Joan Fallon


The Scottish author, Joan Fallon, began her career as a writer after moving to Spain at the start of the new millennium; her first published work was a social history, 'Daughters of Spain', inspired by the women she met in her new home. The research for this book in turn encouraged her to write the following two novels: 'Spanish Lavender', which is set in Malaga during the early years of the Civil War and 'The House on the Beach', the story of two young women growing up in Franco's Spain. Her subsequent novels have grown out of her experiences living and working in Spain.
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 one of her her latest novels, "The Shining City" set in 10th century Spain; they are all meticulously researched.

She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Alliance of Independent Authors.
You can find out more about Joan and her books by going to her website or following her on Twitter @joan_fallon

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

Where to buy in print


The Thread That Binds Us
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,050. Language: British English. Published: February 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The Thread that Binds Us is a novel about families - happy and otherwise. Susan is approaching sixty when she discovers that she has a half-brother. Happily married, with a successful career, she finds herself risking everything to find him.
Daughters of Spain
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 86,800. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: 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 Only Blue Door
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 128,170. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Categories: 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.
Loving Harry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,750. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Fashion designer Carla 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 Carla. When Harry dies in strange circumstances, Carla discovers that, throughout their marriage, he and Barbara had secrets from one another.
The House on the Beach
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 113,980. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,920. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
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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