27 Jul 2015

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Author Interview / Lorna Peel

London on 3 September 1939 is in upheaval. War is inevitable. Into this turmoil steps Kate Sheridan, newly arrived from Ireland to live with her aunt and uncle, and look for work. When she meets Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butler sparks fly, but he is a notorious womaniser. Should she ignore all the warnings and get involved with a ladies man whose life will be in daily danger?

Charlie Butler has no intention of getting involved with a woman. But when he meets Kate his resolve is shattered. Should he allow his heart to rule his head and fall for a nineteen-year-old Irish girl while there is a war to fight?

Private conflicts and personal doubts are soon overshadowed. Will the horrors of war bring Kate and Charlie together or tear them apart?

Lorna Peel is an author of contemporary and historical romantic fiction. Her first novel, Only You, a contemporary romance, was published in 2014. Into The Unknown, an historical novel set during WWII, was published in May 2015.

Lorna was born in England and lived in North Wales until her family moved to Ireland to become farmers, which is a book in itself! She lives in rural Ireland, where she write, researches her family history, and grows fruit and vegetables. She also keeps chickens (and a Guinea Hen who now thinks she’s a chicken!).

1. If you could work with any other author, who would it be and why?  I prefer to write alone but if I had the chance, it would be Sharon Kay Penman. I absolutely love her historical novels, especially her Welsh trilogy. The amount of research which goes into her books must be phenomenal but it never shows.
2. What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write?  I’m not a morning person so I write in the late afternoon and evening. I like to be comfortable when I write so I tend to do most of my writing on the sofa in the living room. The TV is off but I might listen to music, depending on what I’m writing.
3. What is the hardest part of the writing for you?  Finding the time in Summer to write. Winter isn’t so bad, with long, dark evenings, but Summer is harder with chickens and a garden to look after but I always make up for the lack of Summer writing in Winter.
4. When and why did you first start writing?  I was nineteen and hadn’t been encouraged to do any creative writing at school, so once I was free of school, I wanted to see if I could put my imagination to good use and actually write a full length novel from start to finish.
5. How did you come up with the idea for the book?  I wanted to show World War Two from a different perspective—from one of the many Irish people who joined the allied forces—so I created Kate. She needed a contrasting love interest, so I created Charlie.

6. Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?  I don’t have time to read very much in Summer, but I make up for it in Winter, so I have quite a few books on my combined electronic and print TBR pile. Some at the top are: Heartstone by C.J. Sansom, Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham, Faithful Place by Tana French and The Secrets of Pain by Phil Rickman.

7. Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?  Never give up. Be stubborn and grow a thick skin. Don’t allow anyone to put you or your writing down.

Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00UAY719Y
Amazon US - http://amzn.com/B00UAY719Y
iBooks UK - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id974054282?mt=11
iBooks US - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-unknown/id974054282
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/525040
Nook UK - http://www.nook.com/gb/ebooks/into-the-unknown-by-lorna-peel/2940046616323
Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121346684
Tirgearr Publishing - http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Peel_Lorna/into-the-unknown.htm