Thursday 6 July 2017

Blog Tour ~ The Little Kiosk by the Sea by Jennifer Bohnet

Jaffareadstoo is delighted to be part of the  Blog Tour

on Publication day of Little Kiosk by the Sea

I am thrilled that the author, Jennifer Bohnet is spending time with us today

Hi Jennifer. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started as an author.

I’m English but I’ve lived in France for over 16 years. Six years ago we moved from the Riviera to a quirky little cottage in rural Brittany. I’m allergic to housework and gardening. I love reading, cooking and having friends round for lunch - lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours.
I started writing lifestyle features in various magazines and papers, including my own column in the Dartmouth Chronicle. When we came to France I started writing short stories for the women’s magazine market and I’ve now had hundreds published both nationally and internationally. It seemed a natural step to write serials and then novels - I’m currently writing my eleventh.

Without giving too much away what can you tell us about us about The Little Kiosk by the Sea?
It’s a story of secrets and the effect the past has on the present.

Where did you get the inspiration for the story from? Were you inspired by people, places, or did you draw purely from your imagination?

We lived in Dartmouth for many years, my children were born there, and I love the place. The places and the historical events in the book are factually correct but I confess I was inspired by certain people to create the characters in the book.

Whilst you are writing you must live with your characters. How do you feel about them when the book is finished? Are they what you expected them to be? And do you have a favourite character?

I miss them. It’s like saying goodbye to friends. I think my favourite character in Kiosk is Sabine - I might well go back and see how her life has turned out.

Do your characters ever dictate how the story progresses or do you stick with a writing plan from the beginning and never deviate?

I just dive in and yes I do find the characters start to tell me their story. The Little Kiosk By The Sea has four women and two men all of whom could be regarded as main characters, and several of the story-lines are linked. Halfway through I did find I had to make notes and plans to keep myself sane.

What would you like readers to take away from The Little Kiosk by the Sea?

Firstly to have enjoyed reading the story. After that, I’d hope they’d been captivated and moved by the character’s stories. I’d also hope they’ve learnt something about Devon in World War II, through ‘BB’ the American researching his family history.

6th July 2017

Harriet and Sabine were inseparable as girls growing up in seaside town of Dartmouth. But growing up, Sabine stayed to support her family and save her little kiosk from closure, while Harriet was driven away by scandal

Thirty years later, Harriet and Sabine are together again. Their friendship has stood the test of time, and though everything else has changed, Dartmouth hasn’t.

Sabine must confront her future, and finally say yes to her secret dream of adventure.

Harriet must confront her past, and, let go of a secret that has kept her trapped for years. The only worry is how her journalist daughter will handle the news.

One thing’s for sure, as the autumn tides turn, there’ll be more than one secret laid bare…

The Little Kiosk by the Sea by Jennifer Bohnet is out 6th July (HQ, £7.99).

About the Author

Originally from the West Country, Jennifer Bohnet now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France. Always a writer, Jennifer has contributed short to many of the UK women's magazines including, The People's Friend, Candis, My Weekly, Best and Yours, and has been published in The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Home and Country and Devon Life. For over three years she wrote a newspaper column in The South Hams Group of Newspapers where she took a wry look at family life. She is now also published in Australia, Sweden, South Africa and Ireland.

Find out more about Jennifer’s writing at 
Twitter @jenniewriter

My thanks to the author for taking the time to answer my questions so thoughtfully and also to the team at Midas pr for the invitation to be part of this blog tour.


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