Discovery: An epic tale of love, loss and courage When Elizabeth Gharsia’s headstrong nephew, Gabriel, joins Samuel Champlain’s 1608 expedition to establish a settlement at Quebec, he soon becomes embroiled in a complicated tribal conflict. As months turn into years, Gabriel appears lost to his family.
Meanwhile at home in France the death of her father, Luis, adds to Elizabeth’s anguish. Devastated by her loss, she struggles to make sense of his final words. Could her mother’s journals, found hidden among Luis’s possessions, provide the key to the mystery?
The arrival of Pedro Torres disrupts Elizabeth’s world even further. Rescued from starvation on the streets of Marseille by her brother, Pedro is a victim of the brutal expulsion of his people from Spain. Initially antagonistic, will Elizabeth come to appreciate Pedro’s qualities and to understand the complexity of her family?
When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write in the morning as I’m a morning person. Usually I write in my ‘study corner’ which is in our spare bedroom (a table, a chair, and a good internet connection). The bed is very useful and is littered with all my research material. Sometimes, for a change, and if I’m writing by hand, I’ll sit in our garden room which is flooded with light in the mornings.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Probably with my ‘go to’ favourite author, Louise Penny, whose novels I read when I want guaranteed enjoyment. I discovered her fairly recently, while on holiday, when I picked up a copy of The Great Reckoning in a bookshop in Arizona. I don’t tend to read detective novels but it caught my eye and I was hooked. I went back to the beginning of the Inspector Gamache series and have steadily worked my way through all of them. What a treat! I love her characterisation. Perhaps we could write an historical detective novel together? That said, I’m not sure if I’m cut out to be a co-writer.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
The quick answer is the ‘good one’. However, characters are often more complex with many different facets to their personalities so I would opt for the’ interesting one’.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Emily Bronte so that I can ask her about the inspiration for her novel Wuthering Heights. There has been much speculation over the years and how wonderful would it be to hear her thoughts on it?
Where can I find you when you are reading?
On the sofa, preferably lengthways with my feet up.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Walking in the forest and on the moor near my house and, under normal circumstances, dancing with my Middle Eastern and Tribal Dance group, and chatting with friends and family over a coffee.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
A combination of disbelief and relief quickly followed by an explosion of excitement.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
The title must reflect the book. For Discovery I had in mind a one word title from the start. The working-title became ‘Unbeknown’ – a word taken from a sentence spoken
by Elizabeth Gharsia which reflected a main theme of the novel. I even toyed with the archaic ‘Unbeknownst’ but thought that might be a bit pretentious! As the novel progressed I changed it to Discovery which covered the same theme from a different angle and it fitted much better with the cover I wanted.
How did you pick a cover for your book?
I had a clear idea of what I wanted for the cover and submitted a photo I had taken to the designer. It was one of the St Lawrence River and to me the changing light epitomised the concept of discovery. My photo lacked the resolution needed for a book cover and the designer suggested the cover which was used. As you can see it’s a good match.
Thank you, Barbara Greig and The Coffee Pot Book Club
About the Author
Barbara Greig was born in Sunderland and lived in Roker until her family moved to Teesdale. An avid reader, she also discovered the joy of history at an early age. A last-minute change of heart, in the sixth form, caused her to alter her university application form. Instead of English, Barbara read Modern and Ancient History at Sheffield University. It was a decision she never regretted.
Barbara worked for twenty years in sixth form colleges, teaching History and Classical Civilisation. Eventually, although enjoying a role in management, she found there was less time for teaching and historical study. A change of focus was required. With her children having flown the nest, she was able to pursue her love of writing and story-telling. She has a passion for hiking, and dancing, the perfect antidotes to long hours of historical research and writing, as well as for travel and, wherever possible, she walks in the footsteps of her characters.
Discovery is Barbara’s second novel. Her debut novel Secret Lives was published in 2016 (Sacristy Press).
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Greig/e/B08CB6LZHC
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Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Discovery-Barbara-Greig/9781838594268