Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Today my author spotlight is on Liv Thomas....


I am delighted to welcome to the blog




Co-Author of 



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Published by Choc Lit
August 2013


Jack Stewart thought he'd put the past behind him. On the surface, he has everything success, money, a big house and he is never short of an attractive woman by his side, but a tragic road accident shatters Jack's world. 

Raised as an Irish Traveller, Luke Kiernan hasn't had it easy, and when he wakes in a Dublin hospital to find the man he's hated since childhood at his bedside, he's hungry for revenge.Two very different worlds collide, bringing new dangers, exposing past deceits, and unearthing dark family secrets buried long ago. But from tragedy springs the promise of a fresh start with two women who are intent on helping Jack and Luke mend their lives.

Can new love heal old wounds, or are some scars there for good?


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 Liv ~ welcome to Jaffareadstoo and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions about your book 



Who or what inspired you to become an author?


For as long as I can remember, I used to write stories, create characters., so I think the inspiration came from within, but was perpetuated by writers like Enid Blyton when I was a child, and in more recent years by Patricia Scanlan, Lesley Pearse, Maeve Binchy...could go on forever.



Do you write stories for yourself, or other people? 



I write the kind of stories I'd like to read. I don't know if it could work any other way? So I guess I write for people who like the same kind of stories I do, but I do also write for myself.



What is it about your book that will pique the reader’s interest?

I've seen quite a few novels where there's a Gypsy hero, but I don't think there are many that have an Irish Traveller in that role. And I think the clash of cultures and class can be interesting.



What was the writing process like, and how long did it take you to write Beneath an Irish Sky


It took over five years to complete. There were delays caused by the distance between us, especially the time difference, but we initially wrote a novel that was 240k words, because we thought there was a minimum length, not a maximum one! We had to lose half of it, which resulted in a virtual rewrite.



Do you have a special place to do your writing? 


 No - just in the living room with my laptop, often with the tv on. I did used to write in a separate room, but I find it makes no difference. I don't go out to cafes to write.




It's been a real pleasure to host this interview with you Liv - Jaffa and I wish you much success with Beneath an Irish Sky.



Isabella Connor is the pen name of the writing duo Liv Thomas and Val Olteanu


I recently reviewed Beneath an Irish Sky for romantic fiction online



And now here's your chance to win a copy of this lovely book - and Liv has promised to sign a copy for one lucky UK winner

16 comments:

  1. I like the sound of this one, thanks for a great giveaway Josie

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    1. It's a really good story, Karen - good luck :)

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  2. Margaret belletinker)3 September 2013 at 12:01

    Thanks for the review and giveaway Josaie and Jaffa Sounds great xx

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    1. Good Luck, Margaret - thanks for visiting :)

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  3. This looks like a great read Josie. Alison10

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    1. Hi Aliosn - Nice to see you - best of luck :)

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  4. I really enjoyed this book. I ran a giveaway for a copy last week which was very popular. Great post Josie x

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    1. Thanks Anne - I'm happy to be hosting another chance for someone to win a copy of this book.It's a lovely story :)

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  5. Thanks for a lovely interview and giveaway both. :)

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    1. Hi Lindsay - thanks for visiting us - good luck :)

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  6. Thanks so much for asking me to guest on your blog, Jo. And Jaffa is adorable.

    Liv x

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    1. Hi Liv - Jaffa loves anyone who thinks he is adorable !


      ....and I loved having you visit us to chat about all things bookish!

      Thank you for spending time with us x

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  7. sounds like a great read, would love to win a copy

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    1. Hi Sarah - Thanks for visiting us and entering the giveaway - Good Luck :)

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  8. Thanks to everyone for commenting and entering. I've sent the copy off to the winner today, so should hopefully arrive on Monday - not that you can trust the Royal Mail!

    Liv x

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    1. Hi Liv - thank you so much for taking part in this interview and for providing a copy of Beneath an Irish Sky. I know that the winner Sarah B is delighted to have won !!

      Jaffa and I loved having you on our blog - come back and see us again soon with your next book :) xx

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - Jaffa and I appreciate your interest.