Book Week Scotland 2017 is taking place from Monday 27 November – Sunday 3 December.
Welcome to our Book Week Scotland 2017 special. Every day we are featuring guest posts from various Authors with a variety of genres to suit every reader.
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.
During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.
Today I have an interview with Millie Gray, I do hope you enjoy.
Millie Gray Interview
What book first ignited your love of reading?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hudson Burnett
If your current book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
Perry Como’s ‘For The Good Times’ because the lyrics sum up Freda and Ewan’s relationship.
Which book have you read more than once?
Gone With The Wind
Do you plan your writing or go with the flow?
Because of my home circumstances, I go with the flow.
Do you enjoy the editing process?
Not the first edit – too many mistakes to cope with but I do enjoy the last read. Actually, it is then that I just can’t believe that I actually wrote the story.
If you could what advice would you give your sixteen-year-old self?
What my mother gave to me ‘Aim for the skies and you are sure to hit the top of the trees.’
Do you read your book reviews? Yes. Some I find helpful some baffling.
What is your opinion on social media and it’s unique gift of connecting writer and reader instantly?
Social media when used well can be a constructive, helpful and informative tool. The genie is out of the bottle and social media is with us for evermore – people love having instant communication.
If you could give one literary villain a happier ending, who would you pick and why?
Rochester’s wife in Jane Eyre because today her mental health problems would be humanely treated – she most certainly would not be locked away to suffer in a dark cold attic with not one single friend…
What are you currently reading?
Cause of Death by Peter Ritchie
Where did you get the inspiration for your current novel?
From my previous working life as a Principal Personnel Officer where I had to deal with all the problems, work and personal, that the staff faced.
If your book could come with a preemptive message for the reader, what would yours say?
Look at the messages and learn from how we badly treated people long ago and how we have advanced. Never again should we not allow people to say ‘I was raped’ or be frightened of ridicule when they say, ‘I am gay.’
It’s 1962 and Freda Scott and her five schoolmates are eager to embark on their life journeys. Madly in love with the dashing but unattainable Ewan, Freda instead throws herself into a hairdressing career, and soon she and her best friend Robin have established their own flourishing business. The future looks rosy, until Freda’s life is turned upside down by a brutal attack.
As Freda struggles to come to terms with what has happened to her, she relies on her old friends more than ever. Dear Robin and Freda’s ever-faithful friend Hannah come to her rescue, and Freda accepts the new path her life has taken. However, a chance meeting with her old love Ewan brings a potentially life-changing dilemma. Does Freda dare to finally put herself and her own desires first? Or should she simply accept her lot in life? The consequences of her decision could change all of their lives forever.
Millie Gray once again brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of the era with all the hardships and struggles as well as the fun, warmth and humour of everyday life. A Cut Above is a charming, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting novel of enduring friendship and love, and the lengths that true friends will go to for each other.
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