Author Interview: Elizabeth Foster @e_foster3

Hello Book Lover! I’m really glad to share with you all an author interview with Elizabeth Foster- author of debut novel Esme’s Wish. I reviewed this book last month, it was really great read.


About book:

Esmes-Wish-Book-“A fresh new fantasy of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr,author of Nim’s Island and Dragonfly Song.

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all. 

This fresh, inventive tale, the first in an MG-to-YA series, is an ideal read for 10-14 year olds.

You can check out my review here ⇒⇒ Esme’s Wish (Esme Series #1) by Elizabeth Foster


About author_edited

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I live in Sydney, Australia, and try to write every day. I had no idea I would end up being a writer, and I still can’t quite believe that I can make up stories. I really had no clue of it when I was younger. I did know that I wanted to do something creative but I had no idea what!

Q&A

This is your debut novel. How does it feel?

The launch period was an emotional rollercoaster but now that things have settled down I feel very accomplished! A high point was when Wendy Orr, a very well-known Australian writer (author of Nim’s Island) read my book and offered a commendation for the cover. I blubbered for about half an hour (she told me by email so fortunately no-one was watching!) That was when I really knew that I had written a book that people might find worth reading.

When and why did you begin writing?

I finished reading the Harry Potter series with my children many years ago and missed the world J.K. Rowling had created so much that I decided to try and write a story of my own.

How did you come up with the idea for your book and a new world in it?

I knew writing my first book would be a difficult task, and figured that it would be slightly easier If I wrote about things I was interested in (it was!) I love islands, the ocean, mythology and magic so I wrote about those. I chose to set the story in a parallel realm, instead of a totally separate universe, so that I could include elements of our own history and mythology in the story – making it easy for non-fantasy readers (and Esme) to immerse themselves in the world.

What sort of research did you do to write this book?

I bought tons of books! I bought so many books on the ocean, Venice, magic and myth that I still haven’t read them all. Homer’s Odyssey was a huge influence too – I read that quite early on in the process. I also went to Venice (twice!)

What was your favorite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?

I like the chapter where Esme runs off to Spindrift, to the place her mother was last seen alive. I really enjoy writing description and had to cut it back in most chapters but I managed to keep a little more of it in that one. It’s also a favourite because it was one of the easiest chapters to write!

What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?

The hardest part was learning everything from scratch. I did lots of drafts, focusing on mastering different writing elements each time.

Getting the first chapter right was also quite difficult.

I also had to delete a couple of dragon-focused chapters that didn’t really move the story forward – I had such fun writing them though!

Your favorite quality in a protagonist. Which character was hardest to create/write and why?

I don’t find it hard to create characters – in fact I tend to create too many, and have to get rid of a few after the first draft.

I like characters who never give up. Esme was probably the hardest to get right as she was a little too passive in early drafts. Lillian and Daniel, the two main supporting characters, kept taking over! I focused on giving her a more active role and I am pleased with the result. She is an observant, smart and determined character and one I am proud of.

How many books are you planning to write in this series?

I have always planned three books for the series.

What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?

The value of friendship and the power of love.

Describe how your ideal writing space looks like or include photo.

I write in all sorts of places. I write best when I’m relaxed, and there is a lovely beach near where I live which is the perfect spot – I love writing to the sound of the sea.

Who are some authors that inspire you?

I like a mix of classics and contemporaries. I love Jane Austen, and I’ve read all of J.K. Rowling’s books for both children and adults. I also enjoy Maggie Stiefvater’s stories, and those of Australian author Melina Marchetta. 

Your favorite childhood book.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Do you read book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?

I do read my reviews. I’ve been fortunate to have had lots of positive ones so when a negative one comes along I cope okay. The vast majority of critiques I’ve gotten so far have been constructive, and I love getting feedback about what readers enjoyed the most (and what they want more of.) For example, lots of readers are obsessed with dragons and I really enjoy writing about them so I was pleased to find that out. There will be plenty more scenes involving dragons in book two. There might even be one on the cover!

What are your future project(s)? What’s it about? (*if relevant)

Book two in the series is entitled Esme’s Gift. In this instalment Esme turns sixteen and things get a little darker. She goes to school in Esperance and also goes on a quest outside the city. Book two will be a little longer than book one.  

Advice for aspiring authors.

Read plenty, write plenty, and try to keep things in balance – if you can. Don’t do what I did – spend every minute either writing or talking about writing. I think my family has forgiven me – almost! Writing fiction is a huge learning curve but it does get easier over time: even if you don’t feel like you are progressing you probably are.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers?

Keep reading! And authors love it when you write reviews. Post them on Goodreads or Amazon – even a couple of lines will do. Authors rely on reviews to get their books noticed and into the hands of more readers.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.elizabethfoster.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethFosterAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/e_foster3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33634667-esme-s-wish

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethfoster_/

Book Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Esmes-Wish-Elizabeth-Foster/dp/1925652246/

https://www.bookdepository.com/Esmes-Wish-Elizabeth-Foster/9781925652246/

To Readers If you like to read and review Esme’s Wish, author will be happy to send you a review e-copy. For that just comment on this post below with name and email ID and I will forward it to author or you can text author on Twitter.

Many thanks to author for taking time out of busy schedule to take part in this interview. 


I hope you enjoyed this interview. 

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#AuthorInterview: with Vinita Bakshi, author of #31Miles @vinisb4

Hello Book Lovers! Today I’m pleased to share with you author interview with Vinita Bakshi, author of  31 Miles. I’m glad I got a chance to read this wonderful book and even more happy for getting a chance to interview the author. If you missed my review on 31 miles or would like to know more about book click⇒ HERE

About author_edited

I am a simple person born and brought up in Delhi. It hurts to see unhappy people all around due to different reasons. Thus, I created She Speaks to voice women issues and a cultural festival Aambrotsave with Literature, Art & Craft, Instrumental & Performing arts and food as it’s components. We also run a center for EWS and provide them informal education and holistic development completely free of cost. We also skill train women to make them financially independent.

Q&A

Q. When and why did you begin writing?

31miles, I began writing in Nov 2012. There was this childhood birth story that had always haunted me. And I played with the concept of online relationship. Back then not many had started writing on digital relationships.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

As I said I had always felt he compulsive need to share this rebirth story.

Q. What draws you to this particular genre? Do you think writing will stay in the same genre?

Fiction intrigues me and will always be my first love. But I keep writing on a diverse range of topics in my blogs and for other publications.

Q. How did you break in publishing world? How many rejections did you go through before finding publisher? If so, what did you do to keep yourself hopeful?

I must must always be thankful to almighty and My publisher Rupa for this break. I was talking to Penguin too. But once Rupa said Welcome to Rupa authors club.  The wait was over.

Q. What was your favorite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?

Developing online romance between Rajan and Mansa was interesting. I used Urdu, English and Hindi poetry and lot of quotes, shers to create Rajan. And it became my favorite chapter. 

Q. What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?

Developing online romance between Rajan and Mansa was the biggest challenge and the toughest part. Took me the longest to write that part. I never deleted or altered anything.

Q. What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?

Love is the greatest human emotion. Family is the greatest social institution.

Q. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

Discipline, hard work and commitment to reach the finishing line.

Q. Who are some authors in your genre that inspire you?

Many and across genres – Roald Dahl, Tagore, Chekhov, Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, Premchand, Jane Austen, Amitav Ghosh, Rumi and so many

Q. What types of books do you enjoy in your downtime?

Anything from Business to fiction… depends on my mood

Q. What types of books do you enjoy in your downtime?

Anything from Business to fiction… depends on my mood

Q. What are your future project(s)? What’s it about? (*if relevant)

Yes …certainly. Lots is happening. One Hindi short novel – Bindu Ka Dayraa is complete and under discussion with publishers. Hopefully Hindi translation of 31miles should happen this year. I am also working on sequel of 31miles. A project, comprising true stories of women with a London based editor is also under progress.

Q. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Every book has its own destiny. Work hard on your manuscript and then work harder to get it published.

Q. What is your favorite motivational phrase?

There are three principles to success – hard work, hard work and hard work.

Q. Currently reading

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

Q. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?

It was one of the longest list of questions that I have answered 😊

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: www.vinitabakshi.com

Blog: http://vinitabakshi.blogspot.in/

Twitter: @vinisb4

Facebook Goodreads Linkedin Pinterest Smashwords

Book Links: (Amazon

Many thanks to author for taking the time out of busy schedule to take part in this interview.

Thank you for reading!

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#AuthorInterview with Susan Schaefer Bernardo @susanbernardo

Hey book lovers! Today I’m happy to share author interview with Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Author of Inspired- inspirational and entertaining mythological urban fantasy on Greek Muses with little family drama that I read and reviewed in January. It’s releasing next month on May 6th, isn’t it great?If you missed my review and would like to know about book click HERE.


About author_edited

susan.jpgI’ve been writing poetry and stories since I could hold a crayon!   I am a big believer in the power of creativity.  The process of writing poetry or making art allows me to express and understand my emotions.  Through our imagination, we find ways to move through painful experiences and transform them into something very beautiful and healing. 

I wrote my first book Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs because I wanted to reassure my kids (and myself!) that we are always connected to the people we love.  Writing my poem “Tonic Waters” helped me cope with grief over my mother-in-law’s death.   I was so honored when “Tonic Waters” was published in an anthology and read aloud at the 2014 World Cancer Day Concert – because it meant my words might console others experiencing similar pain.  I’m currently finishing my first YA novel for girls, and I’ve just finished collaborating on a wonderful new book to support children who have suffered a traumatic event. 

I love to learn just as much as I love to teach, and I hold a B.A. in English (UCLA), M.A. in English Literature (Yale) and elementary/secondary teaching credentials (Pepperdine).  I keep my inner flower child happy and inspired by sculpting, dancing, exploring tide pools, raising chickens in the city, traveling to cool new places (and attempting to speak the language, even if it’s just please and thank you), and taking long nature walks with my sons and our rescue terrier Poppy.  I’m happiest when I’m barefoot and surrounded by beauty.

Q&A_edited

Q. When did you decide to become a writer?

I have loved writing poetry and stories since I learned how to read! The first book I ever read by myself was Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham at age 4, and I think that inspired me to begin writing poetry.  I’ve been keeping journals for many years, and as a little kids, I loved to create little handmade books with my stories and drawings.

Q. What inspired you to write Inspired?

In 1994 when I was living in Boston, I had a vivid dream about a girl at a museum who sees a painting of Greek Muses coming to life, and then becomes their apprentice. I tried for several years to write it as a screenplay, but it really wanted to be a novel.

Q. What sort of research did you do to write this book?

For me, it’s always a rich mix of academic research, field trips to locations in the book, hands-on experiential learning and just daydreaming into the ideas. I have loved the Getty Villa here in Los Angeles (a museum focusing on Greek and Roman antiquities) since I went on a field trip there in high school…so I spent a lot of time wandering around there and picturing scenes. I’ve spent time in Greece and Rome, including exploring Pompeii and the Vatican Museum.  I also love “intuitive Googling” – just going down the rabbit hole of finding interesting facts and ideas on the internet!  In order to make the glassblowing scenes realistic, I took a glassblowing workshop – it was hot and exhausting work, and cool and exciting, too! I love doing art of all kinds.

Q. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve also published three children’s picture books: Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm and The Big Adventures of Tiny House. I can’t name a favorite – every project was a wonderful experience, and I am proud of all of them! One of the things I love about my picture books is that they were all written with the intention to help heal and inspire children going through loss or trauma. So it feels good to have them out in the world. Inspired is my first novel, and I have two sequels for it in draft stage.

Q. Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.

I am a wandering writer! I have a little old Mac Airbook, and I move around a lot when I am writing. Sometimes, I sit on my deck. I live on a hill and have a great view of trees in the canyon below and blue skies above. Sometimes, I write in a big tent in my backyard (I just dyed the tent purple last week!), because it feels very creative and cozy.  Sometimes, I take my laptop or journal to a favorite coffeehouse or the library, so I don’t get distracted by all my clutter or unfinished projects around the house (like laundry!). And my favorite of all is to take my laptop or journal with me when I travel, and get creative in an exotic place! I have written overlooking a lake Bali, sitting on the Hill of Tara in Ireland, and while at a bistro in Paris, to name a few!

Q. What was your favorite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?

The scene that takes place at the Getty Villa was my favorite, because it really blended the angst of growing up with the magical possibilities of the fantasy aspects of the book! I channeled my teen self from when I went there in high school, including the annoying boy in my class….and also got to dream about meeting a cute boy and a bunch of magical Muses.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?

Revising. I revised the book for a very, very long time. I let go of whole plot threads, changed the beginning, the end, the middle – over and over. I think the book just didn’t want to be ready for me, until I was ready for it!  In the past 6 years, I have learned SO MUCH about indie publishing – and now I feel confident about launching Rocket (that’s my main character’s name!)!  Two years ago, coincidentally (?!), a book I co-wrote with LeVar Burton was sent on an actual rocket to the International Space Station and read aloud by Astronaut Kate Rubin!

Q. Your favorite quality in a protagonist.

Three of them: intelligence, a sense of humor and kindness.

Q. What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?

Trust and enjoy your journey! Pay attention to the voice inside of you — and notice the things that light you up and make you glow – those things are clues about your soul purpose. We are all here with our piece of the puzzle for making the world a better place. Even the parts of our lives that seem hard while we are going through them are valuable parts of our human, creative process.

Q. Who are some authors that inspire you?

SO many – I read about three books a week. JK Rowling, of course! Anne McCaffrey. Ursula K LeGuin. Dr. Seuss. Tomi Adeyemi. Erin Morganstern. Virginia Woolf.  Stephen King. Anthony Doerr. And for creative support, I love Anne Lamott’s guide for writers, Bird by Bird, Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic.

Q. Your favorite childhood book.

A Little Princess

Q. Do you read book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?

I read them obsessively! The good ones feel like hugs. When I get a bad review, I try to see if they feel true and useful, and if I can use them to improve for the future. If they get me too depressed, I re-read the good ones and cuddle my dog, Poppy, or write about my feelings in my journal. I don’t love every book that I read, so I can’t expect every reader to love MY book, right? That’s what makes the world interesting – everyone’s got their unique tastes and opinions. Please leave me a review if you read the book – it means so much to authors to know that their words are reaching readers!

Q. What are your future project(s)? What’s it about? (*if relevant)

I have a few books in the pipeline! My picture book partner Courtenay Fletcher is currently illustrating a picture book biography I wrote about the artist Theophile Steinlen, and that will be released by early 2019 (it was inspired by a little bronze cat sculpture I found in an antique store in Paris a few years ago!). I am working on more YA novels in The Firefly Tribe series – telling more of Rocket’s story, and also focusing on the other “apprentice Muses” we meet in INSPIRED, who come from other cultures and time periods (the other books in the Firefly Tribe series will be exploring Celtic mythology, South American shamanism and Hindu goddesses).

Q. Advice for aspiring authors.

Explore your world! I believe that our job as a human is to be creative and curious – so get out there and fill your imagination with rich experiences. Travel. Daydream. Hug trees. Go to museums. Learn other languages and meet people from all walks of life. Try something new whenever you can – whether it’s listening to different music or wearing a funny hat – go for it! Get your hands dirty – make art, plant flowers, build sandcastles, climb mountains. Be kind to yourself, and surround yourself with encouraging, loving people. Be an encouraging, loving person yourself! Read lots of great books. Experiment with writing in different styles, voices, genres. Believe that the Universe is always showering you with blessings and gifts. And persist. Some projects burst out of you – others take decades, like Inspired. It’s all okay.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I see you – and you are AMAZING!!! I know it’s tough being on this human journey sometimes – but isn’t it also magical? 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website:  www.susanbernardo.com

Facebook:  @SunKissesMoonHugs

Twitter:  @susanbernardo

Goodreads

Book Links: Amazon

Instagram:  @thefireflytribe

Thank you, Yesha, for the opportunity! xoxo Susan

Thank you very much Susan for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview. 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed reading this interview. 

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#AuthorInterview: Monica Mujumdar Dixit, author of #AQuestforSpring  @monicadixit

Hello Book Lovers! In February I read A Quest for Spring by Monica Mujumdar Dixit and also got a chance to interview author later that I’m happy to share with you today. By chance if you missed my review on the book you can read it Here

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About author_edited

quest-for-springI was born in Raipur and did my schooling from Bhopal and Mumbai. I went on to graduate from Mithibai College, Mumbai and studied Law at the prestigious I.L.S, Pune. I practiced at the High Court in Nagpur till my daughter arrived. Post that I worked as a Legal Analyst at a publishing house publishing law journals. I took up a sabbatical to care for my ailing mother-in-law and since her passing away I haven’t returned to work.


Q&A_editedQ. When did you decide to become a writer?

It was not something I decided upon. It just happened. My friend with whom I shared the first draft of A Quest for Spring which I had written as a short story suggested I develop it as a novel. After much deliberation I thought why not give it a shot. And here I am today, an author.

Q. What inspired you to write A Quest For Spring?

I have seen far too many relationships break, soulmates drifting away. It was the unseeming possibility of ending up together for a happily forever that prompted me to write A Quest for Spring.

Q. What sort of research did you do to write this book?

The third and fourth parts of A Quest for Spring are based in the Valley and London. I have never visited Kashmir. Whatever I know is from friends who hail from Kashmir and a few books. The only ones that are written are Our Moon has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita and Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer. Apart from these books I read whatever there was on Kashmir on the net.

I happened to visit London amidst writing A Quest for Spring so I got to observe a lot of things. The way people there dress up, the food they prefer, the suburbs that are reasonable to live in, the eateries and most importantly the tube route.

I wanted my protagonists to come across as authentic as persons. I wanted my readers to find a connect with them. I wanted my readers to identify Amolika and Raehan as persons they might know like may be a close friend or a cousin. To make them as authentic as any living beings I did a lot of research to portray their characteristics. I revised a bit of the basic French that I learnt in school. I watched Titanic and An Affair to Remember twice or thrice. I listened to the old classics Lara’s Theme and Five Hundred Miles and read books on Sahir.

 Sniffed onto a bottle of Old Spice to get a hang of the fragrance.

Q. How did you break in publishing world? How many rejections did you go through before finding publisher?

It took me three years to complete the final draft of A Quest for Spring. I started out in April 2014 and in April 2017 I had completed the draft. Since it took me three long years to complete it I did not want to wait any further to get it published as the subject would have become redundant or someone else might have published a book on a similar premise. At that time most of the big publishing houses were busy publishing celebrities and the wait was for over two years, thus I got in touch with Notion Press and self published the book.

Q. What was your favourite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?

Part III of the book is my favourite part. I enjoyed writing it the most as it was a interesting to write about the challenges that Amolika faces in her professional life and the plot of Part III has a political background. It was as thrilling to write it as it is to read.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?

The hardest part to write was the campus romance. It was years since I passed out of college and besides I had never been in a relationship, so that part was tough to write down. I had to run down the memory lane a number of times.

Q. Your favourite quality in a protagonist.

My favourite protagonist would be Amolika coz she is everything that I would ever want to be. Her determination, ambitious nature and perseverance are her strengths more than draw backs.

Q. What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?

A Quest for Spring is so relevant in today’s times. A Quest for Spring speaks about two people in love following different faiths. It’s a long and an arduous journey of two soulmates, Amolika and Raehan. It’s about love in the most human form. The protagonists are selfish, ambitious and even vindictive at times. They betray the trust placed in them by the other. They fail in their relationships but pick up the threads from thereon. They learn to forgive and most importantly trust again. They overcome all conflicts arising out of the faiths they follow as well as the ones they were instrumental in creating. In today’s times where the seeds of distrust and fear are sown so deep, A Quest for Spring brings in new hope. “Love doesn’t come with a guarantee of safety. There will always be challenges. To overcome them together is what love is all about.” is what Raehan says to Amolika and it kind of sums up Raehan and Amolika’s journey from winter to Spring. I would want the readers to learn to forgive and most importantly learn to love and trust again.

Q. Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.

My desk has my laptop, iPod and head phones, different types of journals, pens, highlighters and sticky notes.

Q. Who are some authors that inspire you?

Sarat Chandra, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anuja Chauhan, Gulzar, Erich Segal,

Jane Austen, Enid Blyton, and Charles Dickens.

Q. Your favourite childhood book.

David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities and Six cousins at the Mistletoe Farm by Enid Blyton were my favourite books as a child.

Q. Do you read book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?

Yes, I read each and every word. The good ones bring immense happiness. I take the bad ones with a pinch of salt. I just use them to improve my skill. Fortunately A Quest for Spring hasn’t received very many bad reviews.

Q. What are your future project(s)? What’s it about? (*if relevant)

My next book will draw heavily from my grandparents love story.

Q. Advice for aspiring authors.

My advice would be that one should never give up and believe in one self.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I just want to request them to read A Quest for Spring.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website:  http://monicamujumdardixit.com

Facebook: Monica Mujumdar Dixit, A Quest for Spring

Twitter: @monicadixit

Goodreads

Lnkedin: Monica Dixit

Book Links: (Amazon)

Many thanks to author for taking the time out of busy schedule to answer all questions so wonderfully.

I hope you all enjoyed reading Q&A as much as I did.

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Author Interview: Cristina Hodgson- Author of A Little of Chantelle Rose

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Hello Everyone! I happy to got opportunity to interview with Cristina Hodgson, Author of A Little of Chantelle Rose, and even more happy to share it with you today.

Blurb-

a little chantelleAt the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.

Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts without thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.

And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.

But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?

There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth it?

Read my review on this book here ⇒⇒ A Little of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson.


About author_edited

AUTHOR PIC.jpgJust a little bit about me, without boring you all! I was born and brought up in Wimbledon, London. Though I currently live in Southern Spain. I had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participate in Triathlon races and enjoy outdoor activities. I’m a mum to two cheeky monkeys, who brighten up my day, every day! They are also the proud creators of a few silver streaks in my hair! A LITTLE OF CHANTELLE ROSE is my debut novel, amazingly, despite graduating from Loughborough University with a degree in sports science, the novel has nothing to do with running!

Q&A_edited

Q. This is your debut novel. How does it feel?

I’m obviously thrilled, but also very nervous. This is like the birth of my third child. Chantelle Rose isn’t about me or my life but it’s a part of me. And this part of me is now out there for all to read and criticise, and that alone is nerve-wracking. I’m aware that everyone has different literary tastes, I just hope that people who do read Chantelle Rose, or any novel, understand that behind the words sits an author who’s shed more than one tear to finish the text and sweated more than most marathon runners do. The finish line in this case is when you type “The End.”

Q. When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve always kept a diary, but I’m not sure that counts. I’ve always loved reading, from a very early age and I think, at least in my case, from the reader the writer was born.

Q. Would you like to tell reader little about your book?

It tells an urban fairy tale. It’s about a young London girl who through a series of hilarious, if bizarre, circumstances is propelled to Hollywood glamour, lovers, confusion, menace and a truly startling conclusion. Its twists and turns will grip the reader – and make them laugh, too! At least that’s what I hope!! 😉

Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

After graduating from Loughborough University with a degree in PE and Sports Science, I travelled and worked in various jobs. One of these was as an extra in a British-produced gangster film which was filmed in Nerja, Spain. It goes without saying that my sport mechanics and kinetic energy knowledge weren’t put to maximum potential in this part-time job. But it was certainly a fun and unique experience, and most importantly it gave me an idea.

A year later I sat down and started writing, and within three months Chantelle Rose was born.

Q. What sort of research did you do to write this book?

I didn’t actually do any research for this book, it’s not a very complex story, though there is a lot of imagination in the plot, which all just came out of my head.

Q. What draws you to this particular genre? Do you think your writing will stay in the same genre?

They say “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed.” This is so true. I find myself crying my eyes out when writing sad scenes. I don’t think I could handle writing a whole novel sobbing away, which is why I opt to write, at least for the time being, comedy. I’m not going to contemplate writing thrillers right now either, I have no need to freak myself out on a daily basis. And forget hauntings!

Q.What types of books do you enjoy in your downtime? And what inspires you to write?

I actually enjoy reading autobiographies about famous people. I’m always fascinated by other people’s lives. I think learning about other people, inspires me with my own writing.

Q. How many revisions did you go through before book is published? Do you have beta readers or is it just your editing team and their suggestions?

I think I went over the whole rough manuscript four times. For this debut novel I didn’t have any beta readers, something I’ll probably consider with book II. I did however work with a wonderful editing team and I believe I’ve learnt a lot and also improved my writing skills thanks to working with such a great team.

Q. What was your favorite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?

There are a couple of chapters I really had fun with. Especially one where the protagonist sits down with her “rival” and the conversation they have together can still make me laugh out loud.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?

The ending. It’s the original ending, in fact I didn’t have to alter any of the plot, however if my editor had strongly suggested changing the ending I would have probably considered it. I’m glad it wasn’t the case though.

Q. What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?

Just to have some fun reading it. There is no hidden message, it’s just a book to relax with and hopefully make the reader laugh and escape from the daily routine a bit.

Q. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

That I could actually sit down and do it. I’ve never considered myself an author. I’d dreamt about it, but never thought it was possible. But I did it. So believe me, if I can do it, anyone can. Believe in yourself and magical things can happen.

Q. If you could spend one day with character from your book/ any other book who would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Lionel King. I would love to be wined and dined, for just one evening, by a huge Hollywood star, who would make me feel like Cinderella at the ball. But when the clock strikes midnight, I’d be more than ready to return to my normal life.

Q. Do you read book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?

Yes I do. I appreciate everyone has different literary tastes and that not everyone is going to like my writing style or my story. Though I have to admit a good review gives me a huge boost. It’s lovely reading how someone has enjoyed my story and has found it funny, which is what I have intended by writing a romantic comedy.

Q. What are your future project(s)? What’s it about? (*if relevant)

My current WIP is a bit of a secret a moment. If you read my debut novel you’ll understand why.

Q. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Never give up, which can be applied to life in general. If you have a dream, go and make it a reality. You’ll have to work hard, because if writing was easy, everyone would be a published author. But the satisfaction of seeing your work in print compensates by far all the time and effort you’ve channelled into your project, whatever it may be.

Q. What is your favorite motivational phrase?

Dream it, wish it, do it…

Q. Currently reading

I’m currently reading a book from a fellow Crooked Cat author called “Assassin by Day” by Tessa Robertson. Quite a dramatic thriller with a touch of erotica.

Q. Favorite book / foods / Colors/ Music/ TV show/ Film

Favorite book, I can’t really nail it to just one, but I do enjoy most romantic comedy stories.

Foods: Anything spicy.

Colours: Red

Music: Pop

TV show: With two young kids, I don’t get to see much but Peppa Pig.

Film: Dirty Dancing.

Q. Describe yourself in 5 words.

Responsible, determined, fun, positive and sporty.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Buy link: myBook.to/chantellerose

Website: Website
Twitter: @HodgsonCristina
Facebook: Facebook profile

email: hello@cristinahodgson.com


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