On this quiet Sunday morning why don't you put the kettle on, make your favourite breakfast and settle down for Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo
I'm delighted to welcome Mollie Walton to Sunday Brunch
Welcome, Mollie. What favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch?
Warm croissants, chocolate spread and strawberries
Would you like a pot of English breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz?
Earl Grey with honey for me, please
Where shall we eat brunch – around the kitchen table, in the formal dining room, or outside on the patio?
On the sofa!
Shall we have music playing in the background, and if so do you have a favourite piece of music?
My favourite song right now is I Want You in My Dreams by Edith Whiskers. It’s so chill.
Which of your literary heroes (dead or alive) are joining us for Sunday Brunch today?
Which favourite book will you bring to Sunday Brunch?
Great Expectations and I want to quiz Charlie on its structure!
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 read so much non-fiction stuff for historical research that I barely have any time left to read for pleasure. If I do, it’s graphic novels these days. I recently read My Favourite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris, which was incredible. I waiting for the sequel to come out this year!
Where do you find the inspiration for your novels?
Oh everywhere! Conversations, something on the radio or TV, a news story, eavesdropping on other people’s gossip!
Have you a favourite place to settle down to write and do you find it easier to write in winter or summer?
I write much better when the weather is bad outside, so definitely winter. In fact, I love writing most when it’s snowing. If I were rich, I’d have a writing cottage in the Swiss mountains so I could write all my novels there. If only!
When writing to a deadline are you easily distracted and if so how do you bring back focus on your writing?
Never distracted, really. I don’t get paid until I meet the deadline so I have to be extremely disciplined, to pay the bills!
Give us four essential items that a writer needs?
Perseverance, self-belief, work ethic and imagination.
What can you tell us about your latest novel?
My latest Mollie Walton is the story of a widow and her five daughters, living in a house on a cliff in North Yorkshire, just as WW2 breaks out. It’s the first in a new series called the Raven Hall Saga. The first book, A Mother’s War is out now.
My latest Rebecca Mascull is set during the Holocaust, following two characters – one in the Blitz in London and another in the Warsaw Ghetto – who are connected but don’t know how yet…It’s called The Seamstress of Warsaw.
Rebecca Mascull is an author of historical novels. She also writes saga fiction under the pen-name of Mollie Walton.
Rebecca’s latest book under the Mascull name is THE SEAMSTRESS OF WARSAW, the powerful tale of two people unknowingly connected to each other, caught up in the whirlwind of World War II, whose perilous journeys we follow from the Blitz to the Warsaw Ghetto and beyond, published by SpellBound.
Mollie Walton’s The Ironbridge Saga series is set in the dangerous world of the iron industry: THE DAUGHTERS OF IRONBRIDGE (2019). The second book in the trilogy is THE SECRETS OF IRONBRIDGE (2020), set in the brickyards of the 1850s. The third book is set in the coalmines and servants’ quarters of the 1870s: THE ORPHAN OF IRONBRIDGE (2021). All three are published by Bonnier Zaffre. Mollie’s next trilogy is about a widow and her five daughters living in WW2 North Yorkshire, published by Welbeck. The first book of this saga is A MOTHER’S WAR, out now and the next book in the series will be coming in October 2022.
Her first novel as Rebecca Mascull, THE VISITORS (2014) tells the story of Adeliza Golding, a deaf-blind child living on her father’s hop farm in Victorian Kent. Her second novel SONG OF THE SEA MAID (2015) is set in the C18th and concerns an orphan girl who becomes a scientist and makes a remarkable discovery. Her third novel, THE WILD AIR (2017) is about a shy Edwardian girl who learns to fly and becomes a celebrated aviatrix but the shadow of war is looming. All are published by Hodder & Stoughton.
She also completed the finishing chapters of her friend and fellow novelist Vanessa Lafaye’s final work, a novella called MISS MARLEY, a prequel to Dickens’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This novella is published by HarperCollins.
Rebecca has worked in education, has a Masters in Writing and lives by the sea in the east of England. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, based at the University of Lincoln.
Rebecca / Mollie, where can we follow you on social media?
Facebook page: MollieWaltonbooks & RebeccaMascull
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