Never Coming Home… The ‘Wispa It …’ Blog Tour
I am delighted that Evonne Wareham has stopped by on her book launch blog tour. I reviewed Never Coming Home recently and absolutely loved it. Published by ChocLit this thriller romance is a great addition to their catalogue.
‘Wispa It…’ Snippet No. 3
The woman was a looker. Still youthful, with a pale cashmere sweater and jeans, clinging to an admirable figure – but the expression lines around the eyes and mouth told him she was too mature to be the one he was looking for.
‘Can I help you?’ She’d taken a pace back, frowning, as if she was trying to place him.
‘My name is Devlin.’ He had a card ready. Not that it said a lot. He handed it over. She was frowning now at the slip of pasteboard in her hand.
‘I was hoping to see Mrs Elmore?’
‘Ah.’ She looked as if she was about to hand the card back. Instead she slipped it into a pocket. No reaction to his name, Devlin noted, puzzled. ‘My daughter isn’t here at the moment. Perhaps you can call again.’ She was closing the door.
Devlin tamped down the gut reflex to stick his boot in the narrowing gap. The palm of his hand was the civilised way. ‘Can you just tell me when she will be home?’ He’d started this thing, now he had to finish it. Besides, there was something going on here that he didn’t understand.
That’s the third taster from the first chapter of Never Coming Home. Another snippet on Tuesday – Valentine’s Day!
The (very loose) theme of this tour — apart from the Wispa bit (Don’t forget to look at the bottom of the post. Your chance to win a copy of Never Coming Home, and a Wispa bar — but not now — read this first.) is ‘How did I get here?’
So this blog post is about influences. A lot of people who have read the book already have commented that it has an American feel to it. It opens in America, and there are a number of scenes set there. Devlin, the hero of the book, has a murky past and has changed his name and identity on more than one occasion. When the book opens, he’s American. As he says, it says so on his passport. While the fact that the book was written while I was participating in an American writing contest may have had a lot to do with it, Devlin never felt like a Frenchman, or an Italian. When the book opens he is on the road, about to be the first on the scene of a fatal car crash. Somehow that road and that car crash could never be anywhere but America … and the rest followed from that. I have family in America and spent a month there when I was an impressionable teenager. Maybe something seeped in from that.
I love to travel, although lately it’s been more of the armchair variety, so other places I’ve visited get into the book too — with scenes in Italy and France. I lived for a long time in London, including three years in Chelsea. Kaz, the heroine of the book lives there, running her landscape gardening business. I’m not a landscape gardener, but I do like to potter with plants, and I love visiting horticultural shows, so that’s another influence seeping in. If anyone asks me for tips on writing, I usually say that you should try to have fun doing it. Using things and places you enjoy is the part of the fun. Another big influence is reading. If you read a lot, you can’t help but learn technique from other writers. I take classes too — not just writing classes, though I have taken a few of those, but science, folklore — anything that might be useful, might provide a new insight — that might be fun. The company of other writers is important — they really ‘get’ you when you have your writer’s hat on. Local writing groups are a possibility. The Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme is now quite difficult to get into, because of the demand, but if you can join, then it means a lot in terms of learning and socialising. And the RNA throws an excellent party …
The last influence that I’m aware of in my writing is my love of theatre — what makes a scene dramatic, how to end it on a note of suspense, the contribution of dialogue, its rhythm and the way characters overlap, the characters themselves and the way they slowly reveal themselves.
Those are the things that find their way into my writing. Every writer is different, which is why there are so many different kinds of book — which takes me back to reading …
Author’s Book Shelf
Favourite book – there are many, and plays too. I have a particular weakness for Jacobean drama — all that wickedness … but one of my favourite plays is Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. As well as being clever, funny and sad, it’s a reminder to writers of the way point of view can change the perspective of a scene. Two supporting characters see all the high points of Hamlet but are totally mystified because they are only getting a part of the story.
What I’m currently reading – I’m indulging in a spate of American authored historicals at the moment – currently it’s When the Duke Returns, by Eloisa James.
A book I have not read but should have. To Kill a Mockingbird. This seems to be a very influential work for all sorts of people. I’ve seen it on stage number of times, but never got round to reading it.
To enter the Giveaway Competition and a chance to win a copy of
NEVER COMING HOME
WISPA CHOCOLATE BAR,
just leave a comment saying who you would want to walk you home on a dark night.
The next installment of the ‘Wispa it …’ tour will be next Tuesday at the Katy Little Lady blog.