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Today I’m on the ‘Carrying Clover’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Lorey Durston is an author of thriller and suspense novels.
CARRYING CLOVER is her debut novel.
She is currently working on her next suspense novel to be released late 2021.
Newly single Camille Robins luck is about to change as she embarks on a new chapter of her life, moving to the city near her best friend, Lizzie.
A chance meeting at Lou’s B&B, Camille meets George, a handsome man who sweeps her off her feet.
Can Lizzie forgive Camille for stealing her previous boyfriend, or will she seek revenge?
Camille can’t believe her luck! George can’t believe how perfect she is….
Was it a fate romance, or part of an evil plan?
A fresh new twist on a psychological thriller, fast-paced, clever, and thought provoking that will make you question who is the lucky one.
Luck, love, deceit, and heartbreak will keep you turning the page. And a breathtaking twist you won’t see coming, will stay with you long after you have finished reading.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Firstly thank-you for choosing and taking the time to review our book and ask us these questions. We have co-written this book, (Gemma) Lorey and (Sarah) Durston. Unfortunately, Gemma is unavailable for these questions, so I (Sarah) will be answering on behalf of both of us.
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Gemma and I (Sarah) are best friends who literally live at the bottom of the bottom of each other’s gardens. I am a single mother to 3 children, and Gemma is married to Adam and has 2 sons Max and Zak. Devastatingly last year Gemma and Adam lost their eldest son Max at the age of 12. After an awful time for Gemma and the Covid lock down in place we decided to complete a tick on our bucket list and help Gemma get through a tough time by writing our first ever book. We never imagined becoming authors or publishing the book but thought ‘fuck it why not life is too short.’
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I absolutely loved as a teenager – Forever by Judy Bloom. It reignited my passion for reading and was a great light-hearted insight to love and sex which any giggly girl would love as a curious 14-year-old. It’s the only book I’ve read more than once too.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I think we would both say Chris Carter, so curious as to how that man’s mind ticks and how he comes up with such gruesome plots, as we love them!!
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
It would be Paddington bear – I know what he likes to eat, and I can make marmalade sandwiches!!
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Gemma will probably kill me, but she does this weird tutting/huffing noise when she is concentrating, her husband Adam always takes the mickey out of her for doing it. I however don’t have any.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
For Carrying Clover, we were walking along a canal and saw this quirky cottage and it just clicked – this would be a perfect setting in a book, and we went from there and after brainstorming it just all fell into place.
Yes, some people should be worried, especially if any of the victims in our books portray them. I never thought I was even capable of some of the ideas that have entered my head and Gemma’s ideas are just pure evil.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
We are primarily plotters but as the book develops, we can sometimes go with the flow if it leads us in a better direction.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Just do it, life is too short – what’s the worst that can happen?
Join some groups on Facebook a lot of authors/writing groups are full of helpful people who can help you with the process.
Don’t be prey to vanity publisher’s if you go down the route of finding a publisher.
Don’t fear self-publishing.
Do your research.
What are your future plans as an author?
We are currently working on our second novel. We are extremely excited about this one, I mean really really excited. When I read back chapters I get tingles throughout my body and gasp every time. We have learnt so much in our journey and have applied this to our next book.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
… The red harvest moon shines through the large warehouse window, casting a glow on the oversized brass clock as it ticks over to 20:45 p.m.
A vase of white lilies sits in the middle of the island, pollen dropping onto the clean white polished surface.
An empty litre bottle of vodka lay on the wooden floor, next to it two empty boxes, a box of sleeping tablets and box of antidepressants. Many blister packs scattered around randomly.
Lizzie lies on the cold floor, the teddy cradling into her neck …
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Lorey Durston (Sarah).
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!