Natalie Kleinman talks about her new book set in the Cotswolds.
1. Is Escape to the Cotswolds in any way based on your own experiences or is it all fiction?
The only experience I have is of the area itself. Cuffingham is partly based on a well-known Cotswolds town because I could see it so clearly in my mind having spent many pleasant hours sitting on the bank of the river or exploring some of its delightful shops. The flooding of course was a true natural disaster that affected many parts of the country. As for the rest, no. It’s a complete fiction. That said, I wouldn’t mind meeting Adam in real life.
2. If you have to pick one favourite character from all your books, who would it be and why?
Jim, an orphaned waif in an as-yet-unpublished Regency romance. Other than Jim, it would have to be Guy Ffoulkes, the hero of Honey Bun (also set in the Cotswolds) whose success and demeanour are the source of many misunderstandings but which in fact cover insecurities that have remained with him since childhood.
3. Do you listen to music when writing? And if so, what kind of music inspires you?
I don’t listen to anything when writing. I always work in complete silence. That said, I like most music though I’ve never been a fan of Modern Jazz (sorry!). Music that I can feel in my chest and which causes my heart to beat faster is truly inspirational, and I’m not talking volume here. A favourite has always been the aria from The Pearl Fishers. That’ll get me every time.
4. Who are some of your own favourite authors at the moment?
At the moment and for most of my life, Georgette Heyer, who has been an escape mechanism for me times without number. Lee Child and Harlan Coben … I love thrillers. In my own genre I am a huge fan of Jill Mansell. I recently read Three Amazing Things About You. One of her best in my opinion.
5. What message do you want readers to take away from your novels?
Without wanting to sound pompous, it isn’t what life hands you, it’s how you deal with it. I like to think that in the face of adversity my heroines take control of their own destiny.
6. What is the best thing about being a writer?
7. What is the worst thing about being a writer?
8. Can you tell us a bit about your plans for the future?
I recently began my next project, a contemporary romance set in the Cotswolds. Yes, I know. But this time it’s in the heart of the countryside rather than a village or town. My heroine lands her dream job as an interior designer in a magnificent and ancient but sadly neglected house that is hiding a long lost secret.
Can love blossom in the countryside?
Artist Holly Hunter is turning her life upside-down! She’s leaving the bright lights of London (and a cheating husband) behind her and hoping for a fresh start as she escapes to the peaceful Cotswolds countryside.
Men are off the cards for Holly. Instead, she’s focusing on her little gallery and adopting an adorable Border Collie puppy named Tubs. Or so she thought…
Because no matter how hard she tries to resist him, local vet Adam Whitney is utterly gorgeous. And in a village as small as this one, Holly can only avoid Adam for so long!
Natalie Kleinman is a born and bred Londoner and has a not-so-secret wish to live in the area she so enjoys writing about. Natalie lives with her husband, Louis, in Blackheath, Southeast London – except when she’s tripping off to The Cotswolds in the name of research. Somebody has to do it!