A Little Birdie Told Me by Sharley Scott / #interview #BlogBlitz @rararesources @SharleyScott

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It’s 1988. The era of young love, with Scott and Charlene melting hearts in Neighbours, and a new princess for the Royal Family. With Bros, Madonna and Wet Wet Wet in the charts, and children hoping for Ghostbusters’ toys in their stockings.

But it’s not all fun for Belinda. If her life was a board game, she’s losing at snakes and ladders. Once she’d been working her way up one of those ladders but, thanks to her snake-like polytechnic lecturer, she’s toppled from the rungs. Now she works in an old people’s home, where her chief duties involve cleaning toilets and emptying commodes.

At least her lovely colleague, Joe, offers excitement in her otherwise dreary life. But Belinda can’t believe he’d be interested in someone like her. Not when her pretty friend, Tracey, only has to glance at a man to have him fall for her.

But just when it seems things are looking up for Belinda, the residents’ precious possessions start to go missing. Then she witnesses a disturbing incident and doesn’t know what to do. Luckily, Belinda has Joe to guide her – until she discovers that he’s hiding a secret, one that forces her to make an agonising decision.

Will she continue to hide in the shadows, never speaking out – or will she put her future on the line to stand up for what is right? After all, she’s caring for a generation that’s lived through two wars. Now it’s time to fight for them.

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Q&A

  1. Which character would you like to be in this book?

I’d be happy to be the main character, Belinda, although she’s a lot braver than me. She reminds me a lot of my younger self, especially her lack of self-confidence at the start of the book. Many readers have also said they could identify with her hopes and fears when looking back at their younger selves, so I’m not alone.

Charlotte would be fun though. As a child I wondered what it would be like to be brought up in a wealthy family and not have to worry about money. But a comfortable life hasn’t made Charlotte selfish. Her carefree lifestyle and her kind personality draws Belinda to her, although they need to go a bit easier on the Asti Spumante. 

  1. Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?

I’m the type of person who would forget my head if it wasn’t attached to my neck. Much as I’d love to take a book or ereader wherever I go, I’d either forget the book or my reading glasses, or leave the ereader behind. Even if I did remember the ereader, it would be low on battery and die within minutes because I’d put the charger somewhere safe.

  1. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

The good one. I don’t know why but I’m not sure I’d like my ‘name’ doing something dreadful, even if it isn’t real.

  1. Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?

It depends on the book. My previous book, The Two Lives of Maddie Meadows needed a sequel. A Gift of a Rose gifted the series a wonderful ending. The B&Ber books became a two-book series but each could have worked as a standalone or there could be more. Saying that, I’ve decided to link my next book to this series by setting it in the same fictional town, with minor bit parts from several familiar characters.

A Little Birdie Told Me… is currently a standalone book. It could work as a series, as the characters work well as an investigative team. Perhaps, one day, I’ll write another book to take Belinda’s story forward.

  1. Where can I find you when you are reading?

Mostly in bed. If I’m in the lounge, I tend to be writing or on social media. I’d love to have a bath, as I used to adore wallowing in bubbles with a book. Sadly, even though we have ten showers in the guesthouse, there isn’t a single bath.

  1. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

It’s very odd at the moment. In the past year I have completed three books, as we couldn’t open the guesthouse for most of that period. In a normal year, the answer to this question would depend on the month. From May to October, we open without a single day off and our hours can be long, especially during the peak summer months. The other months are quieter, so we get more time off. In winter we close for a few months to undertake renovations and also to have a relaxing holiday. But I still manage to write.

  1. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

I love the smell and feel of bookshops. And, of course, the books. While the answer is ‘yes I can’, it is always with longing to head through the door.

  1. What are you most proud of?

I don’t know. When I sat back to think about it, I thought of my wonderful children, my gorgeous rescue dog, my darling dad, my sometimes annoying (but loveable) husband. I’m proud of all their achievements – big or small, especially when they’ve had to overcome barriers in terms of life, ability or self-belief. But I cannot think of one single thing that I am most proud of.

  1. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

The smell of a new book. Then the anticipation of the new world to come.

  1. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write. Keep writing, even if it’s just for ten minutes a day. Then join a writing group (pick a good online one if there isn’t one local to you) and undertake reciprocal constructive critiquing and read blogs such as Emma’s Darwin’s The Itch of Writing to improve your craft.

Thank you, Sharley Scott and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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About the author 

It’s 1988. The era of young love, with Scott and Charlene melting hearts in Neighbours, and a new princess for the Royal Family. With Bros, Madonna and Wet Wet Wet in the charts, and children hoping for Ghostbusters’ toys in their stockings.

But it’s not all fun for Belinda. If her life was a board game, she’s losing at snakes and ladders. Once she’d been working her way up one of those ladders but, thanks to her snake-like polytechnic lecturer, she’s toppled from the rungs. Now she works in an old people’s home, where her chief duties involve cleaning toilets and emptying commodes.

At least her lovely colleague, Joe, offers excitement in her otherwise dreary life. But Belinda can’t believe he’d be interested in someone like her. Not when her pretty friend, Tracey, only has to glance at a man to have him fall for her.

But just when it seems things are looking up for Belinda, the residents’ precious possessions start to go missing. Then she witnesses a disturbing incident and doesn’t know what to do. Luckily, Belinda has Joe to guide her – until she discovers that he’s hiding a secret, one that forces her to make an agonising decision.

Will she continue to hide in the shadows, never speaking out – or will she put her future on the line to stand up for what is right? After all, she’s caring for a generation that’s lived through two wars. Now it’s time to fight for them.

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Author Links

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Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Birdie-Told-intriguing-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B08TZV5385/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Little-Birdie-Told-intriguing-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B08TZV5385/