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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Wendy Lou Jones & Giveaway

About Wendy Lou Jones

Wendy Lou Jones was born in West Sussex, England, where she enjoyed a happy childhood. She went on to qualify as a doctor and worked in various departments of health care until she started a family several years later. She is currently living in Herefordshire with her husband and two boys and the only biscuit she refuses is a custard cream.

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

Yes, my name is Wendy Lou Jones. I write emotional love stories and I’m married with two boys, 12 and 15. I’ve been writing for about 8 years now and published for a little over 3.

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

Well this is my first summer holiday abroad in 16 years, so it’s something I’ve actually had to think about for once. I think I’m going to have paperbacks around the pool and my Kindle in the evenings. As for type… historical romance is my favourite and maybe some lighter contemporary reads too.

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

I have to confess, I’m a winter girl at heart. I’m not a beach-babe, but somewhere around a pool would be nice, with a large shade and comfortable chairs. You see I get headaches with sunhats #bighead and sneeze in the bright sunshine, not to mention burning easily and I have too rickety a back for lying around all day. And could it possibly be somewhere that doesn’t have creepy-crawlies or flies? Yes, if I wasn’t such a wuss, that would be it. LOL

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

Goodness, hobbies… Is there time that doesn’t involve reading or writing? Okay, I do like to watch films. I have an extensive selection of romantic films on DVD and regularly go to the cinema. Best film lately, Despite the Falling Snow, and best film of all time, About Time. Loved it. Cried buckets. I also like to do the odd crafty thing, but nothing major.

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

Oh, generally from things that happen in my life. The Songbird and the Soldier was about writing to a soldier in the Afghan conflict. I wrote to a soldier in the Kuwait conflict. By My Side stemmed from a run in I had with an arrogant surgeon in my days as a doctor, and my latest series I started thinking about when I went to my first ploughing match and saw an attractive man dressed a little differently, and then a minute or two later, saw the vicar and his wife strolling round the corner, and I thought… what if…?

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

I would be Margaret Hale, from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, then I would have an idyllic childhood and get to be financially independent, but also have the love of a good man (who happens to be Richard Armitage in my mind, thank you BBC). I did consider Elizabeth Bennett, to be married to Darcy, but RA just pipped him.

7. What's your favourite reading spot?

Lying in bed, lights out, with just the light of my Kindle beaming beautiful words down into my brain.

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

The last 16 years have been all UK based and most of my own childhood too and I have to confess a soft spot for North Wales. You have to accept the weather, as that’s what keeps it so green, but beautiful mountains and valleys and rivers make up for that. Great legends and history too. Friendly people, who (mostly) speak the same language, and when it does rain, it REALLY rains. It’s impressive.

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

If you live in the UK, you may need to go abroad to remember what that feels like. Ha! Otherwise, make sure you describe everything that the sun makes you feel, then the reader will experience it too.

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

I’m currently trying to batter the final Nutt Hill book into shape. After that I have 2 others brewing, so we’ll have to wait and see which one calls to me the loudest.

Thank you so much for having me on, ladies. Happy holidays!

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One very lucky reader will win a signed copy of Chances Are and a silk rose by Wendy Lou Jones.

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  1. Loved Finding Sarah, looking forward to the others

  2. The book covers are very eye-catching. They are lovely and romantic.

  3. Loved the interview. Helps learn a lot about the author. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Hoping to win this book for my sister. I can tell she would enjoy it. Thank You!

  5. Love the covers. Thanks for the chance x

  6. Chances Are sounds like a great book! I love all the covers. The roses look like they came straight out of an English garden. Also, I have to agree with you about winter. Much better than summer, in my view, and for much the same reasons as you!

  7. Thank you everyone. Wishing you all the best of luck. Happy Holidays! :-)

  8. Lovely interview, ladies. It's always great to get to know a fellow author a little better.
    I wouldn't exactly say I'm a winter girl, but I no longer like lying in the sun. I'd happily join you in your shady spot round the pool, Wendy.

  9. You have great covers for your books and reminds me of sniffing the roses and peonies in my gram's English garden.

  10. You have great covers for your books and reminds me of sniffing the roses and peonies in my gram's English garden.

  11. Love roses, and not just red roses :) Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. I just love your book covers. They remind me of a spring garden. I can almost smell those scented pages!

  13. Thanks for the great interview :)

  14. No lights out for me when reading ;-) but I also prefer a cosy atmosphere with dim lights when reading in bed.

  15. The cover is stunning! Makes me remember my mother's roses. I sure bet it is a good book! TBR!

  16. Such beautiful covers. Makes me want to read all three. :-)

  17. Would love to read this, thanks for the chance!

  18. It sounds like you always have a story going on in your mind. I admire that type of creativity!

  19. I'm so excited to read this! Thank you for the chance :)

  20. It would be great to win a signed copy of Chances Are
    and a silk rose by Wendy Lou Jones.
    I enjoyed reading your interview and i think this sounds like a great book.
    I like the book cover.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  21. All the book covers are gorgeous

  22. I really enjoyed reading this interview. Mrs. Jones had my heart right from when she declared herself a winter girl-- same here!
    The three books featured here look beautiful. Thank you for sharing the conversation, and for the giveaway as well.