Although Endless Skies is a contemporary romance it looks back to World War Two when archaeologist Rachel starts to dig a site at a former airbase and befriends an elderly lady who worked there as a young girl and witnessed a love story she remembered all her life.
So every weekend in July an author who has written a wartime novel will be joining me. The first is Angela Barton who generally writes contemporary romance too, but her debut was the incredibly moving Arlette’s Story, based on the tragic events that happened in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. She is followed by debut author Maisie Thomas who has written a trilogy called The Railway Girls, about the women who kept this vital means of communication up and running during World War Two.
I reviewed Maisie’s book in Frost magazine last week (https://www.frostmagazine.com/2020/06/girls-girls-girls-jane-cable-reviews-two-world-war-two-sagas/) alongside Vicki Beeby’s The Ops Room Girls. I loved them both and my conversation with Vicki is on 18th July, to celebrate her own publication day on the 16th. My final guest is long time friend Angela Petch who is writing fabulous dual timeline books set in Tuscany in wartime and today.
Endless Skies is set in a county I love, namely Lincolnshire, so in August I will be welcoming writers with connections to that part of the country. Some have lived there and some place their characters there and I was fascinated to find out how this very special place of endless skies has influenced their work.
There is no running order as yet but I will be chatting with fellow Sapere authors Ros Rendle and Tim Chant who write women’s fiction (both contemporary and historical) and historical adventures respectively. There will also be appearances from two longstanding author friends of mine, Rosemary Noble from my Chindi Authors days, who writes historical fiction, and Barbara Copperthwaite who I met online when we were both indie authors and whose debut, Invisible, is probably the best psychological thriller I have ever read.
As well as arranging all these interviews I have been regularly meeting up with other authors online and it’s proved to be great fun and very informative. Mondays it’s the women I met on the writing retreat in February, Tuesday is fellow Sapere authors and on Friday the Apricot Plots ladies get together for a virtual chat. It’s been one of the real positives to come from lockdown and long may it continue.Photo courtesy of Hemswell Antique Centres.