Please welcome Terri Nixon to the blog today!
Driving an ambulance through the mud in Flanders, aristocrat Evie Creswell is a long way from home. At Oaklands Manor all she had been expected to do was to look pretty and make a good marriage. But with the arrival of World War One everything changed…
Evie, to the horror of her family, does not choose a husband from her blue-blooded set; instead she weds artist Will Davies, who works as a butcher’s apprentice. Soon she is struggling nightly to transport the wounded to hospital, avoiding the shells and gas attacks – her privileged home life, and her family’s disappointment at her marriage, a lifetime away.
And while Evie drives an ambulance in Belgium, Will is in the trenches in France. He withdraws from her, the trauma of his experience taking hold. Evie has the courage to deal with her war work, but it breaks her heart to think she is losing Will’s love. Can their marriage survive this terrible war? That is, if they both get out alive…
Who is your favourite character and why?
The story is told in a first-person narrative, and it’s safe to say Evie’s my favourite. She’s from an aristocratic background, but surrounded by the conventions of the age she has an impulsive streak, and often exasperates her family by her friendliness with the staff and her tomboy attitude. Fond of cars and their workings, her talents are well-suited to joining the ambulance corps near the front lines in 1914, and as she leaves her privileged background behind her and throws herself into her new life, we see the fun-loving, practical-joker become a strong, capable young woman – faced with unthinkable choices – and yet, despite everything, she remains true to what she feels is important. I think she has depths even I haven’t plumbed yet!
Do you have a particular time you like to write?
I’m an early-bird whenever possible. If I have a day off (I work full-time) and I get started early enough, I can write all day. But if I have to delay, or put off my start, I find it very hard to clear my thoughts and crack on with it.
What are you reading?
I’m currently re-reading the George RR Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire. Getting a lot more out of it this time around, too. Loving it all over again.
Who is your favourite author?
Ouch! This is a really hard question! My two favourites are Diana Gabaldon and Stephen King, I think. Today, anyway!
If your book was made into a movie who’d play the main characters?
Oh, we can but dream! I think the perfect Evie (physically) would be Helen George, who played Trixie in Call The Midwife. As for Will, he started out with boyish good looks, which hardened over time, so possibly Daniel Radcliffe, or Orlando Bloom might fit the bill. Fun to think about!
What’s next for you writing wise?
I’ve just been given editorial revisions for the third/last in this series, luckily they’re light! I’m also working on my self-published series, The Lynher Mill Chronicles –the third book is due out next June. After that I’ll be going back to an Edwardian ghost story set in Cornwall, that I started a while ago.
Describe a typical writing day, do you have any rituals you use before starting?
I open all my documents, (book, notes, characters etc) get some toast and coffee … then I open Bejeweled Blitz! It’s a great little game to clear the mind, and usually once I’ve played a couple of rounds I’m ready to start writing. I don’t usually spend too long going over what I’ve written previously, unless I’d left it mid-scene, which I don’t tend to do. I just fix my mind on what needs to happen next, and get on with it. The rest can be sorted out later!
Where can we find your book?
Universal link for Amazon: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00KQOI5AW
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