I’m out in the garden waiting for one of my Look4Books friends to arrive. We haven’t met before but all work very closely on co-promoting each other’s work. Ah- here she comes. Welcome Anne, come on over to the table and help yourself to something. First off – what would you like to drink and I have all kinds of home made cake, jam, bikkies etc – choice?
Oh, thanks, I’d love a Pimms, please. I always think it’s the ideal summer drink. Mm! Lovely! And perhaps one of those mint chocs? Thanks for inviting me to your blog, Ailsa. What a lovely place to live! Bet you get more sunshine in France that we do in the UK!
Mostly but this year it hasn’t been – June has felt more like January at times! Lilydog and Pistoncat are very friendly, feel free to cuddle or not. Do you have your animal with you? They can all play together.
They are gorgeous. We used to have a cat years ago; in fact, we inherited him with the house. Initially, he wasn’t a house cat, he’d just adopted the previous owners, and wouldn’t come in the house, so we called him Custard. Gradually, he took to coming in to eat his dinner, just inside the patio doors and after a while, he became much tamer as you can see from this picture. Sadly, he died suddenly a few years ago and after losing two cats, we took the decision not to have another. Too heartbreaking!
Aww – yes. Lovely boy. It is a dreadful hurt that we’ve known too often. But, let’s start with your books – do you write under just one name or several? How many genres do you cover? How much have you had published including anthologies etc?
I write family sagas under my own name. Having tried unsuccessfully for several years to interest an agent/publisher, in 2014/2015 I decided to self-publish my first novel A Suitable Young Man, a decision I’ve never regretted. I like the control and, being in my late seventies, don’t want to feel under pressure to produce one novel a year with a mainstream publisher. In March this year, I published my second novel, a follow-up to the first, Bittersweet Flight. The first book really took off and garnered mostly four and five star reviews on Amazon though the second is taking a little more time to get going. It’s early days yet.
What are your ambitions / hopes for your writing career?
My only ambition at the moment is to actually start book number three! I’ve already got readers asking me how long it will be but I’ve been so busy promoting Bittersweet Flight that I haven’t had time to think about it yet.
Now on to you, the author. Where do you live and with whom? Describe a perfect day at home for me. (Where else have you lived?)
I’ve been a bit of a nomad all my life, having spent my childhood with my parents in domestic service. Although I’m a Lancashire lass at heart (my novels are set in Lancashire in the 1950s, an era I remember all too well!), I now live in the small town of Bolsover in North East Derbyshire. Although it’s an ex-mining area, it’s still fairly countrified as you will see from the picture of historic Bolsover Castle . I share my life with my lovely husband, Tony, and we will have been married 25 years this year.
Tell me two or three things about yourself I haven’t asked yet.
Tony is my third husband!
(snap! The Old Feller and I are both number 3 each!)
I’m Passionate about the Past – see my blog https://annelharvey.blogspot.co.uk
I love gardening – but can’t manage it as well as I used to due to mobility problems.
Understand that! With my back the brain wants more garden than the body can manage hahah. Finally and most importantly – Bio and links please.
As well as writing fiction, I’ve had many articles about various aspects of genealogical research and social history published in one of the best-selling national genealogy magazines and other family history magazines or journals. I’m a member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
A Suitable Young Man www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OXUYOUA
Bittersweet Flight www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01CBTQH54
www.annelharvey.co.uk Twitter @annelharvey1 www.facebook.com/anne.harvey.10 Interested in family history? Try www.lostcousins.com