The Years of Us – Gemma Roman / #Interview #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @annecater @GemmaRomanBooks


Five friends. Life, love and a night that will put their friendship to the test. Following University, a group of friends plan to stick together, but will they survive distance, career changes and lustful love triangles? Life throws unexpected realities their way, and one fateful night brings their lives into harsh perspective. Minor mistakes result in them questioning who they are and who can be trusted. Can they rebuild the foundations of friendship and move forward or will the test of time finally set them adrift forever?




Which character would you like to be in this book?

A great question, but one that’s tough to answer – There are elements of a lot of the characters that I would like to have, but they all have their faults too. I think I’d like to mix them together; have Ruby’s name, Sam’s confidence and Millie’s opportunity to achieve something she’s always wanted to do with her career. That might be a cheat answer, sorry!

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

Yes – I prefer paperbacks to my kindle, but I read on both. I can’t think of the last time I was out and about without a book to hand.  

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

Ooh, I think it depends on the story – I’d like to be the ‘bad one’ as long as the character wasn’t black and white. I’d quite like to be written as someone like Alice in Luther, if you’ve seen that? Bad, but genius and charismatic.  

For a bookish example, the best I can think of is fantastical – I’d love to be Karou from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. A good character, but drawn into bad for the greater good and for love. Plus, then I could have bright blue hair!

Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?

I like both – When I’m not reading for review, I’m a mood reader and tend to not read the same genre in a row so it takes me a while to get through a series. Having said that, if I’m loving a book I like to know that I have more to come from those characters.

As an author, I’ve written The Years of Us as a standalone but also have just released the first book in my first series – All At Sea will be a trilogy. I like to write multiple POVs so that you get more of a rounded picture of the story – with All At Sea, there are smaller characters that I felt had more to say and it seemed better to make them novellas rather than a longer piece of work. I’m enjoying letting the first part out into the world while still living among the characters.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

I can pretty much read anywhere, but my favourite reading places are at home, in a rocking chair with a glass of wine. Even better than that, we often go on holiday to Cornwall (where All At Sea is set) and there, we stay in an apartment with a balcony overlooking the sea – the perfect reading spot 😊

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

Either spending time with my partner, family and friends, cooking or perhaps in a bookshop. I do work full time in a non-bookish job, but perhaps one day I’ll live out my dream of writing and owning a bookshop by the sea.

Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

Um … nope 😊

What are you most proud of?

Having achieved my dream of writing and finishing a book, and to still be able to continue doing that. I’m happy to still be inspired and writing more, as well as helping to support others who are doing the same.

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

It’s a really tough thing to explain, as it’s so many different emotions. It’s an intense mixture of excitement, nerves, fear, pride and inspiration to keep going. It’s a feeling that brought tears to my eyes with both books, and it’s wonderful.

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Perhaps the most obvious but important thing is to just keep writing – Focus on writing rather than editing until you have a first draft. There’s a famous quote, though I forget who said it, that goes something like ‘you can’t edit a blank page’.

Keep writing, let your ideas change and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Writing takes a long time, and life will get in the way – Give yourself time, whether it’s daily or weekly, to let yourself think and write and keep those characters moving.

Also, find someone to read and feedback – someone honest but supportive who will be constructive and offer ideas that you will trust.

Thank you, Gemma Roman and Random Things Tours.


About the author

“I’m Gemma Roman.

I have pretty much always been a bookworm.

I always loved reading, writing and the creative arts, and also enjoyed dancing which led me to study for a degree in Dance Studies when I was at University. Following graduation, I worked in retail and became interested in the wealth of characters that I came across daily while working in customer service.

I’d had a few ideas rumbling around in my head for a while, and so spent a few years writing my first novel in my spare time. I finally managed to release it in June 2016, and am now planning for the release of my new book ‘All At Sea’, which is due out in 2019.


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