Morning lovelies. Today I’m on the blog tour for Rose’s Ever After and am delighted to bring you a Q&A with author, Chrissie Bradshaw! But first up, as always, here’s all the details on the book first…….
about rose’s ever after
Rose has a promising future stretching out before her until a cruel twist of fate seizes it. Will she overcome her heartache as she tries to build a new life? Rose returns to the safe haven of Linwood colliery and her warm-hearted family. As she settles into life in the colliery rows, Rose makes an astounding discovery and a long lost family member appears who makes demands on them all..
Chrissie Bradshaw’s emotionally gripping historical reads have a northern Catherine Cookson vibe with a modern attitude. ‘Rose’s Ever After’ follows on from ‘Rose’s Choice’ yet it can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel
Read ‘Rose’s Ever After’ to follow the twists and turns of Rose’s eventful life. Will the rugged path ahead, full of challenges, lead her to a new ‘happily ever after’?
q&A with CHRISSIE
I’m Chrissie Bradshaw and I love to write family sagas with a dollop of romance. Some are contemporary and some historical. Those in ‘The Colliery Rows’ series are set in the past – World War 2 and post war.
I live on the Northumbrian coastline and love walking by the sea with my husband and our energetic terrier. When it’s possible, our children are frequent visitors and we like to travel so our last year has been a much quieter one than usual and that has meant more writing time for me.
I’m a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and, as a new member, won their Elizabeth Goudge award in 2016. This put me on the path to becoming a published author.
What inspired you to start writing?
It took a big fright to get me started! I had a health crisis and wasn’t sure of the outcome so I decided to list all the things I wanted to do if I recovered. When I tried to write the list, the only thing I felt really bad about putting off was writing. Why hadn’t I given it a go? Once my chemo fog lifted and I felt well enough to open the laptop, I started writing and I haven’t stopped for the last eight years.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve written two contemporary novels set in the northumbrian village of Dunleith. ‘A Jarful of Moondreams’ was my first novel and this was followed by ‘The Barn of Buried Dreams’. Both deal with families facing gritty modern day dilemmas and have a romance at the heart of them.
Next, I started on ‘The Colliery Rows’ series and the first two books were published last year. ‘Rose’s Choice’ is set in a northumbrian mining village in the 1940s and introduces Rose and the Kelly family. “The Unwelcome Angel’ is a novella about a diphtheria epidemic, known locally as the strangling angel, sweeping through the village school during 1944 and asks which children will return home. My new novel out this month is ‘Rose’s Ever After’ and this sees Rose returning to the colliery rows after a tragic twist of fate and trying to find a new happily ever after.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
This is something I spend lots of time on. I can’t create the character if the name doesn’t feel right. There are restrictions I put on myself too! The main ones are that I have to make sure the name was used in that period of time and, if the characters are in any way unpleasant, I have to make sure I’m not friends with anyone of that name. I also have to remember if I’ve used that name before in another novel. Lastly, I can’t have similar sounding names like Pam and Sam or Paul and Pauline or a couple called something too familiar like Tom and Gerry. All in all, it’s a relief when I’ve got them all suitably named.
If you could get into a time machine, where would you travel?
I’d try to travel back to ancient Egypt and spend a week or two with Cleopatra. I’ve been to Egypt several times and, in ‘A Jarful of Moondreams’, one of the main characters, Terri Moon, leaves her two sparring daughters Cleopatra and Alexandria together to fulfil a lifelong ambition to visit the ancient sites of Egypt. She has a wonderful time while the daughters have to figure their relationship out. I’d love to see Luxor when it was new.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I was stranded for an extra week in Chicago due to volcanic ash and it was a wonderful opportunity to get to know that city really well because I was only supposed to be there for a day or two. All flights to Europe were postponed due to a volcanic ash cloud and, after I’d read all of my own books and my husband’s, I started making notes for a novel. The seed was sown and I knew I’d write the novel one day but work and family took over once I got back home and it took an illness to open this exciting new chapter in my life.
What advice would you give to your younger writing self?
Start earlier! I have so many ideas and I wish I’d made more time for writing when I was younger because it is something I can get lost in and gives me great pleasure just like reading. I’m a bit of a dreamer and my two favourite things are reading and writing.
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Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour, and to Chrissie for chatting with us.
Have a wonderful day my lovelies