Jaffareadstoo is delighted to welcome you all to our Summer Picnic
Summertime is here
I'm delighted to welcome Claire Voet to our Summer picnic
Welcome, Claire. Which favourite foods are you bringing to our summer picnic?
Strawberries and cream, and freshly baked scones.
What would you like to drink? We have white wine spritzers, locally brewed beer, traditional Pimms, sparkling elderflower cordial or a thermos of tea or coffee?
I would prefer a red wine spritzer or sangria with fresh fruit and lots of ice!
Where shall we sit, by the pool, on a beach, in the garden or in the countryside?
Definitely the countryside.
Do we have a wicker hamper, tablecloth and cutlery, or is everything in a supermarket carrier bag?
In style - wicker hamper, tablecloth and cutlery.
Which of your literary heroes (alive or dead) are joining us on the picnic today?
I’d like to invite certain characters from Outcast. Handsome Laird Fergus McDaniel, leader of Clan McDaniel, (great eye candy) his lovely wife Ella (charming and a pleasure to chat with) and straight forward no nonsense speaking Aunt Daphne (guaranteed to make you laugh!) and maybe to put a spanner in the works, Henry Hazleton, a wannabe, amusing budding author (to add even more entertainment).
Do you have favourite place to have a summer picnic?
In the countryside, maybe by the riverside or in the woods.
Do you have a summer music playlist? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you feel happy?
I love listening to Spotify and have lots of playlists and songs ideal for the summer. One of my favourite songs that always gets me in the summer mood and makes me feel happy is Flowers In The Window by Travis. Another is Lovely Day by Bill Withers.
Which summer read are you bringing with you today?
There are too many for me to decide on. Instead I will enjoy the conversation and the wonderful scenery around us.
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!
Sadly, I get very little time to read. I would like to read The Dream Weavers by Barbara Erskine, I’m hoping to get around to that soon.
Where do you find the inspiration for your novels?
Television/movies, dreams, and ideas that just pop into my head.
Have you a favourite place to settle down to write and do you find it easier to write in winter or summer?
I normally write at my desk. It is in a quiet part of the living room but if my family are at home, I write in my bedroom.
When writing to a deadline are you easily distracted and if so how do you bring back focus on your writing?
Once I get going there’s no stopping me, so no, I don’t get distracted.
Give us four essential items that a writer needs?
A vivid imagination, the ability to paint a picture in the readers mind, be able to create believable characters with equally believable dialogue.
What can you tell us about your latest novel or your current work in progress?
The title is called Outcast and it is the first book in a trilogy. This is the back cover description explaining what it is about:
In 1945 Molly Hazleton is heart broken when her fiancé doesn’t return from the war after being reported “missing in action.” So when Aunt Daphne comes to visit with news of having bought a 17th century manor house at auction in Scotland, Molly welcomes the opportunity to start afresh and help her aunt turn Aberdoch Manor into a hotel.
With a strange sense of déjà vu, Molly struggles to understand her connection with the property having never stepped foot inside of it or even Scotland for that matter. Ross McDaniel, the newly appointed gardener, knows more than he is letting on. And when he shows Molly an ancient yew tree named by the locals as The Ghost Tree, after touching it, Molly discovers a remarkable ability to vividly see and experience her own past life - a life of extreme danger and hardship on the road with the Jacobite in 1745, hunted by the Red Coats for crimes she hasn’t committed. She is also in love with a brave, Scot warrior, leader of the McDaniel clan who soon becomes her husband.
Stirring up forgotten memories and an uncontrollable yearning to be back with those she once loved, Molly is hopelessly torn between very different worlds, two hundred years apart!
Claire Voet is an English author, born in Gosport across the shores of Portsmouth Harbour. Claire started writing in 2010 and has since then written a number of books to include The Ghost of Bluebell Cottage, The Other Daddy A World Away, Captain Hawkes, short story A Helping Hand, Echoes In The Mist and the Outcast series.
Claire demonstrates her love for history and also the supernatural in many of her spellbinding stories.
As a commercial participator for the BBC Children in Need Appeal, Claire donates money from her book sales once a year.
Claire also has a profile page on Blossom Spring Publishing
Thank you, Claire, for sharing your summer picnic with us today.
Thank you too, I have enjoyed our picnic!
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