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THE WRITER’S BLOG TOUR – IT’S MY TURN!
I was very happy to be invited to join the Writer’s Blog Tour by my fellow writer of Guernsey books, Gillian Mawson .
I do hope that you enjoy your visit and will go on to sample the blogs of other writers, highlighted below. We are part of a growing international community of writers, working to introduce each other’s blog to a wider audience. Christine Findlay, Chair of Bookmark Blair (Blairgowrie Rattray and The Glens Book Festival) in Perthshire, Scotland, invited us to take part.
1. What am I working on?
I am nearing the end of my third Guernsey novel, Guernsey Retreat, which is a romantic mystery. Like my previous novels – Dangerous Waters and Finding Mother – the stories are contemporary but with a reference to the Second World War, which had a huge impact on Guernsey and the other Channel Islands. Guernsey Retreat follows a young London woman, Louisa Canning, whose mother died in her arms after a burglary. She sets out to find the father she has never met; to warn him that they might both be in danger as the burglar was looking for jewels belonging to him. Malcolm Roget, Louisa’s father, has recently opened a natural health centre and retreat in Guernsey. He had lost his father in tragic circumstances shortly before war broke out and when Louisa turns up, claiming to be his daughter, a chain of events unfurls that leads them towards solving the mysteries behind the deaths of their respective parents.
Guernsey Retreat is scheduled for publication later in 2014.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
That’s a tricky one! The obvious difference, I suppose, is that my books are all set primarily in Guernsey, with excursions to other countries as needed. Indeed, I’ve decided to call the series “The Guernsey Novels”. They are not a true series in the accepted sense, but do all share links with the previous books in that characters from one novel pop up in minor roles in the next. My other “trademark”, if you like, is that I focus strongly on the different generations of women in a family. This is particularly true of my second novel, Finding Mother. And, having been a psychotherapist for many years, I tend to examine relationship issues; both familial and sexual.
3. Why do I write what I do?
My first book, Dangerous Waters, was written as my homage to Guernsey. I lived there for nearly fourteen years and loved it ☺ I never expected to return to England, but stuff happens, doesn’t it? My elder son was able to stay and I go over as often as I can to catch up with him and my friends. In fact I’ve just returned from a week there. Blissful! The weather was gorgeous and I managed to fit in some research for both my third and fourth books.
4. How does my writing process work?
I’m a hybrid writer. By that I mean I do a certain amount of planning and then I let the story/characters take over. I always know where I want to start and which characters will end up together, but the how tends to develop along the way. Unplanned characters tend to appear unexpectedly, but I find this adds to the fun of being a writer☺
Not being a morning person, I don’t start writing in earnest until late morning or after lunch. I like to get my social networking, promoting and marketing out of the way first, together with any domestic chores. If my writing flows, I’ll keep going until 7 or 8 at night and usually write 7 days a week unless life gets in the way!
And finally, I want to introduce you to 3 friends whose work is wonderful – please visit their blogs to find out more. These talented writers will be offering their answers to the same 4 questions on Monday 9th June. And anything you can do to help us all share our words and ideas through your own networks would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Joanne Phillips lives in rural Shropshire with her husband and young daughter. She’s the author of romantic comedies Can’t Live Without and The Family Trap, and the Flora Lively series of contemporary romantic mysteries. Can’t Live Without was an Amazon top 100 bestseller in 2012 and her books regularly appear on category bestseller lists. Joanne loves super-dark chocolate, iced coffee and Masterchef, and divides her time between writing and finding creative ways to avoid housework.
Her blog can be found here: http://www.writersjourney.co.uk
Rebecca Scarberry was born and raised in Southern California. She’s retired, and writes full-time. She lives on a secluded farm in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas with her husband and five cats. She has devoted her time to writing fiction since 2009, and has self-published six books in four different genres.
The books she has published are: Jumper, Jumper Bounces Back, Jumper Meets Bouncy, Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, and Where Love Takes You.
Her blog can be found here: http://scarberryfieldsforever.blogspot.com/
Regina Puckett writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, picture books and poetry. There are several projects in various stages of completion and there are always characters and stories waiting for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.
Her blog can be found here: http://reginapuckettsbooks.weebly.com/blog
Anne Allen is the award-winning author of The Guernsey Novels. By profession she was a psychotherapist, however, is now retired from the day job to concentrate on writing. Anne has a restless soul and has lived in many fascinating places, including the beautiful island of Guernsey where she lived for fourteen years.