Welcome contemporary romance writer, Nora Fountain...

Welcome Nora! I am looking forward to hearing more about you and your books!

1) What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why?
I suppose my first job was picking apples, Worcester pearmains, in a huge orchard outside Bristol. It was the school holidays and we sixth formers had enormous fun, probably the reason the housewives there were earning four times as much. There's a scene in Blackthorn Child in which a beautiful young heroine is picking apples, skirts tied around her waist when the hero comes upon her. A nice romantic interlude.

2.)              Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it?
I'm a bit of a stickler for grammar, spelling and punctuation but of course I'm not infallible and I'm always willing to learn.

3.)              Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country?

 I'd like to think timeless elegance but comfort's the name of the game these days.

4.)              Tell me about your book {Cupcakes and Candlesticks} and where you got your inspiration for it?

 A friend once told me how she found a man slightly injured on the pavement. He turned out to be a gorgeous actor. They moved to the country and had six beautiful children. The meeting in my book is similar, the story completely different.

Blurb for Cupcakes and Candlesticks

Maddy is shocked when husband Rob announces he is leaving. Why? She’d always thought they were a normal happy family with just the usual stresses and strains. What about their four teenagers, studying hard, the boys excelling at sport, the girls at music, a credit to them? Or so she believed. 

Shock turns to anger and a determination to show that she is capable of going it alone. She and the children move to a rambling farmhouse in the country which opens up several possibilities. She could use her skills to open a restaurant or convert a couple of outbuildings to gĂ®tes. There are lots of things she could do. Who needs a man, anyway? 

But then why does she feel such an exquisite frisson every time she meets local landowner, Guy Deverill? And what about Andy, a teacher cum novelist who offers to help Jamie with his maths and work in the garden for the love of it. She’s obviously vulnerable, her emotions too raw to think rationally. Fate conspires to throw every obstacle in her path from planning laws to sick children but she won’t give up and all the while Guy is there in the background, offering support when she needs it. Everything starts to work out when Rob phones from Canada, full of apologies, wanting to move back. What should she do?

Cup Cakes and Candlesticks is now on Kindle and will be out in large print May/June.

5.)              Who is your role model? Why? 

Any terrific writer who tells a good story. I aspire to be among their echelons soon myself.

6.)              How much of your book is realistic?

 There's a touch of realism through the book as a background for a genuine romantic relationship. Okay, so the hero if based on someone no longer with us.

7.)              What are your ambitions for your writing career?

 I just want to write wonderful stories to give readers a bit of happy escapism - and it would be nice to make a load of dosh at the same time!


Nora Fountain is a professional writer and translator. Her short stories have been published by People's Friend, Yours, Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and Fiction Feast, among others.

Her novels are mainly in the contemporary romance genre published by Robert Hale and My Weekly Story Library. Nora has also written historical romance. Her books are available on Amazon.

Five novels are currently being reprinted by Samhain as part of their Retro Romance series and are available from the publisher as ebooks.
Nora lives in Dorset and is a member of the Society of Authors and the Chartered Institute of Linguists; she is a committee member of the Romantic Novelists Association.My website address is NoraFountain.co.uk.

My books, mentioned on my website, are all featured on Amazon Kindle. 

Blackthorn Child, my Amazon Kindle bestseller, top of three lists at one point, will soon be out as a paperback with CreateSpace.

I'm currently working on a historical set in fourteenth-century Italy.


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