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Thursday, 16 March 2017

There's Something About Cornwall by Daisy James

The new delightfully uplifting romantic comedy from Daisy James. Perfect for fans of Mandy Baggot, Christie Barlow and Zara Stoneley.
A knight in a shining camper van!
Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…
Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby.
Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?

Title:   There's Something About Cornwall
Author: Daisy James
Published By: Amazon Media
Publication Date: 8th March 2017
Links: UK: Amazon    

Author Q & A with Daisy James

Welcome to Sincerely Book Angels blog. 
Thank you for having me, Annette. It’s great to be here.

What was the inspiration behind this novel? 
I’ve loved Cornwall ever since we went on holiday there when I was a child. I remember the windswept beaches and the freedom to paddle in the sea and run for miles along the golden sand. I thoroughly enjoyed researching the story, especially the recipes for the local bakes and artisan drinks. I didn’t know, for instance, that they grow tea in Cornwall.

Did you always want to be a writer? 
I’ve been scribbling one way or another since I was a teenager, whether it be in a diary, or writing a short story, or an article. One thing I hated though was writing my dissertation for my degree – just couldn’t wait to get it finished. The academic world was not for me.

How did it feel when your first novel was published? 
Absolutely amazing! I will never forget the day when I got the call from my editor to tell me they wanted to publish The Runaway Bridesmaid. I love all my books, but that one will always have a special place in my heart.

Have you ever had writer's block? If so how did you overcome it? 
I’m great at procrastination. If I need to get down to writing a difficult scene, I’ll happily start the ironing or clean the oven. But once I get started, the words seem to flow. They might not start out very well, but pages of words can always be edited - blank pages can’t!

What motivates you to keep writing? 
I love it! I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and a tickle of a story is itching at my brain. Tip – always keep a pen and notebook beside the bed for three a.m. scribbling.

Where is your favourite place to write?
I write in my peppermint-and-cream summerhouse (garden shed). It’s a great place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of the house, except in the winter when I decamp to the kitchen table.

What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring writer? 
Read, read, read. Then, write, write, write. And lastly, go with your gut instinct and write what you want to write.

Which authors inspire you?
My favourite genre to read is travel memoir. I love reading about authors’ journeys to far away lands and the trials and tribulations they go through when settling there. Or authors who go on epic journeys like Michael Palin or Levison Wood, or Simon Reeve. I’ve just finished reading a book called Tuk-Tuk to the Road by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and Jo Huxster. It’s about two girls who buy a tuk-tuk in Thailand and drive it by themselves all the way back home to London. Amazing!

What are you reading at the moment?
Lol, I’m reading another travel memoir called Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes about the difficulties faced by women living in Iran – it’s filled with humour as well as struggle.

If your book was made into a film what song would you choose for the opening credits? 
No matter where you go in Cornwall, you’re never too far from the sea, so perhaps Ocean Drive by The Lighthouse Family. That song invokes such a summery feel for me.

What is your next book about? 
My next book is a summer book. It’s about a frustrated artist who is too caught up in the struggle to five o’clock that she’s lost the urge to paint – until she arrives in Corfu.

To win this fantastic prize pictured below simply follow and retweet Daisy's pinned tweet @daisyjamesbooks.
The winner will be announced on 31st March 2017

And now think about the books you've read and just give the first one that comes into your head for our quickfire 'Which book round.'

Which book has made you: 

Laugh out loud? 
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Cry your heart out? 
The Teashop on the Corner by Milly Johnson

Want to read it again?
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Think more? 
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Wish it would be made into a film? 
I loved The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies and think that would make a very evocative film.

I usually read when I’m in bed, so try not to select a story that will scare me.

Thanks so much for joining us today Daisy and good luck with your book.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. Her husband and young son were willing samplers of her baking creations which were triple-tested for her debut novel, The Runaway Bridesmaid. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks, especially if they have given any of the recipes in her book a whirl… photos are very welcome.

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