Good morning Jane, it is lovely to meet you. I feel as if I know you already as I have read many of your books. Margaret (James) my sister first introduced me to you through your novel Please Don’t Stop The Music, which I have read and re read many times.
I have enjoyed reading many of your novels published since then and really enjoy your style of writing. Please help yourself to a cup of tea and a Hobnob or three!
Well, thank you so much for having me and for giving me access to your biscuit tin! That is very trusting of you. Don’t worry about that big bag over there, it’s just for me to put … things in. You know, things. Just in case a biscuit might drop, you know. Waste not, want not, as they say! Now, where were we?
Can we begin by letting members know the title and a brief outline of your latest book?
It’s called Can’t Buy Me Love, and it’s about a woman called Willow learning a few life-truths, when an old University crush of hers, Luke Fry, comes back into her life. He ignored her when she followed him about at Uni, but now he’s saying he’s always wanted her…
What were your favourite subjects at school?
English, especially English Language, although I was quite fond of Literature too. However, I have never grown to love The Merchant of Venice… I quite liked history and French too. Basically the only subjects I was any good at. I dreaded maths with a passion never equaled since.
What was your first job?
I was a herdswoman to a herd of pedigree Jersey cows, in Cornwall. Brilliant job. I loved my girls!
Do you find researching your novels gets easier with each new title?
Hang on, I’m meant to research them? Can I not just make things up as I go along, like I have been? Any research I do is pretty general and consists of just reading books, so I’m not sure that I can claim that it’s getting easier!
Are you a morning or evening person?
Well, I hate early mornings … and I don’t do late nights either. Basically, I am brilliant for about twenty minutes, round about lunchtime.
Do you have time for any hobbies?
I ride horses. With all the style and grace of a bucket of rusty nails. But I’m a sticker, I don’t often fall off, even if I spend the entire hack looking as though I’m about to.
Can you remember the first novel you read?
The first children’s novel that I remember, was called The Amazing Mr Whisper. Oh, I loved that book so much, I can even tell you whereabouts it was in Exeter Childrens’ Library. The first proper ‘adult’ novel I read was probably The Shivering Sands by Victoria Holt. Loved that one too, probably why I still remember the title.
What are you currently reading?
The Fortean Times, several books that I am critiquing for their authors, and The Science of Discworld 2. At various different times. My head is a confusing place…
If your latest book was made into a film, who would play the lead character?
I’m not very good at actresses names. I don’t watch much TV, you see. The only name I can remember is Karen Gillan, so I’d have to say her, even though she’s not much like Willow.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
Hopefully to have another paperback out later in the year, for the last book, Little Teashop of Horrors, and another book, which is a Bronze Age time-slip, published sometime this summer. Non writing plans are something I don’t really make, because I live in a state of permanent chaos. I suppose ‘feed the dog’ doesn’t count, does it?
FIVE QUICK ANSWERS PLEASE!
Seaside or countryside?
Pop or classical music?
Pop. Well, indie rock, really, is that allowed?
Smart or casual clothes?
Eat in or dine out?
Hot or cold climate?
Hot. I have no tolerance for cold. I think I might be a lizard.
Many thanks Jane, it has been a great pleasure interviewing you for my website. I am looking forward to reading your latest novel.
Thank you very much indeed for having me. And for giving me all those biscuits. Most kind.
About Can’t Buy Me Love
Is it all too good to be true? When Willow runs into her old university crush, Luke, she’s a new woman with a new look – not to mention a little bit more cash after a rather substantial inheritance. Could she be lucky enough to score a fortune and her dream man at the same time? Then Willow meets Cal; a computer geek with a slightly odd sense of humour. They get on like a house on fire — although she soon realises that there is far more to her unassuming new friend than meets the eye … But money doesn’t always bring happiness, and Willow finds herself struggling to know who to trust. Are the new people in her life there because they care – or is there another reason?
Can’t Buy Me Love is available now as a paperback and an eBook. Purchasing options can be found here: http://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/cant-buy-me-love