With the publication of The Liverpool Girls almost here, I’m chatting to author Pam Howes about inspiration, favourite bands and what she’s planning next…

This week it’s countdown to publication day for The Liverpool Girls, Pam Howes’ third and final book in her Mersey trilogy. Prior to joining the blog blitz which begins on Thursday 30th November, I’ve been lucky enough to catch up with her for a chat…

Good morning Jo and thank you for the invite. Feel free to ask away.

Thank you for coming along Pam.  My first questions is…

You’re well known for your Rock and Roll Romances. What inspired you to write them?

The inspiration for my Rock’n’Roll romances came from my teenage years and working in a record department in my hometown. The shop was frequented by many local musicians and I enjoyed getting to know them. We had the best clubs in Stockport and saw many top groups there, like The Who and The Small Faces, for peanuts. The sixties was always my favourite time and in later life I felt I should get something down on paper before it was all lost to failing memory. My initial attempt was at writing a non-fiction book about the local music scene in the sixties, but this eventually became the basis for Three Steps to Heaven, the first in the series. After that I didn’t want to let my characters go as I’d had such fun creating them so one book became five. I’m itching to begin another but I can’t at the moment due to contractual obligations and no spare time.

Name three of your all-time favourite bands.

My three favourite bands: That’s a hard one because there are so many. I’ve got to say The Beatles first, followed by The Small Faces, and then slightly more up to date, The Travelling Wilburys, otherwise I’ll be here all day!!

You are signed to Bookouture and have just completed the final instalment of the Mersey Trilogy, a historical family saga. Is there any other genre that appeals to you as a writer?

Apart from saga writing I would love to tackle a crime story. Nothing like a grisly murder to get one’s teeth into.

If money were no object where in the world would you like to visit and why?

I’m not too sure about travelling far as I hate flying. But if and when I get the time I want to do a road trip across America and visit a whole list of places that have musical connections. Graceland’s is on the list as is the Brill Building in NYC where many of my favourite sixties songs were written and recorded, and Lubbock in Texas, the home and birthplace of Buddy Holly. And I will stand on that corner in Winslow Arizona with Jackson Browne’s statue if it’s the last thing I do!! Eagles and Jackson fans will understand that one.

The Liverpool Girls brings your Liverpool trilogy to an end. What’s next for you?

Yes, I’m quite sorry to be leaving Joe, Dora and their girls behind, but at least they have a happy ending in sight after a roller coaster ride throughout the series. Next up for me is another Liverpool based trilogy called, up to now, The Lark Lane Series. Starting during WW2 and finishing in the sixties, this will incorporate my fairground series, but Cathy’s Clown will have a complete re-write and fresh title and readers will get the long waited Ruby Tuesday to finish, but with a more fitting saga title that is yet to be chosen.

And lastly, if you were planning a year on a desert island, what four ‘must-haves’ would you take with you?

For a year on a desert island I would make sure I’d got a supply of books, as it would be pointless taking a Kindle. Enough stuff to write with. A pencil sharpener, and my lovely man, to keep me happy, sing to me, and stop me going insane without broadband, as well as dealing with any spiders that may be lurking.

Thank you for having me, Jo.

A pleasure Pam, and thank you for taking time out to be interviewed…

 

ABOUT PAM

Sunday pam 016Pam Howes’s hometown is Stockport in Cheshire. The working-class mill town has a strong musical background and is the inspiration for her first self-published novels – The Rock’n’Roll years series. Her first novel, Three Steps to Heaven, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and meeting musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a five book series. Pam is currently involved in a campaign to have Blue Plaques erected on local clubs, now closed, but still firmly in the hearts of Stockport’s recycled teenagers.

Last year Pam signed a contract with the award winning publisher Bookouture and the first novel in her new Mersey trilogy, The Lost Daughter of Liverpool, was a Number 1 Kindle Saga Bestseller.

Follow Pam on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pam-Howes-Author/260328010709267

And Twitter @PamHowes1

BUY LINKS FOR THE LIVERPOOL GIRLS

Amazon.com link: http://a.co/fdUwVpu
Amazon.co.uk link: http://amzn.eu/auXLNhO

Blog Blitz Girls of Liverpool

IT’S THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER AND PUBLICATION DAY FOR ONLY ONE WOMAN by CHRISTINA JONES and JANE RISDON…

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?

BUY LINKS:

AMAZON.COM: http://a.co/9grk9Of
AMAZON.CO.UK:  http://amzn.eu/bXbwKQ1

 

ABOUT THE GIRLS

RENZA AND SCOTT

He turned round as I came into the sitting-room and smiled the most sunny smile I’ve ever seen in my whole life. It caught my breath and I felt the familiar red blush creep right up my neck to my freshly washed hair.

‘Hello,’ he said.

‘Hello,’ I replied croakily, my throat restricted.

‘Well, this is all very cosy.’ Mother was sitting in her usual chair with a view of the garden path and the main road running alongside it.

Scott and I locked eyes and the world sped away from me so that there was only him and me. Somewhere in the distance I could hear Mum mumbling but it was in a tunnel, miles away from the two of us.

I saw his face properly for the very first time. I saw turquoise blue eyes, and a chiselled jawline in a determined but kind face. He was staring at me as if in shock. Unblinking and intense. He was so totally, totally gorgeous. Scott Walker and Peter Frampton all rolled into one.

He was about six feet tall close up, with broad shoulders and the slimmest tiniest hips in white cords. His shirt was pale blue with small paisley flowers on it – Dad would have something to say about the flowers, Not to mention his long hair!

My head was spinning and I felt as if the floor was dropping away from under me.

STELLA AND SCOTT

The four boys – Narnia’s Children – on stage weren’t just brilliant musicians and sexy movers – they were definitely four of the most devastatingly gorgeous blokes we’d ever seen.

Tall, lean, long-haired and out-of-this-world-stunning, wearing skin-tight, brightly coloured flared trousers, and black skinny-rib sweaters that didn’t even attempt to hide their incredible tanned bodies, they rocked into another belting Beach Boys hit, followed by early foot-stomping Beatles, and then The Hollies – all very loud, fast-paced and brilliantly close-harmonied. They could play and they could sing…

West-Coast rock-pop at its best.

The Dolly-Rockers were no longer dancing in front of the stage. Instead, they were pressed, three deep, against it. Just gazing up in total and complete adoration.

I laughed at Vix, leaning close, my mouth to her ear. ‘I think the Dolly-Rockers want to eat them.’

‘I don’t blame them,’ she yelled back. ‘They’re mega, mega cool, totally brilliant – oh, and not to mention the sexiest blokes Harbury Green has ever seen… I’m going to book a holiday in Jersey if that’s what the boys are like.’

Me too, I thought, if I wasn’t going to be annoyingly dead… because I’d just tumbled instantly and stupidly head-over-heels for the beautiful boy on the guitar; the boy with the long silky black hair falling into the amazingly turquoise eyes.

The most beautiful boy in the world…

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

CHRISTINA JONESChristina Jones has written all of her life (as well as having millions of Proper Jobs including factory worker, secretary, nightclub dancer, blood donor attendant, barmaid, waitress, civil servant and fruit picker) Christina first had a short story published when she was just 14 years old. She has written for teenage and womens’ magazines fiction and non-fiction for a number of years, had her own humour column in The Oxford Times, and has contributed to national newspapers.

 

Having spent most of her life married to a rock musician, Jane Risdon had little time forJane Risdon writing. She and her husband worked with management of musicians, singer-songwriters, and record producers, rubbing shoulders with the great and glamorous all over the world. With time to herself at last, Jane s experiences in the music industry have kickstarted her writing career. She and Christina Jones have been friends since the Swingin’ Sixties.

Blog: http://wp.me/2dg55

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JaneRisdon2

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Jane Risdo

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Risdon/e/B00I3GJ2Y8

ABOUT THE MUSIC

 

RENZA’S PLAYLIST

STELLA’S PLAYLIST

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TUESDAY TALK WELCOMES WRITER JUNE MOONBRIDGE, CHATTING ABOUT HER CURRENT WRITING PROJECTS, FAVOURITE AUTHORS AND CHOOSING SOME INTERESTING DINNER GUESTS…

21544097_2011287755822898_4310027102773874027_oGood morning June and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hi Jo, and thank you for having me on your blog.
I was born and raised in Slovenia, a small country on the ‘sunny side of the Alps’ as used to be our country’s slogan. Still living here. I’m a full time working mother of two, pursuing the long lasting dreams to become a full time writer. I’m an author of three full length novels in my mother’s tongue and several stories that were published in different magazines, and my latest achievement; I’m an author of two full length novels in English. The third is currently under submission.
Writing, reading, riding and travelling are my favourite activities. While I had to give up  riding due to lack of time, I travel as much as I can. Luckily reading and writing is something I can do wherever and whenever I want to. That’s why the two things that are almost inbuilt in my purse are a book/Kindle and a notebook.

You are the author of two novels, All that the Heart Desires and Caught Between Two Worlds. One is set in the South of France, the other in Egypt. What made you choose these locations?

 

 

As I said, I love to travel, to see different places. I love the sea side, almost no matter where.
Being a fan of F1 for as long as I can remember the background for the All that the Heart Desires was decided long before the 1st word was written down. As the Grand Prix of Monaco starts each year at the end of May/beginning of June, Monaco was a perfect setting for the story. But as the story continues, the readers travel Europe.
When I visited the Sahara desert, I was mesmerised by its raw beauty. You could say I have been ‘caught’ for lifetime, so setting Caught Between Two Worlds in Egypt, was just something natural…

Who are your favourite authors and have any of them inspired your writing in any way?

In the past I have loved novels written by Kathleen E. Woodwiss and Victoria Holt. Their novels had influence on me and my writing – although both of them wrote historical romance, however I cannot pick a single title to compare my novel with.
Now I enjoy reading books from so many authors that it would be unfair to count just a few of them.

Would you ever consider writing something other than romantic fiction? If so what would that be?

I’m Gemini, so this means I cannot stick to just one thing. So yes, I consider writing something other than romantic fiction all the time. Ideas are in my head, but to get them onto the paper/screen, I need time, which I’m in chronically lack of.
The other genres I fancy reading and considering writing somewhere in the future are Mystery, Thriller and Suspense; Crime fiction and Espionage.

Beach or city girl? Where are your favourite holiday destinations and why?

Beach girl all the way. Although I live in a town, ‘far, far away’ from the beach I can be at the sea side in less than a two hour drive. That is to the fact that our country is a small one and you can get from one border to the other in approximately 3 hours.
But one day I’m going to live close to the sea. It’s a plan.

Are you able to tell us a little about what you are working on at the moment?

My third romantic suspense novel ‘At the End of the Summer’ is currently under submission.
Here is a blurb:
Caroline treats love as a game. She stopped believing when her family fell apart. At twenty-eight she focuses on her career as a freelance photographer and lets nothing stand in her way.
Guitarist and songwriter Joshua is the heart and soul of his rock band The Burning Ruins. To the outside world, his life is perfection. But Joshua has secrets and he keeps his emotions under wraps.
When they meet, their worlds are badly shaken.
In a summer that takes them from London to Wales and over Europe to the heat of Rome they are desperately trying to regain control, knowing nothing is going to be the same again.
Will the collision mend their badly cracked hearts or will it shred them to pieces?

• My new project/WIP is a story of Sophie, a young woman who attends a wedding of her best friend as her bridesmaid. Although years back she wowed that she’s never going to return to Ireland, that’s where the wedding is. Asked to come a week before the wedding she flies to Dublin, where her friend Aishling should be waiting for her. When at the airport she doesn’t sees her friend, she tries to call her, but she receives a call. The loud sound of her mobile’s ringing gets everyone attention. Trying hard to silence the mobile, she faces a man, she never expected to see again.

And lastly, you are planning a dinner party. If you were able to invite four famous guests (living or dead) who would you choose and why?

Four famous faces:
1st: Ayrton Senna da Silva – the legend!
2nd: Freddy Mercury – because of the music
3rd: Miranda Hart – we need a good laugh
4th: Pope Francis I – although I started to differentiate between my faith and the Church very early in life, he’s somehow managed to make me believe that changes are possible – he seems like a person with a great deal of common sense.

BUY LINKS FOR JUNE’S BOOKS:

All That the Heart Desires: 
Caught Between Two Worlds
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