Jane Lovering, another Choc Lit author, joins me on the blog this week. Her latest novel, The Little Teashop of Horrors was published on 26 March 2017.
Jane has been a published author of romantic comedies since 2008. Her novel ‘Please Don’t Stop the Music’ won Romantic Novel of the Year in 2012 and Best Romantic Comedy the same year. She has ten novels and two novella currently published, and calls what she writes ‘dark, psychological romance – with jokes.’
She lives in North Yorkshire, with a floating collection of children, cats, dogs, hens and dust, and firmly believes that housework happens to other people.
I asked Jane some questions:-
When do you write?
Usually in the mornings. I’m fortunate to have a job on a floating rota, so I’m often at home in the mornings. I like to write in my bed as soon as I’ve woken up, but that’s mainly because my bedroom door is the only door that closes between me and two hyperactive terriers. I write best in the mornings. By the afternoon my brain has filled up with other things that want thinking about.
What part of you is in your latest book?
If I said Amy is directly based on me, everyone would go ‘awwww’ and rush to assure me that I’m nothing like her (at least, I hope they would. If they nod and agree then I’m never speaking to them again). But some of her experiences, always being overlooked for the taller, prettier friend, were based on experiences I had growing up. I think I just have a natural ‘resting bitch face’ which put men off. That and being way too cynical…
How did you go about the research for the book?
I live very close to a Bird of Prey centre, and have annual membership, so I spent a lot of time lurking around birds, watching flying displays and talking to the handlers. I went through a phase of wanting a Harris hawk of my own (they are the best birds for beginners), but realised it wouldn’t make a great combination with the previously mentioned hyperactive terriers. People would hide when they saw me coming (not that they don’t already, but I’d be capable of air attacks too).
Tell us about The Little Teashop of Horrors
About the book? Well, I think the blurb says it all, really. It’s about tea and cake, freedom in all its forms, being tied by love and duty and money and obligation and…how an owl that can’t fly can still be a hero!
Thank you for joining me on the blog, Jane.
I’m reading Jane’s book at the moment (50% through) and thoroughly enjoying it. I’ve a feeling I’m about to get to one of the dark undercurrents of the book and am intrigued. A thoroughly recommended read, I can already tell I will give it five stars with my review!
Blurb for The Little Teashop of Horrors
Secrets, lies, carrot cake – and an owl called Skrillex!
Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it’s obvious where the male attention is concentrated – and it’s not just on the cakes!
There is one man who notices Amy. Joshua Wilson also works at Monkpark, where he flies his birds of prey for visitor entertainment. He lives a lonely existence but he has reasons for choosing isolation – and, in Amy, he may have found somebody who understands.
Then a management change brings slick and well-spoken Edmund Evershott to Monkpark. He’s interested in Amy too, but for what reason? Josh suspects the new manager is up to no good – but will Amy? Because Edmund could leave her with much worse than a broken heart …
To buy The Little Teashop of Horrors or indeed any of Jane‘s other excellent books you can use the following links:-
To connect with Jane use the following links:-
Website – www.janelovering.co.uk
Twitter – www.twitter.com/janeloveringwww.twitter.com/janelovering
Fab reading about Jane, thanks so much for having her as your guest. Fab blog here too. 🙂
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Thank you so much! 💐
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Pleasure Morton. Any time 🙂