In The Chair 5

Meet my writer friend, Prue Batten!

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Welcome, Prue Batten

How would you describe your writing style in only three words?

Prue: Luscious, 3-D, surround-sound.

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If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?

Prue: Gisborne! He’s so broodingly Heathcliff and infuriatingly good-looking!

If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?

Prue: Tobias. As yet unpublished. (July 2015).

Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?

Prue: Dorothy Dunnett without doubt. She remains the doyen of hist.fict in my opinion and is reputed to have had a wicked sense of humour. JK Rowling because I love Harry Potter and admire what JKR has done for literacy amongst children. I also admire her philanthropy. Christian Cameron, because he is a super-charged…

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Postcard from Venice: Traffic over the Grand Canal

I love this shot of the Grand Canal in Venice and the great advice on how to photograph it.

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I still have a couple of gorgeous photographic spots to share with you from my recent trip to the United States, but now is the time for a postcard from Venice: one of the most classic view of “Canal Grande”.

Location: Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell’Accademia). Together with the Rialto Bridge, the Ponte degli Scalzi, and the new Ponte della Costituzione, by Santiago Calatrava, it is one of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal, is the major water-traffic corridor of Venice.

What to shot: From Ponte dell’Accademia you’ll have a vantage point toward part of the Grand Canal with its pompous buildings, the church of Santa Maria della Salute, and Punta della Dogana, where the water of the Canal Grande meets Saint Mark Basin’s ones.

Ideal time to shot: Sunrise of course, but don’t think to be there alone. This site has become one…

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In The Chair 2

John Hudspith, my editor, in the chair. ‘Discombobulated’ is one of my fave words too. 🙂

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Welcome, John Hudspith

How would you describe your writing style in only three words?

John: Imaginative. Tight. Irreverent.

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If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?

John: Patina from the Kimi books. With eyes that change colour every two minutes and the ability to store 100 secretaries up her skirt, what’s not to love?

If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?

John: Kimi’s Fear – Heart is such a beautiful place, what with the talking monkeys and roast dodo on the menu. Oh, and I’d play God.

Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?

John: Charles Dickens, Mark Gatiss, Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie. I’d serve…

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Book Trailer for “Veronica” and pre-order updated.

I apologise to those of you who pre-ordered “Veronica” last week. It was cancelled by Amazon for technical reasons. Happily, I’ve been able to re-upload. The old pre-order link no longer works, so here is the new one. Please comment below if you would like a pre-publication e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

A REVIEW: LADY OF ASOLO by Siobhan Daiko

A lovely review from Malika of Lady of Asolo

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How would you feel if you re-lived the past? How would you feel if you suffered what the spirit suffered?  And how would you feel if it happened 500 years in the past? This is what happened to Fern, a London girl who came on holiday to her aunt’s in Italy.

Lady of Asolo is a fabulous account of Cecilia’s life in the 1500s. We go into the past and re-live her life via Fern, whether it is in a dream or in reality.  We see terrible things as we follow the maid in Fern’s footsteps and through Fern’s eyes.  We revel in the richness of Cecilia’s clothing, and the wealth of her domain. When Cecilia finds a lover who is a painter, Fern is confused. Is Fern in love with the painter, her real time friend, Luca, or her deceased boyfriend? As Fern comes and goes in the spirit’s…

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