Lin Treadgold


I was born on the north-east coast of England in Saltburn by the Sea. Educated at private school, I studied at secretarial college and then in 1977 became a driving instructor, later moving on to instructor training. I gained the highest grade with the Driving Standards Agency as a Grade 6 Instructor with a Cardington Grade 'A' driving test pass. During 25 years self employment, I owned a large training school on Teesside. My many interesting life experiences include extensive world travel in the early 1970's.

In 2001 I moved to The Netherlands to follow my husband's work. Having left behind the driver training I was unable to follow the same vocation due to problems of expensive retraining and language difficulties. Unfortunately, my qualifications were not accepted in Holland.

I decided to follow my heart and write a novel and attended a creative writing course and various workshops. I am a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and The Society of Authors.

In October 2012 I was accepted by Safkhet Publishing for my romance novel 'Goodbye Henrietta Street' launched on 1st July 2013.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I have visited the Isles of Scilly many times. I have friends there and the islands are an excellent refuge for chilling out. I was inspired to write Goodbye, Henrietta Street because Scilly is a very romantic place, with palm trees and white beaches and yet it is still in England. The islands are situated off the south west coast of Cornwall and not so easy to get to these days. You must travel by sea and aeroplane. The helicopter, sadly, no longer runs a service.

About ten years ago, I had an idea to write a book based on the islands, but I also knew the Yorkshire area well and I decided to combine a romance based around the islands with a story in Yorkshire. Eventually the two places come together and if you read the book you will see how this happens.

Pippa Lambton seeks respite after a family tragedy. She takes a long trip from Whitby in Yorkshire to the Isles of Scilly where she meets Norwegian nature warden, Sven Jorgensen, who teaches her about the wildlife of the islands and shows her how to live again. The book is a delight for those who enjoy birds, flowers, and scenery and the story takes Pippa and Sven through a very precarious relationship as Pippa only has three weeks to make a decision about her life. Will she come back to the islands or forget about Sven and stay at home? Was it a holiday romance after all?

This is a poignant holiday read and if you want something to read during the cold winter months, this could be the book for you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing it's very therapeutic. My own lifestyle is somewhat isolated. I came to Holland to follow my husband and his job and gave up my profession as a driver trainer to start a new life. That was twelve years ago and I find local life here is not as exciting as the life I had in the UK. I miss my hills, for which Holland has very few, I was born under the shadow of the North Yorkshire Moors and I miss the scenery very much. So writing for me is important. It allows me to keep in touch with all things English as I can always go back to these places to do book signings. My greatest joys are being able to produce a new book and during the writing process I can immerse myself within the story. I can spend many hours creating a novel. It's extremely satisfying.
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