Do you know your neighbors?
My neighbour hates me! I live in an apartment in San Antoni and he’s the only unfriendly person in Spain. Don’t ask me why. I generally get on well with neighbours but he won’t even talk to me in the lift. I sometimes hear him making love to his girlfriend through the wall. He makes a lot of noise about it, but we never hear her. I don’t even know if it’s a woman he’s making love to, but I’d like to think so. Though come to think of it, we’ve never seen her – so who or what is he making love to? I think it’s time to move.
What does love mean to you?
Someone asked me recently: why is there a love story in all your books? I pointed out that in my books there is never a love interest. I believe there’s a big difference between a love interest where the girl (or the guy) is handed out to the hero at the end of the book like winning a door prize and a love story.
In a love story, the conflicts and obstacles to love are key.
I think this is the same in life. If we never fell in love, or wanted to fall in love, life would much simpler. But it’s when we try and build a meaningful relationship with someone else that our own wounds are revealed to us. We learn and grow – or fall big time – through our attempts at love.
That’s why there’s always a love story in one of my books.
Last book you purchased? Tell us about it.
RL Stedman’s Light Between the Oceans. I love it because, like the very best novels, it proposes an acute moral dilemma and lays it at the feet of the reader and says: all right, what would you do? It’s set in south-western Australia where I lived for a very long time, but set back in the 1920’s. The other thing I like is there’s no villains, or rather, the villains keep switching depending on whose point of view the writer takes.
How long have you been writing?
I set off for Sydney with the promise of a temporary position as a humour columnist in a big Sydney newspaper in 1984. I had no steady job, a hatful of dreams and a pregnant wife. Somehow we survived and I have made a living from writing ever since. Some years it’s been skin of the teeth, other years it’s been champagne and lobster. But then, if you want stability you’d never be a writer.
When did you first know you could be a writer?
About 3 years ago. The 25 years before that I thought I was a complete fraud. I’ve heard this is a common problem among actors, writers, artists. What happens when they catch me out and find out I’m no good? About 3 years ago though I felt I actually knew what I was doing.
She was taught to obey. Now she has learned to rebel.
12 year old Isabella, a French princess marries the King of England – only to discover he has a terrible secret. Ten long years later she is in utter despair – does she submit to a lifetime of solitude and a spiritual death – or seize her destiny and take the throne of England for herself?
Isabella is just twelve years old when she marries Edward II of England. For the young princess it is love at first sight – but Edward has a terrible secret that threatens to tear their marriage – and England apart.
Who is Piers Gaveston – and why is his presence in the king’s court about to plunge England into civil war?
The young queen believes in the love songs of the troubadours and her own exalted destiny – but she finds reality very different. As she grows to a woman in the deadly maelstrom of Edward’s court, she must decide between her husband, her children, even her life – and one breath-taking gamble that will change the course of history.
This is the story of Isabella, the only woman ever to invade England – and win.
In the tradition of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick, ISABELLA is thoroughly researched and fast paced, the little known story of the one invasion the English never talk about.
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Genre – Historical Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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