#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @ZooloosBT / #QandAs : Broken #Broken – Anna Legat @LegatWriter @SpellBoundBks

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Today I’m on the ‘Broken’ 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 :

Anna Legat Author PhotoAnna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. Murder isn’t the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humorous comedy, through magic realism to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.

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Synopsis :

Anna Legat Author PhotoWhat if you lost the memory of who you are?
What if you had to pick up the loose ends of life that wasn’t yours?
What if you had to fight somebody else’s battles?
What would YOU do ?
Camilla’s life will never be the same after her beloved son Christopher is sent to prison .
Father Joseph’s faith is sorely tested when a deranged psychopath uses the sanctity of the confessional to gloat about his most heinous crimes.
Both Camilla and Joseph are paralysed by doubt and inaction.
But then their lives collide…
BROKEN explores where it takes a stranger to break through one’s bindings and inhibitions in order to do the right thing.
It is a story of a mother’s love for her son and a priest’s blind adherence to the seal of confession.
It is a story about Fate’s intervention.

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Q&A :

Hi

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 became an author (well, maybe not an author, but definitely a writer after a fashion) as soon as I became a reader. I wrote “books” from an early age, usually shameless and pale imitations of my favourite writers, and I personally illustrated them by copy-tracing pictures from my father’s encyclopaedia. There were a few harder images which I actually cut out and glued into my “books”. (sorry, Dad).
Writing has been my escape throughout my extensive travels when I would find myself suspended between my old, familiar worlds and the new, alien ones. When you are a newcomer in a new unfamiliar world, writing about what you know keeps you grounded and sane. I wrote my first serious novel when I lived in total isolation and obscurity, jobless and teetering on the verge of depression, in the touristy town of Rotorua in New Zealand. That book was personal and cathartic, and will probably only be published after I’m dead (if at all).
Although I was always planning to be a writer, I actually trained to be a lawyer and spent many bemused years practising law. Originally I dreamt of studying Russian literature, or archaeology, or philosophy, or journalism. My parents greeted all of those ideas with disdain, but they said they would support me if I went for something sensible, like law or education. Indeed, after years in law, I requalified as a teacher and spent another decade doing … something other than writing books. But I never stopped dreaming of becoming a writer.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I loved Jules Verne and read all of his books from my school library. Some of them I read more than once. If I saw a new cover for the title I’d already read, I would try it again just in case Mr Verne had added something new to the story (I didn’t realise he was long dead). When I ran out of Verne’s books, I immediately embarked on writing follow-up stories featuring his characters who I could not bring myself to say goodbye to. I think nowadays you’d call that fan-fiction.
I don’t read Jules Verne as a grown-up, but I will watch every adaption of his books, including animations. They just take me back in time to happier days.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
So many of them for so many different reasons, but perhaps I should mention Ruth Rendell. I love her suspense and psychological thrillers, especially those written as Barbara Vine. I would ask for some tips on balancing pace and action with introspection and tension building. She was a master at getting into the villain’s head without losing compassion for the victim and compromising her wider social awareness.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
For tea? Hm… There are a few characters I’d love to have a word with but I’m not sure I’d want them over for tea. So for tea – it’d have to be afternoon tea with Belgian pastries and chocolates – I would invite Hercule Poirot. And maybe Miss Marple could join us. I imagine it would be a very pleasant afternoon and I could rake their brains for a tensely plotted murder case.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Oh yes! Who doesn’t? I start with a lot of pacing and thinking; sometimes I think aloud – that’s a euphemism for talking to myself. Then I scour Twitter and online news for the purpose of procrastination. I make coffee and light a candle. Sometimes I add an incense cone so that my brain can bathe in aromatic fumes while thinking. I open my manuscript and promptly return online to check if anything new has occurred since I last looked (which was only some ten-fifteen minutes earlier). I make a fresh coffee as the old one has gone cold. I re-read and edit my previous chapter. Then I have a quick glance at my emails – you never know I may have been awarded a CBE for services to literature and need to respond to that quickly (can’t make the Queen wait!). At long last, if I have any time left before the dog walk, I write my next chapter. That may explain why my chapters are getting shorter.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Yes, but not unduly. I do borrow real-life events and model my characters on people I know, but if I am to be brutal by creating a nasty, evil personality in my story who is then promptly killed, the character will be so drastically altered that its prototype will be unrecognisable. I also mix and match people’s characteristics so nobody in my books is a faithful replica of a real person.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a plotter who invariably becomes a pantser as the story unfolds. My storylines (as tightly-plotted as they are at their conception – following my aforesaid endless pacing and thinking) tend to go off the piste and meander through various detours, gaining unexpected (to me) twists and turns along the way. Usually they end up in the place I originally planned but getting there is another story altogether.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
My biggest mistake at the start of my writing journey was overwrought prose which I kept re-editing and “improving” endlessly. I tried too hard to be original. I devised too many and too fancy similes, metaphors and other linguistic features that caused my story and my pace to be lost in the jungle of words. And then I read Hilary Mantel’s advice which boils down to this five-point plan:
1. Keep your hand moving
2. No crossing out
3. Forget grammar
4. Forget logic
5. Embrace the scary
Can’t argue with Hilary Mantel.

What are your future plans as an author?
Okay, so this is my three-point plan:
1. Write
2. Write
3. Write
But seriously, I want to continue with my existing crime fiction projects, but I also want to diversify a little into other genres, such as alternative history thrillers or black comedy, and just some genre-defiant writing that I will simply enjoy writing.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Put yourself in the shoes of a mother whose son is a convicted criminal. He’s her baby boy and she will never accept his guilt, not even when the evidence stares her in the face.
Put yourself in the shoes of a priest who is bound by the seal of confession. He hears the confessions of a dangerous psychopath, and he feels tainted by the man’s evil acts as he continues to harbour his secret.
Deep down the mother and the priest are paralysed by inertia. Wouldn’t you want to put them out of their misery? The question is how.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Anna Legat.

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Today I’m on the ‘At Death’s Door’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. Murder isn’t the only thing on her mind. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from dark humorous comedy, through magic realism to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.
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Synopsis :

BOOK TWO IN THE SHIRES MYSTERIES – A GRIPPING NEW COSY CRIME MYSTERY.
When Maggie Kaye and Sam Dee join the Bishops Well archaeological dig, they are as surprised as everyone else to unearth a body that was buried there less than fifty years ago. It can’t possibly be the remains of an ancient Celt.
Maggie, with her usual flair – and psychic intuition – is convinced that there is more to this discovery than meets the eye. And some Bishops residents seem to know a lot more about the case than they are willing to let on.
But nobody is as shocked as Maggie when a face from the past – a face she thought she’d never see again – appears in the village, and long-hidden secrets begin to surface.
With danger at her door, and Sam by her side, can Maggie uncover the truth before it’s too late?
A TWISTY NEW WHODUNNIT, FOR FANS OF BETTY ROWLANDS, FAITH MARTIN AND JOY ELLIS.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #QandAs : The End of the Road – Anna Legat @LegatWriter @darkstrokedark @crookedcatbooks

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Today I’m on the ‘The End of the Road’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Tour.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

P1040507 (3)Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from satire to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She read law at the University of South Africa and Warsaw University, then gained teaching qualifications in New Zealand. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.

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Synopsis :

EafPfDYXsAAOrWbThe fight for survival has begun.
All-out war spins out of control, and it doesn’t discriminate. Governments fall, continents are obliterated, deadly viruses consume everything in their path, and what’s left of humanity is on the run. Caught in this global refugee crisis are a few unlikely survivors.
Tony, a philandering London lawyer, escapes the doomed city and his own murky past as he evacuates to the continent.
A hapless flock of Belgian nuns prays for a miracle as they watch their city turn to rubble.
Bella, a naïve teenager, thinks she is going on holiday when her father drags her across the globe to New Zealand.
Reggie, a loyal employee of a mining corporation, guards a hoard of diamonds in the African plains, fending off desperate looters.
Alyosha, a nuclear scientist, has been looking for the God-particle in Siberia, but now the world is at an end, he wishes to return home to Chernobyl.
A pair of orphaned children are cowering in the Tatra Mountains, fearing the sky will fall in on them.
Will they find an escape route before it is too late? Or are they doomed to fail?

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Thank you for having me, Stefanie!

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I have been many different things in my long and illustrious “real-life” career. I read law at university and qualified as an attorney in South Africa, working in the legal field for more than fifteen years. I then had a change of heart and took a postgraduate course in primary education in New Zealand. I spent twelve happy years teaching youngsters how to write stories, and sometimes how to count and play cricket. But ever since I was a little girl in the depths of the Polish countryside, I would do little other than make up stories in my head. I travelled extensively and lived in many exotic locations, but the greatest amount of action would always happen on the pages of my books.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I adored Jules Verne. His sci-fi adventure stories inspired me to come up with my own. I read all of his books. When I got older, in my teenage years, I absolutely fell in love with the dark, moody writing of Dostoyevsky. I suppose it reflected the state of my own mind.
Later in life I went through various stages and genres. I discovered Stephen King and Anne Rice in my mid-twenties. I had a long heroic fantasy stage, reading David Gemmell like he was going out of fashion.
Ruth Rendell has been my writing idol for many years. In her heyday, she was the pioneer of the modern psychological thriller, incisive and brilliant at getting into the psychopathic mind. It is thanks to her literary influence that I choose to write crime fiction over other genres.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
The aforesaid Ruth Rendell. I would ask her what she did to achieve such authenticity in portraying the criminal/psychopathic mind. Did she allow herself to go into the darkest corners of her own soul or did she research in other ways?

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I would love to invite Georgie, the heroine of my debut novel, Life Without Me. She helped me break onto the publishing scene. I owe her quite a bit and would like to thank her. Also, we are quite similar so we would have a lot to talk and laugh about. It would be a very laid-back tête-à-tête.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I always light a candle when I start writing. I have no idea where this ritual originated, but now I struggle to get down to writing when I run out of candles. They are the top of my shopping list.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Oh yes! Life, the people I meet, the experiences I go through provide endless sources of inspiration. I watch, observe, dream and collect personalities and events to develop them into plots and characters. However, I do not caricaturise people. My characters are composites of all sorts of individuals I have come across in my colourful life and travels.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a plotter who often gets carried away and strays into uncharted territories. I let the characters and events take over and have been known to change the direction of travel as well as the final destination of some of my books. They do tend to come to life and force my hand.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Do read. Read, read, read.
Don’t become a clone of other writers no matter how much you admire them. Develop your own style. Be unique.

What are your future plans as an author?
I will continue writing and experimenting more widely with new and diverse genres. A Conspiracy of Silence, book 5 in my DI Marsh detective series is to be published in October this year. This will be followed by new cozy crime mysteries next year.
The End of the Road is a dystopian novel and I would like to develop this genre further, possibly into a time-travel or alternative history series.
I love black comedy and satire. At the moment I am working on a humorous magic realism novel, Paula Goes to Heaven. I have been working on it for quite some time, rewriting and repositioning it, but I hope I am nearly there. Some novels take for ever. Others just write themselves.

Last, but not least: Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
This extract belongs to Bella’s story. Bella is a young woman who has travelled with her family to New Zealand to escape The End of the Road:

They have been sailing for weeks, heading north-west and following the stars. Their waka is alone, all others having gone their separate ways, either by accident or by design. Kauri says that Africa is the safest place to head for. Small Pacific islands will sooner or later all be under water. They must head for the African continent with its high mountains, vast plains and rich vegetation. The chances are that people there have no reason to fight any wars and that there is peace and quiet in Africa. Bella has heard it all before, but she doesn’t correct him – she lets him live in hope.
The meteorite shower takes them by surprise. Flaming missiles plunge into the waves and stir the ocean all the way to its unreachable, unexplored depths. Geysers of steam, ten times the size and pressure of Rotorua’s hot pools, rise and syphon their white fury into the sky. The whanau huddle up together, but they are torn asunder and hurled into the raging waves. Mother Pomare flies out like a white albatross, her arms outstretched, her white hair splayed. Kauri is no match for the missiles from outer space – he tries to hold on to his children, but they are snatched from his arms and flung into the waves; he follows them, dives in and disappears.
Nothing remains of their waka, nothing but splints of ancient redwood. They are tossed in the sea and animated by the assault from the heavens above. Smoke blots out the sun; it erodes the screams for help in Bella’s throat and burns her eyes. She is pulled into a whirlpool of water and fire, and then spat out onto the oily surface dotted with the debris of their boat. Very quickly the sky quietens, and in its image, the sea settles to a steady, rocking motion. Beneath the flapping waves, sharks begin to circle.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Anna Legat.

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Today I’m on the ‘The End of the Road’ bookblitz, organised by Love Books Tours.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

P1040507 (3)Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. She dabbles in a wide variety of genres, ranging from satire to dystopian. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She read law at the University of South Africa and Warsaw University, then gained teaching qualifications in New Zealand. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.

Website
Twitter
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Synopsis :

EafPfDYXsAAOrWbThe fight for survival has begun.
All-out war spins out of control, and it doesn’t discriminate. Governments fall, continents are obliterated, deadly viruses consume everything in their path, and what’s left of humanity is on the run. Caught in this global refugee crisis are a few unlikely survivors.
Tony, a philandering London lawyer, escapes the doomed city and his own murky past as he evacuates to the continent.
A hapless flock of Belgian nuns prays for a miracle as they watch their city turn to rubble.
Bella, a naïve teenager, thinks she is going on holiday when her father drags her across the globe to New Zealand.
Reggie, a loyal employee of a mining corporation, guards a hoard of diamonds in the African plains, fending off desperate looters.
Alyosha, a nuclear scientist, has been looking for the God-particle in Siberia, but now the world is at an end, he wishes to return home to Chernobyl.
A pair of orphaned children are cowering in the Tatra Mountains, fearing the sky will fall in on them.
Will they find an escape route before it is too late? Or are they doomed to fail?

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