Morning my lovelies, and happy December! My favourite month of the year! Today I’m delighted to welcome the lovely Cass Grafton on to Meet the Author. We’re chatting about love at first sight at the weekend, feeling like she’s time travelled, hilarious typo’s, her most recent book, The Cottage in a Cornish Cove (sounds brilliant – we all know I love a book set in Cornwall!), and more…..Enjoy!
Romance – contemporary, historical and time travel
How many books have you written and published?
That would be eight, five by myself and three co-written novels (one with four other authors and two with my writing partner, Ada Bright).
They fall into three sub-categories of romance, historical (five books), time-travel (two books) and contemporary (one book so far).
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes, every time I see the first glass of wine of the weekend!
And more seriously, yes, I believe in love at first sight (although I’ve never personally experienced it).
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
Having written books involving time travel, I almost feel I’ve done this!
I’m a bit scared of the whole idea, to be honest. I mean, I’d need to know I could guarantee a return trip! The thought of just popping to another time for a few hours is fine, but the fear of getting stuck there would probably mean I’d never be brave enough to go.
If I had that guarantee, though, I would love to go back in time and meet some of my ancestors—preferably in the Regency era, as I love to write books set in that time—though knowing my luck, they’d be working in the kitchen, not elegantly moving around the dance floor!
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
My all-time favourite hobby was reading, and I miss it! I find it really hard to escape into a novel when I’m in the middle of writing one myself.
Aside from that, I love travelling, walking, doing jigsaws and most of all, spending time with the people I love.
What is the best thing you’ve done in your life so far?
Marrying my husband.
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
It’s easy to argue all three should be present in some form or other, but I have a long-standing fondness for classic novels, particularly those of Jane Austen.
Austen doesn’t centre her stories around mind-blowing plots or amazing settings (though there are some very nice ones), yet the books have stood the test of time and still resonate with readers today. Her novels are crammed full with real and relatable people who display the whole breadth of human nature and all its charms and foibles.
As a reader and a writer, I’d say I lean towards stories like these—very much character rather than action-driven.
What is the funniest typo you have ever written?
I’m going to cheat here, and share the funniest one my husband ever wrote.
Last year, I felt in the mood for watching my DVD of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, but I couldn’t find it. I assumed I must have lent it to someone. My husband decided to get me a new copy, without my knowledge. We live in Switzerland, so he contacted our son in the UK to ask him to get it and hold onto it, as we were going to visit soon after.
This is what their text exchange said:
Husband: Can you get me a copy of the magical breasts DVD for mum?
Son: Well, I can, but I don’t think she’d enjoy it!
What is your favourite time to write, and why?
The earlier the better! I’m a morning person, and if I’m disciplined enough not to get drawn into checking Facebook or Twitter as soon as I sit at my desk, then I can easily write 2,000 words before I’ve realised it.
If I’m working to a deadline, then I will write in the afternoons as well, but somehow, the words just don’t flow as easily once I’ve had lunch!
Do you have a favourite character from any of your books?
Yes! In the time-travel novels (co-written with Ada Bright), I just adore Jane Austen. She was so much fun to write and spend time with.
In my Cornwall novel, aside from the very swoon-worthy Oliver, I love Mrs Lovelace. She’s an elderly local whose life is enriched by hearing all the local gossip, but she has a problem with words. She’s a true proficient of malapropisms, and finding funny ones to include in her dialogue was one of the joys of writing the book.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My most recent release is The Cottage in a Cornish Cove, a story about love, dreams and first impressions. It’s the first in a planned series set in Polkerran, a small coastal town in Cornwall, and here’s the blurb!
Anna’s life isn’t a mess exactly; it’s just not how she imagined it.
When an opportunity arises to make a fresh start she’s off, down to Polkerran, the Cornish fishing village where she was so happy as a child.
At last, all the pieces of her life start to fall into place: the perfect home and a job she loves, working for the enigmatic—and, to be honest, often exasperating—historian, Oliver Seymour. Oh yes, and not forgetting the gorgeous new boyfriend, Alex Tremayne, a local boy she used to have a major crush on.
The stars finally seem to be aligned, but just as Anna thinks all she’s ever wished for is within reach, a shock discovery reveals she’s living a dream that isn’t really hers to hold.
Can Anna rescue the new life she has made for herself, and who in Polkerran can she really count on in her time of need?
thanks so much cass for coming and chatting with us! The typo made me laugh so much!
Have a wonderful day everyone, and if you have any questions or comments for Cass, make sure you get in touch!