Caroline Roberts chats about her novel, My Summer of Magic Moments.
1. Do you have a favourite part or scene from My Summer of Magic Moments? Could you tell us why you love it?
I really love the naked swimming scene in the first chapter. It just makes me smile every time. It’s one of those unexpected magic moments, where you think you shouldn’t look, shouldn’t look, ah gotta look, especially as Ed is so damned gorgeous.
2. Has any other writer in particular influenced the way you write?
I really enjoy books by Jojo Moyes, Rowan Coleman, Joanna Trollope and David Nicholls. I love how they write so beautifully about relationships. But I have also read widely having taken an English Literature degree. I do try to find my own voice and use my own experience of life to colour my books though.
3. Who would you want to play Claire and Ed in a film adaptation of My Summer of Magic Moments?
Great question. Definitely Anne Hathaway for Claire, petit, short dark hair, good actress – just right. For Ed, hmm, I had cut out an image of a male model for Next to inspire me (I do like a visual prompt!). He was modelling on the beach, clothed may I add (referring to Q2!), but he doesn’t remind me of a particular actor. Tall, sandy blonde hair, swimmer’s build – any ideas?
4. Have you ever been stuck while writing one of your books? How did you get over it?
Yes, I have been stuck at times, but never for too long, thank goodness. My method when the writing gets tricky is to get up and make a cup of tea/coffee, then go for a walk with the dog (a bit of time out is great), or if it’s still problematic sleep on it, and then if it’s not forthcoming within 24 hours I put an ‘XX’ in the text, so I can find it later in a search, leave it well alone and leap frog over it, so I don’t stop the flow of writing. Often, when I go back (which can be after I’ve written the whole book) it needn’t to be there at all or should just be a brief joining paragraph not a whole scene. It’s best to stay relaxed, and trust that your own intuition and creativity will work it out in the end.
5. If you were forced to write a different genre, what would it be?
I think I’d like to write children’s books, as I used to do a lot of painting and I’d like to illustrate them too.
6. What is next for you? Are you working on another novel set in Claverham Castle?
My next book The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop isn’t set at Claverham Castle, but at a gorgeous chocolate shop by the sea in a fictional coastal Northumberland harbour village. I’m really enjoying writing it and it has a whole host of lovely new characters.
When a seaside escape spells a little romance …
Claire is ready for a bright new chapter. Winding her way to the coast for a cosy cottage retreat, she prays that three weeks of blissful peace and summer sunshine will wash away the pain of the last year.
Claire’s a survivor – she’s growing proud of the scars that prove it – and she’s determined to make the most of each and every day, to seize those little magic moments that give life its sparkle.
Her plan for peaceful solitude goes awry when handsome, brooding Ed turns up in the cottage next door. Will a little summer romance prove the worst distraction? Or might it be the perfect remedy?
Caroline Roberts loves writing heartwarming, emotional women’s fiction – stories that explore relationships, love, loss, betrayal and more… She lives in beautiful rural Northumberland with her family and enjoys taking long beach walks with her dog, Meg.