I was at a book fair recently in the lovely town of Hereford in the UK, where I sat in an upstairs room in the library hiding behind a pile of my books. The pile didn’t really shrink much during the day if I’m honest but a lovely fringe benefit was that I got to chat to lots of splendid fellow authors. One was Georgia Hill (no relation) who I’m delighted to chat to on my blog today. She’s a bit shy so no picture of her but we can check out her book cover! Welcome Georgia.
I used to live in London, where I worked in the theatre. Then I got the bizarre job of teaching road safety to the U.S. navy – in Marble Arch!
A few years ago, I did an ‘Escape to the Country’. I now live in a tiny Herefordshire village, where I scandalise the neighbours by not keeping ‘country hours’ and being unable to make a decent pot of plum jam. Home is a converted oast house, which I share with my two beloved spaniels, husband (also beloved) and a ghost called Zoe.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel widely, though prefer to set my novels closer to home. Perhaps more research is needed? I’ve always wanted to base a book in the Caribbean!
I am addicted to Belgian chocolate, Jane Austen and, most of all, Strictly Come Dancing.
Tell me about your journey as a writer – how you started and how you have developed?
I’ve always written but ten years ago began tentatively posting chapters on a fan-fic forum. It wasn’t actually fan-fic but people seemed to like it. It gave me confidence to try a creative writing class. I went on to join the Romantic Novelists’ New Writers’ Scheme and was short-listed for their New Writers’ Award in 2010. It all really kicked off when I was taken on by Harper Impulse. I now write full time.
How would you describe your work – it‘s themes and the important things about it?
I write short stories, rom-coms and historical fiction. I’m published in magazines and with Harper Impulse, the digi-first imprint of Harper Collins. I write about relationships – romance is what interests me but dogs seem to butt their wet noses in too. And usually take over! My historical fiction is more serious. Quite often, it also has a supernatural element. I’m fascinated by the ways history can make its presence felt in modern life. I live in Herefordshire and it’s a county full of myths, ghosts and folklore. It’s very inspiring.
Tell me about your current book – what is it about and what makes it a great read?
I’m particularly interested in the years leading up to and including World War I. The next book is called While I Was Waiting. It’s about Rachel, who escapes to a run-down cottage in Herefordshire. She finds a tin full of diaries and letters and gradually pieces together the story of Hetty, someone who was tragically affected by the Great War. If you like work by Rachel Hore or Barbara Erskine, you’ll love it. It’s a book I’m very proud to have written. It also has a hot builder called Gabe!
Where can I buy a copy of your book?
Where can we find out more about you?