RELUCTANT DATE by Sheila Claydon from Books We Love Publishing available at:
Archive for January, 2013
His lessons are irregular and playful, but the teacher/pupil bond grows strong. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro premieres, and Nanina, now twelve, is given a solo part. For her, this is the beginning of a long stage career. For Mozart, it marks the start of his ruin. His greatest works will be composed in poverty and obscurity.
During the composer’s last summer, his wife has left him. Chronically in debt and suffering the emotional isolation of genius, he takes refuge with his disreputable Volksoper friends, who want him to write a “peasant opera” for their audience. Nanina, now grown, and still in love with Mozart, is among their number. As he seeks solace among the women of the Volksoper, the charms of his young fan become increasingly alluring. No one, least of all the composer, understands the depth of her obsession or how a brief affair will permanently alter her life.“This really knocked my socks off, and so you don’t have to know the opera or Mozart’s music to love this book.” Kay Cochran
“The brilliance of the plot is that it is timeless … Teenage fan falls in love, has a brief love affair with her idol…The characters are as real as today, once again underscoring the fact that people, after all, never change in motives or behavior, only in time.” Patricia A. Martin
A sweeping tale of love’s triumph over tragedy and treachery in frontier Australia.
An old Scottish feud, a love that should never have happened, and a series of extraordinary coincidences traps two lovers in a family vendetta that threatens to destroy their love, if not their lives.
Posted in Historical Fiction, tagged American Revolution, Hailee Steinfeld, historical fiction, Jeremy Irons, Kathy Fischer-Brown, Oliver Platt, Serpent's Tooth, triilogy on January 6, 2013| 6 Comments »
I would like to thank Juliet Waldron for inviting me to participate in the “Next Big Thing Blog Hop.” Juliet’s latest work of historical fiction, Roan Rose, was recently published by Second Wind Publishing. Please check out Juliet’s blog and her work.
What is the working title of your book?
The Partisan’s Wife. I really had my heart set on calling it “The Patriot’s Wife,” but living in New England, I had second thoughts. What if someone bought the book thinking it was about super-model, Gisele Bundchen, New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s wife 🙂
Where did the idea come from?
It’s been so long, I hardly remember, but I think it evolved from a dream that led to to the first two books of “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy.” This is older than some people I know (including my kids). In the late ’70s I started writing what turned into a veritable “monster in a box,” nearly 1200 manuscript pages of an historical novel. After it had a spin or two around the block to most of the New York publishers as an agented submission, it slept undisturbed on various computer hard drives for nearly 20 years. For some inexplicable reason, I decided to revisit it with hopes of approaching my publisher, Books We Love, Ltd., about breathing life into the old girl. I’ve spent the last ten months rewriting, rethinking, and editing. I guess you could call it a life’s project.
What genre does your novel fall under?
Which actors would you chose to play your characters if it became a movie?
When I started writing way back when, a number of young actresses and actors would have been top choices. Many an ingenue has grown up since I first thought of such possibilities. Today, I would probably pick Hailee Steinfeld in a couple of years for Anne. Brad Pitt from “Legends of the Fall” would have been lovely for Peter; I also like Tom Hardy. Jeremy Irons for Anne’s father, and a younger Oliver Platt as Tony.
What is the one-sentence blurb for the book?
In the early years of the American Revolution, two star-crossed lovers face impossible choices in their quest for honor and redemption.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be published by Books We Love, Ltd., an independent publisher, in January 2013.
How long did it take to get to the final draft of the MS?
All told, counting the first two books, it probably took about four years. I was a young mother and working full-time, so I wrote whenever I could. I then fiddled with it for another five or six years. This last book has now been in rewrite and polishing stages for about four months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe books I read as a kid. Frances Parkinson Keyes, for one.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Again, I can’t say. The muse made me do it.
What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?
For one thing, it’s the final book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy (Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter and Courting the Devil being the first two). I don’t know if anyone else is interested in the reaseach materials I was able to find online, but to me they were amazing–old maps and firsthand accounts of events, and favorite old tomes that have been digitized and made available to anyone. My greatest feeling of pride (along with the story and characters, of course) is (hopefully) recreating New York and Philadelphia as they might have been during the American Revolution under British occupation. Sadly, these cities no longer exist. Both are so completely changed that modern day visitors would have a hard time recognizing them, from the names of the streets, to the farms, forests and wild animals that inhabited their outer fringes. As a writer of historical fiction, I believe the details of the world and the places my characters inhabit are as much a part of the story as they are.
Next up on the blog hop is fellow author at Books We Love, A.M Westerling, who writes historical romance.