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There’s Something About Cornwall is now available – an interview with author Daisy James

Title: There’s Something About Cornwall
By author: Daisy James
Release Date: March 8th, 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Genre: Humorous Women’s Fiction

A knight in a shining camper van!

Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…

Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby.

Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?

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Say Hello to author Daisy James!

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. Her husband and young son were willing samplers of her baking creations which were triple-tested for her debut novel, The Runaway Bridesmaid. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

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Hi Aimee, and a huge thank you for having me as a guest on your lovely blog. I’m super excited about the upcoming release of my fourth novel There’s Something About Cornwall.

Do you have a favorite writing spot where you get the most done?

I do. I have a lovely writer’s retreat in my back garden – it’s a peppermint-and-cream summer house (garden shed!) where I can go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the house. I love it in the spring and summer, but I can even use it in the autumn if I wrap up warm in a cosy fleece and fingerless gloves. But brrr…. I decamp to the kitchen table in the winter.

Do you find a certain time of day to be better for writing for you and why?

I find I’m the most creative in the morning so I need to get started as soon as possible. That’s easier said than done, especially as I like to check out my Facebook and Twitter accounts in the mornings too. I then spend the afternoons typing up what I’ve handwritten (yes, I still write with paper and pen!)

What part of the writing process do you hate the most?

That easy for me to answer. It’s definitely thinking up my characters’ names. I spend a huge amount of time thinking about this. Their names are such an important part of who they are, it’s vital to get it right. When I started researching my Christmas book, I eventually settled on a name for my main character that I thought was right, but as I started to write, her name changed and I realised that was always what she should have been called. Surnames are also a bugbear for me. It’s hard enough to come up with one name never mind two!

What kind of writer are you when beginning a new story – pantster, planner or something entirely different?

I am definitely a plotter. I loved researching and planning There’s Something About Cornwall. It’s a fun, culinary road trip around the UK’s southernmost county in a cute orange-and-cream vintage campervan which Emilie and matt nickname the Satsuma Splittie. The story features lots of delicious recipes that are local to the area as well as artisan beverages, such as Cornish Scrumpy – an apple cider – and even Cornish tea!

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished writing my summer book which is set on the Greek island of Corfu. It’s one of my favourite places to visit and I loved getting out my holiday photographs to conjure up memories of sun-bleached beaches and oodles of Ouzo. At the moment I’m busy researching a Christmas book. It will be a first for me and I’m enjoying experimenting with baking Christmas treats to get me in the mood!

Coffee, Wine or something else?

I’m an avid tea drinker – too much really. I’ve recently branched out into fruit teas, raspberry and apple is a favourite of mine as well as camomile. When the sun is over the yard arm, I wouldn’t say no to a glass of cold Prosecco rosé.

What’s your favorite reading/writing snack?

I’d love to tell you that I snack on rice cakes, celery sticks, and carrots, but that wouldn’t be true. I’m a sucker for any kind of cake, I’m afraid, but I do try to stick to fruit (love mangos!) if I can.

What’s a hobby you have that’s got nothing to do with books?

Writing is a very sedentary occupation, isn’t it? I’ve recently converted my desk into a standing desk, but even so, I think it’s important to get out in the fresh air and stretch the aching muscles. I’m a member of our local archery club and we shoot every Sunday in the winter and three times a week in the summer months. I’ve just progressed to shoot fifty-yard targets which I’m really proud of. It’s a fun hobby and to make it interesting we fix different images to the target face before loading up our quiver for an afternoon of shooting. I am also an avid baker. My novels usually feature a character who loves to bake. In There’s Something About Cornwall, Emilie is a food photographer who is commissioned to photograph a famous TV chef’s cakes for her next cookery book. I love researching the recipes – all local to Cornwall – and tried most of them out. Not good for the waistline, I can tell you!

Daisy has a #Giveaway going on right now for UK residents only.
To win the prize pictured below just head over to her Twitter account, follow & retweet the pinned tweet.
You can find Daisy’s Twitter account here: @DaisyJamesBooks
Giveaway valid through March 2017.

Thank you, Daisy, for allowing me to feature you and your fabulous new release on There’s Something About Cornwall. Your cover is absolutely stunning, one of my favorites so far this year! I’m so glad to read that you don’t snack on rice cakes & celery… I can’t say that when I feel like ‘snacking’ that either of those come to mind. lol

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  • Reply daisyjamesblog

    A huge thank you, Aimee, for having me as a guest on your lovely blog. I really enjoyed answering your questions. Daisyx

    March 8, 2017 at 11:57 am
    • Reply AimeeB

      Thank you so much for allowing me to feature you! Such fun! I can’t wait to read this one!

      March 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

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