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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Emma Davies & Giveaway

About Emma Davies

Hello, a little bit about me ......

Before we go any further there are two things you need to know: One - I love singing loudly in the car, and Two - I have a passion for Pringles.

If you're happy with both these things then please feel free to read on ....

Once upon a time I worked in a design agency where I was asked to write an amusing caption to go beside my details on their website. I wrote 'I am a best selling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.'

Well I'm now a forty something mother of three and am currently working on the rest. I'm a member of The Romantic Novelists' Association, and live with my husband, children, mother in law and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire. I write in the gaps between real life.

Find out more at



1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, in no particular order, I’m married, love living in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, have never met a Pringle I didn’t like, regularly embarrass our three children by singing loudly in the car, wish I had long curly red hair, and am at the beck and call of two guinea pigs. I also love to write.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

Always fiction as I rarely read anything else, and I usually try to take a book by one of my favourite authors - one that I’ve been saving up just for the holidays – it makes it all the more special. This year it will probably be You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell and The Secret of Orchard Cottage by Alex Brown. I’ll probably make sure I have a cracking thriller or two as well, just in case I’m in the mood for something a little darker. Of course I always overestimate the amount of books I’ll read when I’m on holiday, but as I read almost exclusively on my kindle these days, I don’t have to worry about making room in my suitcase!

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

The perfect day would always need to be by water, be it river, sea, or lake, but probably on a gorgeous sunlit stretch of canal. We’d meander gently along with just the gentle sound of the engine, the whisper of the wind in the willow trees at the water’s edge, and the friendly quacking of the ducks as accompaniment. We’d stop somewhere for a lovely lunch, nothing fancy, maybe just some beautiful fresh bread and cheeses, with juicy tomatoes and olives and then a lazy afternoon, reading on deck with the sun on my bare toes and a glass of something cool. If I was really lucky the sky would stay clear into the evening and I would watch the first stars appear in a violet sky, the soft lapping of the water sending me drifting off to sleep.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

What do you mean other hobbies, I didn’t think there were any! Seriously though, I’ve always enjoyed crafting things; making cards, knitting, sketching, but to be honest I get so little time for these things now, that my first love, reading, is still a huge treat.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

Often in the ordinary everyday things of life; an overheard snatch of conversation, a photo, or a news story. For example I named the main character from my Christmas novella (Merry Mistletoe) from a personalised number plate on a motorbike. I drew up behind it at a set of traffic lights, and was so taken with the name Amos Fry that minutes later he, and his story, were fully formed.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

That’s such a hard question! I think I would have to be a heroine from a Jane Austen novel, perhaps Elizabeth Bennett, simply because I would love to experience that period of time in our history; the clothes, the language, the social conventions etc. I’m not sure I’d like to stay as that person forever though, but a bit of a body swap would be good fun!

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

In the summer, anywhere in the garden is perfect, and in winter it’s feet up on the sofa I’m afraid, either that or tucked up in bed. I’m a bit of a creature of comfort so stick me in front of the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and I’m in heaven.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I must be the least travelled person you’ll ever meet, so holidays (if they happen at all) are spent in the UK, but as I absolutely adore the British countryside that’s fine by me! One of my favourite places is the Pembrokeshire coast, especially Barafundle Bay. It is utterly stunning, and very quiet, even in the height of summer.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Try to use all your senses to transport your reader into your sunny setting, these often evoke strong, even nostalgic memories of sunny days gone by, and are a powerful tool to set the tone and setting for your writing. Think about how the light breeze on a summer’s day dances on your bare skin, how the evening air draws out the scent of stocks as your fingers brush past them, or how a child’s laughter sounds as it paddles, skipping over waves at the shore. Small details like these will make your story much more memorable and allow your reader to become a part of it.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m delighted that my next full length novel will be published in February next year, and give readers a chance to meet up with some old friends from Letting In Light, but also to meet some fabulous new characters. It’s not a sequel, but as Rowan Hill is such a special place, who wouldn’t want to go back! Look out also for some more novellas coming in the autumn, and of course a little something sparkly with tinsel on it!
Letting in Light has a special Amazon promotion for the whole of August and will only cost £1.00!

One very lucky reader will win a signed copy of Letting in Light by Emma Davies.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Oh I am really fond of crafting too though I haven't made time for it in a long while excuse? Too many books, too little time. *sigh* Well, it is a good excuse if you think about it. ;-)

  2. I love the cover. So bright and cheery!

  3. I enjoy stories about new beginnings and optimism for the future.

  4. A slave to guinea pigs? Friend for life. I can't have them anymore as eldest is allergic. :-(

  5. Lovely cover; the book sounds great! I, too, love to do crafts. One of the most rewarding is the stained glass I do for myself and on commission. I find I'm not a happy person unless I spend a certain amount of time per week on my crafts and reading books.

  6. This really looks like a fantastic read and I love the cover also!!!!

  7. Letting in light sounds really great :)

  8. Such a great cover and I'm intruiged by the book where hero is damaged and with a dark past. I want it :)

  9. It would be terrific to win a signed copy
    of Letting in Light by Emma Davies.
    This sounds like a book i would enjoy reading.
    I liked your interview.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  10. Mother of 3 sounds like it's harder work than being a bestselling author! I only have 2 and can't imagine a third.....we already run everywhere day and night.

  11. Love this. Thanks for the chance to win x

  12. Brilliant interview! I enjoyed every word of it.

    I found Mrs. Davies's response to Question 9 ("Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?") particularly wonderful. She began with "Try to use all your senses to transport your reader..." And even within that brief response, I indeed felt transported! I had the same sort of "sensory transportation" through her response to Question 3 ("If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?"). For me, this is a sign of an author who has truly mastered the craft of sensory detail, and of sweeping the reader away.