Joan Fallon

Biography

Joan Fallon was born in Dumfries, in Scotland, the only child of a Scottish mother and an Irish father, but spent most of her formative life in the south of England.  Teacher, management trainer and business woman, she moved to Spain at the beginning of the new millennium and became a writer.

To date she has written six novels aimed at the women’s commercial fiction market: “Spanish Lavender”, “Loving Harry”, “The House on the Beach”, "The Only Blue Door", "Santiago Tales" and "The Shining City". A natural storyteller, her novels, almost invariably, centre on a strong female character and explore the emotions and relationships of her protagonist.  Many of her books are also historical, set in the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, or, as with her latest novel, "The Shining City" set in 10th century Spain; they are all meticulously researched.

Joan has also written “Daughters of Spain”, a non-fiction book based on authentic interviews with a number of Spanish women of all ages and from all walks of life.  

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't remember if it was the first one; I doubt it was because I have always loved making up stories. It was about a girl living in a yellow tent on the beach and it was inspired because I woke up one morning and on the beach in front of our house was a yellow tent. I never saw anyone come out of it or go into it. When I walked past with my dogs it was closed up and there was no sign of anybody. The tent was there for over a week and then it was gone. A mystery. So I wrote a story about a young boy who discovered the tent one day and he watched and waited until he saw a young woman go into it. It wasn't very good but I still like the idea and may use it in a novel one day.
What is your writing process?
My writing process has changed over the years. At the moment I prefer to write for about 4 hours in the morning and sometimes an hour in the evening. I am not one of those people who write it all down in a burst of creativity and then edits it into shape. I write, editing as I go along. I go back and re-read what I did the day before and then write something new. I constantly change and improve what I am writing. Most of my books have some kind of historical background so I do a lot of research before I begin and fill an A4 notebook with notes. I prepare a structure and a list of characters but I don't always keep to them; very often the book will take off in its own direction. When I am satisfied with the manuscript I give it to friends and family to read for their comments. If they like it I send a copy to a professional editor. Then I usually have more editing to do and sometimes even some structural changes to make. It is a long process but at the end I feel that I have written the best book I can.
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Where to find Joan Fallon online


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Books

Daughters of Spain
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Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 86,800. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
This collection of first-hand interviews offers us a snapshot of the lives of women living in Spain from the Spanish Civil War until the present day. Daughters of Spain gives a gripping account of the hard won changes within society for Spanish women, through the eyes and experiences of the interviewees themselves.
The Shining City
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,230. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Set in 10th century Spain, in the time of the Moorish occupation, this is a story of love and honour. Qasim has a secret that only his wife knows. But when his youngest son falls in love with the Caliph’s concubine, he sets off a train of unimaginable consequences and puts all his family in danger. Qasim’s secret past is about to be revealed and all he has worked for destroyed.
The Only Blue Door
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 128,160. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
September 1940 - Maggie and her young siblings are living in the East End of London with their mother, who goes into hospital to have a baby, leaving them with a neighbour. In a bombing raid their home is destroyed and the neighbour is killed. The children wander the streets until they are taken in by some nuns. But their problems are not over - they are sent as child migrants to Australia.
Spanish Lavender
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,570. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
SPANISH LAVENDER is a love story set in the Spanish Civil War. When a young English girl gets trapped in Spain during the civil war she doesn't realise that it will change her life forever. 70 years later Kate, her granddaughter tries to find out what happened to her grandmother at that time and opens a Pandora´s box of secrets and lies which she can only unravel by returning to Spain.
Loving Harry
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,720. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Fashion designer Margery meets the charismatic Harry and falls in love. There’s only one problem: Harry is already married to Barbara. Their close-knit family is blown apart when Harry deserts them to start a new life in Spain with Margery. When Harry dies in strange circumstances, Margery discovers that, throughout their marriage, he and Barbara had secrets from one another.
The House on the Beach
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,890. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
'The House on the Beach' is set in Spain in the 50s and 60s when the country was ruled by the dictator, Franco and the Church. It is the story of Rocio and Inma, who meet as children and become close friends. Their differences in social class do not matter at first but when Inma becomes pregnant, things take a sinister turn and her actions have a devastating affect on Rocio and her family.
Santiago Tales
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,900. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Santiago Tales is a novel inspired by Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. It tells the story of Beth, a woman who decides to run away from her problems by going on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. She walks 800 km across northern Spain and meets other pilgrims, each with a tale to tell. By the time she arrives at the end of the Camino, she realises her journey has changed her in unexpected ways.

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