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Fascinating #Interview with Eva Glyn, author of An Island of Secrets – #BookPromo #BlogTour

Very honoured today to welcome Eva Glyn, author of An Island of Secrets, here and share with you her fascinating answers to my questions – I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading them and seeing the images as much as I have!

Read on to find out more about this talented author, her inspirations and her book . . .

Where did you get the inspiration for the book?

Once I had finished writing The Olive Grove I knew I wanted to stay in Croatia for more books, so I started looking around for an idea. I love the history of the Second World War and found out that the British had a base on the tiny island of Vis – the only part of former Yugoslavia never to be occupied by the Axis powers. 

I started to dig deep into the time they were there and found some great contemporary resources, but initially nothing that would hook me into a story. Then I read an account of some commandos who were out walking in the hills and stumbled across a group of partisans executing female colleagues because they had ‘fraternised’. The women were pregnant and somehow that made it all the more shocking.

WWII Fighting Side by Side

In reality the British soldiers could do nothing to prevent the killing, but I began to wonder what might have been if one of them had refused to accept the practice and tried to do something to stop it happening again. He sounded like a hero to me, and Guy Barclay was born.

What is your writing process?

The first thing I do when I have an idea is work up an outline for the book and share it with my editor at One More Chapter so she can decide whether she likes it. An Island of Secrets was the first time I sat down and wrote the whole thing out in one morning – the story just flowed, even from one time period to the other.

Once the outline is agreed I will start to write, normally a scene a day, and once I’m quarter to a third of the way in and I will stop and edit what I’ve done really carefully, making it as good as it possibly can be, then send it to my editor to check she thinks its progressing along the right lines, and if she has any comments. Her words of wisdom at this stage set me straight for the rest of the book.

I used to write a whole first draft and then edit, but now I stop and edit every fifteen to twenty thousand words. Reviewing like this means the story seems to come out far more smoothly and with more emotional punch much earlier in the process. 

WW2-SOE-B2-Suitcase-Spy-Transmitter-receiver plus

Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?

I have a real soft spot for Andrej Pintaric, the Croatian leading man in the present day story. He developed so beautifully as I wrote it; I always knew he’d be good-looking, friendly and kind, but I didn’t expect his vulnerability and for a little while I didn’t know why. I just couldn’t work out what was holding him back. Once I did he became a viewpoint character in his own right and I fell even more in love with him. I just hope readers do too.

If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?

I honestly don’t think I would like to be any of them! They all go through the emotional wringer so much. Take Guy, for example, my commando and  SOE operative; he has impossible choices to make and he’s only twenty-three. To step inside the head and heart of a young man put in that position was quite harrowing – the courage of the wartime generation was immense. There was a huge potential downside to each of his decisions, where real lives were put at risk. And then, in the middle of it all, to fall head over heels in love… As an author,  sometimes you feel quite mean!

Look at this gorgeous, contemporary photo of one of the locations included in this book . . .

Komiza Harbour and Castle

Thank you so much for answering my questions – and the images!

Read on to find out more about An Island of Secrets and Eva Glyn….

Synopsis:

That was then…

Seventy-five years ago, British SOE spy Guy Barclay was forced to leave behind the woman he loved in war-ravaged Yugoslavia.

…This is now

As ninety-three-year-old Guy’s days draw to a close, he asks his granddaughter, Leo Holmes, to go looking for answers. Given that her marriage has imploded and her City job is on the verge of killing her, Leo agrees and rents a house on the island of Vis, where her grandfather was stationed in the Second World War.

But as Leo’s search takes her down unexpected roads – and into the path of a gorgeous local, Andrej Pintaric – she begins to wonder if this journey down memory lane might yield unexpected results for more than just her beloved grandfather…

For fans of Dinah Jefferies, Victoria Hislop, Lucinda Riley and Rosanna Ley, this is a stunning and sweeping WW2 novel that shows a side to the war not often seen before.

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/AnIslandOfSecrets 

Author Bio

Eva Glyn writes escapist relationship-driven fiction with a kernel of truth at its heart. She loves to travel and finds inspiration in beautiful places and the stories they hide.

Her last holiday before lockdown was a trip to Croatia, and the country’s haunting histories and gorgeous scenery have proved fertile ground, driven by her friendship with a tour guide she met there. His wartime story provided the inspiration for The Olive Grove and his help in creating a realistic portrayal of Croatian life had proved invaluable. Her second novel set in the country, a dual timeline looking back to World War 2, will be published in the spring of 2022, also by One More Chapter.

Eva lives in Cornwall, although she considers herself Welsh, and has been lucky enough to have been married to the love of her life for twenty-five years. She also writes as Jane Cable.

Social Media Links –

Twitter @JaneCable
Instagram @evaglynauthor
Bookbub @EvaGlyn  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/eva-glyn
Facebook @EvaGlynAuthor https://www.facebook.com/EvaGlynAuthor 

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