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Good to meet you…author Rosemary Morris

Author Rosemary Morris is braving the foul winds and rain to join me today, but luckily she doesn’t have too far to come.  Rosemary is a fellow English author, from the county we call “leafy Hertfordshire”, just a couple of hours’ drive down the M1.  Not many leaves on the trees at the minute, though :(

I was going to make Rosemary a typical Yorkshire snack and fetch us both a chip butty from the fish shop, but then I thought, no.  Where is my New Year’s diet resolution?  Instead, we’re having some far more wholesome cucumber sandwiches and a pot of tea.  (I hope Rosemary will forgive me!)

Helena, First of all, thank you very much for inviting me to be your guest.

rosemary morris, helena fairfax, far beyond rubiesIt’s my pleasure, Rosemary.  Thanks for braving the weather! My first question is, where is your favourite place in the world?  At the moment, it’s my comfortable home with an organic garden, where I grow my own herbs, fruit, vegetables and ornamentals, that has a view of the green and the woods beyond.

Oh that sounds lovely.  Hertfordshire really is leafy!

Being a writer is a great job. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?  A job as a secretary in Nairobi Kenya which only lasted two days because the boss and I took an immediate dislike to each other.

At least you got out after a couple of days!

What book do you wish you had written?  Yet to be written English equivalent of Margret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.

Fabulous.  I went to see the film (again) on New Year’s Eve :)

What’s your favourite song?  Unchained Melody. These days it brings tears to my eyes because it reminds me of my late husband, God rest his soul.

That’s a really lovely song to remember him by.

What’s your happiest childhood memory?  Coming home from school on sunny summer days and having tea in the garden with my mother. The tea table would be set under the spreading branches of a crab apple tree, and roses perfumed the air.

Lovely!

If you had to marry a fictional character, from film, television or books, who would it be?  Rhett Butler from Gone with The Wind provided there was a happy outcome.

Great choice!

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?  Do unto others as I wish to be done by.

Finally, please tell us about your latest book.

rosemary morris, helena fairfax, far beyond rubiesSet in 1706 during Queen Anne Stuart’s reign, Far Beyond Rubies begins when William, Baron Kemp, Juliana’s half-brother claims she and her young sister, Henrietta, are bastards. Spirited Juliana is determined to prove the allegation is false, and that she is the rightful heiress to Riverside, a great estate.

On his way to deliver a letter to William, Gervaise Seymour sees Juliana for the first time on the grounds of her family estate. The sight of her draws him back to India. When “her form changed to one he knew intimately – but not in this lifetime,” Gervaise knows he would do everything in his power to protect her.

Although Juliana and Gervaise are attracted to each other, they have not been formally introduced and assume they will never meet again. However, when Juliana flees from home, and is on her way to London, she encounters quixotic Gervaise at an inn. Circumstances force Juliana to accept his kind help. After Juliana’s life becomes irrevocably tangled with his, she discovers all is not as it seems. Yet, she cannot believe ill of him for, despite his exotic background, he behaves with scrupulous propriety while trying to help her find evidence to prove she and her sister are legitimate.

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Far Beyond Rubies has received 5* reviews and is available as an e-book and a paperback from:  MuseItUp Publishing / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Smashwords, Bookstrand, Omnlit and Kobo

You can find Rosemary on her website or her blog.

www.rosemarymorris.co.uk

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Thanks so much for coming, Rosemary.  It’s been good of you to come out in this terrible weather.  Hope you have a good trip down south!

If you have any questions for Rosemary, or any comments at all, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

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25 thoughts on “Good to meet you…author Rosemary Morris

    1. Thank you for your good wishes. I’m hoping for good sales, but these days I believe authors have to write for the love of writing regardless of how many books are sold. Mind you, I can’t pretend that I wouldn’t like to be a best seller,

      All the best,

      Rosemary Morris

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    1. Tina,

      Thank you for your encouragement. Queen Anne Stuart did not have the charisma of some of the other English monarchs, but the era is fascinating; and, of course, if the Duke of Marlborough had not won The War of Spanish Succession the history of Europe would have been quite different,

      All the best,

      Rosemary Morris

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  1. Helena and Rosemary, you could make a movie out of this interview! I have such a romantic image of England.

    Rosemary, I too have an organic garden and grow herbs and Helena what a great thing to do on New Year’s Eve, to see Gone With the Wind. I’m loving all of this including the cucumber sandwiches and Rosemary, the tea in the garden with your mother!

    Best wishes for your book, Rosemary. It sounds interesting! Congratulations on the 5 star reviews.

    Curl up with a killer – Cozy Mysteries
    The Ginseng Conspiracy by Susan Bernhardt
    http://www.susanbernhardt.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan! It doesn’t feel very romantic in England at the moment, with all the rain we’ve been having :( But the sun has started to shine a little today. I do hope spring will be here soon! Thanks for your lovely comment!

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    2. Susan,

      Thank you for your best wishes.

      The weather has been atrocious, rain, wind and more rains lashing the windows. It’s not possible to do much in the garden. However, today I popped into the greenhouse, where I have planted bulbs in a variety of pretty china containers – cups, an old tea caddy, a tall flower vase. I put charcoal at the bottom of each one to stop the compost becoming smelly, and was delighted to find out that golden crocuses had bloomed.

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    1. Thank you Mathew. Queen Anne Stuart is not particularly interesting, she was badly educated and, like all the Stuarts, fickle. However, the era is interesting; and, of course, if the Duke of Marborough ahd lost The War of Spanish Succession, the history of Europe would be quite different.

      In each of my novels set in this period I have tried to bring the customs, etiquette, etc., to life,

      All the best,

      Rosemary Morris

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Loren. You’re right, small details of childhood stay with us for ever. Rosemary is lucky to have such a delightful image to look back on. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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      1. Yes, the little things, the good and bad, remain in the memory; and now my grandchildren provide endless entertainment. The other day I gave my 4 year old granddaughter some money to buy the treat of the week, a small packet of chocolate. She wanted to leave the shop without paying. I explained that if people don’t pay the shop-keeper might call a policeman. “Oh no,” she explained, “I don’t want to be told off by a policeman.” She handed the money over very quickly.

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  2. Rosemary,

    The time period of your story intrigues me for the same reason Tina Williams mentioned–untypical historical setting for a romance. Unchained Melody is a heart-tugger for me, too. I’m partial to the Marty Robbins version. Rhett Butler… need I say more (fanning myself). :-)

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  3. Another novel which I am writing is the first of a trilogy set in the reign of Edward II of England. To the best of my knowledge his army, the last large, English medieval one, was defeated at the Battle of Bannockburn where it has been said that the flower of English Chivalry died.

    I like to set novels at a time when the course of history changed. And, of course, The Captain and The Countess set in Queen Anne Stuart’s reign, 1702-1714, during which The Act of Union (between England and Scotland was passed0. To this day some Scots resent it saying that their ancestors were not asked if they wanted the act to be passed.

    All the best,

    Rosemary Morris

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  4. Yes, it was. At that time I was not a vegetarian and enjoyed egg and tomato sandwiches. Mother also served thinly cut cucumber sandwiches, scones and according to season, cherries or strawberries. I remember taking cherries joined by two stalks and looping them over my ears, pretending they were earrings. The sun always seemed to shine and Mother, her skin tanned, her hair beautifully arranged wore a pretty summer dress and always seemed to be smiling. Even the tortoise seemed happy and enjoyed drinking from a saucer of sweetened milky tea. I don’t know if it did him any good but it made a change from water and lettuce leaves.

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      1. And one of my daughter-in-laws has a huge, greedy, black and white fluffy cat, who loves to drink tea if we don’t watch our cups of tea etc. Also, the minute he hears the children open their yoghurt pots, he’s right there hoping to lick out the remnants.

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