When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.
Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.
Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I guess you could say I have strange writing habits. Most of the authors I know tend to have a space, a room in which they do their writing. The point is they tend to write where it’s quiet. Me, I usually write with my laptop on the sofa. I also, can’t seem to write when it’s quiet. I usually have the tv on, mostly with an old favourite film playing.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
My usual time for writing is, as I don’t currently have a normal job, is just after lunchtime. The mornings are when I catch up on my social media. I’ll pick the movie, sometimes a tv series I know well, and place it on my lap and tap away. This entails picking up from where I left the previous day. When I begin, I like to complete at least one chapter a day, whether this is 1500 or 3500 words. Once the chapter is begun, I have to finish it. If possible, I like to have the beginning of the next chapter started, ready for me the next day.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Does too much chocolate count? Especially during this year! Probably my favourite snack though is my Lady Wife’s homemade shortbread. It’s simply too moreish though. I’m very partial to a glass off apple juice, though this also doesn’t tend to last long. However, what keeps me truly going is the packet of Fruit Salad chews I like to keep by my side.
– What is your favourite book?
Oh, what a poser! There are so many. I read stories from quite a few genres and I do have books I keep coming back to. I’m a huge Sue Moorcroft fan, so any of this authors’ would be on my list. I’m sorry, I’m going to have to give you a few books. You may have seen the Artemis Fowl movie? Well, IMHO, that’s Not Artemis. The books, by Irish author Eoin Colfer, are superb, especially the first four. Anything by the Master, Terry Pratchett, of course. I’ve loved the Discworld since I was (much) younger. If you really, really want me to name one book, I’d have to say, Guards! Guards! By Terry Pratchett.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
This is strange. I’ve kind of hit upon the WW2 Historical Sage genre by accident. Before this novel, I’d written Women’s Fiction, in fact, my previously published novel, The Season for Love, was in that genre. I’ve an idea, partially fleshed out, for a children’s book so yes, I am very open to writing in different genres.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Only if I know they’re never likely to read my books. Just joking! Actually, I don’t think I’ve consciously based any of my characters on anyone I know. Perhaps some have traits I’ve read about, but that’s as far as I believe I’ve gone.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Not a traditional notebook. If an idea comes to me and I’m not at my laptop, I open up a notebook app on my phone and jot it down there. I then have to transfer them onto the laptop as I have a bad habit of clearing up my phone to create space, which ends up in deleting my notes, very helpful, eh.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Writing or reading? They’re probably the same. I’m not a huge fan of horror films, unless you count the classic Universal films of the 1930’s, or thereabouts. The original Dracula can still send shivers up the spine. I’ve only read a few books too, and I don’t think I could write something designed to naturally chill the bones.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Excellent question and I’m going to take that to mean both dead, and alive. If it’s an author no longer with us, I’d have to say, without question, Terry Pratchett. I had the honour and pleasure of meeting him three times and on none of those encounters was I able to mumble more than a feeble, thank you. Alive is a little more tricky, where to start, who to pick, which genre? So, let me narrow it down a bit. I have the terrific Elaine Everest to thank for suggesting I write something new when I was ill, and for supporting me as I wrote this book. So, if she’d ever have me, I’d say it would be Elaine.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Do Lilliput, or Vulcan count? Shame. In that case, I’m still going to be awkward and say England; early 1940’s England. It’s one thing to be able to research over the internet or from word of mouth, or books. It’s quite another to see it in real-life. So, if you have a spare Tardis going, I’ll take it!
Before I go, I’d like to extend my thanks to Els for having me on her Blog Site, B for Bookreview, and being part of the Blog Tour for ‘A Wing and a Prayer’.
Thank you, M W Arnold and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.
He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.
Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.
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