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Thursday, 2 December 2010

The Lady's Slipper Interview on Goodreads, and Wellington Boots

Here's my interview with Jessica Donaghy on Goodreads in their December Newsletter.

And here is the view from my window today!

Just about managed to get out to my Tai Chi class in the neighbouring village, followed by coffee at Zeffirelli's Cafe. No Lady's Slippers for me only Wellington Boots.The snow keeps coming and going, so its a lovely excuse to light the wood fire and sit down to my third novel. I'm now in Chapter Three and buried under research books and notes.


  1. Oh, it looks so pretty!! We haven't gotten more than an inch or so of snow in Denver (although the mountains have been buried) and it's supposed to be 59 tomorrow!

  2. Hi Daphne, yes it's stunning. I guess I'll make the most of it whilst it's here. Could be slush tomorrow!

  3. Hi Deborah, I am delighted to have discovered your novel, and have just ordered it from Amazon. I read Sarah Johnson's review on Reading the Past, and apart from the fact that it sounded a really good read, I am intrigued by the similarities of setting- time and place, to the novel I am handling for my friend Kathleen Herbert. She was a successful author in the 1980s, setting her books in Cumbria in the Dark Ages. Her fourth novel is set in Furness, in 1678, and from what I gather about The Lady's Slipper, shares some of the same concerns and themes; religious intolerance and new ideas about individual responsibility for one's conduct and one's soul. I found Kathleen's cameo of Margaret Fox a particularly interesting one, as well as her portrait of the deeply troubled Colonel Richard Kirkby (a secret Catholic), in his Peacock Chapel at Kirkby Hall. In my research, I have been amazed at how few novels there are set in the Restoration, and the more I have learned about the history of the time, the more surprised I am. It seems that most historical novels are set in Medieval, or Victorian times- it's as if nothing much happened in between! Or are many writers put off by the richness and complexity of the period, unlike you and Kathleen? My blog is an account of my attempts to get Moon in Leo published, with some extracts from the book, and some notes about Kathleen:
    I hope you will find it of interest. Meanwhile, I look forward to the post in the next few days! Connie