Catherine Bilson is a native Welsh woman.
AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, genealogy, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order!
Q. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Having lived in England, I was fortunate to travel to many places of historical interest where I’ve set my books. York in Yorkshire is one of my favourite places and was situated only an hour’s drive from where I lived so I was able to travel there quite often and walk the streets my characters did. I also visited a great many country house estates which helped my research enormously.
Q. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Probably as a small child and learning to read and make up stories. My mother own a bookshop so I was surrounded by books all my childhood and was transported by the stories I read.
Q. What did you edit out of this book?
Nothing, really. When I first started writing my stories were huge, far too long for publishing and I was always being told by editors to cut the word count, which is so hard to do. Now, after years of practice I know how to write a story to the required word count that is considered more suitable for the publishing standards.
Q. On your writing journey, what has been the lowest and the most painful moment and vice versa?
The lowest would be when my UK agent died just as I was starting my career. That was a set back I wasn’t expecting and it took me a long time to get over it. The high was getting a review from a reader saying my books reminded her of Catherine Cookson’s book, an author I loved reading as a teenager back in the 80s. Another high was seeing my first hardcover book cover, it was perfect. Another high was holding my first book in my hands for the first time – actually that doesn’t ever get old. I love seeing each book arrive.
The Slum Angel
Orphan, Victoria Carlton is brought up by her uncle, a banker, to be a lady and make a good marriage. Yet, she is drawn to help the poor families in the slums, much to her family’s disgust. When her uncle dies suddenly, her cousins blame Victoria, and she is thrown out of the house with nothing.
Victoria flees to the poor side of York to start again in a world that is full of perils. To combat the heartache of being without her family, she befriends the destitute women and children in the slums, but such friendships come with the danger of disease, and increasing poverty, and the threat of a brutal man could cost her everything.
Can Victoria find the security she has lost? Will a certain doctor be the man she can give her heart to? Or will the ghosts of the past return to take away everything she has worked so hard for?
Welcome to 2019 and a post celebrating our most recent awesome, author interviews.
Love and blessings from
Melanie and Michelle.
Why do you write romance?
Because I love it J
Available in the Romancing the Holidays 3 set and also on its own. But best to buy the Romancing the Holidays set, which features 10 wonderful romances for only 99c. Don’t forget, Kindle Unlimited readers can read for free – hooray!
In my latest release “Christmas in Ghost Gum Springs” Diana, is a fish out of water looking for a new adventure. She’s travelled from small town Montana USA, where her Christmases stopped being Christmas when she turned thirteen, to hot sunny Australia. Getting stranded in the middle of nowhere when her car breaks down isn’t in her holiday plan.
Connor is a lover of all things Christmas, like ridiculously so, and rescues Diana, bringing her to the one place she doesn’t want to be—a small town. He is determined to show her that Christmas is a special time and no one should spend the day alone.
- Where to buy your book: Veiled Horizons isn’t out yet. I’ll wait for six months or so to see if an agent is interested. If not, I’ll publish it myself July 2019.
Which writers influence/inspire me?
Kate Morton. She’s my absolute favourite author and I’m just in awe at how she tells her stories. I also love Hannah Richell and those are the authors I will turn to when I need to get lost in a book or to be inspired by great writing.
However, on a more local level, as a member of the RWA, I am truly inspired by all the writers I’ve met through that association and the support and guidance they’ve offered to me.
Where can we find you!?
What is the underlying theme of your book, if any?
The Woman in the Green Dress tells the story of a quest … the search for the first opal found in Australia but also of personal quests for happiness and belonging.
Where to buy your book:
The Woman in the Green Dress releases on December 17th 2018 in print, audio and e-book. Print will be available in Big W, Target, Kmart and most independent bookshops or on line.
Harper Collins: https://bit.ly/2pegfN3
In today’s Chatting with Authors, Elizabeth Ellen Carter has invited us over to meet and chat with the hero of her new best seller – Live and let spy!