfortunately, only God could do that.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
He wasn’t really a villain, though the Romans thought so. I would like Spartacus to have taken his people away from the Roman Empire to freedom.
Are you working on a new project?
Yes, I have a wonderful new series called The Mulberry Lane series. The first is The Girls of Mulberry Lane and that is available in August we hope. I am working on the second at the moment, probably title A Wedding at Mulberry Lane, but that is not yet fixed as the book isn’t finished. After that, there are others planned about this community in London set in WW11.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
Not at the moment, I’m afraid. I was recently on Radio Cambridgeshire and I tweet fairly often but that’s about it. What I can tell you is that the Lizzie books are coming out in mass market paperback over the next few months and Lizzie’s Secret is already in hardback, which means it can be borrowed from the library.
Thank you so much for giving me space on your blog and I hope your readers will enjoy the frank answers to your questions. Best wishes, Rosie
Thank you, Rosie Clarke and Aria Books for being on my blog today.
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LONDON 1938. A gritty, heart-warming and wholesome drama about two girls united in friendship and tested in love. Perfect for the fans of Katie Flynn and Nadine Dorries.
Lizzie Larch is a twenty-year-old hatmaker in London’s East End. She is happy and popular, but she carries a secret. Seven years ago she was viciously attacked and recovered in a private sanatorium where she miscarried a child.
Lizzie has no memory of the night of the attack, but secrets cannot stay secret for long. When she starts courting her boss’s nephew, shocking revelations surface, and threaten to destroy their newfound happiness.
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