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Today I’m on the ‘The Space Between Time’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.
I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.
I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.
I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember
Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.
Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.
I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.
Expected Publication Date: June 20th, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Drama/ Dark Comedy
There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…
Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.
But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.
The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.
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 was born and brought up in the west of Scotland and, after university, became a journalist, first in Scotland, then in London. After a stint in defence intelligence I became a public affairs advisor, and then into marketing consultancy.
However, writing has always been at my core. I wrote my first two books as a teenager, but it wasn’t until much later that I began to take it seriously. However, there’s a world of difference between taking writing seriously, and being taken seriously by publishers.
That takes persistence and, frankly, a dollop of luck.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Anything by Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway or Fay Weldon. But there have. Been many other writers who have influenced me, and continue to do so. The first book that really blew me away was Jenny by Paul Gallico.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I don’t think there would be any one writer because, over the years, simply by reading many books, I’ve already taken a lot of advice from other writers. The craft of writing is something you learn, and books are the best teachers.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Perhaps the enigmatic character of Vianne Rocher from Chocolat. She’s a little magical, and I’d like to know how much of her magic is culinary skill, and how much comes from a different kind of power.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Nope, I’m incredibly lazy when it comes to writing. I only write in short bursts, then do something else. I’m no longer driven to the same extent as I was as an unpublished writer.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Mostly, inspiration only ever comes in bite-sized chunks. You come up with an idea, then come up with the next idea until, lots of ideas later, you have a book. The only time I had a complete flash of inspiration for a whole book was my last novel, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead. It came to me on a train from Edinburgh to London, an apt place for inspiration because Edinburgh, a civilised place, is the only city in the world to have named its main railway station after a book.
When I got home, I wrote the first and last chapters. The first chapter changed out of all recognition; the last chapter is almost how I first wrote it.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
A plotter but, as my characters develop, I give them some leeway to do things differently.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
As I said, books are your teachers – so read and read. Nobody is born a writer; it’s a craft you have to learn. You have to understand characterisation and structure, narrative and dialogue. Books are the easiest way to learn those things. I’d also advise aspiring writers to be honest with themselves, to recognise strengths and weaknesses, and go about overcoming the latter.
What are your future plans as an author?
My next novel, Love Potions and Other Calamities, is due out in November. After that, who knows? I’m working on three other books, so I’ll have to see which one first sees the light of day!
Last, but not least, can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
I’m not sure I can give you a teaser. It’s a book about a young woman coming to terms with the world around her, and her feelings for those closest to her. It’s a book about false memory, but told with humour. I hope it’s an uplifting story.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Charlie Laidlaw.
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