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…
This week I'm taking a break from blogging my novel to chat with friend and crime writer Angela Wren. Angela,
you’re a member of both the Romantic Novelists’ Association and
the Crime Writers’ Association, and your books have elements of
both crime and romance to them. What drew you to these two very
different genres, and how do you balance them in your stories? Accident
times 2 drew me to these genres! Once I’d made up my mind that I
could write a full novel it just so happened that my idea for that
story was built around a romance. Being a member of the RNA gave me
access to the New Writers’ Scheme and Le Cerisier – the name of
that particular work – was submitted twice. My second story also
involved a romance but intrigue too. That was submitted to the NWS
twice and came back the second time with some comments about
balancing the story across the two different genres. I
started my third novel, Messandrierre, which I had always known was a
dark tale, but I could not stop m…
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…