AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Evonne Wareham
Evonne Wareham's book Never Coming Home is to be published in early March, and we're delighted to be taking part in her 'Wispa It' blog tour! We've asked Evonne our questions to find out more about the book and what inspires Evonne to write. Read on for Evonne's answers and an extract from the book!
An extract from chapter three of Never Coming Home
'Kaz put her hand to her head. The whole thing was surreal. What was she doing, even thinking about this? There were dark wings beating on the edges of her eyes. She felt strange. As if she was going to faint. She'd never fainted in her life. No time to start now. She really couldn't - She heard Devlin curse. Felt the room move as he leaped forward. His reflexes are very fast. For some reason that seemed funny, not sinister at all. She wanted to giggle but it didn't make it to her mouth.'
Q&A with Evonne Wareham
Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.
Can a bereaved mother trust a stranger in a hunt for truth that crosses Europe?
What inspired you to write Never Coming Home?
The book was written while I was competing in the American Title reality writing contest, which was run by RT Review magazine and Dorchester publishing of New York. I think that the contest played a part in inspiring the American feel of the book, as I was tuned into the American 'vibe' while writing it. The book is a romantic thriller/romantic suspense which is a popular genre in the States. I don't know what gave me the spark for the book itself. It was one of those ideas that surfaced and took on a life of its own.
Where do you do most of your writing?
I'm old-fashioned/traditional and write my first draft by hand -- pen to paper. I can write anywhere -- trains, cafes, the foyer of the National Theatre in London, while waiting to meet friends -- although I must admit that I do tend to be distracted by people-watching at the theatre.
What is your favourite book?
It's difficult to pick just one. I read voraciously and panic if there is not a book in hand and another revving up on the runway. I'll read anything - cookery books, instruction manuals, the label on the pickle jar. I do have a list of books that have left a lasting impression and one that is certainly up there with the leaders is Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time. It was recommended to me by my first history teacher and is a fascinating combination of Golden Age detective story and authentic historical investigation, unearthing what might be the real story of King Richard III, rather than the version presented by Shakespeare. I love Shakespeare, but this book definitely converted me into a Ricardian.
Which part of Never Coming Home was the most enjoyable to write?
I think it was the part where my hero, Devlin, realises that he is in love with my heroine, Kaz, because I didn't know it was going to happen. I was completely 'in the zone', and it was as much of a surprise to me as it was to him. This is in great contrast to the days when writing is like trying to knit fog.
What are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading Mary Balogh's, The Secret Mistress. I love historicals, beginning with Georgette Heyer, and I was interested in Balogh, because of her Welsh connections, as she hails originally from Swansea.
Who is your favourite heroine?
Guinevere, Queen to King Arthur and lover of Lancelot, and therefore part of one of the most famous romances and the most famous love triangles in literature. She is an intriguing and ambiguous figure. Is she an invention, or was she real, or based on an historical person? She's been portrayed and reinterpreted by almost every generation of writers, in poetry and prose, since the 12th century. I've always found the Arthurian legends fascinating and I'm investigating them at the moment for a project that is in the early planning stage.
Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published authors?
My big tip would be work as hard as you are able on something you enjoy writing. Your heart really does have to be involved as well as your head. Persist. Keep learning, keep growing, keep writing.
Are you working on anything else at the moment and if so, can you tell us?
I'll soon be embroiled in edits for Out of Sight, Out of Mind, which was another finalist in the American Title contest and which will be my second book from Choc-lit. It's a paranormal romantic thriller and will be out early in 2013. I'm currently doing the very preliminary work for a book that I hope will combine a treasure hunt, Victorian art, Arthurian legends and a country house mystery. Plus of course, a strong heroine and a delectable hero.
You can find out more about Evonne Wareham at her blog.