A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope that you will head over to enjoy in full… thanks Sally.
The first post is from Judith Barrow who interviews fellow Honno author Carol Lovekin.. a terrific interview which I am sure you will enjoy.
A few Moments With Carol Lovekin
Hello, dear reader, and welcome.
Like you, I am a guest; invited by Judith to appear on her blog and answer some questions. This is an event, frankly. Since lockdown has put paid to physical book launches and fairs, sitting down to write about my author self and my books is a treat. So thank you, Judith!
Judith and I are both published by Honno, the Welsh women’s Press. It’s the longest standing women-only press in the UK and I think I can safely speak for both of us when I say it is an honour and a privilege to be a Honno Girl. That said, we’re not girls anymore! We are both women of a certain age who, although we were already writers, came to publishing later than some. Judith was first published by Honno in 2010; my debut came out in 2016.
Although we write in very different genres, our stories share some similarities. We both write strong women characters and explore family dynamics, not least, the relationships between mothers and daughters, and sisters.
I recall first meeting Judith at a Honno gathering before I was published. Ghostbird, my debut, had been accepted but I was very much the new girl. Judith immediately struck me as down-to-earth, friendly and very funny. I was soon to learn her dry wit and no-nonsense Northern persona sat comfortably alongside her kindness and supportive nature.
Over the years we have become good friends. (I’m still a bit star-struck to be honest. Judith really is a wonderful novelist and her published output is prolific.) It’s an extra special pleasure then to chat with her on her blog.
Head over to enjoy the interview with Carol Lovekin in full: A few Moments With Carol Lovekin and Judith Barrow
The next post is from D.L. Finn and is part one of her recommended reads for March.
March Book Reviews Part 1! – Colleen Chesebro, Teagan Geneviene, Harmony Kent and P.T.L Perrin
Slices of Soul by Harmony Kent
“Slice of Soul” is a beautiful collection of poetry that tugged on my emotions. There is a story weaved into the poems that had a memoir feel to it. Each section was a narrative of the author progressing through periods of her life. So many feelings arose, but each one felt authentic and direct from the soul. I really connected to the ocean or guitar passages but appreciated each part of the journey. This is a book I will be reading again
Head over to read the rest of the reviews: Author D.L. Finn March Book Reviews Part 1!
The final post today is from Pat Furstenberg, with the fascinating history of The Black Church in Brasov and an excerpt from Pat’s WIP.
The Golden Gate Portal of Black Church, Brasov, and a Story
The Golden Gate Portal of Black Church, Brasov dates from 1450, a time when Vlad Tepes was a lad of only 19 years old and already an ex-prince (3 month Voievode of Wallachia at the age of 17), and now a political fugitive, a nomad in Moldavia where he was consolidating his friendship with his maternal cousin, future Stephen the Great.
There are seven points of entrance into the Black Church of Brasov. Starting west, in clock wise motion, they are the West Portal and also the main entrance, the Sacrificial Portal and the Golden Gate Portal (1450) on the North side, and on the South side the door to the vestry and a small access door followed by the South Portal (1467), and the Confessional Door.
Head over to find out more about the Black Church and read the excerpt from Pat’s WIP: The Golden Gate Portal of Black Church, Brasov, and a Story
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.