Today I am delighted to be the next stop on the Summer in Tintagel blog tour. For my stop I have a Q&A with the very lovely author herself. Summer in Tintagel is already out and available to purchase from Amazon.
‘Funny, emotional and original, Amanda James has written another fabulous summer read’ – Sue Watson, bestselling author of Love, Lies and Lemon Cake
We all have secrets……
Ambitious journalist Rosa Fernley has been asked to fulfil her grandmother Jocelyn’s dying wish. Jocelyn has also passed on a secret – in the summer of 1968, fleeing from the terror of a bullying husband, she visited the mysterious Tintagel Castle. Jocelyn wasn’t seeking love, but she found it on the rugged clifftops in the shape of Jory, a local man as enigmatic and alluring as the region itself. But she was already married, and knew her husband would never let her find happiness and peace in Jory’s arms.
Now as her days are nearing their end, she begs Rosa to go back to Tintagel, but is unwilling, or unable, to tell her why. Rosa is reluctant – she has a job in London, a deadline that won’t wait and flights of fancy are just not in her nature. Nevertheless, she realises it might be the last thing she will do for her beloved grandmother and agrees to go.
Once in Tintagel, Rosa is challenged to confront secrets of her own, as shocking events threaten to change everything she has ever believed about herself and her family. She also meets a guide to the castle, Talan, a man who bears a striking resemblance to Jory.
Will the past remain cloaked in tragedy, sadness and the pain of unrequited love? Or can Rosa find the courage and strength to embrace the secrets of the past, and give hope to the future?
Hi Mandy and many thanks for joining me on my blog today. You have a new book out called Summer in Tintagel, can you tell us a bit more about it?
Hi Sarah, great to be here! Yes, Summer in Tintagel follows the story of young journalist, Rosa as she sets out on a quest to fulfill her grandmother’s dying wish. The quest takes her to the mysterious Tintagel where she encounters much more than she bargained for, including a secret about her past which is so huge it might even change her future.
Where did the idea for the book come from?
Walking along the wonderful ruins of Tintagel Castle on a windswept but sunny January day. Also from a real meeting I had with a psychic!
The setting for the story sounds fabulous, is the castle and place imaginary or based on an actual real castle and area?
It is very real, alive, well and sitting in Cornwall.
I read both your time traveller books which I loved. I know you get asked this quite a lot but have you had any more thought about writing more in the series?
Thank you, Sarah. Yes, indeed I am. I am just re-reading Cross Stitch before I plunge into the next in the series to make sure I don’t get in a muddle!
Do you base you characters on anyone and do you have a favourite?
I borrow let’s say from lots of different people but never base a character totally on one person. A favourite? I love them all and miss the ones I won’t see again. But I must admit, I do have a soft spot for Sarah Needler and Veronica Ratchet! I adore Morganna the white witch in Summer in Tintagel too!
How long does it take you from getting an idea for a novel to getting it published?
That depends. It could be between around eight months to a year, or much longer depending on the publisher. I normally take about six months to write one, though A Stitch in Time took six weeks! Sometimes an idea is buzzing around my head for a few years, other times a few weeks before I have to get it on paper.
Is there any particular bit of advice that you have been given or come across that you found really helpful in your writing career?
Yes, to believe in yourself and never give up.
How many hours a day do you spend writing and what do you do to relax?
It is never the same. Sometimes I work like a machine for a few weeks and then have a long break. Other times I do about three to four hours a day for months. To relax I like to go to the beach or walk on the cliff tops near my home in Cornwall.
Do you have an office that you write in or where do you do most of your work?
I tend to work in the back bedroom because it has a great view over the fields to the sea about five-miles away. Sometimes I stay in bed with my laptop – particularly in winter!
When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
When I was eight-years-old. My parents bought me a typewriter for Christmas after much nagging!
How did family and friends react to you wanting to be a writer?
They were a little surprised as I was a teacher at the time, but then again, not really I guess, when they thought abut the fact that I had always written.
Many thanks for joining me today Mandy and all the best with your new book. One final question, if you could time travel like in your Time Traveller books, where would you travel to and what century?
I have a particular yearning to go back to the Sheffield Blitz to experience what it was like first hand. My parents have told me so much about their experiences as children. I would have to get ‘the powers that be’ to make sure I was unharmed though 🙂
Sarah thanks for inviting me for a chat today! Is that cake I can see…