John Denver’s music. I grew up listening to a wide variety of music. One minute my dad would have a John Denver cassette playing in the car, my mum would be cooking and listening to Mario Lanza on record and then when I was with my brother we listened to anything from The Angels to Kenny Rogers.
My first job was…
My first job was about 10 years old and working Saturday mornings in my mother’s bookshop. She had a huge second hand bookshop that she started with a very small shop and years later when she sold the business, it was three shops all knocked into one. She had 3000 Mills & Boon books alone. I had a huge array of children’s fiction to choose from and at the time Enid Blyton was my favourite.
A new house, a new car and another trip to England to see my family. Altogether that sounds so scarily expensive!
I procrastinate by …
Surfing the net and reading UK newspapers online. Social networks are also addictive! Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc, I’m on them all! I also enjoy wasting time on Amazon UK and looking to see what new dvds are out. I watch a lot of UK TV shows.
Three things people might not know about me are…
- I collect Royal Doulton lady figurines.
- I love researching genealogy. The furthest I’ve been able to go back is with my mum’s father’s side – 1550 Norfolk UK. We believe they were originally called de Gaye and were from Normandy France.
- For two years I ran a bookstall at local markets.
Historical women’s fiction in my favourite eras of Victorian & Edwardian, plus the odd contemporary romance and short story.
THE HOUSE OF WOMEN by Anne Whitfield is available in paperback and ebook.
Grace Woodruff is the eldest of seven sisters, and the pivot upon which the family revolves. She is the buffer between her violent father and her sisters, who look to her for guidance. As Grace tries to hold them together through times of hardship and humiliation, her own secret love, William Ross rejects her. Thankfully another man, Doyle gives Grace the calm support she has been missing. Only, their subtle attraction creates more disturbance. When shocking events occur, Grace makes decisions that will affect everyone’s future, which sets sister against sister, mother against daughter. As her life crashes into chaos with scandal, near bankruptcy and murder, a coalmine disaster brings Grace into contact with an introverted miner. His cool reserve makes Grace take notice. This man is dismissive of her station and evokes an image of a life much simpler.
Sounds great, Anne. Nice to meet you.
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