Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment! Today we’re featuring author Anneli Purchase. Read on to learn more about Anneli!
[AP]: I had enjoyed writing short stories for a long time but when I joined the local writers’ club and saw that so many of the members were writing longer works, I began to think about telling a longer story. My mother had an eventful life and I thought this would be a good starting point. I took her story and fictionalized it. Julia’s Violinist was the result.
[AC]: Do you have a specific writing style?
[AP]: I try to make my writing sound like an ordinary person talking, telling a story. It needs to be entertaining and colourful without being flowery, and yet with enough detail to make the reader feel as if they are in the scene they are reading about.
[AC]: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
[AP]: Not necessarily a message, but I hope that readers will still be thinking about the book and its characters long after they finish reading.
[AC]: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
[AP]: Very often the events in my novels have their beginnings in something I’ve experienced or seen, but I take care to add a lot of fiction as I build the story around them.
[AC]: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
[AP]: I don’t have a writer in mind that I try to emulate. My mother was an excellent storyteller who always kept her listeners spellbound to the end. What I am trying to do is to combine her talent for storytelling with well-crafted language, written correctly in terms of grammar, and in the voice that the story calls for.
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Welcome to the café! Today we’re featuring Anneli Purchase’s title, Julia’s Violinist.
And here’s an excerpt…
Excerpt From Julia’s Violinist
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Anneli’s Café Order
And what would Anneli order at our café counter?
Good morning! Today we’re going to spice things up at the café with a new feature: Meet The Author Moment. Today, we’re introducing LLm’s own Caroline James. Welcome Caroline!
[AC]: What do you absolutely need to write?
[CJ]: I have a passion for food and the hospitality industry. When my fingers touch the keyboard and my head clicks into gear on this subject, the words start to flow and I’m off! I met so many fascinating characters in my years as an hotelier and latterly as a consultant and the hotel environment is a hot-bed of characters and gossip. The best piece of advice I ever had was to write what you know, so I work on that basis and adapt incidents and experiences that I’ve come across or been part of. I often think the stories seem far-fetched, but in truth I’ve generally toned them considerably!
[AC]: What inspired you to create the lead characters?
[CJ]: I’ve worked with chefs for many years and had a good insight into the machinations of what makes a so called ‘celebrity chef,’ seen constantly on our TV screens. I also appreciate how hard they work and wanted to weave a story around the industry from a different point of view – backstage and how it might work. The lead male character is loosely based on a chef who had a reckless lifestyle off-stage but was a completely loveable rogue.
[AC]: Was there an alternate ending?
[CJ]: I remember listening to crime writer Ian Rankin talk about his writing and he said that he never knew the ending of his novels until he wrote the last page. I felt like this with So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? It wasn’t until right at the end that I knew for sure what would happen and was then able to write it. So I guess the ending could have had many alternatives.
[AC]: Where were you when the idea for this book came to you?
[CJ]: Stonked off my face at a food festival in Ireland, enjoying Irish hospitality at it’s best! The festival was Kinsale’s Annual Gourmet Food Festival – a truly incredible event and for those that can stay the course, it is three days of total food and drink debauchery. Paradise for me! Wonderful people and fantastic entertainment; sadly the host of the festival, the enigmatic Derek Davies, died earlier this year but the show goes on and will ride successfully into its 40th year in 2016. It was blindingly obvious to me to base a book around this event because it is so colourful and interesting. Some of the plot came from an experience I’d had with a crazy chef in France but again, no one would believe me if I’d kept to the truth!J
[AC]: You’re in a café, like this one, and you go up to the counter. What would you order?
[CJ]: A large Americano, with hot skimmed milk on the side, then I’ll loiter around the glass dome that covers a tray of chocolate brownies and tell myself not to go there, but deciding that life is too short not to, I’ll order two to have with my coffee.
[AC]: What’s up next for you? Anything you can share that’s in the works?
[CJ]: I’m continuing the Coffee, Tea series. My debut book Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy & Me has a strong fan base and I am constantly asked what happens to the main characters, Jo and Hattie. So, Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean & Me is about to be born and we find Jo and Hattie have moved on in years and following life changes for both, go on holiday to Barbados. The book is a romantic comedy – a story about the friendship between two women who have both suffered loss. The story shows that there is hope in middle years, romance can happen and life really does begin again. I loved writing this book and enjoyed the research, especially the pina coladas which were compulsory throughout! Two more books will follow next year: Coffee, Tea, the Boomers & Me and Coffee, Tea, Christmas & Me. Can’t wait – 2016 is going to be busy!
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Happy Saturday! Any exciting plans for the weekend? How about getting away with us for a little while? Here at the Author’s Café, we thought we’d escape to a quaint English village for a look at what life’s really like there, before flying over to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula for a little romance and a lot of setting. Read on for more on this edition of The LLm Author’s Café!
Excerpt From Shades of Appley Green
Excerpt From Orion’s Gift
Recipe of the Day
How about a little taste of Mexican coffee? Though I’m not so sure this will be the brew you want to start out your day, but rather end it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 Tbsp Tequila
- 1 Tbsp Kahlua
- 1 cup strong brewed coffee
- 1/3 cup melted vanilla ice cream
- In a large mug, combine Tequila, Kailua, and coffee.
- In a small bowl, melt vanilla ice cream in microwave for 20-30 seconds.
- Add ice cream to the coffee mixture and serve immediately.
Music of the Day
The songs I associate with the writing of Orion’s Gift are ones I heard played on someone’s portable (old-fashioned now) cassette tape player on the beach that was the setting for Orion’s Gift. Crosby, Stills, and Nash have been long-time favourites of mine, and their songs “Southern Cross” and “Change Partners” fit the storyline for my book perfectly.
CD – Adele’s 21 – Moving, emotional lyrics in all her songs, but words haunted me from Rolling in the Deep – ‘… we could have had it all …’ Succinct and powerful, this tiny sentence says so much and must’ve been something that Steph in Shades of Appley Green thought constantly, albeit as a strong character she did not allow herself to be beaten.
Adele’s songs, in fact the titles alone, could provide inspiration for entire novels! The following track, Rumour Has It, for example – well, don’t villages thrive on rumour and gossip?