Thursday, 18 December 2014
Vanessa's latest book from Crooked Cat is The House at Zaronza:
Blurb. The past uncovered. Rachel Swift travels to Corsica to discover more about her forebears. She comes across a series of passionate love letters and delves into their history. The story unfolds of a secret romance at the start of the 20th century between a village schoolteacher and Maria, the daughter of a bourgeois family. Maria's parents have other plans for her future, though, and she sees her dreams crumble. Her life is played out against the backdrop of Corsica, the 'island of beauty', and the turmoil of World War I. This is a story about love, loss and reconciliation in a strict patriarchal society, whose values are challenged as the world changes. Love gained and lost.
Published in July this year, the book has already picked up 17 very good reviews.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Tim Taylor is the author of Zeus of Ithome (published by Crooked Cat).
Sunday, 14 December 2014
NM - Welcome, Babs. Glad you could drop by. I’ve just finished your thriller Mrs Jones and enjoyed it. I found the characters very engaging. The pace you set forced me to keep turning the pages.
NM - As you’ve got two ongoing series at present, you’re obviously drawn to find out what happens next to your characters. Who is your favourite character from one of your books and why?
NM - Where do you find inspiration?
NM - How long have you been writing?
NM - What influenced you to start?
B - When we ‘escaped to the country’ I had more time. The family bought me a laptop and that was it. I posted some work on the Harper Collins site Authonomy and was introduced to some fellow writers who have become very good friends. Through them, I was persuaded to enter Mrs Jones in the Yeovil Literary Prize, and was flabbergasted to come second in the novel category. That led to publication.
NM - What is your biggest distraction when it comes to writing?
NM - A tall order, I know, but what is your favourite book? And why?
NM - I’d agree with you regarding Follett’s work; his follow-up World Without End is superb too; in fact there’s a life-sized statue of him in Vittoria, Spain, outside the cathedral that inspired the latter book. Yes, when it first came out, I was hooked on Connolly’s first book, Every Dead Thing. Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
NM - That goes for me too, Babs. If I’ve sucked into the writer’s invented world, then the occasional glitch is barely noticed. How much research goes into each book?
NM - How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
B - It connects me to the wider world, fellow writers and readers. This is particularly important as I live in a rural location. It’s good to network, to share experience and work. I wouldn’t say I was particularly adept at it though. Technology is not one of my strengths.
Saturday, 13 December 2014
The wolves bayed again, nearer now.
Reindeer-bells clanged discordantly outside as the poor creatures panicked in their stalls. The chimney whistled harshly. Sparks flew bright red onto the bear-rug in the hearth and a choking cloud of smoke and freezing wind gusted into the room.
“I’m not going out in that tonight – there’ll just have to be two Christmases next year!” growled Santa Claus.
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Friday, 12 December 2014
Thursday, 11 December 2014
The Avenging Cat series evolved from a theme set at the writers’ circle a few years ago. My take on the ‘love’ theme was ‘Chemistry of Love’. It is definitely tell rather than show, and ultimately is the motivation for Catherine Vibrissae’s vendetta against Cerberus. Dates and certain other incidents were altered when I wrote the book, Catalyst.
As time passed, Deborah began noticing small things about Loup. He rarely displayed anger or displeasure, but she realised that he was a bad loser. He always wanted to excel. And he took pleasure from winning. When he was selected to spend his final year on a full-time project with a big pharmaceutical firm in
Over a bottle of Blue Nun she poured out her hurt and mixed-up feelings for Loup. She still loved him, and yet... Daniel was supportive, sitting away from her at the dining table while she slouched quite bereft in the settee. He argued for Loup: ‘It’s a big opportunity for him, Debs. He doesn’t quite know how to handle it yet, that’s all.’
It was a whirlwind romance lasting two weeks, their studies forgotten. Neither had previously experienced such raw and wonderful feelings for another person. The chemistry was just right. When they returned to
The first signs of aching bones showed up in the Spring of 1967, but Debs simply shrugged it off as having indulged in too much alcohol. When Daniel left in the summer of 1966 to complete his final year in Boston, Deborah wanted to throw in her studies and join him, but he convinced her that she had come so far, it was important to continue. Even for his powerful intellect, the course proved very intense for Daniel. Yet they managed to find two weeks together to roam through the Eastern Seaboard of the
The following year, Deborah went to
From time to time Deborah suffered excruciating pain in her limbs but the doctors could find nothing wrong. The pair excelled in their work and they even heard that Loup was doing well too.
Catherine was born on
Then in 1983 they were contacted by Loup after several years of silence. He had recently heard about Deborah’s condition and believed he had a viable cure, though the drug wasn’t fully tested or cleared yet. Loup’s drug brought immediate relief to Deborah. But it was short-lived, as was she destined to be. Within eighteen months she was dead. The autopsy determined that her chest bones had crumbled and she had suffocated. Little Catherine was seven as she stood at her mother’s grave-side.
The cure for Schaffer-Neumann Syndrome was found by the Vibrissae Pharma in 1994. Two years later, Catherine Vibrissae went to
Catherine vowed on her father’s coffin that one day she would get even with Loup Malefice and his company Cerberus. It just might take a few years. But she would be patient.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Surveillance took longer than I’d hoped. By the time the criminals were arrested, I was two days late setting off for my cousin Ignacio’s home in Zaragoza. As I loaded my suitcase in the Seat’s boot, I rang him from my mobile phone to let him know I’d be there later. Just my luck, snow had started to fall in the north the day before I left and by the time I drove into the mountains it was lying quite thick, though at least the main road was clear, if treacherously wet and slippery. To make matters worse, fog descended, which further reduced my speed. Not the most auspicious start to the Christmas holidays, I thought, as the windscreen wipers beat a monotonous rhythm interspersed with squeaks of complaint at not being changed during the last service.
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