The first post is an excerpt from an interview with Jane Risdon about her books including her short story collection Undercover Crime Shorts, and an introduction to one of her characters from the book, Lavinia Birdsong.
Chatting to Sahara Foley about writing and getting inside a character’s head…
So, let’s get started. What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always wanted to write. Even as a child I used to make up stories – in my head at first – and when I could write properly I scribbled them down. I kept them secret for fear of ridicule.
Because my career in the international music business kept me busy 24/7 I had little time to write and so I had to wait until I retired to seriously begin to write full-time.
What’s your favorite book you’ve written and why?
All my books are my favourites: Only One Woman and Undercover: Crime Shorts – I love them all of course I do!
I have 5 more waiting to be published and I have to say that of all my books it would have to be Ms Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva: Operation Matryoshka, which is the first in the series of novel about a former MI5 Intelligence Officer, Lavinia Birdsong, who is drummed out of the Intelligence Services after a joint operation with MI6 goes belly-up.
What are the best and worst aspects of writing? To find out,head over to read the rest of the interview: https://janerisdon.com/2019/09/24/chatting-to-sahara-foley-about-writing-and-getting-inside-a-characters-head
Jane Risdon, Buy: https://www.amazon.com/Only-One-Woman-Christina-Jones-ebook/dp/B075D88JBP – Blog:https://janerisdon.wordpress.com/ – Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831801.Jane_Risdon
The next post is from Olga Nunez Miret and the snippet is from her regular Tuesday book review this week for Picasso’s Revenge by Ray and Caroline Foulk
I bring you another review on behalf of Rosie’s group. This is a labour of love, and I hope you find it as interesting as I did.
In the early 1920 s, immaculate gentleman, Jacques Doucet descends into the world of anarchist art, the occult and the dark turmoil of his past involving the death of his beloved Madame R. A disastrous journey leads the couturier and patron of the arts to confront the celebrated bohemians of the city, including Max Jacob, André Breton and Picasso. When troubled Doucet acquires the world’s most dangerous painting, it causes him to hack at the root of Picasso s darkest secrets, unveiling modern art’s incredible genesis.
Head over to read Olga’s review of this fascinating book: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/2019/09/24/tuesdaybookblog-picassos-revenge-by-ray-and-caroline-foulk-picassonovel-for-lovers-of-cubism-eager-to-experience-the-1920s-and-30s-paris-art-scene/
A selection of books by Olga Nunez Miret
And finally today, author Amy Reade with her recommended reads for September… looks like a great collection of five books.
It’s the last Tuesday of September already, but there’s still almost a week left in the month! I intend to keep reading and adding to my Goodreads tally, but for this post I’ll summarize what I’ve finished reading since my last round-up. I’ve read a couple things outside my normal genres, and I was glad I did.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
This book, set in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920s, was the author’s retelling of a fable about a man and a woman who want a child so badly that they make one out of snow. To their surprise, the snow child comes to life and…well, you’ll have to read it if you want to find out what happens. Spoiler alert: it’s not a happy ending.
Here’s the review I posted on Amazon and Goodreads:
“Sometimes I read a book and I don’t quite know what to make of it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Snow Child is one of those books. It’s beautifully written and I could feel the raw emotions and the deathly cold of the Alaska winters as I read it.
I think I’m still processing my feelings about this enchanting book. It teaches poignant lessons about learning to love what we have while we have it, because nothing is certain in this life. It teaches us that love doesn’t mean ownership. It teaches us that hardships are easier when they’re shared.
I’m not sure I would recommend this to someone who normally reads genre fiction, but I would recommend it to someone looking for a book of literary fiction that evokes deep feelings and haunting questions.”
Head over and check out the other four books that Amy has read this month: https://amreade.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/reading-round-up-september-edition/
Amy Reade, Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and enjoy reading the posts in full.. thanks Sally