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Today I’m on the ‘The Peacock Room’ blogtour, organised by Random Things Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Anna Sayburn Lane is a novelist, short story writer and storyteller, inspired by the history and contemporary life of London. Unlawful Things is her first novel.
She has published award-winning short stories in a number of magazines, including Mslexia, Scribble and One Eye Grey.
Her Mslexia award-winning story Conservation was described by judge and Booker-longlisted author Alison MacLeod as “a powerful and profound contemporary piece in which one man’s story stands for an entire nation’s… it’s a punch to the heart, a story that will haunt and touch its readers deeply”.
She has told stories at London club The Story Party and One Eye Grey’s Halloween event, Moon Over the Lido.
A literary obsession.
An angry young man with a gun.
And one woman trying to foil his deadly plan.
When Helen Oddfellow starts work as a lecturer in English literature, she’s hoping for a quiet life. But trouble knows where to find her.
There’s something wrong with her new students. Their unhappiness seems to be linked to their flamboyant former tutor, Professor Petrarch Greenwood, who holds decadent parties in his beautiful Bloomsbury apartment.
When Helen is asked to take over his course on the Romantic poet William Blake, life and art start to show uncomfortable parallels. Disturbing poison pen letters lead down dark paths, until Helen is the only person standing between a lone gunman and a massacre.
THE PEACOCK ROOM is the intriguing follow-up to the acclaimed thriller UNLAWFUL THINGS, which introduced the literary sleuth Helen Oddfellow.
Guest Post :
10 Things About Me
1: I’ve been a writer all my life. I recently found a book of poems I wrote when I was six years old! My new mystery thriller, The Peacock Room, is my second novel.
2: I get inspiration for writing from places and their history. I’ve spent most of my life living in London, where I am inspired by the contrast between the centuries of history and the lively city streets of today. (A little less lively in 2020, sadly.)
3: The Peacock Room continues the adventures of literary sleuth Helen Oddfellow. When Helen starts a new job as English Literature lecturer at a top London university, she’s hoping for a quiet life. But trouble knows where to find her, and she discovers that even dead poets can be dangerous.
4: I’ve worked as a journalist since the 1990s, when I was a reporter for a south London newspaper. Journalism is great training for a novelist, because you learn to tell a story, you get used to people editing your work, and your typing becomes very fast! Working as a local journalist is also the quickest way to find out what’s happening in a town.
5: My first novel, Unlawful Things, was set in Deptford in south London, where I used to live and work. It was inspired by my discovery that the 16th century playwright Christopher Marlowe, who died in a knife fight, was buried in a Deptford churchyard.
6: The new novel is set mostly in the Bloomsbury district of London, once home to literary figures like Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens. I worked for many years in the building that replaced Dickens’ old house. And I ate my lunchtime sandwiches in nearby Gordon Square, where Woolf and her friends sat and talked. It was an inspiring place to be.
7: Last year I moved to the Kent coast, and now have a view of the English Channel from my window. I spend a lot of time looking at the sea! Expect to see some Kent locations and maybe some seaside in my future books.
8: My hobbies include canoeing. I’ve spent a lot of time recently exploring the local river around the Kent city of Canterbury in our canoe, which my husband built a few years ago. It’s a great way to see places from a different perspective.
9: I’m now working on the next Helen Oddfellow mystery, which is set in Canterbury, with its ancient cathedral. It picks up on some of the minor characters from Unlawful Things, and takes their story on further.
10: I still work as a journalist, although I now work from home as a freelancer. My field is medical journalism, which comes in handy when I’m thinking about creative ways to kill my characters off!
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