Saturday, 29 September 2012

Author Interview: Melanie Robertson-King

Melanie Robertson-King
It gives me great pleasure today to welcome Melanie Robertson-King to my blog, to talk about her new book A Shadow in the Past.

Hello, Melanie, and welcome to my blog.

Please could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing?

I’m Canadian (born and live in eastern Ontario), love Scotland and all things Scottish so have set my novels here. I’ve been lucky enough to visit on a number of occasions and have even schmoozed with Royalty on one trip when I met Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne.

Please summarise A Shadow in the Past in five words.

You don’t pull any punches, do you? Egads! Five words... Time-travel romance for 13-25 year olds. (that’s six and boring as stink) My book’s tagline is a bit longer than that... When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…

Do you draw on personal experiences when you are creating your characters and plot lines?

Yes and no. I would have to say the personal experiences are only related to my trips to Scotland. I have an interest in genealogy and most of my Scottish roots (that I’ve been able to uncover so far) are in the Victorian era.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

I wish. Sarah is strong and feisty, yet vulnerable. I certainly didn’t model her after myself. She’d be a boring character if I did. On the other hand, my mum was a fireball so I think some of Sarah’s personality traits come from her.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Don’t ever give up. Yes, there will be rejections (trust me, I know, I’ve likely got enough to wallpaper an 8’x8’ room) but sometimes there’s one that invites interaction and you can re-submit after making the changes suggested. And read, read, read. You can’t write well if you don’t.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have the framework for the sequel to A Shadow in the Past (working title Shadows from her Past) already written and as I think of things that need to be added/changed in it, I send myself an e-mail jotting those notes down.

Thank you for joining me here on Ramblings of a Rusty Writer.

To celebrate the launch of her book, Shadows in the Past, Melanie is giving away a gorgeous tote bag as pictured. All you have to do to be in the hat is comment under this post. This is an international giveaway.

A winner will be chosen on Monday 1 October.

You can link up with Melanie in the following places: 

When a contemporary teen is transported back through time to the Victorian era, she becomes A Shadow in the Past…
When nineteen year old Sarah Shand finds herself in Victorian Era Aberdeenshire, Scotland, she has no idea how she got there. Her last memory is of being at the stone circle on the family farm in the year 2010.

Despite having difficulty coming to terms with her situation, Sarah quickly learns she must keep her true identity a secret.

Still, she feels stifled by the Victorians’ confining social practices, including arranged marriages between wealthy and influential families, confronts them head on and suffers the consequences.

When Sarah realizes she has fallen in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, she faces an agonizing decision. Does she try to find her way back to 2010 or remain in the past with the man she loves?

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Saturday, 8 September 2012

The Upstairs Room: Coming Soon

It's not often that I get told by a friend that a play they are directing will soon be on stage in London for a 4 week run. In fact, yesterday was the first time it has ever happened and I am so excited for the people involved, I had to write a blog post.

The Upstairs Room is a play written by David K. O'Hara who I interviewed on my blog back in January of this year. (To read the interview, click here). I saw the show when it had a short run at the Burton Taylor theatre in Oxford and can't wait to see it again in a larger venue.

The talent of the male lead Anthony Cozens who played the male lead was unforgettable so I was delighted to hear that he is also starring in the new production.

The show is to run at The Kings Head Theatre in Islington, (right near where I lived during my student days!) from 13th November to 8th December 2012. Find out more on the website here.

If any of my London based (or nearby) Twitter friends who read this fancy a Tweet Up at one of the performances, drop me a line and we can discuss when to go and see it. Could be fun!

Join the Facebook Event Page where you can speak to some of the people involved with this show. 

Follow director James Savin on Twitter.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips

Today it's the launch of Red Ribbons, the debut novel of the very lovely Louise Phillips.

As a fan of crime fiction, I read the synopsis, and realised I simply have to read this book. As a result, I will copy the information below so you can read it too:

A missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, hand clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair.
Louise Phillips

Twenty-four hours later, a second schoolgirl is found in a shallow grave – her body identically arranged. A hunt for the killer is on.

The police call in profiler Dr Kate Pearson to get inside the mind of the murderer before he strikes again. But the more Kate discovers about the killings, the more it all feels terrifyingly familiar.

As the pressure to find the killer intensifies, there’s one vital connection to be made – Ellie Brady, a woman institutionalised fifteen years earlier for the murder of her daughter Amy. She stopped talking when everyone stopped listening.

What connects the death of Amy Brady to the murdered schoolgirls? As Kate Pearson begins to unravel the truth, danger is closer than she know...

The bad man is everywhere. Can you see him?

The book trailer is here:

Find out more about Louise and her blog tour at her website here.
For Amazon links, please click here.