Morning my lovelies and happy hump day! First up today I’m on the blog tour for The Devil’s Tune, and am thrilled to bring you an Q&A with author, Fran Kempton…..enjoy!
about the book
Title: The Devil’s Tune
Author: Fran Kempton
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series/Standalone: Standalone First book in an Italian Trilogy
Estimated page count: 302
Formats available: Paperback and eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Carlo Gesualdo, prince, composer and murderer has his wife and her lover killed in Naples in 1590. The wife’s maidservant,Laura Scala, witnesses the events and vowes to avenge her mistress.
The princess, Donna Maria d’Avalos, rescued Laura in Sicily after she had been raped at the age of thirteen. Laura devotes her life to her saviour and after the murders she spends years of her life trying to be revenged on the musical prince.
The scene moves from Sicily to Naples and Venice, back to Naples and finally to the New World. Laura believes she is carrying a curse. Everyone she becomes involved with appears to suffers misfortune and death.
A Jewish girl in the Venetian ghetto is kidnapped and sold into the Sultan’s harem, Laura’s daughter is placed in an orphanage without her knowledge, the artist Caravaggio uses Laura as a model and meets a tragic end.
Three beautiful pearls given to Laura by her mistress play a part in the story. Is Laura really cursed – or is it her connection with the murderous prince who dabbles in the occult?
A gypsy woman is burned at the stake, a Venetian gondolier meets a mysterious fate and Laura becomes a skilled herbalist and poisoner by default before the story ends in the New World. The background to these events is the strange and compelling music of Gesualdo.
q&A with Fran kempton
Fran Kempton/Jean Burnett
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Based near Bath and Bristol, much travelled, wanted to be a ballerina when young but after years of dance training realized that I was a word person. Lives alone, enjoys the book centred life in this area.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been scribbling since I was very young. I learned to read early and wanted to write my own stories.
How many books have you written and published?
Four plus a fifth that I edited and compiled (a Victorian travel diary). I have another two looking for a home!
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
‘Who Needs Mr Darcy?’ (Jean Burnett). Because it was my first published book.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
I find trips to graveyards very useful!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Laura Scala from The Devil’s Tune-she was the most practical!
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Impossible to give just one. As a teenager, Wuthering Heights was my favourite.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
A little essay about a Greek myth-Persephone being taken down to the underworld. I was six.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Most recently, journalist and advertising copywriter. In the past-tour guide, shop assistant, waitress-all the usual student jobs.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (backwards or forwards!)
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Emily Bronte- she was so mysterious and secretive.
What are your favourite things to do?
Dancing, travelling, reading, and eating chocolate.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I had a ghostly experience in Waterlow Park, Highgate (London).
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Start earlier and don’t get so easily discouraged.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
Again, impossible to name one-just buy a large version of the Oxford English dictionary and read it often to improve your vocabulary.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
The Devil’s Tune is the first book in an Italian trilogy-each based on a real person. TDT is the story of Prince Carlo Gesualdo, composer, prince and murderer. It is a novel of music, murder and revenge, narrated by a servant girl who is bent on revenging the murder of her mistress-the prince’s wife. (See above)
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Fran for chatting with us. If you have any questions, get in touch!
Have a wonderful day and I”ll be back later today with a review!