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Today Nancy Revell stops by to partake in my new Inspired By feature. I hope you enjoy it. We also have three gorgeous copies courtesy of Arrow Publishing to giveaway.
💫 Courage of the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell
-Back of the Book
Sunderland, 1942: Polly’s heart and her future are hanging in the balance…
Polly’s sweetheart Tommy has been declared missing while serving overseas, and although there is no certainty that he is dead, there is no guarantee that he will return home. Now Polly needs her friends more than ever, and the other women welders are ready to rally around her while she waits for news.
The only one not showing support is shipyard manager, Helen. But looks can be deceiving, and beneath her cold exterior, Helen is wrestling with demons of her own, including one life-changing decision that could lead to potential ruin.
As the war continues, the shipyard girls must support one another as they bravely soldier on.
About the author
- Can you tell us about someone who inspired your writing in some way? What it means to you now and if you could say anything to them what would it be?
If I’m honest there wasn’t really one person as such who inspired my writing. I think it was more the case that all the authors I personally chose to read when I was young inspired me – both as a person, as well as a writer.
I read Roots by Aduls Huxley when I was very young (probably too young) and it had a huge impact on me. I loved J.D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye was, of course, always my favourite. I swung from Charles Dickens to Jackie Collins – and of course, I adored Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance, and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind.
There were so many books I read when I was growing up that helped me, informed me, entertained me – and, it sounds dramatic, but also saved me.
That, in turn, inspired me to try my hardest to give back all those things to those who read what I write.
So, to those authors who helped, informed, inspired and saved me through the words they wrote, and I then read, I would simply say a very heartfelt – ‘Thank you.’
- What words of advice would you offer anyone starting their writing career?
First of all, try and get a job which involves writing. Being a journalist taught me so much about writing, style, dialogue, as well as showing me a wide perspective on life.
Creatively, though, I would say write what you feel passionate about. Write lots. Read lots.
And find an agent who you like and who also has faith in you as a writer.
- What does being a writer mean to you?
It means I can spend my days doing what I love.
It’s always been my dream, not just to become a bestselling author, but to be able to write creatively for a living.
I was lucky in that, as a journalist, I wrote about current affairs and other people’s true-life stories, but to write fiction and to spend my days developing characters and storylines really is the icing on the cake.
- Finally, do you have a favourite bookish quote?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—”
“—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
This conversation is between Atticus and Scout after Scout’s first day of school.
When I first read the book as a child, this conversation really struck a chord with me. It really made me think, and influenced how I perceived other people.
It’s such invaluable advice on how I believe we should all try and live our lives. It’s certainly how I try to live mine. To empathise. To try to understand others. To see things through their perspective. And ultimately, not to judge.
I also think this is actually invaluable advice for any writer. To create convincing characters, you have to do exactly that – ‘climb into their skin and have a good walk around in it.’
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