I'm talking to blogger and author Jo Lambert on my Monday Meet Up blog today. Jo blogs at www.jolambertwriter.blog
Hi Jo, grab a cup of coffee and get yourself comfy. Thanks, Karen.
Now can you tell us a bit about yourself, why you blog and what inspired your love of books and what sort of books you like reading?
Sure, let's start with a bit about me.
After completing secretarial training I then successfully completed an HNC in Business and Finance. My have jobs ranged from PA support at Board Level to Supervisory Management. In 2011 I left my full time job in our local hospital Pharmacy Department where I was Office Manager and PA to the Chief Pharmacist. I wanted a part time job share so I could devote more time to writing. For two and a half years I worked part time as Office Administration Manager in Nuclear Medicine in the same hospital. In May 2013 I finally left work to become a full time writer.
I live on the eastern side of Bath with my husband, a small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. I love cinema, travel, red wine, rock music.
I began my blog as a means of marketing – to let people know about me as a writer, the books I had published and what I was currently working on. It also became an outlet for general creative writing – pieces about life, holidays, music. I love photography so very often I’d write about holidays and incorporate shots of where I’d been. I began a weekly interview slot ‘Tea and Talk at Sally Lunn’s’ which is the oldest house in Bath and home to a restaurant where Bath Buns are a speciality. This then morphed into Tuesday Talk when I upgraded the blog. I also added book reviews, some independent and some which I did as part of the Brook Cottage Books Tour team. As things began to expand, I moved my writing onto a separate website www.jolambertbooks.com and soon after created a dedicate site for my Brook Cottage Books reviewing. My current blog structure covers the general items I write, Tuesday Talk and any independent reviews I do for other publishers.
My Love of Books
I could read before I started school. I loved Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and had the complete set which I was very proud of. I also had an uncle who taught in Strathallan School in Scotland and regularly sent me books for Christmas and birthdays. I got through most of the children’s’ standard such as Wind in the Willows, Children of the New Forest, The Secret Garden, The Jungle Books. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading. It’s a great form of escape. I do have quite a wide taste – both historical and contemporary romance are my favourites and crime/suspense novels.
It sounds like you really love books, Jo. What is your favourite book of all time?
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. I received it as a Christmas present from one of my uncles when I was nine. It was simply magical and I still have the book!
How many books, on average, do you read a month?
As a reader and reviewer I get through quite a few books. Around ten a month. It probably would be more if I didn’t write.
Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it?
Yes I have to admit to doing this on several occasions. The last time was when I read Sins of the Father by Sheryl Browne.
I haven't read that one of Sheryl's yet but I've read some of her others, she's a fantastic writer.
Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?
No, the whole point of reading a book from start to finish is to enjoy the journey. Having a sneaky peek to see how it all ends up would completely ruin the read for me. I like surprises and seeing how the author pulls her hero/heroine out of tight spots.
What sort of plots do you dislike reading?
Chick lit is not for me. And I’m not one for light romantic reads either.
What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?
A strong plot and believable characters. Books where during the read I say to myself ‘well I didn’t see that coming’. With crime/suspense it has to be gripping, edge of the seat stuff and with romance lots of twists and turns before the happy ending.
What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?
In church. When I was very small and my parents took me along to the Sunday service, to keep me occupied Noddy and Big Ears came too. I can’t remember it happening but I was told the Enid Blyton characters were a very effective distraction and they didn’t hear a peep from me.
What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?
George R R Martin. I’d love to hear him talk about the inspiration behind all those different worlds in his Game of Thrones series.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I love photography and take my camera everywhere.
Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?
Yes and I’m currently working on my eighth book. I write romance with a difference. There’s drama too – lots of it. I make my hero and heroine work hard for their happy ever after.
You can find out more about Jo at
Jo's Latest Book
What happens to the future when past and present collide?
JESS: Six years ago Jess’s relationship with Talún Hansen was torn apart by one night of deception. He disappeared from Lynbrook village and she headed for university vowing never to let anyone break her heart again. Currently teaching in Oxford, Jess returns from holiday to an unexpected phone call and life changing news which eventually sees her returning home.
Talún: Six years on Talún Hawkeswood, as he is now known, is heir to his grandfather’s Norfolk farming empire. When he hears of trouble in the village due to Lynbrook Hall being put up for sale, going back is the last thing on his mind. But staying away is not an option either, not when someone he owes so much to is about to lose their home and their livelihood.
LILY: Splitting with her husband after her son Josh’s birth, Lily now works as part of an estate agency sales team. She has always held onto her dream of finding a wealthy husband and a life of self-indulgence. When the sale of an important property brings her face to face with Talún, she realises despite the risks involved, the night they spent together six years ago could be the key to making those dreams come true.
As Jess, Talún and Lily return to Lynbrook and the truth about what happened that summer is gradually revealed, Talún finds himself in an impossible situation. Still in love with Jess he is tied into a trade off with Lily: his name and the lifestyle she craves in exchange for his son. And when a child is involved there is only one choice he can make…
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Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Jo!
Bring a little sunshine into your life! Sassy, feel good romance by Karen King. Just right to cosy up with. Published by Accent Press.