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  1.  I'm interviewing Marie Laval on the Travel Thursday blog this week. Marie is going to tell us how her travels in France inspired her contemporary romantic suspense A SPELL IN PROVENCE.

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    Welcome, Marie. First, can you tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live?

    Of course! I live in the beautiful, but very wet, Rossendale Valley in Lancashire. On a sunny day like today, it is an absolutely stunning place to be, but we do get quite a lot of low cloud, mist and rain too, and then it does feel much more gloomy.

    Do you like to travel? What is your favourite means of travel?

    When I was younger I really enjoyed flying and found it very exciting, even if I haven't really travelled that much. Things changed however when I had my first child. I became quite anxious about flying then. Of course, I often struggled with the practicalities of travelling with babies and toddlers. I vividly remember having to run in Frankfurt or Munich airports to catch my connecting flight, after stopping in the toilets to change a nappy, or waiting for hours in transit somewhere with bored, cranky children. Once my second son - then a six month old baby - caused a commotion on a flight because he put his hand in a tray of cream cakes the air hostess was carrying. The hostess had to throw the cakes away and a businessman complained very loudly about children being pests and depriving him of his pudding.

    I quite like travelling by train now. We went to Edinburgh in the New Year and it was great and completely stress-free. I am now planning for escapades by rail. 

    What countries have you visited or lived in?

    I spent holidays in the United States with family friends who lived near Chicago. I visited Moscow and Rostov on the Don because I studied Russian for A Level. I spent time in Germany, went to the Carnival in Venice, and I used to go to the Costa Brava in Spain a lot. For work I also went to Warsaw, and this had to be one of my most romantic memories... And of course, being French, I lived in France until I graduated from university. I lived in a village south of Lyon, which is called Saint Genis Laval and which features in my first historical romance - Angel Heart. In fact, Lyon too features quite a lot in Angel Heart. It is a beautiful, and atmospheric town with a rich past, beautiful architecture and glorious food!

    It sounds wonderful, Marie. And you said that living in France inspired your novel, A Spell in Provence?

    It certainly did. Although I can find inspiration for my stories from a song, a painting, a conversation overheard in a café or even a road map, I can pinpoint the exact moment when I got the idea for A SPELL IN PROVENCE. A few years ago, we visited the lovely town of Cassis during a holiday in Provence, and sat in a square for an impromptu picnic lunch. There was an old fountain nearby, with an inscription in Latin carved on the stone...and that was it!   

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    Fountains were always very important in Provence. According to an old Provençal saying 'Eici, l'aigo es d'or', which translates by 'Here, water is gold' - and no wonder, when you think how hot it can get in the summer and how parched the soil can be. Anyone who read the wonderful but heart-wrenching 'Jean de Florette' and 'Manon des Sources' by Marcel Pagnol, or saw the adaptations made for the cinema, remembers the hardship the characters faced and their anguish when the water supply ran dry.

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    A SPELL IN PROVENCE is set near Bonnieux in the Lubéron region of Provence, one of the many hill-top villages dotting the countryside. My heroine leaves England and buys Bellefontaine, a 'bastide' (an old farmhouse) she renovates and opens as a guesthouse....until eerie things happen and jeopardise her dreams. The hero of the story, Fabien Coste, is heir to an old aristocratic family and has turned his ancestral manor house into a luxury hotel. Most of the settings exist, but I have of course changed a few details.

    Provence is not only beautiful, it also has a fascinating history. Before the Greeks, and later the Romans, settled there, the Salyens were the largest Gallic tribe. By the 6th century BC, their main centre was Entremont, which is located on a plateau above what is now Aix-en-Provence. There were other centres, such as nearby Glanum, dedicated to the Celtic god Glanis and built around a spring known for its healing powers. The Salyens had the strange - some might say gruesome - custom of displaying the severed heads of enemies at the city gate. They left no writing but many statues of gods and warriors, some of them holding severed heads.

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    So there you are. Fountains, beautiful hill-top villages and ancient Gallic tribes all play a part in my story! When researching and writing A SPELL IN PROVENCE, I loved surrounding myself with my holiday photos. I also asked one of my sisters, who is a far more talented photographer than me, to send me her snaps. And when I was back in England, researching and writing the story, I could imagine I was sitting in the sunshine, breathing in scents of herbs and flowers, and listening to the song of the cicadas.

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    Blurb for A SPELL IN PROVENCE

    With few roots in England and having just lost her job, Amy Carter decides to start a new life in France, spending her redundancy package turning an overgrown Provençal farmhouse, Bellefontaine, into a successful hotel. Though she has big plans for her new home, none of them involves falling in love – least of all with Fabien Coste, the handsome but arrogant owner of a nearby château. As romance blossoms, eerie and strange happenings in Bellefontaine hint at a dark mystery of the Provençal countryside which dates back many centuries and holds an entanglement between the ladies of Bellefontaine and the ducs de Coste at its centre. As Amy works to unravel the mystery, she begins to wonder if it may not just be her heart at risk, but her life too.

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    A SPELL IN PROVENCE is published by Áccent Press and is available from http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00RVQO8RM

    and in print from http://www.accentpress.co.uk/Book/2529/13421/A-Spell-in-Provence

    About Marie

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    Author Bio

    Originally from Lyon in France, Marie has lived in the beautiful RossendaleValley, Lancashire, for the past few years. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time loves dreaming up romantic stories. A member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors, she writes both contemporary and historical romance. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influence her writing and all her novels have what she likes to call 'a French twist'!

    You can find out more about Marie and her novels at

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marie-Laval/e/B00A03UV3I

    https://www.facebook.com/marielavalauthor/

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    http://marielaval.blogspot.co.uk/

    Thanks for dropping by, Marie, it's been really interesting talking to you. :)

  2. I'm interviewing blogger Shelley Wilson on this Monday's Meet Up. Shelley

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    Hi Shelley, welcome. Have a cup of coffee and tell us a bit about yourself? What made you decide to start a blog and what do you blog about?

     

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    Hi Karen, thank you so much for allowing me to invade your lovely blog. I live in the West Midlands with my three teenage children, a fat goldfish, and a crazy black cat. I started blogging in 2013 when I launched a motivational blog, it was only after my first book was published that I thought a platform dedicated to books and writing would be beneficial. I started a second blog where I could share my writing inspiration, book reviews, and interviews with authors and fellow bloggers. 

    Blogging has opened up a hugely supportive online community for me, and this is why I keep going. Even when I feel the words have dried up, I’ll read an outstanding review, or an article, and inspiration hits.

    I’ve been an avid reader from a very young age, favouring fantasy and horror over the more common horse and ballet books that my friends were reading at the time. My love of the fantasy, horror, and sci-fi genres continued into adulthood. I’m a huge YA fantasy fan, but I’ve recently branched out into other genres such as historical fiction and crime.

    What is your favourite book of all time?

    Wow, that’s a tough one! Enid Blyton’s The Folk of the Faraway Tree holds a special place in my heart, however, there’s one book that I read over and over as a teenager that tugged at my heart strings (I’ve still got my original copy!), and that’s P.S I Love You by Barbara Conklin, it was the first book in the Sweet Dreams Series from the 80s.

    How many books, on average, do you read a month?

    Depending on my writing commitments I try to finish one book a week, but that’s not always possible. If I’ve got a few review books to read, I’ll try to do a multiple reading session where I have two or three books on the go at the same time. 

    Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it? 

    I do this on a regular basis! The last book that kept me up until 2 am was Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, a YA fantasy series. I’m sure it will happen again soon, which is why I have to invest in a good quality eye cream!

    Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?

    No! Never! I’ve only ever skipped forward a few pages if I think something bad is going to happen so I can prepare myself mentally. My dad has the weirdest habit of reading the ending first, and if he thinks it sounds good he’ll buy the book!! I’ve never figured out his logic.

    What sort of plots do you dislike reading?

    Anything wishy, washy would turn me off straight away. I don’t like reading about female characters who let people walk all over them (unless it is pivotal to the plot as in an abused wife murdering her husband). I also refuse to read anything to do with child abuse or abduction as that thought terrifies me too much.

    What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?

    Kick-ass heroines, plenty of sword and sorcery, action packed, fast paced, with magic, aliens, or mythology. I’m partial to a sexy vampire (I love Lyndsey Pryor’s series for this reason). I also love reading about the Tudors too so if anyone ever writes a Henry VIII meets Dracula book then I’m buying it!

     Now that sounds an interesting plot...

    What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?

    I’m not sure this is overly unusual, but it’s definitely different! Reading on the roof of a converted cow shed halfway up the Catskill Mountains, New York State.

    Definitely different, Shelley!

    What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?

    I was lucky enough to meet YA author, Sarah J Maas when she was on her UK tour, and although we didn’t have coffee, I was able to enjoy a fan girl moment. She would have been my first choice as I do love her writing style. 

    Next on the list would be JK Rowling, not only because I am a massive Potterhead, addicted to all things magical, but because she is such an inspirational woman as well as a writer. If I got to have a coffee with her, I’d have to make it a large so we could chat for hours.

    Do you have any other hobbies?

    I adore adult colouring books and have a steadily growing collection. Zentangling (a form of doodling) is also a favourite pastime. Does Netflix binge watching count as a hobby?

     Oh yes, I love those adult colouring books too. They're great to relax with.

    Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?

     Yes, I am a writer. I divide my writing time between the sword and sorcery of my young adult fantasy fiction, and my adult self-help books. Coming from a holistic health background, I always feel like my non-fiction work is the day job and my fiction is the hobby.

     My non-fiction books combine motivation, lifestyle goals and self-help with a healthy dose of humour, and my YA novels combine myth, legend and fairy tales with a side order of demonic chaos.

    Here's two of Shelley's books.

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    Thanks again for letting me join you on your feature, Karen. That was fun!

     A pleasure, Shelley!

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  3. This week I'm delighted to welcome to Tom Williams to my Travel Thursday blog.Tom lives in London and has done quite a bit of travelling.

    Hi Tom. Can you tell us what countries have you visited or lived in?

    I’ve been to Borneo, Singapore, China, Thailand, USA and a few other places. Nowadays I generally stick to Europe. There are still a lot of countries quite close to home that I haven’t visited. We made our first trip to Turkey last year, which was fabulous, though the bombing campaign was just starting, which must be having quite an effect by now.

    That must have been a bit scary for you! 

    What's your favourite means of travel?

    I travel a lot less nowadays than I did when I was younger. My favourite means of travel is a horse for shorter distances (like climbing to the top of the Andes) and a train for further. Planes are convenient but deeply unpleasant.

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    What country/place has made the most impact on you? Why?

    I like to get to Buenos Aires when I can. It’s my absolute favourite place in the world outside the UK, so it's probably fair to say that it has made an impact on me. Argentina is a beautiful country full of friendly people and, of course, it is the home of tango and I spend a lot of my time dancing.

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    Have you featured any of the countries/places you’ve visited in your novels? 

    Most of the action of Burke in the Land of Silver takes place in South America and Buenos Aires features a lot. I was looking for an interesting historical character to write about and a friend I had met in Buenos Aires recommended that I look at some of the Europeans who had been there during the early settlement. I stumbled across James Burke, who was a spy for the British when they invaded Buenos Aires. Most people don't know about the British invasions (there were two), but it's an interesting story and gave me a lot of scope for a tale of derring-do and skulduggery.

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    The clock tower in the Cabildo, part of the city's historical heritage

    I did do some real research for the book when I was in Argentina. I explored the oldest parts of Buenos Aires, which must look much as they did in 1806. I spent a lot of time in museums and I went out to a ranch to ride with the cattlemen, as my hero does in the story. In the book Burke crosses the Andes, a trip which should only be undertaken in the summer, but he does it in the autumn and is nearly caught in the snows. Although it's only a couple of pages, it bothered me that I had absolutely no idea what it would have been like, so we organised ourselves to the Andes when there was too much snow to make the crossing safe and set out on horseback to find out how far we could go. We got surprisingly close to the pass at well over 3000 meters. We spent two nights on the mountain in a stone shed with no water or electricity or gas trying to keep warm round a fire made of thorn bush. I have never been so cold in my life. We would wake up and find the stream running past the hut was frozen. But the Andes were stunningly beautiful and the feeling of being so close to the elements (even if they were doing their best to kill you) was something I will always remember. It was a totally amazing experience.

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    Tom's guide taking them up the Andes in inauspicious weather conditions.

    Has any country/place you’ve visited ever given you inspiration for a story?

    Many years ago I visited Sarawak in Borneo, where I came across the story of the White Rajahs. I was fascinated by the life of the first White Rajah, James Brooke. I really wanted to write about him and when I got back to England I spent a lot of time researching him and did produce a novel. I found an agent who got me an editor but I really struggled with the edits and he suggested that I rest the book and come back to it later. In the end I rested it for about 20 years and then came up with a completely different story, still featuring James Brooke. This became The White Rajah.

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    Is there any country/place you would love to write about but haven’t visited yet?

    Burke at Waterloo is set mainly in Paris and Brussels, two cities I have often visited. I have never been to the battlefield, though. Perhaps I should.

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    About Tom

    Tom used to write books for business. Now he writes about love and adventure in the 19th century, which is much more fun. It also allows him to pretend that travelling in the Far East and South America is research. Tom lives in London. His main interest is avoiding doing any honest work and this leaves him with time to ski, skate and dance tango, all of which he does quite well.

     

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    Burke in the Land of Silver

    James Burke, was a real person who lied and spied for Britain during the Napoleonic Wars. There's skulduggery and battles and beautiful women. Swashes are buckled and bodices ripped as Burke fights and intrigues his way from the jungles of Haiti, through the court of the Spanish king, to a bloody climax in Buenos Aires. James Bond meets Richard Sharpe in a tale that is rooted surprisingly firmly in historical fact.

    You can find out more about Tom and his books on his blog at http://thewhiterajah.blogspot.co.uk/

    Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your travels and your books, Tom. 

     

     

     

     

     

  4. It's time from my Travel Thursday blog again and we're in for a treat this week as my guest, Jane Risdon, has some fascinating tales to tell.

    Hi Jane, welcome to the blog. Can you tell us a bit about where you live/have lived?

    Hi Karen.I’ve lived in Singapore, Germany, and America…I was born in England and I’m English, so I should count England. Here's pic of Singapore, I lived there as a child, and again later as an adult working with a Chinese singer.

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    Do you like to travel?

    I have to say yes. I have been travelling most of my life beginning with a week long flight to Singapore at the age of two back when planes had to refuel several times and there were often over-night stops in several countries. Since then I have travelled to more countries than I can remember or have time to list here including Germany, America Singapore, Canada, Taiwan, Malaya, even Baffin Island near the North Pole, for example.

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    What's your favourite means of travel?

    This is a hard one. I have to fly but I hate airports and the messing around with security. I’ve been detained for endless hours along with some of my artists (musicians) many times, searched and questioned about nothing at all when it came down to it. At least in a car you are free to go wherever you want without risk of incarceration for no apparent reason. So I think car would be the answer.

    What country had made the most impact on you?

    That’s a difficult one. I would say most have had a huge influence upon me for so many different reasons. America I suppose would be near the top of the list. I’ve lived there, worked there and I have family there. It changed the way I think I am convinced of that. I tend to think ‘big’ and aim high possibly as a result of doing business with companies who are house-hold names and who wouldn’t consider doing business with someone who didn’t do the same.

    Having been in the international music business most of my adult working life I’d say that the experiences gained from working in Hollywood for example, in music, which involved dealing with all aspects of entertainment in some form or other, such as movies, television, radio and the entertainment press, has given me wonderful insight into how things work, and why and this has been wonderful fodder for my writing as you might imagine. I cannot imagine sitting in an office in England doing business with certain ‘family’ members with a gun and baseball bat on their desk as they conduct negotiations with me.

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    Have you featured any of the countries/places you’ve visited in your novels?  Tell us a little about them?

    This is a difficult one to answer briefly. Of course many of my experiences living and working abroad, not just in music, have found their way into several of my books and short stories. I can even call upon my experiences working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office when I was younger at the height of the Cold War when every day at work was an adventure. Working in music is one long surreal adventure with so many countries and experiences to dip into for inspiration and settings. My story The Haunting of Anne Chambers  in the anthology Shiver published by Accent Press, is set in Cornwall in past and present times.

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    Only One Woman, my co-authored book with Christina Jones, (Published by Accent Press May 2017) is a prime example of a story based on experiences garnered living abroad as well as in London in the late 1960s when London was such a cool place to live. Great material for fiction. My parts of the book are set in Germany and England when music and fashion influenced teenagers. Christina’s parts are set in Jersey (Channel Islands) and England, so I’d say that we’ve both been influenced by our experiences in this places and have found their way into our fiction.

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    How do you research? Do you use Google or actually visit the place?

    I use various means to research when writing, in addition to my own experiences which I can draw upon – some have been unreal when I think back – and yes, Google is one resource. Because I write mainly Crime/Thriller fiction I have a number of people I can go to for ‘inside’ help in matters of Police procedure and the like. I’ve also undertaken several Forensic Science courses (online) with a variety of Universities to further educate myself in DNA, Fingerprinting, Facial Reconstruction, Identifying the Dead, Witness Investigations and Criminal Justice in relation to Forensic Investigations. I have also studied (very basic) Archaeology in order to try and ensure my writing is as accurate as can be. I am constantly educating myself and research is a huge part of my writing life.

    Can you tell us the funniest/ most unusual thing that have happened to you while you've been travelling.

    As you can imagine most of my life has been spent on a tour bus, plane, or in a car travelling huge distances for long periods each year going from country to country, city to city and with little or no time to register exactly where I might be at any given time. So many countries, so many miles, so many stories. How to pick one experience is hard.

    On a flight to San Francisco with a group of teenage/early twenties male musicians, who’d never flown or been out of England before -  on their way to record their very first album – the plane suddenly diverted and made an emergency landing on what can only be described as a very large Iceberg. We’d developed an electrical problem so we were told later.  The iceberg turned out to be a place called Baffin Island up near the North Pole from whence various Polar expeditions set out. There was a wooden hut and flares lighting a make-do runway on the ice, for us to land and that was it. Nothing. I have never been so cold in my life. We all had to get off the plane and as most people were dressed for the heat of San Francisco, foil blankets were issued to the passengers whilst we stamped out feet and tried not to become hypothermic for the two hours we waited, whilst a female flight engineer fiddled under the cabin floor. The band with us thought it was so cool. You can’t print what I thought. We’d already had a ten hour delay at Heathrow. This same band nearly got us all arrested in San Francisco for shenanigans in a hotel elevator, but that’s another story – one of so many I’m afraid to admit.

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    Travelling across America with a band is a nightmare I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Travelling with some artists is worse than others. I recall being chased by a utility truck full of Mexican men when on the road in Texas with a duo and just a record company radio station liaison guy who drove our limo. They’d spent a whole night standing outside our motel – sometimes we stayed in five star places, other times in grotty, smelly, mould-ridden motels - staring at our rooms which looked out on a deserted dust yard and a Coca Cola machine. There weren’t any staff at this place and I swore I’d kill the person at the tour agency whose bright idea it was to book us in there. There was nothing for miles but tumbleweed and an endless black sky sprinkled with – cliché description here – diamonds, because that is what it looked like. They watched. We worried, and in the morning when we left they followed us. One of my artist’s was a young female, terrified, and clinging to me. The record company liaison guy took a large gun from the glovebox and checked it was loaded, he’d already shown us his rifle in the trunk, just in case! After a Starsky and Hutch ride for several endless, remote miles, when they came alongside gesturing, shouting, and waving guns, we managed to pull into a gas station – in the midst of nowhere - where we waited until they got bored and left. I was relieved to see our companion put his gun away.

    Whilst travelling either alone or on tour I have experienced shoot-outs between cops and robbers, several earthquakes and tornadoes, floods, fires, mud-slides, race riots and most things in-between. So when you ask me about funniest or unusual events whilst travelling. I find it hard to pick something; well, something you can print here.

    It sounds like you've lived a fascinating life, Jane.

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    Bio 

    Jane Risdon has spent most of her life in the international music business. Married to a rock musician, their hectic life didn’t allow for her writing ambitions to be fulfilled, especially when later they went into business together managing musicians, song-writers and record producers. Six years ago she was able to realise her ambition. She is author of short stories, mostly crime/thrillers, with several novels in progress – in various genres.

    She is published by Accent Press and her series of novels, Ms Birdsong Investigates – about a former MI5 officer – are almost completed and ready, she hopes, to be published.

     She has co-authored - with award winning author Christina Jones -  Only One Woman, set in the late 1960s telling the story of two women in love with the same lead guitarist, which is to be published by Accent Press May 2017. Jane and Christina have been friends since Christina, then a rock/pop journalist, was also fan-club secretary to her husband’s band. Only One Woman draws upon their experiences of the music, fashions and world events during the closing days of the Swinging Sixties.

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    Shiver, the anthology Jane's story The Haunting of Anne Chambers is published in

    Thanks for dropping by and sharing your fantastic memories with us, Jane. What an exciting life you've led!

    Thanks so much for having me Karen, I have enjoyed recalling some of these memories. I really hope your readers enjoy them too.

     

  5. I'm interviewing blogger Lainy Swanson today. Lainy blogs at http://www.alwaysreading.net/ which won the Top 100 Book Blog Award. Congratulations, Lainy.

     

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    Thank you for agreeing to guest on my blog, Lainy.Grab a cuppa and take a seat. :)

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     Hi Karen, thanks so much for asking me to take part. 

    Can you tell us a bit  about yourself, Lainy? Why you blog, what inspired your love of books, what sort of books you like reading.

    I am a Scottish bookworm, I have been reading since I was a kid, I started with Stephen King.  I know, not what you would allowed or expect a child to be reading but it hooked me way back then and I have never looked back.  My friends mum took us to the library, I had never been and just loved everything about it, it was quiet, warm, inviting, surrounded by all of these beautiful books and friendly people.

    My blog began because I kept buying books I had already read and hadn’t realised, so I made my blog to keep track, really it was just for me.  My reviews aren’t highbrow at all and often I feel very amateur compared to some of my amazing friends blogs. 

    I started off with horror and only read horror until I was a pre-teen, then I moved onto Mills and Boons, when back to horror and since joining many book clubs I have now branched into every genre.  I will try any kind of book at least once. 

    You sound like an eclectic reader. What is your favourite book of all time?

    Oh I always find this such a tough tough question to answer.  I love The Green Mile by Stephen King for so many reasons, the book that has stayed with me the longest has to be A Time To Kill by John Grisham and the book I have bought, gave out the most and one of my all time favourites has to be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

    How many books, on average, do you read a month?

    It depends on the month, sometimes as few as 10 and sometimes as many as 15.

    Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it?

    Oh absolutely, more often than not to be honest, doesn’t everyone?

    Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?

    Good Lord no, why on earth would you.  You know, I only heard of someone doing this for the first time last month in an online book club, I was horrified.

    What sort of plots do you dislike reading?

    I hate where animals die or are killed.  I am not a huge fan of historical fiction however I have read a few in the last two years and really liked them.  I also hate being left with loads of questions or where the author lets you decided the end!

    What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?

    I like everything tied up to be honest, I like seeing strong characters and women not fawning all over a man.  I do enjoy romance so I guess I like a bit of everything and it always depends on your mood too.

    What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?

    Hmm that is a good question, I always have my book with me so I have read just about everywhere.  On the way home, walking.  Waiting in queues, not too sure to be honest, I have been approached in the middle of the street when I was reading outside a pub waiting on my o/h :D

    What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?

    They always say you should never meet your idol and I would hate to wreck my image of him however it has to be Master Stephen King, he is the reason I am hooked on reading and to be honest he has a brilliant mind!

    Do you have any other hobbies?

    I like taking photographs of just about everything and posting the majority of them on Instagram, it is linked to my blog so tons are of books.  I also like collecting bookmarks, my favs are between magnetic and bookbandz.

    Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?

    Not really, I wrote poetry as a kid and I started a few short stories pre-teen but nothing as an adult, excluding academic work for courses.  I do love books and think I would enjoy writing one however I have over 5 bookcases and books lying around the house, my hands are full. 

     You can find out more about Lainy here:

    Blog link http://www.alwaysreading.net

    Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/smbslt/?fref=ts

    Twitter - @smbslt

     

    Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Lainy!

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    Bring a little sunshine into your life!  Sassy, feel good romance by Karen King. Just right to cosy up with. Published by Accent Press

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