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



LONDON 1958. Lizzie Larch battles to keep her daughters safe and out of harm’s reach. Perfect for the fans of Nadine Dorries and Lyn Andrews.

Lizzie adores her beautiful and clever daughters and will do anything for them. Both possess a wonderful creative flair but have fiercely different characters. Betty, the eldest, is headstrong like Lizzie’s first husband whilst Francie is talented and easily influenced.

When Betty runs away after an argument with Sebastian, heartbreak and worry descend on the family.

At great risk to her health, Lizzie finds herself pregnant but is determined to give Sebastian the son they craved.

Sebastian meanwhile is plunged into a dangerous overseas mission using his old contacts to track Betty to Paris and to the lair of the rogue that seduced her.

Consumed with guilt, can Sebastian right the wrongs of the past and finally unite his family and friends?

My Q&A with Rosie Clarke


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

Rosie Clarke is happily married and lives in a small Cambridgeshire village with her husband.  She has now written well over 150 books under various names, which you can find at and news of Rosie Clarke at

Rosie has been writing for about 30 years now and has been successful with various genres but Lizzie’s Secret was a best seller at amazon and is one of her most successful and these books are what she really enjoys writing these days.  In the past she has written quite a few historical romances as Anne Herries and other sagas as Linda Sole and Cathy Sharp.  The books based in London’s East End that she is now engaged in writing are very close to her heart and evoke memories of a childhood spent with Grandma and Uncle Tom in one of the suburbs and many trips into the city for pantomimes, visits to Petticoat Lane and the Mall after the coronation, Princess Margaret’s wedding and other events. She well remembers seeing the scars of the war, bombed-out sites where the grass was growing through that still needed clearing, and the shortages and rationing that followed.

Describe yourself using three words?

Happy ~ Wife ~ Author

What inspired you to write your first novel?  

I’ve always loved making up stories and was at a stage in my life when I needed something to keep my mind occupied because my beloved dog was unwell.  Being an avid reader of romance at that time I wrote a historical romance that was eventually published as The Witch Child, under the name of Lynn Granville.

What time of day do you like to write?

I prefer mornings because that’s when I am fresher and able to sit at my computer for several hours.  However, I read through what I’ve written in bed so perhaps that’s work too, though it always seems like pleasure.

What is your favourite book and why?

Of my own books I think probably I like Lizzie’s Secret best so far but when it comes to other authors there’s so many to choose from: For years I’ve said that Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is my favourite book and it still comes high on the list, but there are so many other books I enjoy and recently one of the authors I’ve most enjoyed has been Matthew Harffy.  He writes excellent books on Saxon England.  The Serpent Sword is the first in a wonderful series. I really enjoy this series of books because this author brings the period to life in a way that is easily understood even if like me you only know a smattering of the history.  His hero becomes real as the series progresses and so he is one of the authors I would rate with my favourites.

How did you pick the title of your book?

Lizzie’s Daughters is the third in a series of books set in WW11 and it took a lot of consultations with my agent and publisher to decide what the first book should be.  We tried things like Hats Off for Lizzie Larch!  and Stylish Hats and Broken Hearts, lots of different ones that were liked but not quite right and then I thought of Lizzie’s Secret and everyone approved.  After that it was easy enough to go on with Lizzie’s War and now Lizzie’s Daughters.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No, not in whole, though every character I write has some basis in an observation I’ve made of someone.  A lot of them have my opinions and some have characteristics of people I know.

What’s your favourite word?  


If you were a colour what would it be?  


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

I know how it starts, how it ends and bits all the way through, but the rest comes as I write.

Who is your favourite Author?  

I have a list of favourites.  Elizabeth Gill in sagas, also Carol Rivers, Nadine Dorries.  In ancient history, Matthew Harffy.  In Regency Georgette Heyer.  In mysteries, Anita Davidson.  They are the books I mainly read, though I try lots of other authors. Often I find a new author when her book is sold for 99p on amazon and then, if I love the book, I go back and buy everything she or he has written.

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

Scarlet O’ Hara, Gone With the Wind, because I admire her guts for doing whatever she has to, to protect her family and the land she loves.

Beobrand, The Serpent Sword, because he is a fierce Saxon warrior but comes over as such a real human being that you can identify with his fears and needs

Arabella, Heyer Regency of the same name, because she taught me to love bold heroines, who were enchanting and mischievous.

Sebastian Winters, from Lizzie’s Secret, because he’s the kind of male guest you need at any dinner party, guaranteed to keep all your female guests happy.

What book are you reading at the moment?

I’ve been reading the third of Anita Davidson’s mystery trilogy:  Knightsbridge Mystery

Where in the world is your happy place?

My home, in particular, my garden and my study.  I also love holidays in Spain.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

I would like to be able to stop all the terrible wars that are hurting people at the moment and restore the destroyed homes to what they were so that there were no refugees.  Unfortunately, only God could do that.

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

He wasn’t really a villain, though the Romans thought so.  I would like Spartacus to have taken his people away from the Roman Empire to freedom.

Are you working on a new project?  

Yes, I have a wonderful new series called The Mulberry Lane series.  The first is The Girls of Mulberry Lane and that is available in August we hope.  I am working on the second at the moment, probably title A Wedding at Mulberry Lane, but that is not yet fixed as the book isn’t finished.  After that, there are others planned about this community in London set in WW11.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  

Not at the moment, I’m afraid.  I was recently on Radio Cambridgeshire and I tweet fairly often but that’s about it. What I can tell you is that the Lizzie books are coming out in mass market paperback over the next few months and Lizzie’s Secret is already in hardback, which means it can be borrowed from the library.

Thank you so much for giving me space on your blog and I hope your readers will enjoy the frank answers to your questions.  Best wishes, Rosie

Thank you, Rosie Clarke and Aria Books for being on my blog today.


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A headlong journey through the physical and spiritual dangers of Plantagenet Britain, in all its savage pageantry. Welsh Marches, July 1284 – the uprising in Wales is over, the leader gruesomely executed, the dead are buried. But for Illesa Arrowsmith, the war’s aftermath is just as brutal. When her brother is thrown into the Forester’s prison on false charges, she is left impoverished and alone. All Illesa has left is the secret manuscript entrusted to her – a book so powerful it can save lives, a book so valuable that its discovery could lead to her death. When the bailiff’s daughter finds it, Illesa decides to run, and break her brother out of jail by whatever means. But the powerful Forester tracks them down, and Illesa must put herself and the book at the mercy of an unscrupulous knight who threatens to reveal all their secrets, one by one. Inspired by the seductive art of illuminated manuscripts, The Errant Hours draws from the deep well of medieval legend to weave a story of survival and courage, trickery and love. “Kate Innes’s glorious first novel is a lyrical joy. Up there with the best of Pat Bracewell and Elizabeth Chadwick, it offers utter immersion in an intricate, plausible world. A must read for the autumn.”

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51HotnsFtGL._UY200_Kate Innes was born in London and lived and worked in America and Zimbabwe, but now exists happily amidst the history and natural beauty of Shropshire with her husband and three children.

She trained as an archaeologist and a teacher and then worked as a Museum Education Officer around the Midlands. After several writing courses, she expanded her repertoire (previously short poems only) to write ‘The Errant Hours’, a literary adventure based on real events in the Welsh Marches during the Thirteenth century. A sequel should be available in 2017.

The Historical Novel Society selected ‘The Errant Hours’ as an ‘Editor’s Choice’ and long-listed it for the 2017 Indie Award.

Kate has been writing and performing poetry for many years, usually with a particular focus on animals, art or the natural world. These poems, associated research and thoughts are posted on her blog and through Twitter.

Q&A with Kate 

What inspired you to write your first novel?

In addition to the fantastic surviving monuments in the Welsh Marches, and the beautiful natural environment, there was one particular object that I found profoundly inspiring. A manuscript from the late 13th century, describing the martyrdom of St Margaret, (patron saint of childbirth) that was used as a birthing aid. I came across it during my research into medieval childbirth. Women would read the story, pray to the saint and kiss the image of her in the book. You can see where the paint is smeared on the page from repeated kissing. It was this visceral sign of women’s’ desperation and pain, at a time when giving birth was frequently fatal for mother and baby, that was the key to both understanding the period and unlocking the plot for me.

What time of day do you like to write? Whenever the house feels empty. Which in practice means between 9:30 and 2:30 during term-time, or late at night when everyone else is asleep!

What is your favourite book and why? That is an almost impossible question to answer. But if I answered which book I enjoyed reading the most (which is slightly different), it would be Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg. It has a memorable and very fierce female lead, is atmospheric, gripping and tightly plotted, but also has a subtlety of thought. It is intelligent, individual and unpredictable.

How did you pick the title of your book?

The title was almost the hardest thing about writing this book. It took me a very long time to find something that would express the interwoven themes that characterise the story, eventually lighting upon The Errant Hours. I liked the dual meaning of ‘errant’, which can mean someone who is outside of society, deviant in some way, and can also mean actual physical wandering.  My heroine has to be both to survive.

The ‘Hours’ part can refer to Books of Hours, which were exquisitely decorated medieval manuscripts, and the canonical hours which set out times of prayer but also can mean a limited period of time during which the heroine has to be errant. The main action of the story takes place over a period of just under a month.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

Some are, and some aren’t.  Most of the nobility that appear in the book are real, Edward I and Queen Eleanor of Castile, Henry de Lacy, Earl Warenne, the Lord Forester. But Illesa, the heroine, her mother and reckless brother are my inventions. The most important real character is the Chancellor Robert Burnell. He was a Bishop as well as the second most powerful man in the country, known for his intelligence in management and lawmaking, and for his ambition. But he had one vice recorded against him. He had several mistresses and illegitimate children. This prevented him from becoming Archbishop of Canterbury, although the King nominated him for the role twice.

If you were a colour what would it be? Green –  like the moss you find in deep forests

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? I’m a planner, but one of the best experiences as a writer is when something happens before your eyes that you didn’t plan. I had several characters pop up and change the story, and then refuse to leave!

Who is your favourite Author?  If I had to choose just one it would have to be Shakespeare (but Helen Dunmore is a close second)

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

Bertha Rochester in Jane Eyre. She got a really raw deal. Imagine having to live with Grace Poole all those years.

Are you working on a new project?

Yes, I’m working on the sequel to The Errant Hours, which takes place ten years after the first book. I hope it won’t take me that long to write it!!

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I often give talks about the historical background to The Errant Hours to groups of all kinds. Any public events are posted on my website.

I will be performing alongside the band ‘Whalebone’ at Alveley Country Park on the 17th June in a set including original compositions and poems – entitled ‘Flocks of Words’

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