The cover design was a photo I had taken in Kettlewell, when me and partner visited Yorkshire and despite the rainy day managed to salvage a pretty decent picture. I guess I have focused on the setting of Yorkshire.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I've read so many, my favourite authors are Katie Flynn mainly but I love the work of Michael Palin, Nancy Drew (yes she is a young adult book but I love her). My earliest novel book reading was Catherine Cookson and I accredit the idea for A Cottage In The Vale from her Cinder Path book. They are totally different but it is the name Charlie in the book which inspired Charles in mine.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like autobiographies, true books, Nancy Drew, Katie Flynn, Catherine Cookson.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't e-read!
Describe your desk
It is my computer desk in the corner of the lounge at home.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wolverhampton, West Midlands so had no influence on writing this book. I knew it had to be a rural setting and thought of Wales but came across Kettlewell in Yorkshire and decided that was the place where the book would be set.
When did you first start writing?
I was always commented on with reading and writing at school. I was reading much higher than the read of the class. I have always scribbled, wrote a different book of the same name and wrote some short stories in the late 90's but nothing as far as this one.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is a story that you can relate to and I hope readers will fall in love with Charles and Victoria, as I did when I was writing them and creating their worlds. The story is very much love, regret, second thoughts and fighting to win the one true love.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really want this book to be read and before trying the traditional publishing route I want to be able to offer the book so that it can be read easily and wont remain sitting on the shelf waiting to be read.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching the characters from your ideas coming alive and though you created them on second reading there was definitely a liking for Charles, Catherine and Victoria and it was interesting to see how their lives developed with every key stroke.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean so much as it is you the reader who has accepted an unknown writer and taken Charles Goldthorpe to your heart.
What are you working on next?
I have just started my third novel which is called A Brighter Star Will Shine but staying tight lipped at the moment.
Who are your favorite authors?
Katie Flynn fave at moment
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I cross stitch/tapestry/knitting and do card making. My pc and dance group and visiting places on holiday or as day trips.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No I don't I wrote short stories but none survived
What is your writing process?
I write from the top of my brain to laptop and usually form the dialogue as a proper conversation.
How do you approach cover design?
Depends on the book - Dark Places had to be about marriage, broken love and I love the catch phrase I came up with.
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