Our guest today is Glynis Smy. She’s here to speak with us about her wonderful historical romance novels. Thanks for being here, Glynis.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am English, have a Welsh Christian name, and French family ties. From 2005 to 2013, I lived in Cyprus. A little European … literally, at 5’ 2”. Oh, and have a weird sense of humour. I am married to the man I met when I was 17, nearly 40 years ago, we will celebrate 35 years of marriage this year. We have three adult children, and one darling granddaughter. I live in the coastal town of Dovercourt, near Harwich, Essex. The captain/owner of the Mayflower lived here, and Samuel Pepys was member of parliament for the town. The sea is in my blood and to live back in my hometown has been a great source of inspiration for my latest book.
When did you begin writing?
I have written poetry, short stories and magazine articles from a very young age. I won an inter-schools poetry contest at the age of twelve, and never looked back. Writing novels happened during my quiet years in Cyprus. I am what is known as a late bloomer. J
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Ripped Genes, is the sequel to, Ripper, My Love. They fall into the historical romance suspense/thriller genre. I had no intention of writing a second book but after several emails and requests from readers, which really touched me, I caved in and wrote more about the life of my character, Kitty Harper.
How did you get the idea for the book?
I’d seen a film about, Jack the Ripper, and my husband passed a comment about the evil side of him. I thought about it, and replied that he was a son of someone, surely someone loved him at some point in his life. This triggered the idea that, yes, someone might love The Ripper.
If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?
This is an interesting question. When I wrote, Ripped Genes, I actively marketed what I considered my two strongest books. However, my readers thought otherwise and, Maggie’s Child (Victorian romance), has become the favourite. It recently hit #1 in the Amazon category, historical romance Victorian for ebooks, #1 for books, and #25 in the paid section for general historical romance. I was overwhelmed by the statistics. Also, I am proud to find the book has made it into the second round of the, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. So, what I thought was my weakest book is in fact the strongest in sales, and I suppose I would say, Maggie’s Child is the answer.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
I think, Maggie. I loved, Kitty, and am loving, Elle Buchanan my new character but Maggie crept under my skin. She is a survivor, and struggles along during times when men owned women. She also survived abandoning her child.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Oh easy answer, the back page blurb/synopsis. Seriously, I had to remind myself not to fail my character. She needed a happy ending, not the one that kept threatening to become my twist. I will save that for another suspense novel.
What is your primary goal as an author?
To improve. I have loads of room for improvement.
What projects are you currently working on?
My latest novel is one I started in Cyprus. It is based here, in my hometown. The Penny Portrait is a Victorian romance set in the mid 1800’s, and again I have a female lead character, Elle Buchanan. In Ripped Genes I venture to America with Kitty, in this one I am off to … no, I will not add spoilers. I love the research side so tend to find other places to explore. J
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Make time for writing. Set aside even a half hour to write something each day. Even if it is a diary. This way you never suffer with ‘block’. Learn from others but do not always think their way of writing is your way, stay true to your voice. Never give up on your dream. Self-publishing is not the death of you as a writer so do not be scared of the process. Relax and enjoy your writing. Polish it to the best of your abilities or employ an editor. You can still submit your self-published work to publishers/agents, while enjoying the knowledge that you have achieved a goal in life … you wrote a book and someone is reading it!
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When farmer’s wife Maggie Sawbury gives birth to her fifth child, the only one that has lived and the result of an extra-marital affair, she is heartbroken and desperate. Maggie knows her joyless life with a bully of a husband is not one a child should endure, and she leaves the baby at the roadside to be found by passers-by.
Her money-driven husband announces he has found her another job in the village of Redgrave, aside from the many tasks she has on Windtop farm. He is totally unaware the position comes with a secret. One that frightens and yet brings joy to Maggie. She is to become wet-nurse to her abandoned child.
Love, and the possibility of incest, threaten to open old wounds, and Maggie has several decisions to make. However, will they be the right ones? If she tells all she knows, it will bring about the destruction of three families. Equally, her silence could be just as destructive. She shares her secret with another, the result changes her life, and a death brings with it more secrets. Will Maggie stay or will she walk away and find the love she craves?