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Author Interview

Hello! to Angela Petch

5 Questions to Know you Better…

Perhaps most important – tea or coffee, or maybe hot chocolate?

Usually tea, but I like tisanes too. When I am in Italy – strong cappuccino in a piazza bar where I can people watch.

Of all the characters you have created, who is your favourite?

I think a character called Tiziana, an Italian war-bride who married a boring Englishman to escape the hardships of occupied Italy. Interestingly, she is a minor character in my first novel ‘Tuscan Roots’. She’s a little bit outrageous, a survivor and I enjoyed writing her. She might reappear at some stage.

Do you have a particular place where you write – can you show us a picture?

I write mostly in Tuscany, where we have a watermill that we restored and use for holiday lets. It is very peaceful and I have more time there to write.

Where do you find your inspiration and ideas?

I am very taken with location and the way it impacts on characters. My first two novels are set in the Tuscan Apennines. It’s beautiful but harsh and I researched the effect of war on ordinary people who lived in the area in the first book and in my most recent novel ‘Now and Then In Tuscany’, how the peasants coped with difficult winters. I’m quite nosy and have a vivid imagination; the two ingredients make for stories.

What are you working on currently, and when can we expect to read it?

My next project is completely different and moves away from Tuscany to the British seaside (where I live in Winter). Together with my lovely sister, who is providing the illustrations, I am working on ‘The Adventures of Mavis and Dot’. If you have ever enjoyed the William stories by Richmal Crompton, then this will be an ‘adult’ version, based on two doughty but rather naïve ladies of a certain age who retire to the seaside… and end up in all kinds of scrapes. I’ve read a few of the stories to friends and they have enjoyed them. I think we need humour in this world of ours. I hope to publish it in time for Christmas 2018 – if I said earlier I would put pressure on myself.

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