Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Search for the House of Dreamsby by Alison Burke and thank you to Alison for today’s Meet The Author: Q and A session!
About the book:
Search for the House of Dreams
It is the year 1847 in the elegant city of Bath where 18yr old Genevre Stratton is treated more as a servant than a daughter in the elegant house where bills are not paid, and the rent is in arrears.
Appalled by the dishonesty and overriding social ambition beneath her parents’ veneer of respectability, only her love for her younger brother and sisters keeps her there.
Left to cope alone when their false world falls apart, she fights to keep her siblings together, until poverty forces her to yield them to the care of their half-brother, George Coleman. Handsome, wealthy and charismatic, he is the enemy who becomes her lover.
To surrender all to her passionate desire for him, or to keep the independence of a new-found musical career on the London stage? This is her is her choice to make, until an unexpected call of duty takes her to Paris.
Must the old, dark secrets she discovers there alter the course of her life forever?
Meet The Author: Alison Burke
I was born in Lancashire and started my career by training as a State Registered general nurse. Later, I joined the army and became an officer in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. On a posting to Malaya, now Malaysia, I found my true love. This was an ideal setting for a marriage with young children, and now my memories are a wonderfully rich source of material for my writing.
What is your personality type?
I am an introvert who trained myself to be out going as a survival tactic, but being fond
of my own company is useful as a writer.
Why do you write?
I like telling stories, to myself as well as other people.
What book first inspired me?
When I was eight and could still barely read, I struggled through The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and realised that writers can make other worlds exist.
What are your harmless indulgences?
Chocolate (the darker the better), planting seeds and watching them grow (especially foxgloves) and black and white films from the 1930s and 40s. (Casablanca is a favourite).
Why did you decide to self-publish?
I tried the traditional routes into print with no success. Time was passing, better books than mine never got further than the agents slush pile and I really wanted someone to read what I’d written. It worked.
If you get a poor review, how do you feel?
Chastened, but you can’t please everybody and if a reader thinks their time and money has been wasted, they have a right to complain. ( as with any other purchase )
What inspired you to write ‘Search for the House of dreams’?
Family secrets never be told, and an interest in the lives of women on the margins of society in 19th century England, plus a love of historical romance.
What does literary success look like to you?
It looks like people reading and enjoying the stories I have to tell. I also value the respect of my fellow writers. At least breaking even financially is important because this is the real world we’re living in.
Thank you to Alison Burke for her fascinating Q and A session!
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