My Choc Lit colleague, Victoria Cornwall has a new book out, her third book in her Cornish Tales series! The Daughter of River Valley was published on 17 July 2018. I took the opportunity to ask her some questions.
What led you to write The Daughter of River Valley?
It was inspired by a beautiful valley in Cornwall which is owned by the National Trust, and a head injury I sustained as a teenager, where I temporarily lost my sight and memory. (Wow) Thankfully they both quickly returned, but while I was watching a documentary on amnesia, I recalled the incident and wanted to incorporate a man losing his memory into a novel.
Tell us something about the research you had to do.
I have a background in nursing and have experienced amnesia myself, so had quite a bit of knowledge on the subject already. However, I also used my artistic license, which strayed from the reality of amnesia, so his experience, memory loss and flashbacks fitted well into the plot and helped move the story forward in the way that would make it readable and, hopefully, compelling.
My main research was linked with the hero’s past and his background. I won’t disclose the subject of the research as I do not wish to spoil the novel for potential readers, but a museum dedicated to the topic, history books and an author of a very informative book on the subject, was very helpful. We exchanged many emails and he read the parts I wrote on the subject so it was historically accurate. I hope my research brings the hero’s past experience to life for the reader and they come away learning something on the subject through the storytelling.
Although all the books in the Cornish Tales series are stand-alone novels about women who overcome obstacles they face that are very much part of the era they live in, the main characters are linked by a family tree.
What is your favourite thing about living in Cornwall?
Oh, there are so many things I like about living in Cornwall. I only live a 25 minute car journey from a beach, the majority of my close and extended family live in the county which gives me a sense of belonging. I have always lived in Cornwall and still meet up with old school friends for a coffee and a natter, which is great. The weather is very changeable and the landscape varied and although the county is relatively small, and it has a lot of history connected to it. Some are based in fact, whilst there are many based on myth and legend. Cornwall remains a popular tourist destination, so I am very happy to live in such a beautiful place with my family and friends not far away.
What can we expect from you next?
Just like you, I have a Christmas novella out in November. Writing a novella was a new experience for me, as I believe it was for you. It was also my first Christmas themed book, so it made a lovely change and was very enjoyable to write. However, what made writing this next book a particularly nice experience was that we wrote our novellas at the same time, egging each other on across the internet. Despite our long distance support of one another, we both gave little away and know next to nothing about each other’s stories. I look forward to reading yours when it is published, as I hope you are looking forward to reading mine.
Thank you for having me on your blog this week, Morton. I can’t believe how quickly the interview flew by!
And, thank you for answering my questions. I enjoy our internet chats and our mutual support too. I’ve just started reading The Daughter of River Valley. What a gorgeous cover – I’ve included it full sized so that readers can have a good look.
Can you trust a man with no name?
Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …
Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she’s been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.
Fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?
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About Victoria Cornwall
Victoria Cornwall grew up on a farm in Cornwall. She can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.
Following a fulfilling twenty-five year career as a nurse, a change in profession finally allowed her the time to write. Since then, Victoria’s writing has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and twice nominated for the RONÉ “Best Indie or Small Published book” Award. In 2017, her novel, The Thief’s Daughter, was a finalist for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award.
Victoria is married and has two grown up children. She likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Historical Novel Society.
To contact Victoria use the following links:-
Personal blog https://victoriacornwall.com/news-blog-2/
Blog contributor link https://novelpointsofview.blogspot.com/