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Lizzie’s Daughters ~ Rosie Clarke ~ @Aria_Fiction #QA #Giveaway

 

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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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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.

Set in the East End of London at the dawn of World War II, Lizzie’s Secret is about how ordinary people learn to survive – and triumph – through hardship and tragedy.

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Always & Forever ~ @msogorman @aria_fiction #QA #Giveaway

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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.

Contact Elaine ~

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HUGE #Giveaway ~ Book Bundle @HooklineBooks #WIN #Raffle

I have teamed up with HookLine Books to give my followers a superb chance to win a collection of books. Varied genres, something for everyone.

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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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One Endless Summer @LaurieEllingham @HQDigitalUK #Q&A #Giveaway #Win

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Three best friends.

Three continents.

Three months to live.

How long can you keep a secret?

Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.

Lizzie’s battle with cancer is coming to an end, and now she’s ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. There are only three months, but it is Lizzie’s time to finally start living!

Jaddi is known for her stunning looks, flirtatious attitude and many conquests. But Jaddi has a secret and on this last trip together she needs to decide whether her best friends will ever know the real her.

Samantha has always been the ‘grown up’ of the group, the one with a five year plan. What Lizzie and Jaddi don’t know is that Sam is trapped, and her perfect life isn’t quite what it seems…

As they trek across the globe Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha must come to terms with loss, love and trusting one another. But will it all be too late…

My Q&A with Laurie Ellingham 

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Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey. 

I live on the Suffolk Essex border with my husband, two children and our dog, Rodney. I love developing storylines and losing myself in the lives of my characters. I also love reading great books, drinking coffee and red wine, and eating lots of chocolate. I’m one of those weird people who loves running too, and feel blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

Like many authors, my journey to publication has been a long one. I started writing when I was 23. The Reluctant Celebrity was published by a small independent publisher in 2015, and I self-published my second romance – How to Throw Your Life Away – in 2016. One Endless Summer is published by HQ (Harper Collins) and will be out on the 20th April. I’m ten years on from the first time I sat down to write and I still feel at the very start of my journey.  I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in another ten years!

Describe yourself using three words? Determined, Motivated, Coffee-loving,

What inspired you to write your first novel?  The best way to describe it is like an itch. An idea takes hold and you can’t help but start writing it. I didn’t have a clue about prose, dialogue, structure, pace but I had to start writing. And once I started I realised how much I loved it.  

What time of day do you like to write? I like to get the kids packed off to school and sit down to write with a very large coffee. The earlier I start writing the more I get done. If I do other jobs first then procrastination sets in.

What is your favourite book and why? Oh this is such a tricky question because I have romance books that I love like The Choir on Hope Street by Annie Lyons, and I have psychological thrillers that I love, like Valentina by S.E Lynes.  One book that stayed in my thoughts for a long time was How to be Brave by Louise Beech. Beautifully written with a compelling and unique storyline

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How did you pick the title of your book? I didn’t. I’m terrible at picking titles for books. My amazing editor at HQ came up with the title and I love it. One Endless Summer encapsulates so much about what the story is about.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  They certainly feel real to me, but no they’re not. I think all writers take certain traits and mannerisms from people they know but the finished character is never just one person.

What’s your favourite word? Coffee 😉  

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If you were a colour what would it be?  Magenta pink

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? Umm … well, I have coloured paper for each character, I have spreadsheets, I have a ring binder, so I guess that would make me a planner.  

Who is your favourite Author?  Ah there are so many to chose from. B.A Paris is a fav, as well as Liane Moriaty. I’ll buy their books without reading the blurb.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why? Bridget Jones – to make me laugh; Ben Holmes (from One Endless Summer) to capture the evening on film (and because I have a crush on him); Dina Kane (From Beauty by Louise Mensch) because she’s fierce and really cool; Allan Karlsson (from The 100-year old man who climbed out of a window) to keep us entertained with all of his amazing life stories.

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What book are you reading at the moment? Stuck with You by Carla Burgess. It’s one of those books you read with a smile on your face.

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Where in the world is your happy place? During the week it’s my little writing den with coffee, Twix and my dog. At the weekends it’s in the garden with the kids.

If you had one superpower what would it be? The first stories I wrote when I was little were about a boy who could fly. That would be cool, but I’d probably be cold a lot of the time. Healing people who are sick would be a nice one to have.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  Kevin from We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Are you working on a new project?  Always. I am aiming to write two books this year. I’m so excited about both of them. They’re women’s fiction psychological suspense and a little darker than One Endless Summer but still exploring the dynamics of female friendship.

Thank you for having me!!!

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Run Like A Girl @authorKEGARVEY #Q&A #Giveaway

Run Like A Girl By K. E Garvey will be released on the 2nd May 2017 and is book 2 in the ‘Like A Girl’ series.

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Fight or flight? When a homemade sex tape falls into the wrong hands, Marti Jerome jumps to conclusions and chooses the path of least resistance by running far and fast, a skill she has mastered as well as a pirouette. Just as she relaxes into thinking she’s put a safe distance between her and her troubles, she learns that even a small town in the Texas hill country isn’t far away enough to hide from the most relentless of pursuers—her conscience.

 

My Q&A with K E Garvey

Describe yourself using three words? – Modest, quirky, family-oriented.

What inspired you to write your first novel?  – Reading a bad one. I was laid up following a riding accident with little more to do than read. After a particularly lousy book (by a well-known author), for little more than shitz and giggles I decided to give it a try.

What time of day do you like to write?  – Mornings, always. My mind tends to get bogged down by the day at some point in the afternoon.

What is your favourite book and why? – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has been my favorite book since the first time I read it. I think it’s the richness in character and setting that not only made it a great read, but made me want to pay a visit to Savannah. It had been years since I’d been there and the book took me back.

How did you pick the title of your book?  – Run Like A Girl is actually book 2 in the “Like A Girl” series. What began as one novel quickly became three when I realized at about 35,000 words that I simply had too much story for one book. I broke the lead characters into three standalone books and added around them. Book 1, Cry Like A Girl came out last July. Run Like A Girl was May 2nd of this year, and I’m hoping to have the last in the series, Fight Like A Girl, out about the same time next year.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  – Not in anything I’ve published to date (although I have a book lying in wait that is heavily based on a true story). I suppose I pull traits or facts here and there from actual people, but not enough to make them recognizable.

What’s your favourite word?  – Wow! Can writers have a single favorite word? Maybe I’m an anomaly because I love them all! My favorite unusual word would be ‘grody’, as in grimy or disgusting.

If you were a colour what would it be?  –Blue or green, something calm and peaceful.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? – I’ve converted from pantsing to plotting. Although I find pantsing less constricting, I’ve come to appreciate the structure of plotting as it saves time by keeping me on track even if I do make frequent detours.

Who is your favourite Author?  – I’ve been asked this so many times during interviews and it’s never an easy question to answer. I enjoy the work of so many, often for different reasons. Off the top of my head at this moment, Maya Angelou, although if you were to ask me next week, it would probably be different.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why? – Two in one shot, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: as a kid I thought it would be so cool to hang out with them. From my latest read, Mack Phillips from The Shack. I would love to experience (whether real or imagined) at the shack. Last, John Coffee. What a gift he had!

What book are you reading at the moment?  – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Where in the world is your happy place?  – Outdoors, preferably in the Endless Mountain region.

If you had one superpower what would it be?  – To heal the sick (back to John Coffee)

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  – Each villain that comes to mind seems to be from a movie and not a book. Kevin Costner’s character in A Perfect World comes to mind. He was a killer, but he had a heart as he revealed in the way he treated his hostage. While watching it, I did want him to get away…

Are you working on a new project?  – Aside from Fight Like A Girl, which I’m in the early stages of a first draft, I have a collection of short stories called, Everyday People, although I have no release date at this time. I also have a Christmas themed novella, Christmas Carol, that I was planning for this coming holiday season, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen, we’ll see. The only other iron in the fire is a work I hired a ghostwriter to complete. I felt I was too close to be objective so I supplied close to 1,000 pages of notes and stories and acted as a consultant as he built the plot. I am anxious but unable to release it at this time due to a few pending legal issues surrounding it, but I’ve been told it should be green-lighted soon.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  – Not at this time. I have been doing a lot more in the way of podcasts and guest spots on local television than actual signings and appearances at book fairs. I moved to Texas last August for what was only supposed to be three months that turned into seven so I haven’t been too sure where I would be at any given time, making scheduling a nightmare. That should settle soon and I’ll be able to better plan my events.

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41VixvAgeeLThe descent into madness isn’t always accompanied by flashing lights and sirens. Sometimes, it sneaks up as quietly as fog…

To the unknowing, Susan and Henry McFarland appear to be just another small-town couple working toward the American dream. Susan, an introverted housewife and part-time librarian is the yin to Henry’s extroverted, rising-star yang.
Susan has always dreamed of the perfect life: a loving husband and a home filled with children, all wrapped up in a white picket fence. But the perfect life she dreams of is rooted in the soil of a dark secret.
Henry is a man’s man: confident, likable, and no more than a handshake away from taking hold of the brass ring. Unknown to him, his brass ring is hanging on the proverbial gates of hell and his perfect life lives on the opposite side of the picket fence.
It’s their seven-year anniversary. While Susan spends the day preparing the meal for their traditional anniversary dinner, Henry accepts the terms of a new job assignment and seals the deal with a night out with the boys. Susan’s worry turns to anger when Henry stumbles in after midnight and falls into bed without acknowledging the importance of the day or her efforts.
That single marital infraction turns out to be the first of many; each silently picking at the seams of Susan’s damaged past.
In a twist of irony, just as Henry realizes the consequences of his wrongdoings, the universe begins to punish him for them. As he scrambles to right his wrongs and change the course of their lives, someone else is determined to see him fail.
It is a tale of lessons learned too late. Beautifully wrought and as moving as it is tragic, the life and love of Susan and Henry will pull on the heartstrings of even the most phlegmatic.

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If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden surrounded by the jumbled up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting. Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she? Certain events two and a half years ago led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it ever existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it? Does she really deserve to be whole again? Inspired by a true story, this is an account of one woman’s secret guilt and her journey in search of forgiveness!

My Q&A with Alice May 

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At 45 years old, Alice is a multi-tasking mother with four not-so-small children and is fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet.  They live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country.

Alice had always wanted to write a book but felt that it was an unobtainable dream, until one day she just sat down and started to write. Alice wrote non- stop for three weeks and her husband and children thought she had gone mad.  Eventually, she ground to a halt to find she had over 60,000 and the initial draft of my very first novel.

Inspired by true-life events ‘Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down!’ wouldn’t leave Alice alone until it was written. After numerous re-writes, some very careful editing and a lengthy cover design process, Accidental Damage was published on 1st August 2016.

Describe yourself using three words

I like to think that I am inquisitive (my Beloved Husband would say nosey), organised (he’d say bossy) and unpredictable (of course BH tells me that I am so unpredictable that I am actually very predictable!). ☺

What inspired you to write your first novel?

My first novel ‘Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down!’ was inspired by a real life event. My husband, four children and I spent a year living in our garden after part of our house fell down leaving it uninhabitable.

I felt it was such an unusual experience to go through that it was important to write about it. In spite of the horrible circumstances, it was a time of massive positivity and growth for the whole family. Once we accepted that we couldn’t live in our house and couldn’t really go anywhere else we just had to knuckle down and get on with life. So many funny and ridiculous things happened to us on our journey to rebuild our home it made a cracking story on which to base my first fictional novel.

The sequel ‘Consequences – More tales from the house that sat down’ will be published later this year.

 

What time of day do you like to write?

I find that ideas for my novels come to me at all times of the day and night, but I can only really set time aside to write once I have done the school drop off in the morning. I write from about 9am to 12.30/1pm. After that I work on promotion and marketing as well as housework and other family related issues before doing the school pick up.

I keep a notebook with me at all times, even next to the bed at night, so that I can scribble down any great ideas and plotlines to use later when I have time to write.

How did you pick the title of your book?

The first part of my title ‘Accidental Damage’ was in my head right from the very first paragraph as it is one that carries several meanings within the story. It is a type of home insurance cover in the first instance but it also refers to the emotional damage that is inflicted on the characters as they journey through the story as a result of the situation they find themselves in.

The second part of the title, ‘Tales from the house that sat down!’ was inspired by how our house looked after part of it had collapsed. It gave every appearance of having got very tired and so just had a little sit-down.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

The characters of the family in ‘Accidental Damage’ are based (loosely) on my own family. Nobody else would do I am afraid. The book is written retrospectively from the mother’s point of view and I wanted to convey to the reader the complex interactions of a large family under such uniquely stressful circumstances. (Don’t worry my husband and kids have all read the book and approve.)

No other characters in the book are actually based on real people.

What is your favourite word?

My favourite word is ‘onomatopoeia’ mainly because it has so many vowels which is an unusual feature in the English language, but also because of its definition. I love words that are formed from the sound of what they are, like ‘sizzle’. It’s fun!

If you were a colour, what would you be?

I would be a fresh spring green colour, the exact shade of new grass.

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

I know roughly where my plot is going from the start. I use my first draft to get the main information down on paper, then I spend a fair amount of time moving bits of it around and shaping it into the most effective story telling format for the material and weaving extra threads throughout for greater depth.

Who is your favourite author?

This is a very interesting question as there are so many great authors in numerous different genres to choose from.

I love Anne McCaffrey, Katie Fford, Lisa Gardner, Kate Fenton, Trisha Ashley, Jane Austin, JRR Tolkien.

I genuinely don’t think I can pick just one. Sorry!

Are you working on a new project at the moment?

I am currently working on final drafts of the sequel to ‘Accidental Damage’ at the moment which will hopefully be ready for publication this summer. I am also in the early plotting stages of a third novel, this time for a new series. It is very exciting I am thoroughly enjoying the whole process.

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Ireland’s gone bust, and with it Aisling Finn’s life. She flees austerity for adventure in the desert. But the Arabia she finds is not that of her dreams. Everyone is chasing a fast buck, a fast woman and another G&T. Expats and locals alike prickle with paranoia. Debonair fixer, Brian Rothmann, charms Aisling with champagne brunches and nights at Bedouin camps. But is Brian a hero or a desperate expat prepared to go to any lengths to get what he wants? Is this Aisling? Or is he using her as bait? Her only hope is Hisham, a local activist. But where do his loyalties lie? Aisling faces severe peril when the sleazy expat and blood-lusting desert worlds collide, as the Arab Spring erupts. She has to ask, whom can she trust? Can she trust her instincts? Humanity blisters in this haunting, lyrical thriller about trust and treachery.

My  Q&A with Rose McGinty 

Rose is an alumna of Faber Academy 2015/16. By night she is a writer, by day a NHS Director in London and has worked internationally. She studied literature at the University of Kent, Canterbury and her M.Phil at Trinity College, Dublin.

Rose’s debut novel, Electric Souk, will be published in March 2017 by Urbane Publications and will be on promotion in WH Smiths in May.

Rose says of her story, ‘The parts of the story that are true, I probably wish were not; while the parts that are not, I probably wish were true.’


Rose enjoys writing short stories, poetry and flash fiction and has won a number of competitions, including:

  • Winner of the inaugural Kent Life magazine short story competition with her story, Dreamland, published in the April 2016 issue and aired on Channel Radio, Kent Life
  • Winner of the Scottish Ghost Story competition 2016 for her story A Kentish Longtail, which was read out at the Festival of Dreams at the Scottish National Library in October 2016 and can be viewed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj58kb5gHe0&sns=em

Rose is now writing her second novel, a psychological thriller, which is taking her to some rather gothic hospital corridors.
Find out more at Rose’s blog:  htpp://rosemcginty.wordpress.com and @rosemcginty

Describe yourself using three words? Imaginative, intuitive, dreamer

What inspired you to write your first novel?  My experience of living in the desert, which was both brutal and magical

What time of day do you like to write? Dusk

What is your favourite book and why?

Wuthering Heights, as Cathy and Heathcliffe must be the two characters that haunt our imaginations as readers forever

How did you pick the title of your book? The major events of the novel are centred on the Electric Souk

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  No

What’s your favourite word?  Holiday

If you were a colour what would it be?  Scarlet

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? Some planning but characters never do what they are supposed to do, so I end up going with the flow

Who is your favourite Author?  The Irish writer, Jennifer Johnston

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

  • Vicomte de Valmont, Les Liaisons Dangereuses as he would have a wicked glint in his eye
  • Scheherazade for her enchanting tales.
  • Lila from Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels as she would have feisty stories of Italian street life, and is a reader with fierce intelligence and curiosity, and opinions on everything.  
  • Kublai Khan from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities for the mystery and enlightenment.

What book are you reading at the moment? The May Queen by Helen Irene Young, a beautiful debut novel about a young country girl who becomes a WREN in World War Two

Where in the world is your happy place? The sea

If you had one superpower what would it be? The power to heal

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  I wouldn’t. Unhappy endings for villains are too delicious

Are you working on a new project?  I am about half way through the first draft of my second novel, a psychological thriller and enjoying researching some very gothic hospital corridors

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  A book signing on 20 May at Waterstones in Ashford, Kent

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