IT'S SAGA SATURDAY!! Please welcome the fabulous Elaine Everest...

Dear Rachel,

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog once more. It is always a joy to be hosted by you.

When my publisher asked for me to write another Woolworths book my first thought was ‘but the war is over!’ After the palpitations eased I started to wonder what would have happen after WW2? I delved into my non-fiction books, sourced a few more (we can never have enough books!) as well as looking at events and timelines for post war Britain. Two big events stood out. Princess Elizabeth’s wedding to her Philip in 1947, and the ‘Austerity Olympics of 1948, which was conveniently set in London.

Having events that some readers would know of meant I next had to consider how these would affect my girls’ lives. Living in Erith, which at the time was in NW Kent, but now considered to be SE London it was possible that some of the Woolies staff would have gone along to watch and possibly slept in the street in order not to miss a thing. However. That does not make a story – I will need to have something happen. Also, with the Olympics would this not interest some of the staff and their families? What if one of them was to compete…?

Having well-known events in a book is not enough for a saga. Ditto when we cover a war. Things need to happen to our characters, and this is when the really hard work starts for an author. Weaving the lives of characters through true events we hope will be recognised by readers, is the most important part of a saga. If we get this wrong our readers will soon let us know.

Wedding Bells for Woolworths is the sixth book in the series, so when one reader said to me, ‘I just knew Maisie would be the one to have gin and fruit cake in her bag,’ I was able to breathe a sigh of relief and know all was well.

Book Blurb:
July 1947: Britain is still gripped by rationing, even as the excitement of Princess Elizabeth’s engagement sweeps the nation…

In the Woolworth’s canteen, Freda is still dreaming of meeting her own prince Charming. So far she’d been unlucky on love. When she has an accident on her motorbike, knocking a cyclist off his bicycle, it seems bad luck is still following her around Anthony is not only a fellow Woolworths employee but was an Olympic hopeful. Will his injured leg lheal in time for hom to compete? Can he ever forvie Freda?

Sarah’s idyllic family life is under threat with worries about her husband, Alan. Does he still love her? The friends must rally round to face some of the toughest challenges of their lives together. And although they experience loss, hardship and shocks along the way, love is on the horizon for the Woolworths girls.

Elaine Everest is from North West Kent and she grew up listening to stories of the war years in her hometown of Erith, which features in her bestselling Woolworths Girls series. A former journalist, and author of nonfiction books for dog owners, Elaine has written around one hundred short stories for the women's magazine market. When she isn't writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school in Hextable, Kent. She lives with her husband, Michael and Polish Lowland Sheepdog Henry.
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