Over the spring and summer this year, I read quite a few books. Most of them brilliant, I have decided that if I get too bored I don’t continue right away. I still give the book a second chance later on, because sometimes it’s not the book but my mindset, the weather, distractions or not being keen on the genre or style at a given moment. I read in my three languages from traditional as well as self-published authors, and I stumbled across mistakes of all nature. Continue reading “A question for authors”
Today, I have the pleasure to start a new feature on my blog “An interview with…”. My first guest is the SF Author Angela Guidolin, whose new book “Across Spacetime” will be published at the end of March 2017.
An interview with Angela Guidolin
You have a new book coming out soon Across Spacetime, a Sci-Fi romance, it’s your first book right? But not your first piece of published work. What can you tell us (my readers and myself) about this book?
Across Spacetime is a story about two time travellers from the future who meet in London in 1995. Although they have very different backgrounds-Samir is a Terran and Beatrice is a Progressive (a human who lives beyond the Asteroid Belt), they fall in love. They have to decide whether to stay for good in that point of the spacetime continuum where they are free from the prejudice of their society, but miss their friends, families and the technology that makes their life much easier, or return where they belong and defend their love.
The truth be told I am not a big reader of Sci-Fi nor romance, but the mash of the two sounds too intriguing. I must have read a bit of both but never together really. Who do you wish this book will appeal to?
This book is really about having the courage to follow your dreams, even though it means to disappoint or defy the people you love, like your parents. I wish it will appeal to readers who need some encouragement in a time of struggle, or look for escapism. As it is written in first person singular, and Samir and Beatrice tell the story from their point of view in alternate chapters, it is ideal to read out with a partner.
What is the driving force that makes you sit down and write? Continue reading “An interview with Angela Guidolin”
Day 3 | Advent Calendar
Today Jemima Pett offers a seasonal story with characters from her fantasy series ‘The Princelings of the East’.
Trouble in part of the Realms has made a lot of people homeless, and the Inn of the Seventh Happiness is an important transport hub for travellers. It is run by run by Victor, who stars in many of the books. With little or no entertainment technology, the itinerant story-teller – or Narrator – is a welcome guest to keep people entertained; in this case, Willoughby shows up in the nick of time.
Willoughby the Narrator is book 7 in the series, and is due to be published in spring 2017.
Jemima says “I wrote this originally last year, for the Princelings website, as part of the general degeneration of society in my Princelings world. I read it now and think I’ve been altogether too accurate in predicting the state of our own world. Whatever your beliefs, I wish you joy of the season and a hopeful new year.”
No Room at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness by Jemima Pett
Willoughby blew in with the snow, crashing the door of the Inn of the Seventh Happiness against a table squashed too close, and the wind creating chaos of the napkins and place-settings, carefully laid out for Solstice festivities.
“Making an entrance as usual, Willoughby!” called one of the people leaning against the bar, and other calls and greetings met him as he struggled to shut the door again. The weather noises receded, and the hubbub of a warm and friendly refuge took over. Continue reading “No Room at the Inn of the Seventh Happiness by Jemima Pett | Day 3 | Advent Calendar 2016”
What a shame that Bruce Chatwin died so young, at the age of 48. Everyone who has a Moleskin notebook has read his name in there, he seems to be one of the more prominent Moleskin users that have existed. I do not recall if I discovered Chatwin through the Moleskin or the Moleskine through Chatwin.
Bruce Chatwin was a travel writer, but his writings are less than typical. They are not a tourist’s guide to a place, no they are marked by the mixture of fiction, non fiction, history, geography and his own experiences. Chatwin’s style makes the reader feel as if they have been, present at the family reunion in Africa, or to Utz’ porcelain collection in Prague.
For a long time I have been on and off reading the book Under the Sun, which is actually a collection of Chatwin’s letters. This is I believe the only Chatwin book that I have not finished yet. I can recommend all of his books, I do not think that I have a favourite, maybe Songlines. But one thing is sure, Bruce Chatwin is definitely one of my favourite authors, maybe he is my favourite.
Written by Solveig Werner
Here is a link to his books on Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bruce-Chatwin/e/B000AQ6LZC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427282629&sr=8-1 (I am not an affiliate to Amazon’s program.)