AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Liz Fenwick
The Cornish House by Liz Fenwick was released on Thursday; a wonderful book, focusing on a widow and her teenage stepdaughter, who move to an inherited family home in Cornwall. (Review coming very soon!) Having enjoyed the book and being a lover of Cornwall myself, I couldn't wait to put Trashi's questions to the author to find out more about The Cornish House and what's next in store for Liz...
Please describe your latest book in 15 words or fewer.
A widow, her stepdaughter, a Cornish house, secrets. Can a house heal a broken heart?
What inspired you to write The Cornish House?
Simply - the house, the hero and a stroppy teenager. Years ago I fell in love with a beautiful house tucked away in a fold of land on a remote Cornish lane. I would often think about this house and wonder who had lived there. Something about it spoke of past lives. In a previous book there was a love interest, Mark, and he wouldn't leave me alone until I told his story. Finally a teenager was visiting with us in Cornwall one summer and the teen was in the wonderfully awful phase when they can't see beyond themselves and their needs... These three things planted the seeds for The Cornish House.
Where do you do most of your writing?
Where ever I can, including on my many flights between Dubai and the UK. Because I began writing fiction again when my children were small I learnt very quickly that I couldn't be precious about where, when or how I wrote. Getting the words on the page or screen was all that mattered. I can tune out the world and tune into my story where ever I am.
What is your favourite book?
I dread this question...because there are so many favourites. But if pushed...Katherine by Anya Seton.
Which part of The Cornish House was the most enjoyable to write?
That's easy - Hanah. She came out fighting from the moment she opened her mouth and I think 'difficult' characters are such fun to write because they say and do things that I would never dare to!
What are you currently reading?
A few research books - Inheritance: The Story of Knowle and the Sackvilles by Robert Sackville-West and Philip Marsden's The Leveling Sea and then for pleasure The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. When I am working on a book I have to be careful of what I'm reading...so I tend to stay away from my own genre.
Who is your favourite heroine?
I loved Judith in Regency Buck was my favourite...but I haven't read the book in years so I might not feel the same now.
Do you have any tips for readers who are looking to become published authors?
First don't rush as it's not a race. Take time to find your voice and develop your writing style. Second be professional and by that I mean treat it as your career and invest in it and behave accordingly. Third listen to your work. This gives you distance from your words and can help with the editing process. Oh, and learn to love editing.
Are you working on anything else at the moment and if so, can you tell us?
I'm working on my second book for Orion. It's called August Rock and it's also set in the Helford area of Cornwall. It's about Jude who suddenly wakes up to the fact that she is living life by other people's design and not her own. The book follows her journey of self-discovery as she moves to Cornwall and falls in love for the first time- not with a person but a place....and then anything can happen....
You can find out more about Liz Fenwick by visiting her blog, website, Facebook - or follow her on Twitter.