| Synopsis |
Be careful what you kiss for…
Esme Posorsky is an enigma. For as long as people can remember, she has been part of community life in the quaint Cornish fishing village of Tremarnock, but does anyone really know her? She is usually to be found working in her pottery studio or at home with her beloved cat, Rasputin. But when an old school friend turns up with a secret from the past, nothing will ever be the same again.
Meanwhile, teenager Rosie is excited to find a bottle washed up on Tremarnock beach with a message from a former German prisoner of war. While the rest of the village is up in arms about a new housing development, she sets out to find him. Little does she know, however, that her discovery will unleash a shocking chain of events that threatens to blow her family apart.
Tremarnock may look like a cosy backwater, but some of its residents are about to come face-to-face with tough decisions and cold reality…
| Author |
Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until she picked up her dream again in 2010. She joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. Elaine and her patient husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs nd cats visiting.
| Interview |
- What book from your childhood still has a place in your heart today?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of the first books that I read from start to finish on my own and I remember being utterly gripped. I just loved the idea of a beautiful and mysterious garden, which no one else knew about, and a hidden door through which the miserable ten year old orphan, Mary, enters. Little does she know that her discovery will eventually lead her to a much brighter, happier world.
Set against the backdrop of the wild and magnificent Yorkshire Moors, a believable kind of magic occurs, thanks to love, friendship, positive thinking and the healing powers of Mother Nature. I loved the book just as much when I read it to my children and they were enchanted, too, though they weren’t so impressed with my attempts at a Yorkshire accent!
- Which fictional character stayed with you long after you finished the book?
Dickon Sowerby. I think I was a little in love with him! He’s like the spirit of the Yorkshire moors and has an uncanny relationship with the wilderness and wild animals. Strong, reliable, wise and unselfish, he’s the polar opposite of the spoiled Mary and peevish Colin and helps to bring about their regeneration.
- Can you tell us a little about your journey with your new release?
The seeds of A Cornish Secret were planted when I went on a memorable walking holiday with some girlfriends in Northern Spain. We trudged for several days in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims along the famous Camino towards the shrine of the apostle St James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
It was hard work but also great fun. Of course we walked as we talked, and discovered things about each other that we hadn’t known before. When I got home and discovered that a section of the Camino starts in Cornwall, I knew that I wanted two of my Cornish characters to set out on a journey of discovery that would change their lives.
- Do you get an emotional connection to your characters?
Oh yes. In fact so much so that I can hardly bear to say goodbye to them at the end of each novel. The only saving grace is that I know I’ll meet them again in the next book in the series. I really care about my characters and they’re so real to me that I sometimes expect to see them walking down the street towards me.
- Can you please, share a photo with us that tells a story.
For me, this photo shows Cornwall at its most perfect. My husband and I love walking along the South West coast path with its magnificent views of cliffs, sky and ocean. On hot days, I’ll pack a swimsuit and make it my mission to find a quiet cove for swimming. The Cornish sea is my happy place. I don’t wear a wetsuit, but I’m in and out pretty quickly when it’s freezing cold.
- What was your favourite read of 2017?
That’s a hard one, but I think I’d have to say This is Going to Hurt. The Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor in the NHS by Adam Kay. It’s both laugh-out-loud funny and utterly horrifying. A must-read for anyone who uses and values the NHS.
- If your book came with a theme song what would it be?
How about ‘Walking Off My Blues’, by Jesse Colin Young? It’s got a great rhythm and a good message, too.
- Is the genre you write your favourite to read?
I honestly don’t have a favourite genre. I like to read lots of different books including psychological thrillers, romances, crime, contemporary, literary and classic novels. It’s important to find the right book for the right occasion and I think my genre – contemporary women’s fiction – is perfect for relaxing to.
- If you could ask your readers anything, what would you want to know?
I’d love to ask them what it is that they particularly like about my books over novels they’ve read by other writers in my genre. That way, I could give them more of what they want. I aim to please!
- What are you working on now?
The fifth book in my Cornish series, set in the fictional seaside village of Tremarnock. After a break of a couple of months, it’s wonderful to be back in the thick of it amongst my imaginary tribe,
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