#Interview with Chrissie Bradshaw, author of Rose’s Choice #WWII #FamilyDrama #Spotlight #BlogTour
I am so happy to welcome Chrissie Bradshaw today and to have the opportunity to share her answers about her writing and her latest book with you. Read on to discover what she reveals, more about her book and herself! Thank you so much for answering my questions, Chrissie!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I live in Northumberland and the collieries in the area were a hive of industry during the war. I heard tales of wartime from my own family and wanted to write about a girl growing up in those times. Our area is home to the famous ‘pitmen painters’ who set up a group in 1939 andpainted everyday scenes of colliery life so John Kelly, Rose’s father,became one of this intriguing group of miners who created fascinating art. There are some strong characters in ‘Rose’s Choice’ so I have written them into a Christmas novella ‘The Unwelcome Angel’ which will come out in October and other books are planned for the series.
What is your writing process?
I start a new novel by living withmy characters for a while and I write lots of notes about them. I love it when a new character comes to life and some of their likes and dislikes take me by surprise. For instance, I never imagined that Rose from ‘Rose’s Choice’ would dislike cooking and knitting so much. I can write anywhere and at any time if I’m pushed but I do like to tuck myself away into my study for a few uninterrupted hours. No two days are the same in my house so I’m flexible about what time of day. My study has everything to hand and no distractions. I am hopeless at writing outdoors and in cafes because there is too much going on and I want to join in. When I’m writing something new, I read what I’ve written the day before and make a few adjustments and that gets me into the flow of the story. When I’m revising my work, I can carry on exactly where I left off.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
Early in the process, I have a notebook for doodling and making notes about my characters and jotting down their habits. I sketch a map of my setting and draw some of the key places but these are all for my eyes only as I’m no artist! When I’m ready to write, I go straight to the computer because it is so easy to cut bits out, add bits and edit as I go. I still use the notebook as I’m writing the main draft to add minor characters names and their descriptions and to add anything else I find out about the main characters.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I love all of my main characters or I couldn’t spend all day with them. I do enjoy writing villains too because I know I can dish out their just desserts at anytime. Rose Kelly in ‘ Rose’s Choice’ is a livewire and a favourite right now. She is clever, hardworking, inquisitive and loves reading but hates doing anything domestic and her curiosity leads to earwigging and learning things she shouldn’t.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I take ages to choose names but I do enjoy it. They have to belong to the time of the novel, they have to suit the character and they haven’t to be the name of anyone I know if the character is at all unpleasant. On top of all that, they can’t sound like other characters in the book. I wouldn’t have Ginnie and Jennie or Johnnie and Ronnie for instance because its confusing for readers and sometimes they sound too comical and take the reader right out of the story. Ginnie, John, Rose, David and Stanley are an example of my ‘rules’.
Rose’s Choice – a heart-wrenching wartime saga of love, family and secrets
Rationing, bombing, disease and pit disasters are part of Rose Kelly’s World War 2 childhood. When the spirited coalminer’s daughter discovers a family secret, she makes a choice that overshadows her teenage years. Rose tries to make the most of post-war opportunities but family tragedy pulls her back to a life in the colliery rows. She relinquishes her bright future for domestic duties because her family comes first. Will family ties get in the way of her dreams?
Author Bio – Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist’s Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker and a tenacious trainer of her welsh terrier, Oscar. She has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. She has written two contemporary sagas, A JARFUL of MOONDREAMS, a contemporary story about family relationships, secrets and how dreams can come true, and THE BARN OF BURIED DREAMS, a contemporary story about two sisters who are struggling after the death of their mother. ROSE’S CHOICE is her first historical saga and is set where Chrissie lives in Northumberland. When she is not writing or reading, you will find Chrissie walking Oscar on the beautiful Northumbrian coastline, travelling or spending time with her family and friends.