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The Next Big Thing

A couple of days ago, the lovely Jean Fullerton – author of brilliant novels set in the East End of London – very kindly ‘tagged’ me in her post about ‘The Next Big Thing’.  That means it’s now my turn to answer ten questions about my next book, which will be released in February 2013, and to tag some other authors who will tell you about their new novels on their own blogs.  So here are the Q & A’s:-

What is the title of your next book? The Gilded Fan

Where did the idea come from for the book? It’s the sequel to my second novel The Scarlet Kimono – as the hero and heroine of that story were from very different cultures, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen to their children, so I decided to find out.

What genre does your book fall under? Historical romance and adventure.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a film version? The heroine would be someone like Tia Carrere and the hero would have to be Chris Hemsworth.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love?’

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? It will be published by independent publisher Choc Lit.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? Six months maybe?  I can’t remember exactly.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I can’t really think of any books like it, apart from the prequel.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? The story was partly inspired by a song, The Temple of the King by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.  It’s very evocative and conjured up images in my mind.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? The heroine is half Japanese and half English and has to flee persecution by the Shogun (ruler) of Japan.  So how will a heathen girl like her cope with her English relatives in Plymouth, a world away from where she’d grown up?  And as Puritans, how will the relatives cope with her?  Then there’s the additional strain of the English Civil War which begins just as she arrives in Europe …

Now I’m going to tag the following authors:-

Chris Stovell, whose wonderful contemporary novels I love (her blog is at )


Henriette Gyland, who writes brilliant romantic suspense novels, which I also love!  (See )