When Ann-Marie Ross murders her abusive husband and feeds him to the pigs, she thinks she’s got away with murder and secured the future of her Scottish cider farm. But she soon finds herself having to keep more than one deadly secret to protect those closest to her.
As four women embrace their new-found independence, Ann-Marie is tormented by the threat of discovery.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
Im an early morning writer. I hate the phone ringing, my husband asking if I want coffee etc, so Im up at 6am and get at least two hours done before it all starts. Right now, I have an ancient laptop which sits on the dining table next to the window overlooking my terrace. I do have an office, but in winter its freezing and in summer its roasting, so the dining table is the writing desk.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Yep, the ritual is read the preceding chapter, and then just continue on. I don’t use notes or a story plan – it’s all in my head.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
No drink or food whilst writing. I get a treat when I’m taking a break or I’m done for the day – coffee and a chocolatine usually.
– What is your favourite book?
Favourite book – that’s a hard one. I’d like to say something trendy, but, well, Robert Graves,’ I Claudius’ is probably my fav, closely followed by Charles Dicken, ‘A Christmas Carol’.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Well, I started by writing non-fiction. I used to teach agriculture, so I just saw it as an extension of this, and for me it works really well. After two non-fiction books, I completed my memoir. That was harder – a change of both pace and style and revealing so much personal stuff about myself, my family etc. Then, I wrote my first novel – completely different again, and I’m learning all the time about grammar, punctuation and telling a story. I don’t think I’m ready to try yet another genre – not for the time being, anyhow, but as Sean Connery said – ‘never say never’.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Oh God yes! I know so many nice and so many strange people. At the age of 59, I think I’ve met every character I’ll ever need to write about! Although I’m careful not to make them too obvious, and mixing traits from different individuals into one character is fun!
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Nope, don’t carry a notebook around, although I do keep a pen and paper by my bed, as night time seems to be the time when ideas pop into my head.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m really not into vampire, other world or dystopian stuff. Life is very hard and the last two years awful for some folk. I’d like to think when readers pick up my books, they feel happier and more relaxed. Spreading a little humour and kindness isn’t hard to do, and I’d like the reader to put my book down at the end and be sad it’s ended, not glad that its over!
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
If Alan Titchmarsh was ever interested, we could do a fab book on orchards and apple cultivation…..
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Well, I’ve moved from Scotland to Cornwall and then to France. The world is my oyster. I’m hoping to do a Nile cruise for my sixtieth birthday – maybe that will end up in a book one day.
Thank you, Lorraine Turnbull and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Lorraine Turnbull was born in Glasgow where she lived until 2005 when she and her family moved to Cornwall to run a smallholding. She relocated to France in 2017 where she continues to make cider, writes books and learns French.
Twitter – @LorraineAuthor