2018, Author Love, Author Q&A, Guest Post, Uncategorized

Guest Post: Q&A with Victoria Walters plus Summer at the Kindness Cafe news..

It’s always a pleasure to host this lovely lady on Hayley Reviews.

Victoria Walters should need no introduction she’s featured on here a few times now and I’m literally in awe of her. A beautiful soul inside and out, who has truly inspired me to be kinder especially to myself. Saying that I’m still a work in progress so without further ado I give you Victoria Walters….

This time I’ve asked her some questions I hope you find it as enlightening as I did.

1. Random acts of kindness or as it’s now known Summer at the Kindness cafe. What inspired you to write this? And how does it feel to have inspired many readers like myself.

Kindness is a big trend at the moment and I hadn’t read a women’s fiction novel that dealt with it so I wanted to give it a go. I think being kinder to others and to yourself has a really positive effect on everyone  I really hope that people are inspired by that idea and maybe go and do some acts of kindness as a result, that would be wonderful.

2. Keeping with kindness – are you kind enough to yourself as I know I could be kinder to me.

It’s hard, isn’t it? I am a massive worrier so I definitely need to work on worrying less as it really stresses me out. I try to do some self-care things when I feel worried even if it’s just sitting down with a book or watching a favourite film or buying some chocolate, sometimes the little things can really brighten your day. Treating yourself or having a pamper session is great and I love to light a candle to help me relax. I also think trying not to compare yourself to others is really important – it’s hard sometimes not to feel like you aren’t achieving enough but you need to give yourself a pat on the back for all the good things that you have done, and doing things your own way always the best way.

3. I loved the Summer I Met You and hope to devour The Second Love Of my life although in reading the blurb it made me 😦 would you like to write more novellas?

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I actually wrote the Summer I Met You after the novel. I prefer writing novels as it’s hard to get to know characters with something shorter but it’s fun to take on a challenge so I wouldn’t say no!

4. What is your average day like?

I usually write in the mornings and then break for lunch then write a bit more in the afternoon but I often end up finishing by 3pm and then do some social media bits or have a break with a book or a film maybe. Two days a week I work in a bookshop so I don’t write on those days.

5. Do you have any rituals with your writing?

Not really. I usually write at home at my desk, I’m not really good at writing in public, I can’t concentrate. I always write to music and my cat is usually there annoying me!

6. Has your reading habits changed and how?

I read a lot and always have done. I read more widely now I work in a bookshop actually – I see so many different titles in there plus I get sent a lot to read so it has made me pick up books I wouldn’t have done in the past I think.

7. Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

I have a bit of an obsession with buying mugs especially if they have a slogan on them. My cupboard is getting almost too full to close oops!

8. What would you tell your younger self?

I would say keep trying – your dreams won’t be easy to make come true but you’ll be much happier trying than if you didn’t!

9. What advice do you have for others inspired to write?

Go for it! It’s hard and you need to be determined and prepared for rejection but if I can do it then so can you.

10. You take the best Instagram pictures advice for people like me?

I love Instagram and I really enjoy taking photos, just have fun with it and follow some accounts that you like and get inspiration from them. If you take pictures of things you love then others will love them too. Also natural lighting is the best and make sure you edit your photos so they look as good as they can.

I also mentioned Summer at the Kindness Cafe news and this beauty is 99p for a limited time. Snap this up you honestly won’t regret it. I devoured this and it’s still with me. Summer at the Kindness Cafe if it doesn’t have you instantly wanting your very own brew then who are you.

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2018, Author Love, Author Q&A, Guest Post

Guest Post: Kathryn Freeman talks brooding heroes….

So today I am super excited to be hosting the fabulous Kathryn Freeman Oh Crumbs was one of my favourite reads this summer which got me thinking. I’m a massive tweeter when I’m reading and I told Kathryn she sure does have a thing for brooding heroes.

So without further ado I give you Kathryn….

My fabulous host knows I have a thing for brooding men. So thank you, Hayley, for allowing me onto your blog to write about the appeal, to me, of creating the brooding hero.

Emily and Charlotte Brontë knew a thing or two about creating the brooding male hero. It’s hard to find finer examples than the tortured Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights and the moody Rochester from Jane Eyre. Often described as Byronic, after the romantic poet Lord Byron, brooding heroes can be arrogant, cynical, proud and passionate. Rugged rather than handsome, they’re strong, flawed men who’ve experienced hard times and carry that pain with them. Are they as compelling to write as they are to read?

You bet they are.

As a writer of romantic fiction I’ve created many different heroes; funny, charming, magnetic, but I have to confess, I keep sneaking back to the brooding hero. There is something about getting inside the head of a stubborn, hurting, blunt spoken male that is powerfully addictive.

Why? For me, I think it’s because he can surprise us more, especially when he finds himself in situations that go against his usual type. In my latest book, Oh Crumbs, my hero, Doug, is quiet and reserved; definitely ticks several of the brooding hero boxes. The last place he wants to be caught kissing my heroine, Abby, is on her drive, watched by two of her teenage sisters. Oh boy, did I feel his pain. I could so easily picture him squirming, mortified, as the girls started to giggle.

‘He’s eating her.’

‘Don’t be silly. That’s kissing. It’s what grown-ups do.’

‘Well, I don’t want to be kissed then.’

I relished making Doug suffer, because it was in those moments that the image of him became most vivid, and the words seemed to flow without any conscious thought.

And what about when the arrogant, surly hero shows a rare sensitivity or vulnerability? In Do Opposites Attract? My hero, charity doctor Mitch McBride, has had a really hard life. Tough and abrasive, work in the harsh environment of the refugee camp suits him down to the ground. What definitely doesn’t suit this fiercely proud, independent man is being stuck in a hospital bed. So that’s where I shoved him. Now I could feel his bubbling frustration; an active man, forced to lie in bed. A stubborn man, forced to be reliant on others. The scenes when my heroine visits him were a real treat to write. At first he lashed out, upsetting her so badly she nearly didn’t visit him again. His relief when she did, enabled me to show another side to him.

‘I’ve never had anyone look after me, Brianna,’ he admitted slowly. ‘I’m used to taking care of myself. For me to have to admit I need help is incredibly hard.’ He gave her a rueful smile. ‘But here I am, in plaster casts from head to foot and as helpless as a bloody baby. I don’t have the luxury of being proud. You made a very kind offer and I’m really grateful. Hell, I might not show it, but I’m grateful for everything you’ve done for me.’ His voice was as serious as the look in his deep brown eyes. ‘You saved my life, Brianna. Your visits also saved my sanity. I didn’t realise quite how much until you stopped coming.’

I suspect in the end, the appeal of writing about the brooding hero is less to do with his moody ways, and more to do with being able to show the reader that there’s more to him than first meets the eye. Brooding or not, our romantic hero is much like an onion – stick with me on this one – he needs to have layers. The more layers, the more depth, and thus the more intriguing he is to both write and read about. Also like the onion, when we peel back his layers, he should, if he’s written well, bring tears to our eyes.

Contact details

Website:  http://kathrynfreeman.co.uk

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kathrynfreeman

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KathrynFreeman1

Oh Crumbs review

I hoped to have had a post yesterday but I had an extremely busy and productive Monday. I believe this week is going to be a busy one so my posts will either be early or late in the day….there should be a mix of posts this week but if there is anything you would love to see do get in touch.

In regards to reading I have only managed some audio and a magazine but I’m hoping as my week evens out that changes.

Author Q&A, Uncategorized

Katey Lovell speaks to Hayley Reviews….

Monday Monday…what a gloomy looking day and I’m not feeling great but enough of that negativity. This morning I am welcoming the lovely Katey Lovell to Hayley Reviews – this post has been delayed as we both had holidays so here it is.

Katey’s latest novel The Cafe in Fir Tree Park has recently been released in paperback I devoured the EBook back in May but I was eager to help Katey re-promote this gorgeous Summer read. Here is my Review.

1. What was your inspiration for The Cafe in Fir Tree Park?

I’m very fortunate to live in Sheffield, which has beautiful greenery alongside all the benefits of a major city. There are two large parks within walking distance of my house, and I combined some of my favourite features of each of them to create Fir Tree Park.

 In terms of characters, I wanted to write about friendships between women of different generations, and my original idea was to follow Maggie and Fern’s stories – once I started writing about Pearl and Lacey though, I couldn’t stop!

 2. Who was your favourite character or characters to write and why? You know I have some favourites.

This is a really hard one, because I genuinely loved writing all the characters. If I had to choose one, it would probably be Pearl. Everything else I’ve written has been about younger women, but Pearl has a back story which made her fun to explore.

 3. Do you think these characters will ever pop up again?

I’d never say never, but my gut reaction is probably not. Initially I’d planned a companion Christmas novella, but the focus of that was around a plot point that didn’t make it into the final draft of The Café in Fir Tree Park so it didn’t feel as necessary.

 4. Your next release is a Christmas book – how did it feel writing Christmas outside of Christmas time?

Being an author you often find yourself writing about summer in the winter and vice versa. It can be quite disconcerting, but fortunately I’d written the first half of Joe and Clara’s Christmas Countdown during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November 2016. The first draft was finished in May, so it wasn’t as though I was writing in a heatwave this time – I wrote The Boy Under the Mistletoe in August on a baking hot weekend!

 5. You’re a proper fan girl have you ever thought about writing about that in some way shape and form?

Erm…I’m not sure how much I can get away with saying. Can I just say ‘yes’ and leave it at that?!

 6. Would you ever write more Meet Cutes following the characters we already have? If so which ones?

This is something I’d love to do! Ooh, who do I think would have had an interesting relationship after their meeting – maybe Lauren and Toby from The Boy at the Beach. It would be fun to see if they were still partying or if they were enjoying more quiet nights in now they’re a couple!

 7. If you were to pitch The Cafe in Fir Tree Park to someone who doesn’t read really how would you phrase it?

It’s a contemporary novel about friendship, family and relationships set in a fictional Home Counties park. The story is told through four different women’s voices, so hopefully readers can relate to at least one of the characters. Overall, it’s about accepting yourself, and accepting that making mistakes and having flaws is a natural part of life.

 8. You now have an agent, how amazing is that and how has it changed you?

It’s fantastic! I’m now working with Julia Silk at MBA on a few different projects and it’s lovely to have honest input from someone so knowledgeable of the industry at all points in the process. I wouldn’t say it’s changed me as such, but it’s definitely given me a renewed sense of purpose – as people who follow me on social media will know, I’ve been working incredibly hard this summer on a new project that Julia is advising me on.

 9. How sad were you to say goodbye to your blog? Although it surely feels good to just be an author blogging?

Book blogging was a huge part of my life for a long time, and deciding to close Books with Bunny was a big decision for me. Ultimately, it came down to not having enough hours in the day to do it justice, and although I felt very sad about it, I know it’s the right thing. I’m still talking about books online, especially on Twitter, so it’s not as if I’ve stopped sharing the book love altogether. And as you say, I have my author blog which I keep promising I’ll update!

 10. Tell us a random fact about you that no one would know?

Oh gosh… let me think. I really want to get a tattoo but I’m scared it’ll hurt – will that do? I used to be petrified of needles, but I have to self-inject weekly because the medication I take for Crohn’s disease is through an injectable pen, so I’m getting over it. Weirdly I’ve always been fine with piercings and have a few!

You can find The Cafe in Fir Tree Park Here and you can pre order her Christmas read I have already done so back in July Here that’s called Joe and Clara’s Christmas Countdown.

Author Q&A, Guest Post, Uncategorized

Author Guest post: The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara

Today here at Hayley Reviews I welcome the wonderful Ali McNamara. Ali is a genius for writing books that pull you in and leave you wanting more. It’s been a while since I have devoured an Ali classic and I’m pretty sure the last one I read whilst on holiday….her latest novel The Summer of Serendipity is out now. 

In the lead up to publication day I asked Ali to answer some of my questions and here they are.

1.What’s your usual publication day? Are you excited for it?

All my publication days have been different. Sometimes I’ve had book launches, sometimes quiet meals with family and friends. My favourite launch was for my first book – From Notting Hill with Love… Actually. We held it at the Travel Bookshop from the Notting Hill movie. That was very special.

2 & 3 Tell us about your inspiration for The summer of serendipity? You spent some time in Ireland as research where did you go and what can you tell us about it?

The Summer of Serendipity is set in the fictional town of Ballykiltara which is based on the town of Killarney on the west coast of Ireland. We stayed there for a few days and I was inspired by the lakes, the beautiful scenery, and the Celtic history of the area.

4. I had a guest post from you when I was part of Dark Readers and that was a while ago now. You have accomplished so much how can you put that into words? And what advice would you give to budding writers?

Being a writer is a wonderful job to have. Creating stories and sending them out into the world, then having people tell me how much they enjoy them is amazing. It can also be tough too. There are days when motivating yourself to head into your office and write 2000 words (my usual daily word count.) can feel terribly hard, and days when you think what you’re writing is complete rubbish! But luckily those days don’t happen too often, and for the most part, I love my job!
My advice is always the same: Write something you would like to read yourself, don’t try to follow trends, and most of all just get on and do it! Books won’t write themselves!

5. Tell us about the main characters from the new book and are they real people or all fictional?

All fictional. But a couple of them were inspired by people I met while in Ireland…

6. Lastly what’s the scariest thing about sending your book out into the world?

Will my readers like this one!

You can download a ebook or purchase a paperback via https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01MQJVNBC/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500407629&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=ali+mcnamara and just so you know there is also a special copy via Sainsbury’s with a short linked to Breakfast At Darcy’s.

Ali featured on Dark Readers for me and here it is. Ali McNamara speaks to Dark Readers

My review of The little flower shop by the sea.

My review of From Notting Hill with Love Actually

Links:

www.alimcnamara.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alimcnamara?lang=en

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/AliMcNamara.official/?locale2=en_GB

Thank you Ali for taking the time to answer my questions I look forward to reading and reviewing your latest novel. 

Author Q&A, Publication Day

Author Guest Post: Happy Publication day Heidi Swain for Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage

Today here at Hayley Reviews I welcome to you Heidi Swain, an author I have had on my TBR list for a while I am ashamed to say. I was lucky enough to meet Heidi at the Simon & Schuster Digital Originals evening in June. (I will be posting a blog post on that it is on my list.)

Happy Publication day Heidi….I cannot wait to start delving into your world…

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Before I start are you all excited and set for publication day.
Hello my lovely and thank you so much for inviting me to feature on your blog. Yes, I think I’m ready – the fizz is in the fridge and every device in the house is fully charged.
• How will you spend publication day?
Publication day itself is mostly spent on social media thanking everyone for their fabulous likes, posts, shares, tweets, shelfies and kind wishes. It’s always fabulous but very busy and this time around I have to be even more organised than usual as I’m heading off to the RNA Conference early the next day!
This is book number four and you are now a full time author that must feel like a dream come true?
The last two years have been an absolute whirlwind and I consider myself very lucky, not only to have had 4 books published so quickly, but also to be doing the job I love every single day. It’s been a lot of hard work to get to this point but I wouldn’t change a single thing and am looking forward to writing dozens more books for decades to come.
• Have you always known what you wanted to do?
Yes. For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be an author but it took me years to pluck up the courage to do anything about it. A school friend of mine says she can remember me talking about wanting to write when we were in our early teens but it wasn’t until I was actually in my 30’s that I began to seriously get some words down.
• Tell us something about you that no one would know?
My first job was working Saturdays in a ‘record’ shop. Yep, we’re talking before CD’s here. Who would have guessed I’m that old?
• As its publication day we have to talk about your latest book, where did you get your inspiration for Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage?
The initial idea for Cuckoo Cottage popped into my head when I was writing my first Christmas book, Mince Pies and Mistletoe at The Christmas Market. Gwen, the owner of Cuckoo Cottage is a wonderfully eccentric character in that book and I just knew, having discovered what she did with all the battered Christmas trees, that her home had a story of its own to tell. A research trip to Happy Days Retro Vacations to stay in a refurbished Airstream van sealed the plot and Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage was born!
•Tell us about the main characters from Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage and your inspiration for them?
Lottie Foster is the main character. She hasn’t had the easiest of starts in life and I wanted to tell her story and show that just because life has rubbish moments, it doesn’t have to be that way forever. You have to look out for the opportunities that come your way and grab them, even if they might not be what you are expecting.
Lottie has two guys to keep her company at Cuckoo Cottage – Will and Matt. I’m not going to say anything about either of these characters. I’ll let you make up your own minds!
• It must be a nice feeling to see two of your novels in the Kindle sale ahead of your fourth coming out?
Yes, this is really exciting and perfectly timed. I would love as many people as possible to fall in love with Wynbridge and to have both The Cherry Tree Café and Summer at Skylark Farm in the sale offers the best chance of that happening!
• Now you are a full time author what is your average day like?
I’m an early bird – always up around 5 or not long after. Weather permitting, I’ll start the day with a 20 minute walk and then settle down to work on the WIP until lunchtime. Afternoons are generally reserved for writing blog posts, answering emails, fiddling on Insta and occasionally flinging the vacuum cleaner around of course! I do like to write longhand sometimes so if I can’t get to the keyboard for any reason I’ll be working away in pencil.
• What would you say to aspiring authors?
Don’t put off getting those words down. Even if all you have are a collection of ideas – character names, bits and pieces of dialogue, settings – get them all recorded and let your creativity grow. If you have a story in you, let it out! Once you have committed your thoughts to paper, you’ll be amazed by how quickly they begin to take on a life of their own.
• What sort of books do you like reading and what are you reading right now?
I love reading commercial romantic fiction but I’m not adverse to the odd thriller. I’ve also started to read more historical fiction – Georgette Heyer has been a revelation. My current read is The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse by lovely Cressida McLaughlin, which I am absolutely loving.

Heidi – Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions ahead of a busy day.

 

 

 

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 Heidi Swain Author Bio

Although passionate about writing from an early age, Heidi Swain gained a degree in Literature, flirted briefly with a newspaper career, married and had two children before she plucked up the courage to join a creative writing class and take her literary ambitions seriously.

A lover of Galaxy bars, vintage paraphernalia and the odd bottle of fizz, she now writes feel good fiction with heart for Simon and Schuster.

Her debut novel, The Chery Tree Café was published in July 2015 (paperback June 2017) and Summer at Skylark Farm hit the shelves the following June. Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market was a hugely successful Christmas 2016 release and her fourth book, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage was published in July 2017. She is currently preparing for her October 2017 Christmas release, Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at The Christmas Fair.

Heidi lives in Norfolk with her wonderful family and a mischievous cat called Storm.

 Links

Website: http://www.heidiswain.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Heidi_Swain

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterHeidiJoSwain?ref=hl

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heidi-Swain/e/B00YNN3LDI/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1483439180&sr=8-2-ent

 Cuckoo Cottage: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_16?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=coming+home+to+cuckoo+cottage&sprefix=coming+home+to+c%2Caps%2C240&crid=M3CL71BR7MXM 

Author Q&A, Netgalley, Publication Day, Uncategorized

Author post: The New Beginnings Coffee Club by Samantha Tonge

Firstly it’s publication day of The New Beginnings Coffee Club. Which I have sat waiting for me on my Kindle app. Sam has kindly answered some questions for me on this very exciting day….


Before I get stuck in here is the blurb.

Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?

Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.

With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to. But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intending you to be!.
Intrigued I know I am….

1. Tell us a bit about The New Beginnings Coffee Club and your inspiration?

 The New Beginnings Coffee Club is a story about starting over and finding yourself. The three main characters all have a past that they have to come to terms with and I think – hope – the story is very relatable. We all , to a degree, put on a mask in public and this novel is about being strong enough to remove that and just be yourself. As well as these themes, coffee shops were also a huge inspiration to me when writing this. They seem to have taken over from pubs, in terms of being the hub of a community, and I love my local one. I only have to walk through the door and a couple of the baristas seem to sense what I’d like to drink!!!

2. Fave coffee ( I have to ask about coffee right?) 

Americano. No milk. And (shhh, don’t tell anyone) decaffeinated! And can I count Hot Chocolate, too? DELICIOUS.

3. Tell us something that readers wouldn’t know about you?

 I was part of the opening crew for Disneyland Paris, way back in the early Nineties! Huge fun.

4. What is your ideal writing day? Plus your ideal day off?

A cycle ride first, my cat for company and a trip out to my local coffee shop, at some point, to refuel! My ideal day off is to get out of the house, away from my computer. I’ve recently become a fan of mindfulness and like nothing more than a walk through a park, observing nature.

5. What are your hopes for 2017?

2016 was a challenging year for me, on many levels – I hope 2017 is a gentler one that ends with a sense of hope. Rather like my novel.

Thank you Sam for joining me today The New Beginnings Coffee Club is out NOW!!!!!! 

Buy it here!!!

I literally adore this top 😉 #coffeeaddict.

About Sam:

Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing romantic comedy novels is her passion.
Samantha has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women’s magazines. Her debut romantic comedy novel from HarperCollins (CarinaUK), bestselling “Doubting Abbey”, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Romantic Ebook award, 2014. The bestselling summer novel, Game of Scones, won the Love Stories Awards 2015 Best Romantic Ebook category.

Social media links:

http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor/

Author Q&A, Guest Post

Guest Post: Sheila Norton talks to Hayley Reviews.

Today I am delighted to welcome Sheila Norton to Hayley Reviews. As you can see from my previous post I read and loved The Vets at Hope Green part one. Before part two becomes available I decided to ask Sheila some questions. Welcome Sheila and thank you so much for joining me….

1. Sheila as an extremely new fan of your writing tell me a bit about your background and your books? After I have read each part of vets at hope green I hope to read more from you. 

Hayley, it’s so good to have you as a fan! I’ve been writing my entire life really, but it was just a hobby until I started having short stories published during the 1990s. Then my first novel was published in 2003 – followed by seven more with that first publisher and six that I self-published from scratch. The early novels were all in the ‘chick lit’ genre, but more recently I’ve written two novels set in the 1960s (my teenage era!) and one with grandparents as the heroines. You can probably tell my age from that! However, my newest books are with Ebury Publishing, who commissioned me specially to write ‘animal’ stories. The first two of these are ‘cat’ stories – narrated by the cats! These have been very popular and I loved writing them, but I’ve also really loved writing ‘The Vets at Hope Green’, which has both human and animal interest! I’m now retired from my day job, so writing is my main occupation, but I worked most of my life as a medical secretary in the NHS. I also brought up three daughters, who between them have now blessed my husband and me with six little grandchildren. So I’m used to being busy!
There’s a full list of my books on my website www.sheilanorton.com

2. Cathy Bramley has done extremely well from e-book 4 part stories. Whose decision was it to do The Vets at Hope Green in this way? 

It was my publisher’s decision, partly because of the success of similar series. When my editor first suggested it, I found the idea quite strange, and it was tricky writing the book in four parts, with ‘cliff hangers’ at the end of each part to encourage readers on to the next one – but I soon got into it and enjoyed the process. It’s always good to try something different. And now I’m really excited about the next one, which will be another four part series. Watch this space!

3. Is Hope Green based on a real or fictional place?

It’s fictional. But we spend a lot of time in the west country so I enjoyed setting the story in a Dorset village. I could imagine it quite clearly in my mind! The next one will be set in Devon.

4. Without spoilers tell us a bit more about the characters?

Sam is a Norfolk girl originally, who’s moved to London to work in an upmarket city vet practice, but her real dream is to have more contact with animals, and ideally to live somewhere in the country where she can have dogs and children! Unfortunately her boyfriend Adam doesn’t share her dream at all, but she finds comfort and understanding in Hope Green with her Nana Peggy – a no-nonsense, tough lady who speaks her mind but adores her granddaughter. In Hope Green Sam meets some interesting characters including Joe, the new vet who seems to like animals a lot more than people, and David, who walks local people’s dogs for a living. And of course – there are some lovely animal characters too!

5. What is your ideal writing day? Explain.

Much as I love my family and friends, and prioritise them whenever possible, I also love having a day when I have nothing at all in my diary, no shopping or housework desperately needing to be done, and can write as much as I like! After breakfast I’ll check emails and social media first, responding to anything I need to, then start by reading through the last few pages of what I’ve written in the previous session. If I’m working from a synopsis, which is the case with my new books, I’ll re-read the part I’m working through, and then get stuck in. I’ll break for a cup of tea after an hour or so, and again either to go for a walk or a swim, following which I’ll have a sandwich for lunch. Then check the emails etc again before carrying on with some more work on the book. When I’ve reached a good place to stop – ideally at an exciting part, so I’m going to be fired up to get back to it the next day! – I’ll make a brief note of what I’m planning to put next. Then I’ll cook dinner, if it’s time, or else relax with the paper, a book, or a computer game. I don’t often work during the evening unless I’m running tight for a deadline. I had to do all my writing during the evenings when I was at my day job, so I enjoy having them free now. I’m happy to respond to emails and social media while watching TV though – and enjoy writing things like this!

6. What are your hopes for 2017?

Well, of course I’m hoping ‘The Vets At Hope Green’ will be a success! The most important thing for me is that people enjoy it – I’ve never expected to be a bestseller, not that it wouldn’t be nice if it happened! And
I’ve just had the synopsis for the next four-part series agreed by my editor, and have started writing the first part of it, so I’m obviously looking forward to completing that, too. Other than that, at my age my chief hopes are to be healthy enough to enjoy life, and for all my family to be happy and healthy.

I already adore Sam and I haven’t yet finished part one and I know that’s only the beginning of her story.

Thank you! So pleased you’re enjoying it. And thank you so much for inviting me to feature on your blog.
Thank you so much Sheila it was lovely to have you here. 

As stated The Vets At Hope Green part one: Escape to the country is available now. Kindle link with part two available for pre-order Kindle link part two. I have pre-ordered mine have you???