Monday, May 26, 2014
Author Interview : Penelope’s Ghost by Goldie Alexander
Little Blurb about yourself:
“Goldie Alexander’s latest novel, Penelope’s Ghost, is a haunting romance published by Boroughs Publishing Group. Her short stories, articles and books for adults, young adults and children are published both here and overseas. For children she is best known for, "My Australian Story: Surviving Sydney Cove", now in its 11th edition. Recent work for middle grade readers includes ‘The Youngest Cameleer’, ‘eSide: A Journey into Cyberspace’, ‘Cybertrix 2043,’ and ‘Neptunia’. For YA readers: ‘In Hades’ and ‘That Stranger next Door.’ Her latest junior novel is ‘Gallipoli Medals.’ Goldie facilitates creative writing workshops in schools, mentors emerging authors and runs Writing Memoir classes.”
1. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I have always loved to read and make up stories. That inevitably leads to writing my own stories.
2. How long did it take you to write “Penelope’s Ghost”?
Approximately six months. I am quite slow, I think. And there are always the rewrites and other things – like life- that get in the way.
3. While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
I rarely rewrite plots; rather I go inside the plot and that gets rewritten many times and fleshed out even more often.
4. You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?
The children’s section as most of my work is for young readers. This is usually situated at the back of the store and delegated as not important. I always wonder at this because if kids don’t read, they certainly won’t read when they grow up.
5. How many books in a month do you tend to read?
I belong to a number of book clubs so that means at least 4. Sometimes I have to reread a book as well. Does that count?
6. In all the books you've read. Who is your most favorite character and why?
I know this sounds corny, but I have always loved Elizabeth Bennet.
7. State 5 random facts about yourself.
Persistent. Anxious. Self deprecating. Interested in other people. Kind.
8. Your favorite Genre?
Don’t have a favorite. I love crime, Romance and literary novels.
9. What are you currently reading?
‘Her Husband’s Secret’ and ‘Burial Rights’.
10. What is the best book you've read?
All the Shakespeare tragedies.
11. Any new projects coming up?
2 new YA books just out “In Hades” a verse novel and “That Stranger Next Door” set at the time of the McCarthy investigations.
12. Here’s your chance to market your book. Describe it. And why readers should pick it up?
Fleeing a humiliating end to a passionless marriage, Lisa Harbinger seeks refuge in a posh summer retreat on Australia’s lush South Coast. There she finds work as a nanny for two willful children on one prestigious estate. But behind Rangoon’s ivy and red brick walls lies a mystery: What really happened to the family’s beloved Penelope?
Even more mysterious is Richard Prescott. Cold and aloof by day, Lisa’s boss heats up her nights and awakens her soul. But to have a future they both must escape their pasts. Vengeful ghosts and a generations-old curse seek to bring ruin on Richard and his family. But if Lisa can find the answers, she—and her growing love—could be the one to set him free.
Genre: Paranormal/Romantic Suspense/Contemporary
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Date of Publication: April 9th 2014
Word Count: 83,560
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Haunted. Haunting. Redeemed.
When Lisa Harbinger takes a job as nanny to a prestigious Australian family, she gets more than she bargained for: two spoilt children, vengeful ghosts, a long-unsolved mystery and a blazing passion she and her enigmatic boss are unable to deny.
“He fell in love with someone else,” Richard repeated thoughtfully. “Was she a friend of yours?”
It must be time to confess. What he would think of me after that, I didn’t dare consider. “Actually, she was a he. Simon fell in love with Robert and finally admitted he was gay.”
Richard’s eyebrows shot up. “Married to someone as lovely and intelligent as you? That’s almost impossible to believe.”
Lovely? Intelligent? Not knowing how to respond to these compliments I said quickly, “I think Simon always knew he was gay. Even when he married me, he was just in denial. I was too dumb to wake up to it.”
“When you did realise, how did it make you feel?”
“Angry. Miserable. Then totally stupid,” I answered. “There were so many hints, but I kept on ignoring them.” Then I dared to venture, as the atmosphere between us was definitely pulsing, “He was never interested in sex.”
His face blank, Richard turned to the next page of the book we were sharing, then another. In the pause I heard an owl hoot and the wind rustle a branch against the window.
At last he put down the book. “Never interested in sex. That mean you’re not? Let’s find out.” With this, he placed one arm around my waist and with the other hand tilted my head so I faced him. Then he carefully and delicately placed his mouth over mine.
About the Author:
Goldie Alexander has published over 75 books plus many prize winning short stories and articles. For children she is best known for, "My Australian Story: Surviving Sydney Cove", now in its 10th edition. Amongst recent work are three collections of short stories: ‘Killer Virus’, ‘My Horrible Cousins’ and ‘Space Footy”.
Her latest novels for Young Adult include ‘The Youngest Cameleer’, ‘In Hades’ a verse novel, and ‘That Stranger next Door’. For middle grade readers: ‘eSide: A Journey into Cyberspace’. ‘ Cybertrix: 2043, and ‘Neptunia’, and the Junior novel ‘Gallipoli Medals’. She has authored the how-to-write ‘Mentoring Your Memoir’, facilitates creative writing workshops and mentors emerging authors.
Penelope's Ghost is Goldie's first, but far from last, Romance novel.
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Boroughs Publishing Group: www.BoroughsPublishingGroup.com
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