TUESDAY TALK CHATS TO WRITER MADALYN MORGAN WHO HAS JUST PUBLISHED THE FOURTH IN HER DUDLEY SISTER’S SAGA -THE 9.45 TO BLETCHLEY

Author Madalyn Morgan has just published her fourth novel The 9.45 to Bletchley and today she has dropped in for a chat on my blog.

Morning Madalyn and welcome. Can you tell us something about your latest book?

Good morning, Jo. Thank you for having me on your fabulous Blog. My latest book, The 9:45 To Bletchley, is the fourth book in the Dudley Sisters Saga. Set in the midst of the Second World War it is the youngest Dudley’s sister, Ena’s, story.
Ena works at Silcott’s Engineering, a local factory a couple of miles from she lives with her parents in a cottage on the Foxden Estate. She is taken off the factory floor and given vital work to do on disks and dials that are taken to a secret facility that Ena only knows as, Station X.
When Coventry is bombed, and Silcott’s parent company destroyed, Ena has to accompany the assistant of the boss, on the 9:45 train to Bletchley. Ena makes regular trips to Bletchley Park, until one day her work is stolen.
When she and her friends are accused of being involved in the theft, and later in sabotage, Ena investigates. While trying to clear her name, she falls in love.

This is the fourth in The Dudley Sisters Saga. Are there any more in the pipeline?

Yes. There may be more in the future, but at the moment I only have one plotted. Foxden Hotel opens during the New Year’s Eve party of 1948, exactly ten years after the first novel Foxden Acres. The land of the estate has been sold off and the hall turned into a hotel. The hotel’s opening celebrations are thwarted by someone from the Dudley sister’s past. Although the first four books were set during WW2, I have tried to vary the genres – land army, show business, undercover agent in occupied France, and Spy thriller. The Foxden Hotel is a murder mystery.

Is there anything in particular that draws you to write about the Second World War?

My mother used to tell me about the war. She told me about her life at that time; the work she did, the dances, the letters the girls wrote to lads in the forces overseas. I found it fascinating. So, when I did a writing course and came to the Biography module, I wrote about my mum’s life. My tutor liked it, but suggested that because mum and I were unknown, I should write it as a fiction. At the same time, my mother said she wanted to give the brass Wellington Bomber that had stood in our hearth for as long as I could remember, back to the Polish airman who had made it for her. He had died, but I found his son. He came up, met mum, and he was overjoyed with the plane. It was after that that I decided to set my novels in the Second World War. I had so many ideas in my head, too many for one novel. So, I plotted four stories. Four sisters, four jobs, four loves. I still have mother’s biography somewhere. One day I shall turn it into a fiction.

Have you been influenced by any favourite authors? If so who?

Yes, many authors have influenced me. From Shakespeare to Mary Webb, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Virginia Woolf, and many modern writers like, Ben Macintyre and Robert Harris.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am plotting, The Foxden Hotel, and trying to get my garden in shape before I go to Fishguard. I attend The Writers’ Holiday every year. It was after a week at Caerleon, The University of South Wales that I finalised and published my first novel, Foxden Acres in 2013.

When writing do you keep to a set number of words per session or simply go with the flow?

I do hours rather than words. If I write for three hours in the morning, and what I have written is good, that’s great. If I go on in the same vein after lunch, that’s also great. But if I have lost the plot, excuse the pun, and I’m writing rubbish, that is depressing. It is then that I’ll go into the garden, or do the ironing. I think while I’m gardening. I watch old movies while I’m ironing. I do a word challenge with an author group, but I don’t give myself high targets, that kind of pressure I do not need. It’s why I don’t do NaNoWriMo. The research I have to do is pressure enough.

If you weren’t writing historical fiction is there any other type of genre that would interest you?

Yes. I have a contemporary book with the working title, 42 Into 28 Won’t Go! Briefly, it’s about a young guy who takes advantage of an older woman, an actress, in several very bad ways. In the end, he gets his comeuppance. It is part autobiographical. However, I shall write it as fiction because I can make it much more dramatic. I shall make the threats, happen.

ABOUT MADALYN

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Madalyn Morgan has been an actress for more than thirty years working in repertory theatre, the West End, film and television. She is a radio presenter and journalist, writing articles for newspapers and magazines.
Madalyn was brought up in a busy working class pub in the market town of Lutterworth in Leicestershire. The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writer to live. There were so many wonderful characters to study and accents learn. At twenty-four Madalyn gave up a successful hairdressing salon and wig-hire business for a place at E15 Drama College, and a career as an actress.
In 2000, with fewer parts available for older actresses, Madalyn learned to touch type, completed a two-year course with The Writer’s Bureau, and began writing. After living in London for thirty-six years, she has returned to her home town of Lutterworth, swapping two window boxes and a mortgage, for a garden and the freedom to write.
Madalyn is currently writing the fifth novel in the Dudley Sisters Saga, The Foxden Hotel.

Madalyn Morgan – Novels

First novel, Foxden Acres

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Foxden Acres: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BCX59LE/
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBox21aU8TY

Second novel, Applause

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Applause: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00J7Y5LCW/
Trailer: https://youtu.be/qFqzoVHMm9Y

Third novel, China Blue

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China Blue: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00XD85NQW/
Trailer: https://youtu.be/NVv-lyE79xw/

 

Fourth Novel, The 9:45 To Bletchley

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GEVW3Z8/

Trailer: https://youtu.be/SZdBoQEEHQM

Visit Madalyn Morgan online:

Non-Fiction Blog: http://madalynmorgan.blogspot.co.uk/
Fiction Blog: http://madalynmorgansfiction.blogspot.co.uk/
Actress website: http://www.madalynmorgan.com/

Twitter Name: ActScribblerDJ
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/madalyn.morgan1
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/madalynmorgan/
Radio Links: http://www.raidersbroadcast.com/

TUESDAY TALK celebrates publication day for Lynda Stacey’s debut novel House of Secrets

HOUSE OF SECRETS COVER

A woman on the run, a broken man and a house with a shocking secret …

SYNOPSIS

Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that of her young daughter Poppy.
Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father – the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past.
After discovering a diary belonging to a previous owner, Maddie and Bandit find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its secrets, scandals, tragedies – and, all the while, becoming closer.
But Liam still won’t let go, he wants Maddie back, and when Liam wants something he gets it, no matter who he hurts …
Winner of Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks 2015 Search for a Star competition.

MY REVIEW

Writer Madeleine Frost thought she had found that special someone and a new beginning after the tragic loss of her husband in a car crash.  But recently her partner Liam has been behaving strangely with mood swings which trigger controlling and aggressive behaviour especially towards her small daughter Poppy.

After finding him in a compromising situation with his female boss, Madeleine  decides to leave him. But the only place she can find safety for herself and Poppy to is Wrea Head Hall, a hotel run by her father, a man she hasn’t seen for years.   Her father is delighted to see his long lost daughter and is pleased to have Madeleine and Poppy stay with him.

One of the first people Madeleine meets is Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, the hotel’s handyman.  Ex-marine Bandit lives in the lodge house, once the home of his father who is now in care.  An Afghanistan veteran haunted by his own loss, his first unfortunate encounter with Madeleine is soon brushed aside as the two start to get to know each other.  Madeleine begins to relax and feel safe, hoping she can make a new life with her daughter at the hotel. But when tragedy strikes and Liam turns up again she realises her nightmare is far from over.

Lynda has written an entertaining debut novel with some unforgettable characters.  There is romance between Madeleine and Bandit as well as light hearted moments between Poppy and the hotel’s cook Nomsa.  Drama and suspense are provided by the thoroughly unpleasant Liam.  Why won’t he let Madeleine go and what exactly are behind the locked doors in his house?

Woven through this modern day story is a link with the past; the diary of Emily Ennis, whose family once owned Wrea Head Hall. When Bandit and Madeleine discover it and begin to read about her tragic love affair it takes them on a journey that will eventually link the past with the present.

A hugely enjoyable read.  I look forward to more from Lynda…

 

4-stars

AUTHOR BIO

meLynda, is a wife, step-mother and grandmother, she grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire.
She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 25 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage.Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.
Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of Lynda joins Choc Litromantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.
Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition.
She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

LYNDA’S LINKS:

Link to Choc Lit
http://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/house-of-secrets/

Link to Amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Secrets-Choc-Lynda-Stacey-ebook/dp/B01H9961XY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466448741&sr=8-1&keywords=Lynda+stacey
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Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter
@Lyndastacey

Website
http://www.Lyndastacey.co.uk