JJ is welcoming local author Michelle Read to the blog today.
Michelle grew up in a small town in South Wales but moved to Dorset in her early teens, and is where she has lived for the past 22 years. In her spare time she enjoys visiting stately homes, castles, museums, archaeology sites, food festivals, reading copious amounts of books, and chatting on Facebook and Twitter. She works as a full time administrator but still manages to fit researching and writing novels around her busy day.
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Hi Michelle, welcome to JJ!
What was the idea/inspiration for Long Lost?
I was researching my family tree when the idea of time travel to the nineteenth century came to me. Reading and finding out about my ancestors really inspired me. I also became interested in everything to do with Jane Austen and fell in love with her world. I also love Pride and Prejudice and wanted to write my own love story based on that concept.
If you could choose to be one of your characters in your novel, which would you be? and why?
I would love to be my main character, Emily, because I’d love to go back in time. I love British history so I’d love to be able to witness it all first hand. I’d also love to meet a real gentleman as they seem few and far between these days!
Did you do any research for Long Lost? What resources did you use?
I love history anyway so doing research for my book was no chore. I visited many stately homes and museums. As I live in Dorset, on the border of Hampshire, I’m surrounded by nature and the countryside, so I often wander through the countryside to immerse myself in nineteenth century England. I also visited Jane Austen’s house and tomb for inspiration. I bought so many books on the nineteenth century and did lots of online research.
What inspired you to write?
My first book, Long Lost, was the first thing I wrote, other than silly plays when I was a child. I first started writing to banish feelings of melancholy but I soon caught the writing bug which developed into something more than a hobby. It became my passion, my reason for being.
Are you a panster or a plotter?
I usually have a vague idea of the plot but the story usually develops as I’m going along. Sometimes what I had planned for the story in the beginning will turn out very differently by the end. I don’t write in sequence either, I prefer to wait for the story to come to me, no matter what order that is. Sometimes it could be the middle and end that gets written first and beginning can be the last.
Long Lost is part of a trilogy. What is in the future?
Long Lost is the first part of The Centuries of Love Trilogy. I am currently editing part two, which is called Long Last, while part three, Long Love, has been written and waiting patiently for its edit. I explore more of the nineteenth century whilst adding more characters and twists to the story.
What has been the best part of your writing journey so far?
I love losing myself in a fantasy, forgetting all my troubles and immersing myself in a make believe world with the possibilities of them coming true.
What has been the worst part of your writing journey so far?
Imposing self-inflicted deadlines is what I hate the most. But if I don’t set them then my book will never get anywhere. I prefer to go with the flow and not be rushed as I’m quite a laid back person, but eventually there comes a time when I really need to knuckle down.
Which authors have influenced your writing?
I’m not sure if my writing is influenced by any one person as I have so many favourite authors, though I doubt my writing style is anything like theirs. Marian Keyes, Freya North, Lisa Jewell and Jane Green have always been my staple book diet over the years.
Finally Michelle, what tips do you have for other aspiring writers?
Enjoy the process. Don’t get too bogged down with rules, grammar etc, it will all come together at the end as you learn your way through writing your novel. Listen to your heart and not other peoples’ opinions; you know what’s best for you and your writing.
Thank you for being my guest today 🙂
Wishing you success with all your writing projects Michelle.
Emily Case is a lonely woman. No family, few friends, job she hates and is single. Life is one long struggle for her.
Then one morning she wakes up two hundred years in the past and her whole world is turned upside down, as she is faced with a new era she knows nothing about. However, she soon finds that she likes her new lifestyle, and the people in it.
On meeting William Chester, owner of The Westfield estate, she quickly falls for him, until she is threatened by a rival for his affections.
But when she realises this life is all she’s ever wanted she is torn away from it and back to her life two hundred years into the future.
Not willing to accept that the twenty-first-century is where her destiny lies she endeavours to seek out the truth of the life she led in the nineteenth-century.
What will she discover on her journey? Was it reality or all just a dream?