#AuthorInterview Penhaligon’s Pride by Terri Nixon (Penhaligon Saga Book 2) @TerriNixon @piatkusentice @PiatkusBooks

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Today author Terri Nixon stops by to tell us about her latest release Penhaligon’s Pride. Out now in paperback and ebook.

💫 Back of the book

The stirring second instalment in Terri Nixon’s Penhaligon Saga series

1910. Anna Garvey and her daughter are still running the Tin Streamer’s Arms in Caernoweth, Cornwall, and it finally seems like she has left her tumultuous history behind in Ireland. Meanwhile Freya Penhaligon has blossomed and is now the object of increasing affection of Hugh, the elder son of the wealthy Batten family.

After the dramatic events of the previous months, it feels like everything is finally getting back to normal. But when Anna inadvertently reveals something she shouldn’t, she finds herself at the centre of a blackmail plot and it seems like the past she longed to escape is coming back to haunt her. To make matters worse, the tiny fishing hamlet is battered by a terrible storm and shifting relationships find themselves under more scrutiny than ever before.

With the Penhaligon family at breaking point it will take enormous strength and courage to bring them back together – but is it already too late?

💫Author

Terri was born in Plymouth. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to Cornwall, to the village featured in Jamaica Inn — North Hill — where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. She also discovered apple-scrumping, and how to jump out of a hayloft without breaking any bones, but no-one’s ever offered to pay her for doing those.

Since publishing in paperback for the first time in 2002, Terri has appeared in both print and online fiction collections and is proud to have contributed to the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated hardback collection: Bound for Evil, by Dead Letter Press.

As a Hybrid author, her first commercially published novel was Maid of Oaklands Manor, published by Piatkus Entice.

Terri’s self-published Mythic Fiction series set in Cornwall, The Lynher Mill Chronicles, is now complete and available in paperback and e-book.

Terri also writes under the name T Nixon, and has contributed to anthologies under the names Terri Pine and Teresa Nixon. She is represented by the Kate Nash Literary Agency. She now lives in Plymouth with her youngest son, and works in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University, where she is constantly baffled by the number of students who don’t possess pens.

💫Interview

What book from your childhood still has a place in your heart today?
I still read the Jennings school series, by Anthony Buckeridge. They’re sharp, funny, and even quite PG Wodehouse-like, although they have younger characters. I used to wish I was a boy and could go to Linbury Court prep school; they had even more fun and disasters than the Malory Towers crowd, and the teachers were definitely funnier! I still try to collect the old red hardback editions when I see them at markets, and enjoy a good wallow in nostalgia.

Which fictional character stayed with you long after you finished the book?
I think the most persistent was the vampire Lestat, from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Portrayed as decadent, cruel and callous in the first book –  told from Louis’s point of view – even before I picked up the next book and learned the ‘true’ story I felt there was more to him. In reality he was just as confused and lost in his new existence as Louis, but he was emotionally stronger and more able to adapt, so came across as harsh and self-serving. In the modern phrase; he faked it ‘til he made it!

Can you tell us a little about your journey with your new release?
Penhaligon’s Gift came into being very quickly; while I was working on Penhaligon’s Pride all the characters’ stories seemed to shift and grow, and their stories clicked into place very easily. The revelation at the end has been foreshadowed in the previous two books, because even back then I was mind-writing book 3. Knowing I already had a contract for this book meant I could drop clues for various story threads, knowing they would be satisfactorily tied up in Penhaligon’s Gift. And, as with Penhaligon’s Pride, the title has more than one meaning. I enjoyed writing this one so much, and I’m sorry to leave Caernoweth behind For now…

Do you get an emotional connection to your characters?
Absolutely! My characters are so real to me that I find it hard to let them go, so I usually don’t! They often have cameos in different series; for instance, readers of both this series and the Oaklands Manor books, might recognise a major character from that series who plays no bigger part than a walk-on in this one, sitting with her twin brothers on Plymouth Hoe. They’re with me all the time, whether I’m currently writing about them or not. Because I tell each scene (and sometimes a whole book) from a limited point of view, I’m right in their heads. I hope this makes them fully rounded to read, because I can certainly feel what they’re feeling when I’m writing them.

Can you please, share a photo with us that tells a story.

The story of a fight I wasn’t ready to lose.

What was your favourite read of 2018?
I’ve recently completed a third re-read of Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell books, which I absolutely adore. But for books that were released in 2018, I think it has to be Kitty Wilson’s Cornish Village School. Book one, Breaking The Rules, took me right back to having attended a school just like it on Bodmin Moor. Funny, beautifully-written, and warm-hearted. Lovely!

If your book came with a theme song what would it be?
This was a tough one! For Anna’s Irish roots I’ve gone with Clannad, and their song The Turning Tide is beautiful, atmospheric… and is all about the secrets!

Is the genre you write your favourite to read?
Actually, no. I’m always a bit scared I’ll discover I’ve accidentally plagiarised someone! But there have been some sagas I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, which will form a permanent part of my go-to pile. I usually prefer reading books from further back in time – both setting and writing – such as Walter Scott, and George Eliot. I just find the writing flows so beautifully. That said, I’m also a huge Stephen King fan!

If you could ask your readers anything, what would you want to know?
I would love to know if, when they have finished any book or series, they are habitually left thinking about the characters – and if any of my own work has had that effect. It sounds faintly narcissistic, but it will tell me I’ve done my job well if they close the book and find fictional people still creeping into their thoughts. That’s the way I can tell if something I’m reading has really got under my skin, and if I’m not achieving that for others I’ll know I have to up my game.

What are you working on now?
I’m currently developing a series of novels, set in and around an Art Deco-era hotel on the Devon coast. It will follow the Fox family; a widow and her three children – who we’ll see grow into the main characters as the book/s progress – and the hotel will feature some very interesting guests! Lots of scope for intrigue and drama. It also pulls in minor characters from other series, and gives them their own stories… see my comment on question 4!

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