First of all, thank you, Rachel, for inviting to do an author interview on your blog – I’m delighted to join you.
1. What do you wish men understood about women?
That we need to be talked to and listened to! A male friend recently reflected, ‘After all this stuff in the media, no man is gonna dare to make a play for a woman ever again. I mean, what’s a man supposed to do if he’d like to kiss a woman – ask her permission?’ Er, yes! That’s actually a lot more respectful to her (and a hell of a lot less embarrassing for him if she says no, than if he’d lunged at her and she’d shrunk away in horror). Asking permission is sexy, not a passion-killer.
2. Do you only work on one book at a time?
Yes, I do tend to work on one novel at a time. I also write short stories. It can be very satisfying finishing a four-page story, especially when working on a novel that’s going to come in at over three hundred!
3. Who is your favorite fictional couple?
Thinking of a romantic couple, it has to be Lady Chatterley and Mellors the gamekeeper in Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence. It has all the ingredients of a classic love story – two well-realised leads, something preventing their love (she’s married, although the fact that they’re from different social classes appears to be an even greater barrier), and lots of erotic tension. A TV adaptation was made in the early ‘90s, starring Joely Richardson and Sean Bean. I still have it on video and re-watch it every couple of years (not that I like to ogle Sean Bean running naked through a forest or anything!).
4. Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
It’s a very familiar one, but its ‘Live and let live’. Why waste time and energy disapproving of who or how others are; if they’re not harming you or anyone else, leave them alone, or, better still, embrace them!
5. Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
I don’t have daily goals and I don’t write every day, but I like to keep the momentum going once I’ve started a project. It’s wonderful when you feel something taking off and as if it’s almost writing itself. Unfortunately, writing doesn’t feel like that every day! I also teach creative writing and appreciate that setting a writing target can be very helpful. If you write just one page per day, by the end of a year you should have a novel-length manuscript. Seeing it like that can help the monumental task of writing a novel appear more manageable.
6. What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
I’ve only recently started using both. On Facebook I’m primarily connected to family and friends, so I do enjoy that. Plus, the limited characters on Twitter are quite restrictive for a person who loves to jabber on and on and on …
7. What are you working on now?
It’s a novel called Pure Magic and one of the central characters is Kiki, a sprightly eighty-three-year old, and also a white witch. She’s estranged from her son, who has cut her off completely, resentful at his unconventional upbringing. However, Kiki is secretly in contact with her son’s wife and her grandchildren. This creates problems when her son begins to suspect his wife is having an affair, rather than sneaking off to see her mother-in-law. The book explores the sometimes difficult relationships between parents and children, across the generations. Kiki is the linchpin that holds the novel together – she’s wise, generous and always tries her best to help but, if that fails, she’ll throw in a sprinkling of magic, too.
Author name: Silvia Forrester
Genre: romantic comedy
How many Pages? 370
Release Date: 2 August 2017
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Two women. Two dreams. One big lesson in love.
With a passion for people and property, nothing gives newbie estate agent Gemma Cole more pleasure than matching buyers with their ideal homes. After a nomadic childhood with her ditzy mum, Gemma longs for nothing more than a place she can call her own. But with one modest income and meagre savings, will she ever be able to make her own home-owning dream come true?
When Marcus, the new photographer, arrives at the estate agency, he’s the epitome of laidback, festival chic. Sexy, laidback, festival chic. But Gemma dismisses him as another commitment-phobic, eternal student, just like her ex. However, looks can be deceptive. Marcus is reeling from a shocking family tragedy, one that’s left him as sole carer for an eight-year-old boy, as well as his scruffy dog. Will Gemma revise her opinion of Marcus, and will he trust her enough to reveal his family’s painful past?
Pandora works at Perfect 10, a premier beauty and cosmetic clinic. Always effortlessly glamorous – with model-looks, bucket loads of confidence and bulging designer wardrobes – she appears to have it all. But Pan also has a spiralling spending addiction, a string of failed relationships, and still lives at home with her mum. Aged thirty-three.
When her numerous credit cards are refused, Pan takes drastic action, and joins dating website MillionaireMen.com. Will a super-wealthy guy be the answer to all Pan’s woes? And can she find one who’s sane, honest and not old enough to be her grandfather?
Your Move is a lively romantic comedy, charting the blossoming friendship between modern heroines Gemma and Pandora, as well as the amorous entanglements that crisscross both their lives.
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ABOUT SILVIA FORRESTER
Silvia was brought up in a seaside town on the south coast of England by her mother and grandmother; she now lives in Kent. Silvia has two daughters, two stepdaughters and three granddaughters. With an abundance of women and girls in her life, it’s not surprising that female relationships, love, family and friendship are frequently the focus of Silvia’s writing.
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