Last week I was lucky enough to attend the launch party of local author Lynda Stacey's debut novel, House of Secrets. It was a lovely night (with an incredible book-cover cake - I definitely want one of those one day!) and a few days later I had time, while travelling, to start reading House of Secrets. Naturally, once I'd started, I raced through the book in no time, but it's taken me a bit longer to get around to working out how to explain its charm. Here's my attempt...
I love Choc Lit books, and House of Secrets is a great example of what Choc Lit do best: love stories with an added dimension.
At one level, House of Secrets is a classic love triangle: Maddie is fleeing Liam, whose love for her has tipped over into a frightening obsession, when she meets Christopher Lawless, nicknamed Bandit. Maddie is a clever, capable woman whose confidence has temporarily been damaged by an abusive relationship - a famili…
It's a great pleasure to welcome to my blog today my multi-talented friend: author, actor and director Angela Wren. Hi Angela! When and how did you
first become interested in writing? I think it was story
telling that first captured my attention as a very young child. Apparently, from being only a few months old,
I was mesmerised by voices, and I suppose I still am, as I have an uncanny
ability to recognise voices in an instant.
When I was a little older I would listen to my Dad and my uncles telling
me stories, for hours if I could, and all three of them were excellent
narrators. So bedtime stories were a
must at home and later, when I was deemed too old to have them, I made up
stories for myself. Writing them down
became the next logical step and I’ve been doing that since I was about 8 or 9.
Where did the idea for Messandrierre come
The very first idea came whilst I was
travelling in the Cévennes in September 2007.
Overnight the weather changed dramatically and the nex…
In some previous years I’ve blogged at the end of the year
about my favourite
books of the year. Last year, for
various reasons, I didn’t quite get around to it, so instead I sat down at the
start of 2017 to think about what I’d read (and watched and listened to) in
2016 that I thought would continue to interest and inspire me in the coming
My first inspiring choice is Mimi Thebo. Mimi was one of my tutors on the MA course at
Bath Spa University. I’ve written before
about the haiku
exercise she gave us as part of the Exploration and Experiment module of
the course, and since leaving Bath I’ve followed her career with interest. She’s a perfect example of what she teaches:
her oeuvre includes adult novels (Welcome
to Eudora recalls such beautiful American authors as Fannie Flagg,
Patricia Gaffney and Barbara Kingsolver), children’s
stories (Walker Books) and everything in between. Dreaming
the Bear, released in 2016, may possibly be my favourite book of hers
so far. The h…