This is a very special week for romantic suspense writer Georgia – she launched her third book, Thicker than Water, on the 18th. (And having read the first two I can’t wait to get stuck into this new one.) The two of us met ‘somewhere on social media’ and hit it off straightaway.
Here’s Georgia to introduce herself and answer some questions:
Hi Linda, many thanks for inviting me onto your blog. I’m imagining we met on Twitter, but I could be wrong! Anyway it was a good day however it happened.
I write mysterious and romantic adventure stories and the book I’ve just released, Thicker than Water, is the final part of The Grayson Trilogy. The first two books are A Single Step and Before the Dawn.
Written in the first person the protagonist is Emma Grayson who, having come through a terrible time, starts a new job on the Melton Estate, home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. She is there to look after the horses and soon comes into contact with others who work on the estate – in particular Trent, who has had his own issues to deal with.
They do not get on at first and as life continues for Emma she comes to realise that there is more to the estate and the lives of those on it than she originally thought. There are revelations about Trent’s past, dangers that threaten all those on the estate, and in the final book more intrigue that challenges everything Emma ever thought about herself.
When you were writing A Single Step, did you know it would be the first part of a trilogy? How did the idea develop?
I did know it was the first part, as I had planned out the whole story then divided it into three, because I felt it was too huge to be just one book – at least for today’s audience. Years ago it would have been released as a blockbuster.
Anyway, I knew exactly what was going to be in each part right from the start.
I’d had several ideas for stories over the years but never anything complete. Then I went on holiday and began to play around with the various scenarios that I had, and it started to come together. By the end of a week spent lying around on a sun bed I had the whole thing mapped out in my head – now all I had to do was go home and write it!!
What particular research did you do for your books?
I have written mostly from the ‘write what you know’ school of thought. I have always lived and worked in the countryside and I grew up riding and working with horses and became an instructor and taught part-time for a few years. So no research was needed on that side. However there is, as you know Linda, a military aspect that comes into these stories and fortunately I know people who have clarified details for me, plus one of my beta-readers was in the RAF and has been very useful to know!
Which of the three was the most challenging to write?
Thicker than Water – for two reasons, the first being because of time issues. I had pretty much written A Single Step and Before the Dawn before I published the first one and entered into the crazy world of social media and marketing. I really did struggle to carve out enough time to write anything once that had happened, and ended up having to open up my manuscript each morning then go off to do client work and dart back to my work in progress for the odd half hour here and there during the day… and night.
The second issue was expectation. I had none with the first book, more interest with the second but with this one there has been so much anticipation. While this is hugely gratifying, and I love the feedback, it has put me under immense pressure and during last winter I became almost paralysed with the fear of really messing up the third part and disappointing everyone.
I lost sight of the reason why I was doing this which was primarily for me – to write books that I wanted to read. A very good writing friend told me to forget the storyline for an afternoon and just write a few hundred words on Emma’s life on the estate, so I wrote about what she would be doing that afternoon and that was the turning point. I refocused on why I was writing in the first place and got it finished off.
Fortunately the initial feedback has been very positive – what a relief!
Tell us how you chose the location for your books.
Ahh… now that was the product of my overactive imagination, although to me it is all completely real! I originally saw a deserted cottage on an estate when I was queuing to get into a three-day event a few years ago, and I made up how life could be living there. I carried on developing the entire estate and have loved the fact that people like the setting so much – I think it’s complete escapism for anyone reading these books.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Writing – finally getting down the made up stories that have twirled in my imagination my entire life. I assumed everybody had this going on in the head but apparently not! Also, and completely unexpectedly, becoming part of an incredibly supportive online community that is endlessly generous with its time – and I only wish I could reciprocate to the level others manage to.
And the worst thing?
The marketing… it’s a full time job in itself and I find it frustrating that I don’t have the time to do it better!
Any funny moments?
Hmmm…well there was the moment when I got lost at the Cambridge Literary Festival and couldn’t find the hall for the talk I was going to. I asked one of the helpers and told her I was late already and she, very helpfully, dropped what she was doing and whisked me off to the right building. When we got there she introduced me as the speaker at the lecture that was about to start… actually it was only funny in hindsight! At the time I was incoherently gabbling and trying to clarify the reason why I was there before I was thrown onto the stage in front of an unsuspecting audience.
Which book would you give your best friend for her birthday?
Oooh, so, so tricky. I’ve had to think long and hard on this but I’ve gone for an independent author, so as to spread the word, and someone whose work I cannot get enough of. Knowing my best friend as I do this would shake her up a bit, but I know she’d love it – Once Upon A Time In The City Of Criminals by Mark Barry.
So what’s next?
A lot of catching up! Marketing *sigh* and masses of reading and reviewing. Then I have a couple of ideas for stories that are percolating through my brain and one day I shall sit down and start writing…and what fun that will be!
Thank you very much for having me here, Linda, I’ve loved our chat.
Thank you, Georgia!
Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of The Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water.
Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination!
Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day, managing to entwine that work along with her writing.
Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire where she lives with her much neglected family of a husband, two grown up children and two dogs.
A SINGLE STEP currently widely available for 99p/99c
BEFORE THE DAWN
THICKER THAN WATER
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