Anastasia Travess is caring, beautiful and talented, but all her life her abusive father has kept her down. Seeking love wherever she can there has only ever been one man she trusts, one man who makes her complete and he rejected her years ago.
Piers Talbot is an enigma, a charming bachelor with only one woman in his heart. But when offered a choice between fixing his estranged family and obtaining his heart’s desire he makes probably the worst decision of his life.
When Anastasia rekindles her past relationship with Piers’ younger brother, the lines between love and loyalty become blurred. Amid danger, betrayal and deception, Anastasia is forced to question everything she thought she knew.
But will Anastasia have the courage to escape from the shadows?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer mornings or late evenings and either on my laptop at the table or on the sofa (usually pen and paper) with the radio on.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really, but I do like to re-read any new material before carrying on and again before I go to sleep. Sometimes any problems with plotlines or what a character is doing can be solved overnight.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Pepsi max mainly and sometimes a glass of Baileys!
– What is your favourite book?
I found this a surprisingly difficult question…I love so many books, all by different people, that I don’t really have a favourite. But if I could only ever read one book again then it would have to be Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice as every time I read it I get something new from it, I also adore the characters.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I have planned a sci-fi adventure, so one day I would like to finish that.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not directly, maybe I have absorbed some of their idiosyncrasies or habits and used them for certain characters…don’t tell them!
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I have notebooks all over the house as I do tend to suddenly come up with something and usually find it’s whilst I’m walking the dog and have to remember it till we get home. I’m sure I must have forgotten some really good lines over the years.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
In my teenage years I devoured horror books but now not so keen.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Another tricky one…Alison Weir, she is my favourite non-fiction writer and I would love to help with her brilliant history books.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I would like to travel to Egypt and see it for real, the tombs and the artefacts. History is a passion of mine and I have an idea for a book set in Old Kingdom Egypt, so soaking up some atmosphere would be a dream come true.
Thank you, C L Tustin and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the Author
C L Tustin was born and raised in the East Midlands but spent her teenage years in Sydney, Australia. She has sung twice at the Sydney Opera House and also appeared singing live on Australian national television. Returning to the UK in 1989 via Singapore and the Middle East the travel bug has never left her and she has explored countries and cities across the world.
C L Tustin began writing at the age of 11 when she didn’t see why James Bond had to be a man and created a spy code named The Cat with 10 planned adventures. Her first published novel “Escaping from the Shadows” is a romance with an undertone of threat set in the social media free world of 1990. She is currently working on editing and completing her second romance “Desert Rose” whilst writing a brand new story “Flower of Death”. Future projects already planned include two Regency romances and a sci-fi thriller.
Whilst raising her son C L Tustin continued to balance writing and work with completing a BSc(Hons) in Science and a MSc(Merit) in Earth Science with the Open University. This was a most rewarding experience despite the long hours and hard work involved.
C L Tustin has worked for two major banks, a tool company, the MOD and the NHS. She has completed 3 Thames Bridges walking challenges for charity, volunteers for Butterfly Conservation and passionately supports rescue dogs. C L Tustin lives currently with her rescued 15 year old Jack Russell Terrier and a diverse collection of books and sci-fi memorabilia.