However, sagas are my passion. They are what I prefer to read and write. Saga-wise, I would have to put Catherine Cookson at the top. She was a true master of her craft — her style is rather simplistic but does the job brilliantly. Gripping, un-put-downable stories told from the heart. Her books are like a big hug from beginning to end.
Though my favourite is Wilkie Collins. His voice and creative skill blow me away. He had a true gift. Have you another book in the pipeline? If so, can you tell us something about it? This tells the story of three orphans struggling for survival in the mean slums of Victorian Manchester. This book is out February next year. And lastly, you are holding a dinner party and are planning to invite four celebrity guests. Who would you choose and why? Sadly, most of my favourite people are dead! Because, well. Moreover, he might have some useful tips for that war book I mentioned… Next would be Brian Blessed.
I LOVE that man. His positive outlook and zest for life is wonderful.
Also, he must have some fascinating stories to tell! A fantastic actor and all-round lovely jubbly bloke. Thirty-three-year-old mother of three Emma Hornby lives on a tight-knit working-class estate in Bolton and has read sagas all her life. Before pursuing a career as a novelist, she had a variety of jobs, from care assistant for the elderly, to working in a Blackpool rock factory.
Then a single coin changed hands. A drunkard and bully, Joseph rules her with a rod of iron, using fists and threats to keep her in check. She manages to escape, and taking her baby, flees for the belching chimneys of Manchester, in search of her only relative. But with the threat of discovery by Joseph, who will stop at nothing to find her, Sally must fight with every ounce of strength she has to protect herself and her son, and finally be with the man who truly loves her.
For a fresh start does not come without a price. Eighteen-year-old Moll Chambers works her fingers to the bone doing all she can to support her family. With an ailing father and a wayward mother, Moll is the only one who can look after her siblings, Bo and Sissy. And they have her brother in their sights. With her loyalties now torn in two and tragedy lurking round every corner, will Moll be able to rise above the conflict and protect those she loves the most?
Or will stepping out with a scuttler spell ruin for them all…? It is , and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory.
For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, in Edinburgh, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. His family history is laid out before him in a patchwork of unfamiliar handwriting and colourful seams. I absolutely loved this book. A multi-layered trio of stories which weave together, all connected to one sewing machine.
These three very different yet connected tales move seamlessly through the book.
The author has created a wonderful array of very real characters. All in all a wonderful debut and worthy of five stars.
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I look forward to reading more from Natalie Fergie. Natalie Fergie is a textile enthusiast, and has spent the last ten years running a one-woman dyeing business, sending parcels of unique yarn and thread all over the world. Before this she had a career in nursing.
She lives near Edinburgh. The Singer 99K, which was the inspiration for this novel, has had at least four previous owners. Good morning Sue and welcome. Morning, Jo. Thanks very much for having me.
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I live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, a move we made as a family six years ago. I have two teenage sons and a 2-year-old standard poodle, called Forrest named after Mr Gump. Originally, I thought I fancied writing for children. I found that I thoroughly enjoyed those two hours a week and soon developed a love of writing. At one of the classes, I wrote a piece of flash fiction about a guardian angel who had been allocated Sue Shepherd to watch over. It was a comedy piece about how disastrous I was, and how all the angels dreaded getting assigned to me. The group seemed to like the piece, and Sophie suggested I elaborate on the idea.
Before I knew it, I was writing a full-blown novel, and very quickly my three main human characters made themselves and their situations known to me.
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The general situations that people find themselves in fascinate me. I never do a lot of plotting for my books. I prefer to put my characters in a situation and see where they go. It begins with a man driving and he must decide whether to hit a rabbit in the road or swerve.
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The story then shows his twenty-something daughter six years later, living two very different lives. That story was inspired by a piece I read about a woman who had a car accident when she swerved to avoid a bird in the road and collided with a telegraph pole. I like to have something slightly different in my books, for example, angels and parallel lives, and there is a similar element to book three.
Mysterious, huh? I think it was reading her novels that really helped me to decide on my preferred genre.
Another thing I love about her books is how she can go from laughter to tears in the space of a page. She has a wonderful warm Irish voice which is captured within her books. And lastly, a Desert Island Disc themed question. If you were planning to spend time away from civilization, what four songs would you take with you and why?
I recently got interested in desert island discs.