The fifth and final book in the Singles’ Series takes us to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza then back to the Caribbean island of Antigua, where it all began.
After making a hard decision two years earlier Eve Mitchell has moved on with the hand that life has dealt her and she finds herself on the White Island working a tennis holiday. While it isn’t a job she would have chosen, in her typical pragmatic way Eve gets on with it, working hard to ensure that her diverse group of singles, with their hopes, expectations character flaws and baggage, have the best time possible. And as she binds together tennis sessions, social gatherings, meals and trips Eve hears some tragic personal news that brings her to another crossroads in her life. Will she and the love of her life Melv finally make a life together and live happily ever after?
When and where do you prefer to write?
I usually write in my living-room. I have a cosy chair and a portable workstation and as it’s on the first floor of the house it enables me to write and watch the world go by.
Do you have a certain ritual?
Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
during the mornings it’s industrial quantities of decaff. In the afternoons Diet Coke or good old water.
What is your favourite book?
Wow! Impossible to choose I love so many. Possibly Mario Puzo’s the Godfather. Of mine I think it’s Sweet Lady because nobody sees the ending coming.
Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I have a cosy mystery half written. When my present WIPs are finished I’d like to go back to it. I’d love to write a thriller, too.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Usually my characters are totally made up. Occasionally a character will be a mix of two or three people. Ron the Raver in Singles, Set and Match is based on my own father because he was a man who grabbed life with both hands and loved and adored Ibiza where the book is set. Sometimes I physically imagine a character looking like a famous person. But on the whole, they’re all friends that come visiting in my head!
Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Not usually. If I do get an idea – or overhear something that I think might be of use or a trigger I’ll voice memo it.
Which genre do you not like at all?
Science fiction and fantasy.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Martina Cole. We’re both from the same area and I’d love to see how she works and hopefully some of her huge success would rub off!
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Well, most of my books are set abroad and based on research I did during my years as a tour manager. But one place I still yearn to visit – and would like to set a book in is Japan.
Thank you, Elaine Spires and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.
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