Interview with Historical Fiction Reader

…one of the scenes I lost, which I pine for, is where Joseph is in a small canoe, floating down a river lined with boats full of orchids that are for sale.

I’ve just been interviewed by Erin Davies, aka the Historical Fiction Reader, about my latest historical novel, The Priest and the Lily.

Erin had some interesting questions. The one above is the answer to: Which scene ended up on the cutting room floor?

There were many, but I particularly loved the opening scene, described above, although, it was, ahem, probably too flowery.

She also asked me about my inspiration, my characters and what fantasy cast I’d pick!

The rest of the interview is here

Let me know what you think!

 

 

My Mother’s Secret – What other writers are saying

Six weeks to go until My Mother’s Secret comes out! For an author waiting to see how her book will be received, this is a tense phase to be in!

 


For anyone interested in how the process works, once the book is finished, edited, copy edited, proof read and type-set with a draft cover design, an ‘uncorrected bound proof’ is created. It’s nearly the final version, but the cover might be tweaked slightly, and there could still be errors that we’ve all missed. The proofs are then sent out to magazine journalists and authors kind enough to say they’ll do their level best to read it before it goes off to the printers.

So far, I’ve had some amazingly kind comments from my fellow writers. Thank you!!

 

The next step is that early copies will be sent out to bloggers, who are really the most important people. They are readers who, in their own free time and without being paid, will read and post reviews of books on their websites. Waiting to hear back from them is even more nerve-wracking!

In the meantime, here’s what some of my favourite authors are saying about My Mother’s Secret:

This gripping story about families and secrets takes the meaning of ‘deception’ to a new level.

         Jane Corry, author of My Husband’s Wife and Blood Sisters

 

 

 

A well written story that is so compelling you have no choice but to race through it to uncover the secrets. Twisty, tense and chilling until the very last page. Brilliant!

 

         Sam Carrington, author of Saving Sophie, Bad Sister and One Little Lie coming in July

 

Sanjida has nailed it again. A claustrophobic, unpredictable thriller that I couldn’t get enough of. You’ll be holding your breath until the last page

        Jack Jordan, author of My Girl and Anything for Her. A Woman Scorned and Before Her Eyes coming soon

 

 

And more from LV Hay, Luana Lewis and Peter Swanson…

 

 

I hope that’s whetted your appetite! If so, the kindest thing you can do for an author (apart from give them wine and chocolate), is to buy their book and post a short review on Amazon, Audible and Goodreads. It’ll keep them in coffee and Hobnobs. Thank you!

 

 

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Bone by Bone begins…

My first thriller, Bone by Bone, begins on 26 October…

 

It wasn’t until the train went past that she saw the small body lying in the long grass by the side of the wood.

She couldn’t tell how long she’d been searching for her daughter. It was dusk, but it had seemed darker as she ran through the wood, tripping on hooked tree roots, her feet crunching through crisp, curled ash leaves….

 

 

 

 

…and ends on 9 November. To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of Bone by Bone. To enter, please head over to my Facebook page and like and comment on the post about the competition.

 

Good luck!

 

Bone by Bone out in paperback!

BONE BY BONE OUT IN PAPERBACK!

category_diary80I’m so delighted – in ten days time Bone by Bone will be out in paperback! My other exciting news about the paperback release is that it’ll be in Sainsburys! You’ll be able to pick up a copy with your tea bags and chocolate Hobnobs!

The paperback has a few additions: a Bone by Bone – Author Q&A with me, some book club questions and the prologue to The Stolen Child – in case I can tempt you to pick up a copy!

 

Bone by Bone paperback book trailer

 

 

I’m also thrilled that Audible have bought the rights to turn it, and The Stolen Child, into audio books! I’m a big fan of the form – I listen to books most days. I’ll let you know who the narrator is going to be!

 

What do you think of audio books? Do you like them or do you think the narrator can distract from the story?