Summer At The Dog & Duck By Jill Steeples
Published By Aria Fiction 01/06/2017
Article by Kelly
The Real You Interview ~ Jill Steeples
Hello Jill, welcome to Love Books Group Blog please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.
Hello, Kelly! Thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog today, it’s lovely to be here. I live with my husband, two grown up children and a wayward English Pointer in a small market town in Bedfordshire. I feel very lucky to be able to spend my days dreaming up romantic stories set in the English countryside. When I’m not working on my books, you’ll find me walking my dog, concocting something in the kitchen, or spending time with family and friends.
Describe yourself using three words?
Curious, clumsy, creative
What inspired you to write your first novel?
I joined a creative writing class as I’d always had a desire to write, but didn’t have the confidence to actually follow through on it. All my early attempts never got beyond the first paragraph before I would delete it all in frustration. Joining a group and being with like-minded people who were encouraging and supportive gave me the confidence to finish a piece of work. I started writing short stories and then when I had the idea for my first novel, I thought ‘why not just go for it?’
What time of day do you like to write?
First thing in the morning or last thing at night. There seems to be too many other distractions during the rest of the day.
What is your favourite book and why?
The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien. It’s a coming of age story about two young girls growing up in rural Ireland. It’s beautifully written and very evocative and made a big impact on me when I first read it as a teenager.
How did you pick the title of your book?
The story centres around a pub called The Dog and Duck so it was only natural to include the name of the pub in the title. There are four books in the series and each one covers a certain period of time.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No, although they are probably a mix of people that I know or have met. I’m very nosey and a proper people-watcher. I often get told off by my family, for staring or tuning in on other people’s conversations when we’re out! It’s all in the name of research though.
What’s your favourite word? ‘Champagne?’ – always sounds very lovely to me!
If you were a colour what would it be? Lilac
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I tend to go with the flow, although I know from experience that it can sometimes lead me into difficulties, so I try at least to have a vague outline these days, and an ending point too, so I have something to work towards.
Who is your favourite Author? Jilly Cooper. I devoured all her books as a teenager and it gave me a lasting love for warm, light-hearted, feel-good fiction.
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Inspector Morse because although he’s not a great socialite, he’s a character I’ve always wanted to learn more about, Holly Golightly because she’d bring some glamour and sophistication to the proceedings, Daniel Cleaver because he’d flirt outrageously with Holly and ensure there was never a lull in the conversation, and Miss Jean Brodie because she’d keep everyone in order if things got out of hand.
What book are you reading at the moment? Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister
Where in the world is your happy place? On the sofa, overlooking the garden, with a blanket wrapped around me and my dog at my side.
If you had one superpower what would it be? I’d love to have healing hands.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you choose?
Cruella de Vil. I’d like to imagine her living on a remote farm, having seen the error of her ways, devoted to looking after all the stray and abandoned dogs.
Are you working on a new project?
I’m currently writing the third in the Dog and Duck series. It’s still very much in the early stages, but with weddings to organise, babies arriving, secrets bubbling and gossip flying around the village, it promises to be an eventful time for Ellie Browne, landlady of the pub.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? Not at the moment, although I’m always open to invitations!
From The Back Of The Book
The perfect summer read. Continuing the light hearted, uplifting dramas around the ‘The Dog & Duck’ pub and the life of its landlady Ellie Browne. Ellie Browne has found happiness running The Dog and Duck pub in the idyllic village of Little Leyton, and her blossoming romance with tall, handsome property developer, Max Golding, is going swimmingly. With her new best friend, Digby, the black Labrador at her side, life just couldn’t be sweeter. But their peace is shattered when Max’s younger sister, Katy, turns up unannounced with a whole heap of attitude. And Max’s loyalties are stretched further when his glamorous ex, Sasha, re-appears with her own burgeoning secret. With the master of the manor preoccupied with the demands of his ‘other women’, Ellie’s forced to consider if she has any role to play in Max’s life or in the village of Little Leyton. Can Ellie get her life and relationship back on track in time for the summer charity ball at Braithwaite Manor?
You can purchase your copy here as well as Winter At The Dog & Duck ~ Amazon UK both titles brought to us by Aria Fiction.
Many thanks to Jill and Aria Fiction for being on my blog today. Come back soon.
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