Ten Interview Questions for The Book
1. What is the title of your book?
Searching for Julia
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
A combination of an image I had of a stately black woman, shopping in the grocer's shop of a small village, much to the surprise of a visiting white woman standing further back in the queue and several amusing anecdotes about my family's various encounters with members of the Derbyshire aristocracy.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Women's fiction/family saga with mystery elements.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I haven't really thought about it.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
May 1976: Griefstruck after witnessing the death of her married lover, DI Linda Smith retreats to a tiny village on an obscure Derbyshire country estate, where she is drawn into the mystery of what happened to Lady Julia Peveril some ten years previously: did Julia really 'run away' as the Dowager Duchess claims, or is there a more sinister, potentially-criminal explanation.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I'll be pitching to agents and publishers at November's Festival of Romance, and then submitting to others depending on the feedback I get.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Hurrah for LJ! Looking back, the 'zero draft' (writing pretty much straight through) took me from 1st November 2010 (when I started properly writing up an idea I'd had kicking around in my head for around 13 months, as my contribution to picowrimo) to 20th February 2011.
I ran through that for major errors over the following months, then set the first draft proper aside for nearly a year while I concentrated on writing short stories and novellas (with the odd bit of research here and there).
After writing the novella/novelette that fills in the gaps between Searching for Julia and the planned next novel in the saga during July and August, I started serious work on Draft 2 in September 2012.
8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
That's a tricky one. Hilary Green writes series with forceful female characters, and gay servicemen, but her stories are set earlier than mine. Kate Ellis mangages to combine contemporary and historical mysteries within a fictionalised rural setting in her Wesley Peterson novels, but the contemporary parts are bang up to date whereas I'm writing about the 1970s.
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, and various workers on the Chatsworth Estate.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I'm told I write the little details of the various decades very distinctly. As previously implied, I know a thing or two about Derbyshire villages and the life of a country estate.
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