A Conversation with Author Sharon Booth

Today in the Library we have­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Sharon Booth, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

You are very welcome, Sharon, please introduce yourself:

Thank you very much for inviting me onto your blog. What do you want to kn10712956_653943188056257_811863997951666501_now about me? Hmm, let’s see. Well, I write contemporary romance—”feel good fiction with heart”—and I’ve had two novels and a pocket novel published, as well as a short story in an anthology called Winter Tales, which was sold in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I live in East Yorkshire, with my very patient husband and our German Shepherd dog. When I’m not writing, I work for the NHS. I love Sherlock, Doctor Who, Poldark and The Musketeers. I eat too much sugar but I rarely drink alcohol. (I’ve been known to get up on the kitchen table and sing Abba songs into a hairbrush when I’ve had a couple of glasses, so best avoided, I think!) I’m one tenth of the Write Romantics. A Conversation with Author Sharon Booth

A Conversation with Author, Mary Grand

Today in the Library we have Mary Grand, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

You are very welcome, Mary, please introduce yourself:

Mary Grand3I was born in Cardiff and have retained a deep love for my Welsh roots. I worked as a nursery teacher in London and later taught Deaf children in Croydon and Hastings. I now live on the beautiful Isle of Wight with my husband, where I walk my cocker spaniel, Pepper, and write. I have two grown up children. ‘Free to Be Tegan’ is my debut novel. It is to be the first of a series of novels set in Wales. The second will be set on the spectacular Gower Peninsula. A Conversation with Author, Mary Grand

A Conversation with Author, Michael Wills

In the Library today we have ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Michael Wills, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into his life as an author.

You are very welcome, Michael, please introduce yourself:

12096590_955910957788681_6402446936478372904_nI grew up on the Isle of Wight at a time when the railway engines really did go cho cho. At school I became an avid reader and I still have my “Head Librarian” badge to prove it. On leaving school, I trained to be a teacher and then spent two years working in a very rural secondary school in Kent. So rural in fact, that children would frequently use the excuse that they could not hand in their homework as the school farm’s goats had eaten their books. A Conversation with Author, Michael Wills

A Conversation with Author, Zara Stoneley

This evening in the Library we have Zara Stoneley­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

You are very welcome, Zara, please introduce yourself:

ZaraStoneley authorpicI grew up in small village in Staffordshire. After completing a degree, working as an IT consultant, and then combining running a dog grooming business with family life, I returned to my love of writing. In 2012, I secured my first publishing contract with Xcite Books, the erotic imprint of Accent Press, and a year later signed a deal with HarperCollins.

I now write fun, romantic romps set in the British countryside and split my time between a country cottage in a Cheshire village, surrounded by family, friends and assorted animals, and an apartment in Barcelona.

Did you read much as a child? Are you an avid reader now? Do you prefer books in your own genre or are you happy to explore others?

I’ve always been an avid reader and as a child spent most of my time in my bedroom curled up with a book – refusing to go down for dinner until I’d finished my chapter! At various times as my son grew up, I had less time to bury my nose in a book, but now he’s gone to University I’m back to reading more than ever. I read all sorts, from books by Jilly Cooper and Fiona Walker that are similar to my own, to romcoms, thrillers and anything else that grabs my fancy. My son recently thrust a copy of ‘Game of Thrones’ into my hands and insisted that as I enjoyed ‘Lord of the Rings’ I would love it. One wonderful thing about being an author is that you also quite often get copies of new books from your publisher.

Are you self-published or traditionally published?

Mainly traditionally, although I have self-published an erotic romance trilogy which I am planning on re-releasing soon – reworked with the eroticism toned down.

Has your country of origin/culture influenced your writing?

Where I live now has definitely influenced my writing; my editor suggested that I write a series of books set in horsey Cheshire and these novels are firmly anchored in the English countryside and its way of life.

What part of the writing process do you find most difficult? How do you overcome it?

I always find the middle of the book a challenge, however well or badly I have planned it out in advance. I think this is the critical point where you know whether you understand your characters, their motivations and conflicts well enough, and whether the plot is working with or against them. My solution is always to stop trying to squeeze the words out, go back to the drawing board and look more closely at the main characters. It then becomes obvious (nine times out of ten!) what is missing, or where adjustments to the original plan need to be made. A plan is fine, but quite often I find that characters have developed in unexpected ways!

Do you have a favourite time of day to write?

I find it easiest to work in the morning if I’m plotting, but if I’m in full flow writing then late evening is my most productive time.

What is the best thing about being an author? And the flipside – what is the worst?

I just love writing, creating new settings and characters, watching them develop and conquer their fears and all the obstacles I throw in their path. Holding the finished book in my hand once it has been published has to be the highlight though. On the downside I have to cite negative reviews – a story is such as subjective things and although authors know that some people will love their books, love their voice, they also know that others will not – and sometimes vehemently dislike what they read.

Is social media an essential chore or something you enjoy? Which forum do you prefer?

It can be very time consuming, and definitely needs managing or I can find that half the day has been devoted to social media and no words have been added to my book – the most important thing! I think Facebook is the most rewarding forum as you can engage properly with people, but twitter is great for keeping things snappy. I’m also starting to explore Pinterest and Instagram, but these are fairly new to me.

If you weren’t an author, what would you be up to?

I always wanted to be a vet when I was younger, but somehow ended up an IT consultant! But I ran a dog grooming business when my son was young, and still love my animals… so it would probably be something pet related!

Please tell us about your latest published work.

My latest book is A Very Country Christmas’ is a free novella.

A Very Country ChristmasA short Christmas story of three courses: Love is in the air in Tippermere, as Lottie dreams of a white Christmas with no trimmings – other than her hot and hunky eventer, Rory. But things are never quite that simple on the Tipping House Estate.

Festive fervour takes over and it isn’t all seasonal peace and goodwill as expectations rise and it soon escalates from cosy dinner for two, to all the trimmings for ten! With missing turkeys, loose horses, troublesome terriers and randy huntsmen, Lottie is hard pushed to find time for a kiss under the mistletoe, let alone find the opportunity to woo Rory with her sexy Santa costume.

But there is only one thing Lottie really wants for Christmas, and only one man can deliver it…

Available FREE from – Amazon    Barnes & Noble   Kobo    Sainsbury’s   Google Play


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A Conversation with Author, Felicity Fair Thompson

This evening in the Library we have Felicity Fair Thompson, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

You are very welcome, Felicity, please introduce yourself:   


I was born in Australia and after a short career in ballet in the UK, I spent several years as Senior Assistant Manager at the Odeon Leicester Square, the first woman in Rank’s West End Cinema management team. In 1977, I settled on the Isle of Wight where my interest in photography and travel expanded into film making and writing. A Conversation with Author, Felicity Fair Thompson