Today I welcome another new writer with lovely Crooked Cat who publish me too. Coming in on the magic carpet is Olga Swan. (Not her real name; that’s the first mystery!) Cameron, darling, we don’t need landing flares so stop setting fire to my husband’s underwear!
Welcome, Olga! Now, I know you like wine and French cheese, so while Cam puts on his pinny and goes to get those, you sit here and tell me about your work. Lily will keep you company but if you don’t like dogs just ask her to go away. She’s very obliging like that.
Right. Is this your first published book?
Well, this is the first published by a traditional publisher. I have written ten in all.
How long have you been writing? I presume like all of us you have always been a writer just waiting to launch off into space.
Well, I’ve been writing for over 40 years (gasp), but especially since I retired to France in 2005.
What is in the pipeline? More of the same genre or are you going to branch out?
I should explain here. I suppose I’m unusual in that I don’t write to a specific genre. I like to write about issues and then choose the genre that most fits. For instance, ‘Third Degree Murder’, which is due out later this year with Crooked Cat, is my first in the crime genre but it brings forth how a Muslim PhD student and a Jewish secretary plot to bring down their hated Professor. I am very interested in bringing together people of different cultures. Three other novels are set in the historical genre, each bringing forth issues from my own family who escaped from the pogroms of E. Europe at the end of the 19th Century and were involved in WW2. Another three novels are in the children/YA genre, as part of a series of seven. Each child sets out with a problem, which is solved by the novel’s close, many of whom have different religions and cultures, and each novel being set in one of the seven wonders of the world. To give me more scope in exploring cultural issues, I use a nom de plume. Oh, another work is set in the factional/humour genre, relating to two self-deprecating pensioners who move their lives to France.
Yes, I’m a bit the same, hate being genre-tied and about to do a funny memoir. What a lot we share! Do help yourself to more cheese, I know Cam has a huge stock out there. Now a bit about you. Tell us where you live and what the household is like. Lily wants to know if you have pets.
Thanks, Cam, more… would be great!
What are your dreams/aspirations
Of course, as with all of us, I would like to be as well-read as JKR – but hopefully with a better quality of writing!
Finally let us have all your details, book outlets, contact, web page etc.
CC: Third Degree Murder
The following are all titles I hope to publish also with CC:
Underneath the Lamplight. Book 1 in the David Klein series.
Vichyssoise: Betrayal, Resistance and Love in War-torn France. Book 2 in the David Klein series.
The Angel Theodora.
Ruby and the Ancient Temple of Petra. Book 1 in the Rainbow series of 7 for YA.
Tina and the Colisseum of Rome. Book 2.
Saffron and the Taj Mahal. Book 3.
Still to come:
Olive and Chichen Itza. Book 4.
Sapphire and Rio. Book 5.
Indigo and Machu Pichu. Book 6.
Violet and the Great Wall of China. Book 7.
Thanks so much for coming, it’s been a real pleasure. Oh, gallant Bro is going to help you back onto the magic carpet, don’t worry it knows the way. Just say “Go home” when you are safely off.
(NB from Olga: you’ve clearly already had a sneak preview of Saffron above.)
Byeeeee!…. Wonder what she meant about “Saffron”.. must find out!