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Is Monogamy Dead? By Rosie Wilby @rosiewilby @Accentpress

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Today I have Rosie Wilby stopping by the blog for a wee interview. Rosie has kindly given me two tickets to her comedy show to give away. So grab a cuppa and get comfy. Enjoy, Kelly xoxo

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Book Jacket 

Bittersweet, original, honest and so funny. Rosie Wilby nails the challenges of intimacy and romance in this depressing age of Tinder. Would it be wrong to end a life of monogamy and leave my husband for her? Viv Groskop “My favourite way to learn is when a funny, clever, honest person is teaching me- that’s why I love Rosie Wilby!” Sara Pascoe

In early 2013, comedian Rosie Wilby found herself at a crossroads with everything she’d ever believed about romantic relationships. When people asked, ‘who’s the love of your life?’ there was no simple answer. Did they mean her former flatmate who she’d experienced the most ecstatic, heady, yet ultimately doomed, fling with? Or did they mean the deep, lasting companionate partnerships that gave her a sense of belonging and family? Surely, most human beings need both.

Mixing humour, heartache and science, Is Monogamy Dead? details Rosie’s very personal quest to find out why Western society is clinging to a concept that doesn’t work that well for some of us and is laden with ambiguous assumptions.

‘Real You’ Interview with Rosie Wilby

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  • Welcome Rosie, please can you tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.

I’m an award-winning comedian and have been touring solo shows internationally for a decade. Before turning to comedy, I’d been a musician and a music journalist (for Time Out and various North London papers). So the idea of writing had always been there.

In 2009, I embarked on a trilogy of shows investigating love and relationships. In 2013, the middle part of that trilogy was Is Monogamy Dead? It spun off into a TEDx talk, a Radio 4 piece and lots of articles. There just was too much to say to get into a comedy show.

So I started writing a book proposal. I had also been writing a memoir about my music career and entered that in a Mslexia competition. It got shortlisted. Around the same time, I managed to get a literary agent, Laura. Then we pitched the proposal around (after many rewrites), had some meetings and found a publisher.

It was a pretty long process.

  • Describe yourself using three words?

Ambitious, resilient, loving

  • What inspired you to write your first novel?

As above, it came from my comedy shows. It’s non-fiction though written v much in a fiction format with a narrative arc/drive. That’s how I like to structure my comedy shows.

  • What time of day do you like to write?

It really varies depending on if I’ve had lots of late evening gigs. Though late afternoon / 4 pm often seems a good, sudden burst of motivation to get something done before the end of the day.

  • What is your favourite book and why?

I laughed out loud at Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman and found it so relatable. I also recently loved Juliet Jacques’ memoir Trans. I loved the sense of personal journey interspersed with some factual information. Given my music past, I love music memoirs – Viv Albertine and Carrie Brownstein were two amazing ones.

  • How did you pick the title of your book?

It was the title of my comedy show.

  • Are the characters in your book based on real people?

It’s non-fiction so yes! Though names have been changed.

  • Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I did have lots of story arcs mapped out for the four sections.

  • Who is your favourite Author?

Sarah Waters and Stella Duffy are two favourites.

  • Where in the world is your happy place?

The walled garden in Brockwell Park, Brixton close to where I live. It’s a haven of peace and calm. A team of volunteers keep it really beautiful.

  • If you had one superpower what would it be?

Flying. When I was little, I asked my parents when my wings would grow. I was so disappointed to find out that they wouldn’t! I just thought grown ups kept them folded away.

  • Are you working on a new project?

I’ve just received Arts Council England funding for a new project called The Breakup Monologues. I’ll be hosting several events where my fellow comedians tell me their breakup stories. We will be recording for a podcast and the eventual plan is for an anthology.

 

  • Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

 

I will have several book launch events including one on publication day itself, August 3, at Lighthouse Books in Edinburgh at 1pm. That same day, I open my Edinburgh Fringe show at 6.30pm at The Counting House. It runs daily throughout August.

Order your copy here and have a sneak peek ~

 

Giveaway ~ Tickets to a Rosie Wilby’s Comedy Show Near YOU*

Check out the Rosie Wilby website for more information on the solo shows.

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To enter comment below on the blog telling Rosie why you would love to attend one of Rosie’s shows and I will get Rosie to pick a winner on the 10th Of Aug 2017.

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Twitter #International #Giveaway @DavidVidecette #Goodies – The Theseus Paradox – The Detriment

Hello Lovelies,

A fabulous new week ahead for you all to have some adventure. I have something to start your week off right. Our #giveaway this week is brought to you in association with David Videcette.

David has very kindly given us a plethora of wonderful prizes for you to win.

  • 1st Edition ~ The Theseus Paradox
  • The Detriment
  • Signed Photos
  • Limited Edtion Pens

Super easy for you to enter, head over to our Twitter Page and follow the instructions on the pinned post.

Good Luck

Worldwide  ~ Ends 17/07/17

Kelly xo

If you want to buy your own copies or read a sneak peak sample of the books here you go ~

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Book Blog, Detective Series, Head Of Zeus Books, Q&A

Dark Dawn Over Steep House @MRCKASASIAN @HoZ_Books #QA #Giveaway

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On the blog today I have a interview with M.R.C Kasasian author of  Dark Dawn over Steep House. Also I have the opportunity for two lucky winners to win a copy of the book.

The Real You Interview with M.R.C.Kasasian

Thank you for stopping by Love Book Group Blog today, could you please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.

For as long as I can remember I’ve written stories. When I was eleven my parents gave me a Petite typewriter for Christmas. I’d just read Oliver Twist so all my stories were about orphaned boys. They generally lasted about one page.

I drifted after leaving school, doing all kinds of jobs, mostly unskilled and underpaid until I pulled myself together and went to study Dentistry at UCH London. I worked in an NHS family practice and I loved it. I felt I was providing a service for the community but after 30 years I was exhausted.

Then my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. The shock of it made me reassess my life and so I quit to do what I always wanted to do – be with her and write. Fifteen years on she’s alive and well and so is my writing, I hope.  

Describe yourself using three words?

Not dead yet.

What inspired you to write your first novel?  

My very first novel was based on my experiences as a hotel waiter in Southport. It was, like many first novels, too autobiographical and was – thank heavens – rejected. I still have a corner of my heart and my loft for it though.

What time of day do you like to write?

Any time any and every day. Once I get steam up I start around 0630 and, family permitting, go on all day.

What is your favourite book and why?

I always feel this is like asking somebody to choose their favourite child. Today it’s Hemingway’s ‘A Movable Feast’ about his days as a struggling writer with his wife Hadley and their child Jack. I know a lot of it is idealized and exaggerated but he can make sitting in a café sharpening pencils sound like heaven.

Tomorrow it might be ‘Great Expectations’ or ‘Treasure Island’ or ‘The Leopard’

How did you pick the title of your book?

All of my Gower Street Detective series have been titled after the main place in the title, starting with Mangle Street and visiting The House of Foskett, Saturn Villa, Gaslight lane and finally this one, Steep House. Head of Zeus suggested the Dark Dawn bit. I wanted something more gruesome and less suitable.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No. I try to use the names of real people in public life e.g. a Home Secretary or a Bishop (People send me messages if I get it wrong) but all my fictional characters are completely fictional (though they might disagree with that).

What’s your favourite word?

Myristicivorous which means ‘feeding upon nutmegs’. I once read the preface of a Chambers Dictionary and the writer expressed his disappointment that the word had not been included and I wished I was that erudite. I’m not.

If you were a colour what would it be?

Green to merge with the leather top on my desk.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I fill notebooks and multiple scraps of paper with plans and stick post-its on drawing boards with different colours for characters, plot etc., type several versions and follow the final one assiduously for three pages when a new angle occurs to me.

Who is your favourite Author?  

Again an impossible choice but, since I’ve put him down for my favourite book, I’ll plump for Ernest Hemingway. He could write very badly sometimes but he could also write wonderfully with not a word wasted. He was probably a horrible man at times and wouldn’t have liked me at all. I don’t hunt big game or relish watching bulls being put to death but I would love to have met him.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Sherlock Holmes – to explain to him that he was really only a fictional version of my character, Sidney Grice.

Philip from ‘My Cousin Rachel’ so I could give him a good shaking and tell him not to be such a bloody fool.

Sorry to say (because it sounds egotistical) I’d like to meet one of my own characters, March Middleton. I am absolutely besotted with her and could give her a few tips on which disastrous situations to avoid.

Vernon Smith from the Greyfriars stories. I don’t suppose many people have even heard of him but he was known as ‘the bounder’ and used to sneak out of school to smoke and drink – more than a bit like me, though I quit the smoking many years ago.

(Can I sneak Jeeves in to serve dinner and stop us getting into scrapes?)

What book are you reading at the moment?

I read several books at once by which I mean I skip one to the other. I’m not quite clever enough to read different ones with each eye. Mainly factual books about life in WW2 but also Bill Bryson’s History of Almost Everything. He has a rare gift of making what could be dry facts, fascinating and funny.

Where in the world is your happy place?

Anywhere in the sun with Tiggy (my wife) and a bottle of wine.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Flying. I have a recurrent dream about stretching out my arms and floating into the air, summersaulting and soaring. Last time I ended up sitting in an apple tree with men in white coats gathered below – not a premonition, I hope.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  

Shylock. I always felt he was treated abominably and would like to discover an original folio in which he gets his pound of flesh, blood and all.

Are you working on a new project?  

Have skipped forwards 6 decades from the 1880’s of my Gower St Detective Series and am now writing about a Woman Police Officer in 1939 and I’ve already fallen in love with her. I hope readers will too.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  

I’m going for a quick walk around the block if anyone wants to join me.

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London, 1884: Sidney Grice – London’s foremost personal detective – is restless. Having filed his latest case under ‘S’ for ‘Still To Be Solved’, he has returned to his book, A Brief History of Doorstep Whitening in Preston, to await further inspiration. His ward, March Middleton, remains determined to uncover the truth.

Geraldine Hockaday, the daughter of a respected Naval captain, was outraged on the murky streets of Limehouse. Yet her attacker is still on the loose.

But then a chance encounter in an overcrowded cafe brings a new victim to light, and it seems clear March and Grice are on the trail of a serial offender.

A trail that will lead them to the dining room of a Prussian Prince, the dingy hangout of an Armenian gangster, and the shadowy ruin of a once-loved family home, Steep House…

GIVEAWAY 

We have two copies courtesy of Head Of Zeus Books.  To enter simply  CLICK HERE

Alternatively, you can pre-order your own copy here

Huge thanks to M.R.C Kasasian and Head Of Zeus for being on the blog today and also for the lovely giveaway prizes.

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*Book Birthday* Sunshine After The Rain #GuestPost #Giveaway @daisyjamesbooks @HarperCollins

I am so happy that Love Books Group is part of the celebration for Sunshine After The Rain by Daisy James.

Huge congratulations to a truly beautiful lady, inside and out.

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A summer that changes everything…

Frazzled workaholic Evie Johnson has finally had enough! When she’s blamed for a publicity disaster at the art gallery she loves, she decides to flee the bright lights of London for the sun-drenched shores of Corfu and turn her life upside-down.

Under the shade of the olive trees, she picks up her dusty paintbrushes and begins to chase the dreams she had put aside for so long. But she never expected to bump into drop-dead-gorgeous Sam Bradbury – and certainly not whilst wrapped only in a towel!

A summer fling is the last thing Evie wanted but a few stolen kisses under the stars might just begin to change her mind…

Daisy James ~ Author Guest Post 

Don’t we all deserve a little sunshine after the rain?

First of all, a huge thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. It’s great to be here.

I’m a real sunshine enthusiast, always have been. Every year I look forward to the one week in the summer holidays when we can ditch the umbrellas and kagoules and escape the grey skies and goosepimple-inducing temperatures. I crave the chance to relax on a sun lounger, cocktail in one hand, a travel autobiography in the other, soaking up the sun’s rays. I think it might be to do with the fact that I’m a summer baby, born at the end of July. Unfortunately, it sometimes doesn’t work out like that, especially if that precious week is taken in the British Isles.

But never fear, a little slice of sunshine can always be found within the pages of a summery beach read. Sunshine After the Rain is set on the gorgeous shores of Corfu, an island soaked in golden sunshine and one of my absolute favourite destinations. They say that travel broadens the mind, but, in my view, that can also be done vicariously through the pages of a novel, or a travel memoir, where someone else has done the hard work and all we have to do is sit back and soak up the imagery the writer has created for us.

We all have dream holiday destinations, some we have been lucky enough to visit, some that are on our bucket list. Here are my top five:

  1. Bali – For me, there is something so exotic about this tiny paradise island in the South China Sea. I’d love to immerse myself in their fascinating cultural traditions, learn about batik-making and wood carving, and perhaps attend one of the Gamelan orchestra performances. And there will be guaranteed sunshine on offer!
  2. Venice – I love everything about Italy, the architecture, the fashion, the cars and, of course, the food. I went to Venice when I was a student and spent the day just wandering around the streets and alleyways just soaking up the atmosphere. We arrived by train and I’ll never forget that first glimpse of the Grand Canal. I would love to go back to explore the city with my family. I don’t think I can expect sunshine, but even in the rain Venice will be beautiful.
  3. Copenhagen – I wanted to include the Danish capital because my husband is part Danish and has been hoping to take a trip to see where his family are from for years. Don’t tell him, but if we are fortunate enough to go, I’m also planning to visit Tivoli Gardens and the Lego factory.
  4. Madeira –  I adore flowers and would love to take a trip to the Botanical Gardens to see the orchids, roses and all the tropical flora this island boasts.
  5. Hawaii – the ultimate dream destination on my bucket list. Surfing the waves on Waikiki beach, maybe visiting a pineapple plantation or attending a lu’au, then sipping a mojito on the terrace outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel whilst drinking in the view of Diamond Head would be the experience to beat all others.

I’d love to hear what sunshine destination is on your dream list. Answers on a postcard…. Or in the comments box below!

Daisy x

Huge thanks to Daisy James for being on the blog today and for the giveaway prize ~ See below.

Don’t forget to order Sunshine After The Rain

If you head over to our Twitter Page today, you can enter to win a £15 Amazon Gift Card, courtesy of Daisy James. Information is on the pinned post. It’s free to enter (UK).

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Twitter #Giveaway Signed Copy of Country Rivals @ZaraStoneley @HarperImpulse

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If you head over to our Twitter ~ Click Here  and check out the pinned post. You can enter for free to win a signed copy of Country Rivals by the awesome Zara Stoneley.

From the book jacket ~

A hilarious, sexy rom com for fans of Jilly Cooper and Fiona Walker!

Dashing eventer Rory is ready to button up his breeches and settle down. His gorgeous wife, Lottie, wants a bank balance in the black so she can protect the beautiful family estate for future generations.

But with the wedding business at Tipping House going up in flames, and rumours that it was arson not accident, Lottie begins to wonder who she can trust with her future.

Tranquil Tippermere is under siege as movies moguls and insurance investigators invade the countryside, and as events gather pace rescue plans start to look too good to be true, and intentions may not be as honourable as they seem.

As a moody, but definitely marvellous, polo player enters the fray and squares up to the eventing hero of Tippermere, does Lottie stand to lose her husband as well as her home?

If you can’t wait, you can order your own copy here ~

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Aria Fiction, Author, Interview

Lizzie’s Daughters ~ Rosie Clarke ~ @Aria_Fiction #Interview

 

Lizzie's Daughters cover.jpgFROM 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

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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?  

Love

If you were a colour what would it be?  

Yellow

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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Always & Forever ~ @msogorman @aria_fiction #Interview

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How can you find yourself again, when you can’t face what you’ve lost? Joanna Woulfe is looking to get her life back on track after her husband John leaves their family home. Once a high-flying Pr Director, Jo now looks after her son Harry and seeks support only from her mother Marietta and her best friend Nicole. But Nicole’s own marriage is facing its greatest ever crisis, and Marietta, too, is distracted by the reappearance of an old flame, ex-Showband-singer, and lothario Patrick Realta. Soon Jo enrolls with a colourful local amateur dramatics group and begins a flirtation with the handsome young Ronan Forest. But is she really ready to move on from her old life – and from her years of marriage to John? And what was it that happened three years ago that sent the couple into free-fall? Before long Jo will realise that is only by looking back that she will ever truly be able to move forward. . .

My Q&A with Sian O’Gorman

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Hello Kelly, Thanks so much for including me in your blog. I am really honoured to be a part of it! And I love the questions… they made me have to really think. Thank you!

Sian

 

Hello everyone… I am delighted to be here to answer Kelly’s fiendish questions and to tell you about Always and Forever, my new novel. It’s my second book after Friends Like Us and somehow I seem to have stumbled into my niche of stories examining the emotional lives of women with a dash of comedy and a generous slosh of romance.

Publishing my first book has been a brilliant experience and Friends Like Us has been far more successful than I could ever have dared to imagine with people all over the world, in Australia, America, the UK and Ireland, all reading my book. I ran the gamut of excruciated to exhilarated and enjoyed every second. A little biographical information about me is that I was born in Ireland, grew up in Wales and am back in Ireland, living in a small village along the coast from Dublin and it’s where I set my first two books and also the third which I am currently whipping into shape.

So… to the questions!

Describe yourself using three words?

Indecisive, impulsive, curious.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

Being in a real-life situation that I found I could write myself out of, if that makes sense. I had nowhere else to go and had reached a point in my life where I found writing was better than any therapy and highly enjoyable to boot. I couldn’t wait to get back to the page every day and find out what was going to happen to my characters.   

What time of day do you like to write?

I get up at 6am and try and get an hour done then. When I manage this I feel brilliantly virtuous. When I don’t, I am better slept!

What is your favourite book and why?

I have two. Persuasion and Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively. Persuasion because it is Jane Austen at her witty and perfect best with the most satisfying love story in any book, ever. And Moon Tiger because it is a power-house of a novel in deceptively slim form. Endlessly fascinating and thought-provoking and life enhancing.

How did you pick the title of your book?

I want my titles to be warm and inviting and reflective not just of the story but the tone of the book. Always and Forever can refer to many of the different relationships in the novel and is a phrase which can change its meaning over time. But in life sometimes it takes time to realise who is going to be around always and forever. It’s often not who you first imagine.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No, no one I know, unfortunately. However, I wouldn’t mind meeting some of them in real life and staying well clear of some of the others. I would like to meet Fergal Forest and his brother Ronan who feature in Always and Forever as well as Coco Crawley, a performance artist who doesn’t quite know where her art ends and real life begins.

What’s your favourite word?

Onomatopoeia.  

If you were a colour what would it be?  

I would like to be a nice, bright tomato-red. Passionate and fiery. But in actuality I think I might be something a little less exciting, maybe Farrow and Ball Downpipe?

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I definitely go with the flow. Even if I think I know where I am going, the story-telling always takes over and I just hold on and enjoy the ride. For me, it’s the most exciting and satisfying part of writing.

Who is your favourite author?  

Jane Austen, obvs, but also writers such as Marian Keyes, Laurie Graham, Anne Enright and Anne Tyler. Authors who tell interesting and important stories about women and know how to entertain along the way.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Ooooh… good question. Ummmm. Right, Owen Meaney because I would love to meet him, Anne Shirley because she would keep the conversation going, Mr Darcy so I can gaze on his lovely face and think of lovely Pemberley, and Madame Bovary so maybe I could stop her of going mad with boredom. She also might bring a nice bottle of champagne to accompany my crab tart.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Brilliant writing, fascinating story, warm and rich and full of detail and love.

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Where in the world is your happy place?

Hanging out with my daughter, my bed, and any Marks and Spencer food hall. In that order. But not necessarily all at the same time.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Topping up world empathy levels.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?

I would like Bertha Rochester (I realise she is not technically a villain but she is nonetheless a dark and mysterious figure) to get well and leave Rochester and Jane to their happy Thornfield ending (it doesn’t burn down). Bertha could live in a little cottage on the estate and become an artist and make jam and perhaps channel her inner Monty Don and create a lovely garden. Reader, she made it.

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Are you working on a new project?  

Yes, just finished draft one of my new book. Working title: The Cherry Blossom Tree. It’s the story of four generations of women and how sometimes it’s easier to connect with your grandmother rather than your own mother. Working on the romantic core of the story as well and a few side shoots and loving every moment.

Thank you so much for asking me to take part, Kelly!

 

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The Butlins Girls ~ @elaineeverest @panmacmillan #Q&A

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‘Molly Missons gazed around in awe. So this was Butlin’s. Whitewashed buildings, bordered by rhododendrons, gave a cheerful feeling to a world still recovering from six years of war. The Skegness holiday camp covered a vast area, much larger than Molly expected to see.

Molly Missons hasn’t had the best of times recently. Having lost her parents, now some dubious long-lost family has darkened her door – attempting to steal her home and livelihood…

After a horrendous ordeal, Molly applies for a job as a Butlin’s Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small home town – in search of a new life in Skegness.

Molly finds true friendship in Freda, Bunty, and Plum. But the biggest shock is discovering that star of the silver screen, Johnny Johnson, is working at Butlin’s as head of the entertainment team. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent traumas. Will Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs – or is he too good be to be true?

The Real You ~ Q&A ~ Elaine Everest

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If you can tell us a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.

I’ve been writing for 20 years. I started with short stories and freelance journalism specializing in canine features, antiques, and collectibles, lifestyle and crafts. I was commissioned to write three non-fiction books for dog owners (books now with Little, Brown) and also have short fiction in charity anthologies with Accent Press. My first saga novel, Gracie’s War, is in large print in libraries. I met my agent, Caroline Sheldon, via the Romantic Novelist Association three years ago and she secured my first two book contract with Pan Macmillan on the strength of three chapters and a synopsis. The Woolworths Girls was published May 2016 and became a Sunday Times Bestseller. The second book in the first contract is The Butlins Girls and is due for publication on May 4th, 2017. I’ve since had two more contracts with Pan Mac and more books will follow later this year and in 2018. They are a wonderful publisher to work for and have fab parties.

Describe yourself using three words? 

Driven, romantic, annoying!

What inspired you to write your first novel? 

My first novel with Pan Macmillan started as I wished to write a WW2 book set in the town where I grew up (Erith, Kent) and what happened in the war. My girls needed somewhere to work and I chose Woolworths as I had been a Saturday girl and knew the store well.

What time of day do you like to write? 

I love to be writing by 8 am but I’m just as happy working past midnight.

What is your favourite book and why? 

It changes all the time. I admire all authors but currently, it is Val McDermid’s Out of Bounds. I love crime!

How did you pick the title of your book? 

Following on from The Woolworths Girls my next book is set in Butlins in 1946 so The Butlins Girls kind of fitted…

Are the characters in your book based on real people? 
No, but they are based on people who lived in the town I love that no longer exists due to planners in the sixties bulldozing it to the ground. I can see my much-missed parents and aunts and uncles in my characters. The way they speak and the no-nonsense attitude of people from way ‘back then’.

What’s your favourite word? 
Grimaced! I use it far too often.

If you were a colour what would it be? 
Most definitely purple. It used to be pink but most definitely purple as I’ve grown older and yes I do wear it!

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? 

I’m a planner as I owe it to my readers to get my story right. However, there is still room to be creative.

Who is your favourite Author? 

Would you believe it is Dick Francis? Crime set in the world of horse racing really appeals to me.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? 
Graham Greene’s Pinky from Brighton Rock. I can just see him living happily ever after in a cottage with roses round the door.

Are you working on a new project? 

Yes, I’m just completing another book featuring my Woolworths Girls, which will be published in the Autumn. It was lovely to visit them once more along with a few new characters.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? 
I’m currently arranging talks and signings for the summer but if anyone is attending the RNA conference in July please come and say hello.

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Q&A

Jenna’s Journey @julieryan18 #QA #Giveaway #RT

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Heading to the Greek Isles without telling husband or friends is heady medicine for a failing marriage. Seduced by Grecian sun and sky, Jenna innocently obtains an ancient urn that tangles her into a web of a criminal world more sinister then she could ever have imagined. Romance is always afoot in the Greek Isles and Jenna gets a large helping with the seductive Nikos.
Twenty-five years later, Allie takes this same journey in a story that spans 25 years and intertwines the lives of mother and daughter. Twisty as the streets in a Greek island village, full of unexpected characters and threatening villains, Jenna’s Journey will keep you turning pages far into the night.

My Q&A with Julie Ryan

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Describe yourself using three words?

Loyal. quirky, impetuous

What inspired you to write your first novel?

It was a way of reminiscing about the time I spent in Greece during the 1980s. I never envisaged writing a novel though; it was only after a chance meeting with another writer that I developed a short story into ‘Jenna’s Journey’.

What time of day do you like to write?

Preferably in the mornings as that’s when I feel freshest. Typically though it’s the middle of the night when I have a great brainwave for plot development.

What is your favourite book and why?

I love John Fowles’ The Magus as he captures perfectly the magic of Greece. Each time I read it I discover something new.

How did you pick the title of your book?

Originally the book was to have been called Jenny’s Journey. However, as is often the way, a few months in my character spoke and became Jenna. The book is about the physical journey as well as the life-changing consequences that ensue, so it seems a fitting title.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

The characters are not based on any one real person but inevitably as a writer you draw on your own experiences, taking a quirk from one, a foible from another. There’s a lot of me in Jenna but she’s definitely her own woman.

What’s your favourite word?

Discombobulation

If you were a colour what would it be?

Blue

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I have a vague idea of the plot and a handful of characters and then I see where it takes me. That usually means endless revisions but it’s just the way I write.

Who is your favourite Author?

I love Victoria Hislop.

Are you working on a new project?

I’m currently working on something completely different about three sisters who all gather at their father’s deathbed with a secret.

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