Evening lovelies. I didn’t get a chance to post this morning before work so you’ve got a few things coming up from me. First on the blog tour for Summer at Blue Sands Cove, I’m thrilled to bring you a Q&A with author CP Ward….enjoy!
about the book
Title: Summer at Blue Sands Cove
Author: CP Ward
Genre: Chicklit / clean romance / humour
Estimated page count: 220
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: AMMFA Publishing (22 Jun. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Tired of the city, Grace Clelland returns to Blue Sands, the quiet Cornish seaside village where she grew up. There she will meet old flames and old friends, rekindle old loves and ignite new ones in a novel that will have you dreaming of the soft crash of the waves on the shore, the feel of sand between your toes, overloaded ice-creams and smoky beach barbeques.
q&a with CP Ward
Tell us a bit about yourself:
My name is Chris Ward. I began publishing science fiction in 2012, before moving into mystery (under the name Jack Benton) and holiday romance (as CP Ward) in 2018. By day I work as an English teacher in Japan, getting up around 4 a.m each morning to write.
What inspired you to start writing?
It’s something I’ve always done, since I was five or six years old.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve published 38 novels to date, with another ten or so on the hard drive.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Of the CP Ward books, it would be Christmas at the Marshmallow Cafe. I just love the characters, and it was really fun to research whether or not it was really possible to make marshmallows out of a plant.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
I try not to pick the names of people I know in real life!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Debbie from Christmas at the Marshmallow Cafe, because she’s got a great taste in music, or Tarquin from We’ll have a Wonderful Cornish Christmas, because he’s really resourceful and we’d definitely survive.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Most of what I read is very different to what I actually write. I’m really into dark thrillers. My favourite current authors are Mark Edwards and Gillian Flynn. My favourite GF book would be Dark Places, because the plot is so wonderfully twisty.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
It was a story called The Goodies Strike Back. I was about five, and it was about half a page typed on my dad’s typewriter. I don’t remember much of the story, but like most things until I was 18 or so, it was probably unfinished.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I currently work as an English teacher in Japan by day. I’ve also worked in Italy and Spain. Back in the UK, I spent my teens in an ice-cream shop and then a pub, and after that a bank for three years.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
I’d go back and see what dinosaurs really looked like.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
To be quite honest, with these Covid-19 days, it would be a face to face conversation with either my best friend or my mum and dad. It’s been three years since I’ve seen any of them other than on a screen.
What are your favourite things to do?
Writing of course, playing guitar, hiking, sitting in hot springs, wandering around in forests, playing with my daughter and my cat.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I was “touched” by a ghost in the Edinburgh catacombs in 2011. That’s what it felt like, and I have no other way to explain it.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Have more focus.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
The Park in the Dark by Martin Waddel. It’s my favourite children’s book.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book?
My most recent book is Summer at Blue Sands Cove, which was realised on June 22nd. It’s a humorous story of a girl disillusioned with big city life going back to her old life in a quiet seaside village (see above).
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Chris for chatting with us!
I shall be back again shortly!