‘Molly Missons gazed around in awe. So this was Butlin’s. Whitewashed buildings, bordered by rhododendrons, gave a cheerful feeling to a world still recovering from six years of war. The Skegness holiday camp covered a vast area, much larger than Molly expected to see.‘
Molly Missons hasn’t had the best of times recently. Having lost her parents, now some dubious long-lost family has darkened her door – attempting to steal her home and livelihood…
After a horrendous ordeal, Molly applies for a job as a Butlin’s Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small home town – in search of a new life in Skegness.
Molly finds true friendship in Freda, Bunty, and Plum. But the biggest shock is discovering that star of the silver screen, Johnny Johnson, is working at Butlin’s as head of the entertainment team. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent traumas. Will Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs – or is he too good be to be true?
The Real You ~ Q&A ~ Elaine Everest
If you can tell us a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.
I’ve been writing for 20 years. I started with short stories and freelance journalism specializing in canine features, antiques, and collectibles, lifestyle and crafts. I was commissioned to write three non-fiction books for dog owners (books now with Little, Brown) and also have short fiction in charity anthologies with Accent Press. My first saga novel, Gracie’s War, is in large print in libraries. I met my agent, Caroline Sheldon, via the Romantic Novelist Association three years ago and she secured my first two book contract with Pan Macmillan on the strength of three chapters and a synopsis. The Woolworths Girls was published May 2016 and became a Sunday Times Bestseller. The second book in the first contract is The Butlins Girls and is due for publication on May 4th, 2017. I’ve since had two more contracts with Pan Mac and more books will follow later this year and in 2018. They are a wonderful publisher to work for and have fab parties.
Describe yourself using three words?
Driven, romantic, annoying!
What inspired you to write your first novel?
My first novel with Pan Macmillan started as I wished to write a WW2 book set in the town where I grew up (Erith, Kent) and what happened in the war. My girls needed somewhere to work and I chose Woolworths as I had been a Saturday girl and knew the store well.
What time of day do you like to write?
I love to be writing by 8 am but I’m just as happy working past midnight.
What is your favourite book and why?
It changes all the time. I admire all authors but currently, it is Val McDermid’s Out of Bounds. I love crime!
How did you pick the title of your book?
Following on from The Woolworths Girls my next book is set in Butlins in 1946 so The Butlins Girls kind of fitted…
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No, but they are based on people who lived in the town I love that no longer exists due to planners in the sixties bulldozing it to the ground. I can see my much-missed parents and aunts and uncles in my characters. The way they speak and the no-nonsense attitude of people from way ‘back then’.
What’s your favourite word?
Grimaced! I use it far too often.
If you were a colour what would it be?
Most definitely purple. It used to be pink but most definitely purple as I’ve grown older and yes I do wear it!
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I’m a planner as I owe it to my readers to get my story right. However, there is still room to be creative.
Who is your favourite Author?
Would you believe it is Dick Francis? Crime set in the world of horse racing really appeals to me.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Graham Greene’s Pinky from Brighton Rock. I can just see him living happily ever after in a cottage with roses round the door.
Are you working on a new project?
Yes, I’m just completing another book featuring my Woolworths Girls, which will be published in the Autumn. It was lovely to visit them once more along with a few new characters.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
I’m currently arranging talks and signings for the summer but if anyone is attending the RNA conference in July please come and say hello.
Contact Elaine ~
Huge thanks to Elaine Everest for being on my blog today, come back soon.
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