About Bella Osborne
Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel.
In 2016, her debut novel, 'It Started At Sunset Cottage', was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award.
Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays.
She lives in The Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).
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So excited to be part of this summery event, so huge thanks to Suze and Anniek for inviting me to take part in Reading in the Sun.
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in the UK with my husband and daughter and the laziest cat on the planet. Officially I write contemporary women’s fiction but if people ask I tend to say that I write stories about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. When I’m not writing I’m usually eating custard creams and planning my next holiday.
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
I used to read Chick Lit all the way until I joined a book club a few years ago so now I have a slightly more varied selection including psychological thrillers. I always save the latest Jill Mansell for my holidays as I love her books, then I pick a couple off my TBR pile which are often by author friends that I've been meaning to read for ages. I usually top up my holiday reading list with any books that have been recommended to me or that I've spotted in a bookshop and felt drawn to.
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
As soon as I read this question a picture of a Caribbean beach sprang to mind! What could be better than lying on a comfy lounger surrounded by sun bleached sand, the odd swaying palm tree and the gentle rhythm of the sea? Interrupted only by a good book and a cocktail waiter!
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?
I like to cook when I have a bit of time and try to cook a new recipe from scratch every week much to the chagrin of my husband and daughter who are quite set in their ways and would much prefer junk food.
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
The honest answer is that I'm not entirely sure. Characters just tend to appear and then their story unfolds. I guess it's a combination of everything I consciously and subconsciously absorb combined with a touch of imagination.
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
Hermione Granger - I'm a bit of a girly swat and I have a stubborn streak which means I won't be beaten by things, just like Hermione, and who doesn't want to go to Hogwarts?
7. What's your favorite reading spot?
In bed. Especially on a chilly night when I can get all cosy and snuggle down under the covers to read.
8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?
I think for a family holiday you can't beat Florida - guaranteed sunshine and Walt Disney World and Universal on your doorstep creating magical moments and whipping everyone into a frenzy. Disney makes rides so special that you feel that you are entering another world as soon as you join the queue and with themed restaurants, character meet and greets, pin trading and its amazing firework displays you cannot fail to have a great holiday. Just make sure you take time to chill out which is very hard when there are so many fun things to do but if you can add on a few days in the Caribbean to relax then that would be my perfect family holiday.
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?
Think about the places that you love and why you love them. What place means summer to you? What are the things that make that place stand out? Try to pin point what makes it special and highlight that to your reader. You can, of course, write about anywhere but I think it brings something extra to the writing if the author has actually been there and experienced it for themselves. Always grab the chance to go somewhere sunny – it counts as research!
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
My third book Willow Cottage is being released in four parts digitally before coming out as a single paperback in May 2017. The first instalment is available now with part two out on 20th October.
It tells the story of Beth who is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a safe place for little Leo.
When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.
Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…
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