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Today I’m on the ‘Her Sister’s Baby’ blogtour, organized by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Emma grew up and lived in London, before falling in love and moving to Wales to marry her own hero. Emma now lives with her husband, 4 children, and many animals a few miles outside of a small Welsh market town. She can often be found in rivers attempting to control two overexcited chocolate labradors.
Emma likes (in no particular order): cake, books, Cary Grant films, prosecco, chocolate, guinea pigs, knitting, quilting and happily ever afters!
A beautiful and emotional page turner about loss, promises and finding love in the most unexpected of places.
Woken in the middle of the night by the horrific news that her estranged sister has been killed in a fatal car crash, Sophie abruptly finds herself guardian to a niece, Alana, she never knew existed. The baby gives Sophie a way to cope with her grief, and a new focus to her life, but the unexpected appearance of Samson, Alana’s father, wanting his daughter to now live with him, threatens to destroy Sophie’s newly formed family.
Can Sophie and the seemingly feckless Samson, reach a compromise, or will Sophie be forced to give up her sister’s baby?
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?
I’m a British author living in mid Wales. I was first published six years ago and I write contemporary romance. My fifth full-length romance, Her Sister’s Baby, has just been released by the wonderful Spellbound Books.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child, I adored Enid Blyton books, especially the Faraway Tree stories and anything to do with boarding schools! When I was a bit older, I really enjoyed Little Women and What Katy Did. Oh, and how could I forget Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild?!
I enjoy lots of different genres as a grown-up, but especially romance and contemporary women’s fiction. During the last year, when libary books haven’t been so readily available, I’ve been reading books I’ve always meant to from my own collection, which has really broadened my reading horizons; I unexpectedly loved Dracula, for example!
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
It would have to be Jane Austen. Her wit and asute observations of society and culture make her writing unparalled in my opinion.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Could I invite all my heroines round for a cuppa and a good natter? I feel I owe them at least a slice of cake for all I’ve put them through, especially poor Sophie from Her Sister’s Baby! She loses her sister and then has to look after a baby she didn’t even know existed all by herself!
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I need QUIET! I do a far bit of writing long hand, and I’m quite particular about the notebooks and pens I use. Oh, and my hair needs to be tied back…
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
My ideas tend to come to me when I’m by myself and my mind is wandering, sometimes when I’m in bed or doing the washing up. I’ve always been good at coming up with ‘what ifs’, and I see where my imagination takes me.
I don’t often get ideas from real-life happenings, but my novella, Just Desserts, is based on a story a friend of mine told me about how she and her husband got together – I did ask her permission before using it!
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a plotter. With my debut novel, The Green Hills of Home, I went with the flow and it was a NIGHTMARE. Editing took so long and was really stressful. Now I make a detailed plot line and character sheets before I write anything else.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Read as much as you can, and as widely as you can, then just start writing and carry on, trying out different styles until you find your voice and what suits you. Don’t try to force yourself to write in a way that doesn’t feel natural.
What are your futureplans as an author?
As my children get older (my youngest is 11 now), I’m able to devote more time to writing, so my aim is to publish a book a year so my readers have plenty of Happy Ever Afters to enjoy!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
‘She was putting the letters back in the bag when another unopened envelope caught her eye. She pulled it out and saw her name written on the front. Cack-handedly tearing it open, she drew out a single sheet of paper covered with her sister’s unmistakable scrawl.
‘Dear Sophie, Thank you for taking the time to read this. I thought it better to write because I know I won’t be able to find the words in person, and I wasn’t certain how you’d react to seeing me. It’s been a long time I know, and I’m sure you’re still angry with me for the way I’ve acted in the past. I treated you and Mum and Dad very badly, and for that, I’m very sorry. I was selfish, and I know I hurt you all, but I have changed, and I want to try to make amends if you’ll let me. We’re the only family either of us has, except for someone I’m dying to introduce you to: I have a daughter, Alana. She’s 7 months old. I understand if you don’t want anything to do with me, but there’s nothing more important than family and I so want you to be a part of my and Alana’s life. Please get in touch. Love Natasha’.
A mobile number was written on the bottom of the page.
Natasha must have been travelling to deliver the letter; the hospital had said she was driving out of Brighton, Sophie realised. She’d been on her way to Sophie’s flat to try to make amends. If only she’d completed her journey, if only they’d had the chance to reconcile, put the past behind them, and become proper sisters again.
Sophie somehow got up while still holding the sleeping baby and packed up the bits she’d pulled out from the bags. She stood up straight, trying to instil within herself the self-assurance she wasn’t feeling at that moment and allowed herself one long, final survey of the sea. “I’ll always look after her Natasha. I promise,” she said out loud, “I’ll take care of your daughter.”’
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Emma Bennet.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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