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Today I’m on the ‘The House That Sat Down Trilogy’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote book 2 “Restoration – More tales from the House that Sat Down” I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
I am a multi-tasking parent to four not-so-small children, and I am fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet. We live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Our house began to fall down out of the blue one day, which resulted in the whole family living in a tent in the back garden for quite some time, while we worked out how to rebuild our home.
A few years afterwards, I decided to write a book and, once I started, I found I couldn’t stop.
Inspired by true-life events ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ wouldn’t leave me alone until it was written.
Within six months of self-publishing my novel, I was delighted to learn that it had won two ‘Chill with a Book Awards’. This was a massive honour and motivated me to continue writing. Accidental Damage became the first book in a trilogy.
The Omnibus edition of all three books in the House That Sat Down Trilogy is now available via Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.
Synopsis Book 2 in The House That Sat Down Trilogy :
Let us return to the crumbling cob cottage in the country, and our intrepid heroine and her hilarious family.
They are about to start rebuilding their home and their lives. Of course, nothing is going to go smoothly for them, is it?
In this sequel to ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ we accompany our heroine on her journey as she bravely battles to restore everything that she loves; often against the odds and with a liberal sprinkling of humour, art and home-made cookies along the way.
One this is for sure, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
as a trilogy
Inspired by a true story, The House That Sat Down Trilogy is a tale of triumph over tragedy. It is an astonishing account of sudden, first-world homelessness in the heart of the New Forest, and the unexpected consequences. Written entirely from a mother’s point of view, following the collapse of her family’s home, it is an uplifting and positive read in spite of the subject matter, with a thread of wry humour throughout. Follow this ordinary woman on an extraordinary journey of survival and self discovery as she reels from disaster, before picking herself up and coming back stronger and wiser than before.
Packed with humorous observations about what it is like to live in a tent in your garden with your husband and four children after a significant part of your house falls down out of the blue one day, this story takes you from the depths of despair right through to the satisfying heights of success against the odds, with lots of tea and cakes on the way.
Follow this crazy family as they cope with disaster in their own truly unique and rather mad way, and celebrate each small triumph along the way with them.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Hello, I’m Alice May and I have been writing for about four years now. I have recently given up my career as a GP practice manager and am focussing on all things book and writing related. Having spent my childhood as an avid reader, I never thought that I would ever write a book, so it has come as quite a surprise to me to find myself the author of three novels as part of The House That Sat Down Trilogy.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
There are so many books and so little time. I loved to read as a child, but I have to confess that I genuinely think children’s literature these days is so much more exciting compared to what was available when I was growing up. I’d love to have had the opportunity to read books by John Flanagan, Ali Sparkes, Ali Condie, Michael Grant and Veronica Roth when I was a teenager. Other favourites have to be Robert Galbraith, Claire McGowan, Lisa Gardner, but the list is simply too long. We are so lucky to have to many talented authors out there producing such exciting pieces of work.
Is there any writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
For me, the answer to that has to be J. K. Rowling, because she is so very talented. She faced adversity in early stages of her journey as a writer and battled against the odds to get where she is today. I think she would be a fascinating person to have a chat with.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Not really, I have such a hectic schedule that I find myself simply being very grateful when any time presents itself when I might actually do some writing. I have learned to grab these opportunities as quickly as possible, boot up my laptop and get typing. No time to waste on rituals. I do have a coffee habit though.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
So far, the ideas just arrive and I am very grateful. No doubt there will come a time when I have to actually sit and try to make them up but, so far, this hasn’t been a problem. As for the people in my life, I am an avid people watcher, but I am always extremely careful to create original characters based on a mixture of bits and pieces that I’ve observed from a multitude of sources around me.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
A little bit of both, to be honest; for the most part, I usually have a general plot in mind, but in many cases I simply put my characters into a room and see what happens. It can be very entertaining. However, whether the resultant chapter ends up in the book depends very much on how successful the outcome is.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
The best advice I can give is to keep going. There will be highs and lows in your journey as a writer, but, if you are serious about it, then you have to put in the time, keep picking yourself up if you get knocked back, and don’t take it all too seriously. Some people will like your work and others won’t. You can’t please everyone so make sure that you are happy with your work. Keep your goal in sight and don’t get diverted. One step at a time, you will get there.
What are your future plans, as an author?
My future plans as an author involve finishing my next novel, the first in a brand-new trilogy. I’ve been through the whole manuscript assessment stage and am now working on the second draft based on those initial reactions and comments.
Last, but not least: Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Well the most frequently asked question I get, when attending book launches and speaking events, is ‘why did the house sit down?’ It’s a reasonable enough question, after all people’s houses don’t usually ‘sit’ down do they? However we are talking about a 350-year-old property with an extensive and complicated history so there are a number of possible causes. It is such an intrinsic part of the plot, though, that I never give away any clues. I usually answer by saying that they have to read the book to find out. However, as a teaser for your readers I will say this, it isn’t any of the usual or obvious reasons that you might think would cause a house to ‘sit’ down. I really hope you enjoy finding out what the real culprit is. 🙂
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Alice May.
Thank you so much for hosting The House That Sat Down Trilogy on your blog.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
P.S. Are you an author (or publisher) who also wants a FREE interview like this? You can always contact me via e-mail!