Why does a stranger hold the key to unlocking Katie’s family secrets?
1903 – Jane is the talented principal costumier at Auckland’s Opera House in its Edwardian heyday. She thrives in this place where she can hide from her pain and keep her skeletons to herself – until the past comes back to haunt her. Brigid, her beloved foster mother, and her best friend Gwenna are anchors in her solitary yet rewarding life. As the decades go by, the burden of carrying secrets becomes too great, and Jane must pass on the hidden truths.
Today – Katie seeks refuge from her crumbling personal life with her grandmother, who lives in past with the people in her cherished photographs. All too soon, Katie learns she must identify the people behind the gentle smiles – including the Edwardian woman to whom she bears a remarkable resemblance – and reveal generations of secrets before she can claim her inheritance. She meets the intriguing Jared, who stirs her interest, but she’s not ready for any sort of romance, so is shocked when she learns that he holds the key to discovering her past.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I start writing in the morning after the chores are done, and write for as long as the story runs in my head. I use an antique drop-front desk which lives in my own writing room surrounded by a few favourite pieces of antique furniture and knick-knacks.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Start at the beginning and don’t stop until you get to the end… but no rituals to speak of. I like to write in silence.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I stop to eat and drink so that I spend some time with my dear husband instead of living in the past 100% of the time, but I always have water beside me.
– What is your favourite book?
Only one? That’s impossible for me to choose. I love reading so much and historical fiction is my favourite genre. I really enjoyed the Poldark series and have read more than once as well as seeing the original TV series and the latest one.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I did try my hand at a children’s illustrated book once, after my grandson complained my first book didn’t have any pictures, but I decided that genre wasn’t for me. I write dual-timeline, so I feel comfortable with both contemporary and historical writing and mix them up to suit the storyline. I can’t see me changing in the future.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not so much on people I know, but people I have learnt about when doing genealogy. Our ancestors have some amazing stories to tell and I like to write about their trials and tribulations and their happy moments. I can see the world changing through their eyes.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I always have a notebook with me, but strangely enough I rarely use it. Ideas just sit in my head until I get to put them into place.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Most of the sci-fi/paranormal/fantasy genres and their off-shoots, which I know are extremely popular at the moment, and I will never read horror.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I don’t think anyone would want to co-write with me! But if I had the chance, Diana Gabaldon.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’ve travelled a lot and have used what I’ve learnt and how I felt about those places to inspire my writing, but if I had to go back to one country for research, it would be Italy.
Thank you, Vicky Adin and R&R Book Tours.
About the author
Multi-award winning historical fiction author, Vicky Adin is a genealogist in love with history and words.
After decades of research Vicky has combined her skills to weave family stories and history together in a way that brings the past to life.
Fascinated by the 19th Century women who undertook hazardous journeys to find a better life, Vicky draws her characters from real life stories: characters such as Brigid, the Irish lacemaker and Gwenna, the Welsh confectioner, or Megan who discovers much about herself when she traces her family tree in The Cornish Knot.
Vicky Adin holds a MA(Hons) in English and Education. She is an avid reader of historical novels, family sagas and contemporary women’s stories and enjoys travelling. Her writing has been compared to that Catherine Cookson.