It is the year 1847 in the elegant city of Bath where 18yr old Genevre Stratton is treated more as a servant than a daughter in the elegant house where bills are not paid, and the rent is in arrears. Appalled by the dishonesty and overriding social ambition beneath her parents’ veneer of respectability, only her love for her younger brother and sisters keeps her there. Left to cope alone when their false world falls apart, she fights to keep her siblings together, until poverty forces her to yield them to the care of their half-brother, George Coleman. Handsome, wealthy and charismatic, he is the enemy who becomes her lover. To surrender all to her passionate desire for him, or to keep the independence of a new-found musical career on the London stage? This is her is her choice to make, until an unexpected call of duty takes her to Paris. Must the old, dark secrets she discovers there alter the course of her life forever?
When and where do you prefer to write?
I like to write at the kitchen table from 9am to12md or at any time in the night when I wake up and know I’ll have forgotten something good if I wait until daylight.
Do you have a certain ritual?
I prefer to start writing after I have had a long glass of sparkling water, been out for a short walk (hail rain or snow), had a cup of freshly ground coffee, with another one ready for me to sip as I read through the last few hundred words I wrote yesterday before starting again.
Sometimes, I forget about this, just sit down anywhere and get on with it.
Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee, or fizzy water, chocolate covered raisins, sticks of celery, slices of cucumber and oaty biscuits
What is your favourite book?
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fanny Flagg.
Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Yes. Contemporary women’s fiction.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes. Up to now, none of them have noticed.
Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No, this just doesn’t seem to work for me, so I rely on remembering and write the ideas on my lap top as soon as I get home.
Which genre do you not like at all?
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Malta because it has a rich, ancient culture, a decent climate and the local people speak English.
Thank you, Alison Burke and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
I was born in Lancashire and started my career by training as a State Registered general nurse. Later, I joined the army and became an officer in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. On a posting to Malaya, now Malaysia, I found my true love. This was an ideal setting for a marriage with young children, and now my memories are a wonderfully rich source of material for my writing.
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