🍴Welcome, Martine, what favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch?
🍴Would you like a pot of English breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz?
🍴Where shall we eat brunch – around the kitchen table, in the formal dining room, or outside on the patio?
🍴Which favourite book will you bring to Sunday Brunch?
I am a huge fan of Ruth Rendell who also wrote as Barbara Vine. A Fatal Inversion is set in the idyllic hot summer of 1976, around a group of young people who experiment with moral boundaries in a manor house deep in the English countryside. Rendell’s plotting is masterly, and the twists are utterly surprising to the very last page.
🍴When you are writing do you still find time to read for pleasure? And is there a book you would like to read but haven’t had time for …yet!I do read constantly, for research and pleasure. Or I should say, I partly listen as I’m addicted to audio books. I can then move around while I listen, usually cooking or some sort of exercise.
There are a few of Thomas Hardy’s, Trollope’s and Eliot’s novels I’ve not read but I think the big gap is not having read Mansfield Park. I studied Jane Austen at O and A-level so it’s taken me a few years to appreciate her again. I’m sure I have a treat in store.
🍴What’s the oldest book on your book shelf?
🍴Where do you find the inspiration for your novels?
🍴Have you a favourite place to settle down to write and do you find it easier to write in winter or summer?
I have trained myself to go to my little upstairs office every morning. It’s a box room with a desk, computer, books and files. I feel privileged that I have a window with a view of wild birds, sheep and the Welsh Hills. I do prefer writing in the winter because a weird sense of guilt overcomes me when I see the sun shining outside but know I have to stay inside to write.
🍴Give us four essential items that a writer absolutely needs?
🍴What can you tell us about your latest novel or your current work in progress?
The Prophet is a standalone novel but also picks up from events at the end of The Almanack. Here’s what is says on the cover:
Martine,where can we follow you on social media?