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Today I’m on the ‘In Too Deep’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Elly Redding is an award-winning romance writer. Having originally written screenplays, her first novel, ‘True Colours’, won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award, and third prize in the Independent Author Book Award “Words for the Wounded”, as well as being voted Chill with a Book Readers’ Book of the Month Award and receiving a B.R.A.G. Medallion.
Born in London, she now divides her time, with her husband, between Bedfordshire and Devon, where she loves art, dancing and watching the waves.
Elly is a member of the Society of Authors and Alliance of Independent Authors, and would love to hear from you. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or on her website.
Set in the rolling countryside of Devon, ‘In Too Deep’ is the emotional story of a woman’s determination to win the trust of the man she’s adored since they were thrown together as children, by forcing him to confront the darkness of his long-lost past.
One little lie. A guilty secret. And the man she mustn’t love…
It’s been six years since Isy Forrester left home. In that time, she’s strived to forge a new life for herself in London, away from Jack Mancini, her father’s adopted son, and his devastating betrayal of everything she thought they had.
Only now her father’s in hospital, and the house that’s been in her family for generations is at risk. Forced to return to Devon, she finds Jack as infuriating and stubborn as ever, and just as irresistible. Soon she realises the bright lights of London can’t hold a candle to him.
But Jack has a past, one which he refuses to share with her. And until he can trust her with these deepest secrets, how can she risk her heart? How can she even begin to help him, when he won’t tell her what happened all those years ago – before her father brought him home to Hambledon Hall?
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Thank you very much, Stefanie, for having me as a guest on your blog. 😊
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve always lived with a dream or two bubbling away in my head, whether it was making up plays with school friends, or reinventing my life while walking the dog. It was only after I’d had my first baby that I started jotting them down on paper, while breastfeeding (10 minutes each side? More like an hour!) My first attempt was a children’s book, but then I seized on the idea of a screenplay for adults, and was thrilled to get an agent for this, but – sadly – my script was never taken up. It was a few years later, while I watched the children play tennis, that I started my first second-chance romance novel, and I’ve not looked back since.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Ah, that’s an interesting question. I loved Enid Blyton as a child, turning to romantic mysteries as a teenager. My favourite authors were Victoria Holt, Dorothy Eden and Mary Stewart, together with the classics from Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austin. Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone With The Wind’ is probably my favourite novel of all times, as it made such an impact on me. It taught me that endings weren’t always as I’d like them to be.
As an adult, I also love a good psychological thriller and detective stories with romance or romances with a strong hint of mystery. I’ve devoured novels by Lindsey Davis, Sandra Brown and Susie Steiner, as well as enjoyed those by Ros Rendle and Joy Wood.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I recently read ‘Together’ by Julie Cohen, and I was intrigued, not only by the storyline but also by the clever way in which it was plotted. So deftly brought together and very thought provoking. I also enjoy Michael Robotham’s psychological thrillers, with Joe O’Loughlin as the protagonist. His style of writing and the way he draws you in and never lets go of your attention throughout is wonderful.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Ah, an intriguing thought. Whilst writing ‘In Too Deep’, I did develop a bit of a crush on my hero, Jack. If I had the chance to invite him to tea, I know he’d not only turn up, but he’d want to know how I was, and I could ask him about himself. Although I suspect he wouldn’t tell me very much, as he’s a bit of a private person, and then again, there’s this question about his past…
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I’m trying very hard to create some structure in my somewhat chaotic life this year. So, I’ve finally found a wonderful place in the house for my desk (actually, my late father’s desk), which is in a cubby hole in the sitting room, near the conservatory, so plenty of light and the occasional glance towards the garden. I write best in the mornings, so I aim to be creative then, and edit in the afternoon and evening. Always good to have a plan. Will let you know how it goes!
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I do hope not, although I’d be fascinated to know what percentage of life versus imagination creeps into our writing. My plots are purely imaginative, and my characters’ messes purely their own, although I did base my heroine’s career in ‘True Colours’ around my own experience in the translation industry. I do love Devon and London, so I was delighted to use these settings in my latest book, ‘In Too Deep’, as I think there is such a juxtaposition between the calm and chaos of these two areas, which works well with Isy and Jack’s dilemmas. I do enjoy research and it’s amazing how much knowledge can be obtained from just talking to people about their lives, for example, the father of one of my friends was a builder, so that was invaluable when researching Georgian houses for Hambledon Hall.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Oh, I wish I was more a plotter, but I’m definitely more a pantser. I have a good outline of the story before I start, as to where it begins and ends, with a strong view on the arc required to make sure I achieve it, but it is only when I actually start writing that I breathe life into my characters and it starts to take shape. Sometimes, I truly surprise myself and that’s the joy of writing for me. Along with the reader, I never quite know what’s going to happen next.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Don’t keep putting it off. I know that life often gets in the way, and that there are many reasons why we don’t have the time to write, but – if you can – don’t keep putting it off for another day.
Join an organisation if you can, as it can be lonely. It also gives you a chance to find out about the industry, and this is invaluable. I belong to the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and they run a New Writers’ Scheme every year, where you can join and receive feedback on your manuscript from professional writers.
What are your future plans as an author?
I’m busy enjoying writing my latest second chance romance, my third novel so far. I’m just over halfway through and really excited to know what’s going to happen next. My aim is to have this out next year. Now all I need to do is finish writing it!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
‘I’ve got the pattern books,’ Isy added, when the silence hung heavy between them. ‘We can order the wallpaper next week when I’m back.’
Yet still Jack didn’t speak.
‘Take care,’ she muttered, finally turning to get into the car. The tension tight in her throat. ‘I’ll…’ but she never finished. She could feel the warmth of his hands on her arms drawing her back up to a standing position.
‘Every time you go away, I think, is this it? Is this the last time I’ll see you again?’
She didn’t know what to say. She thought of Tom and Jess, and everything she and Jack once had, which he’d thrown away. ‘We had our chance,’ she said quietly.
‘And nothing’s changed – has it?’
She could see the furrows fixed across his brow, and she knew he was fighting with the answer, to make it fit the fairy-tale ending they both wanted, but he couldn’t. He was as entrenched as ever and there was nothing she could do to change it.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Elly Redding.
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