Today I'm pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for The Postcard with a Q&A with the author Leah Fleming.
Can you tell us about your new book?
My new book: The Postcard is a quest to find long lost family ties before it is too late. Melissa takes up her Australian father’s dying wish to find his uncertain ancestry in Britain. All she has with her is a shoe box full of photographs, a medal and a postcard. From a WW1 theatrical star, to a Special agent of the SOE, she finds each generation of women in danger of repeating the very mistakes of their mothers and fathers ( including herself). But a tough fighting spirit runs through this family. This overcomes many of the obstacles in solving this quest.
What was your inspiration for The Postcard?
The inspiration behind this book was how simple communication by letter, postcard or face to face confessions are so important. A lost postcard can change lives forever. A truth withheld can break relationships. I was also inspired by the bravery of the female agents of WW2 who sacrificed family life for patriotic duty and many paid a supreme price for their choice.
What has been your greatest experience of being a published writer?
One great experience of being a published writer is receiving letters and emails from all over the world. This gift of giving me feedback is so welcome . I love to hear how my stories have stirred up memories of the past or encouraged someone to start writing.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
To inspiring authors I would say, read, read and read above your level, respect your art by accepting it is a process that takes time to get right and trust your “own voice” it will show you where you sing best.
What was the first book you ever bought yourself?
The first book I bought for pleasure must have been Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn or Frenchman’s Creek back in the mists of time. What a storyteller!
What was the last book you read?
I am currently reading Peter Robinson’s Abbatoir Blues. I don’t read my own genre fiction when I am writing a book but a good crime fits the bill especially a series set in the Dales.
Finally, what are you working on at the moment?
The Title: The Little Shop of Pearls came to me in the middle of the night a few months ago so I am following where it leads and researching in Scotland , USA and York at the moment. It will be out next year if I can get a move on…
Thanks for asking me to join you here.