Thank you so much for joining me today. As you know, it’s now day number eight on the incredible House of Dreams Blog Tour.
Like always, I have the usual author and book deets for you all, but adding to that, I have a fantastic piece from Fanny herself talking us through what inspired her to write House of Dreams and her other novels. How cool is that? Any aspiring author could learn so much from this especially as Fanny is basically reading and publishing royalty.
So, here we go…
🔅Blurb: At their family hilltop villa, Lucy awaits the arrival of her brother and sister for their mother’s annual birthday party. Although this time, their mother won’t be there.
Struggling at Malaga airport with her fractious four year old, Jo has already lost her case and is dreading arriving without its precious contents.
For Tom, returning to Casa de Sueños stirs up all sorts of memories – then a beautiful face from his past appears . . .
Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. She has written various non-fiction titles, acted as ghost writer for a number of celebrities, and is also Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine. House of Dreams is her fifth book.
🔅Inspiration by Fanny Blake.
Inspiration for writing novels can come from absolutely anywhere: conversations with friends, newspapers, magazines, overheard exchanges on the bus, on TV, a dream, a phrase from a book’ just from staring out of the train window and letting your imagination roam.
My first novel What Women Want came when I was approaching a milestone birthday. I was having that sinking feeling that you sometimes get when you look at your life and think, Is this it? Is it too late to change something? I decided it wasn’t too late to try writing a novel! I decided I wanted to write about two women who had reached the same point as me and decide to do something about it.
The Secrets Women Keep was kickstarted when I read a memoir by a woman whose husband had kept a secret from her all his life. She only found out after he had died, so her view of her of him and of their life together changed completely. I used that same secret in my novel.
With a Friend Like You was born out of a conversation with a friend about two sisters who had fallen out irretrievably over a disagreement between their children. I enjoy writing about women’s friendship and the conversation made me think of testing a close friendship between two women, Beth and Megan, to see how much it would take before it broke down altogether. Can you repair a friendship after it’s been so badly damaged?
My latest, House of Dreams, came to me after I’d heard someone on the radio talking about how we only got to know our parents half way through their lives. He, like most of us, had never got to know his own mother properly as a result. However many conversations we may have, it’s not the same as actually knowing them in their youth and understanding what made them who they were, and in turn what makes us who we are. So I took two sisters and a brother who travel to their childhood home in southern Spain to scatter their mother’s ashes. Over a long emotionally testing weekend, various family secrets spill into the open and they find out about themselves and about what made their mother the woman they knew.
I guess the most important thing to remember is that there are plenty of ideas floating around. It’s just a question of being open those that come to you in whatever form and to recognize the ones that you might be able to turn into something more substantial.
House of Dreams (Orion) by Fanny Blake is out now.
So, if that hasn’t inspired you guys I don’t know what will. Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you all go buy this fantastic book.
All links to buy House of Dreams, book details and links for Fanny Blake will be underneath.
Have a fantastic day everyone.
P.S. Huge shout out to Elaine and Zabiba at Orion for asking me to take part today. 😘
🔅House of Dreams links to buy:
Title: House of Dreams
Author: Fanny Blake
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication date: June 2nd 2016
🔅Links to Fanny Blake: