I’m very pleased to be joined by Victoria Connelly today. Her latest novel is One Last Summer and it sounds like a very emotional read. She is sharing an eclectic mix of ten things about herself which features Tippex, rescue hens and The Waltons!
1 I wrote my first novel on a manual typewriter with a bottle of Tippex by my side. I used to take the pages into school for my friends to read – usually under the desk during maths lessons and it once got confiscated by the teacher who had a good read of it himself!
2 For the past eight years, we’ve been rehoming ex-battery hens. When we bring them home, many have big bald patches and large pale combs and have never seen grass or the sky before. It’s one of the joys of my life to see them grow all their feathers again and learn how to free-range in our garden.
3 I got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales, wearing a Tudor-inspired gown with long trumpet sleeves.
4 I am addicted to lip balm and get panicky if I leave the house without one.
5 When I’m not writing, my biggest passion is gardening and I love growing cut flowers, vegetables and herbs from seed. During spring, our windowsills are full of trays of seedlings.
6 My favourite writers are H E Bates and Miss Read. Both wrote lyrically about the English countryside, and both wrote a wide variety of books including novels, novellas, non-fiction, short stories and essays. I love how they were never pigeon-holed, but followed their passions.
7 If I wasn’t a writer, I’d love to work in conservation – helping to preserve our precious countryside or historic buildings.
8 I love films. I can watch almost anything from a 1930’s gangster film to a modern romantic comedy. Some of my favourite films include Truly Madly Deeply, Howards End, A Month in the Country and A Handful of Dust.
9 Flo Lohman – a character in my Book Lovers series, is named after one of our hens!
10 I have watched every episode of The Waltons and all of the films – many more than once.
My thanks to Kelly at Love Books Tours for inviting me to take part in the blogtour. One Last Summer is available now and you can order a copy online here: One Last Summer
From the back of the book
They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?
Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.
First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?
Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.
More about the author
Victoria Connelly is the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.
With over half a million sales, her books have been translated into a dozen languages. The first, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria flew to Berlin to see it being made and even played a cameo role in it.
A Weekend with Mr Darcy, the first in her popular Austen Addicts series about fans of Jane Austen has sold over 100,000 copies. She is also the author of several romantic comedies including The Runaway Actress which was nominated for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Best Romantic Comedy of the Year.
Victoria was brought up in Norfolk, England before moving to Yorkshire where she got married in a medieval castle. After 11 years in London, she moved to rural Suffolk where she lives in a Georgian cottage with her artist husband, a Springer spaniel and her ex-battery hens.
She’s written about her experience of country life in three volumes of autobiography: Escape to Mulberry Cottage, A Year at Mulberry Cottage and Summer at Mulberry Cottage.
You can get a heart-warming novella, A Dog Called Hope, when you sign up for her newsletter at: victoriaconnelly.com
You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and at facebook.com/victoriaconnelly