Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction. But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again. To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?
I hope you enjoy this interview.
1. When and where do you prefer to write? Do you have a certain ritual?
I can write anywhere if three things are present. Heat, silence and a wifi connection! I love to be cosy and can’t concentrate if it’s not warm. I also need to be somewhere quiet. I don’t mind gentle background noise, like mumbled conversation in a café, but if a neighbour has a lawn mower going, or the television is on, I find it impossible to write. The third thing I need is to have access to the Internet. I like to check words on thesaurus.com, check facts, spellings and grammar as I write. I know it slows the writing process but it’s just the way I prefer to work.
2. Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
You can’t beat a cup of tea and a couple of dark chocolate digestives.
3. What is your favourite book?
When I was young it was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Five Children And It by E. Nesbitt. My favourite books lately have been All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and The Unfree French by Richard Vinen.
4. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I enjoy writing in different genres. Historical, contemporary and children’s books.
5. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not intentionally, but I imagine I glean ideas from experiences and people I’ve met during my life.
6. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I tend to type ideas, words and storylines into my phone throughout the day, but have a pen and paper by my bedside at night to scribble down ideas that come into my head. Just last night I had a Eureka moment. For weeks I’ve been trying to work out where to hide Jewish families that had been rescued from the Vel d’Hiv in Paris for my WIP. It came to me during that moment between wakefulness and sleep. I scribbled it down in the dark and had to decipher the scrawl the next morning!
7. Which genre do you not like at all?
I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings because we’re all different, but I don’t read sci-fi or fantasy books.
8. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
It would be a non-fiction book about building shepherd huts in France, with my husband, Paul. We’ve talked about it, and who knows …
9. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I adore Italy, especially the Amalfi coast. I might pretend to be researching but would probably be reading in the sunshine in the amazing Cimbrone Gardens at Ravello.
Thank you, Angela Barton and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children and adorable four-year-old twin granddaughters. Angela is passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction and loves time spent researching facts for her novels. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Choc Lit’s new imprint, Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a lovely team.
Angela and her husband, Paul, recently moved to France and planted a lavender field. She’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the beautiful Charente countryside working from her new writing room, a beautiful shepherd hut. Angela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.