Eliza Scott talks about her new novel and her project for the future.
Hi there, Chicklit Club,
Thank you so much for taking part in the blog tour of The Talisman – Molly’s Story and for having me on your blog. Thank you, also, for your questions, I absolutely love them!
So, without further ado, here goes:
Tell us about your novel, The Talisman – Molly’s Story
Well, it’s the second book in the Life on the Moors series (the first being The Letter – Kitty’s Story) and, once again, we head back to the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors and the fictional village of Lytell Stangdale. This time we get to know Molly and her family a little bit better.
Molly’s married to her childhood sweetheart, Pip, and they and their three children are currently living out their dream, having moved into her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm. The couple are steaming ahead with their plans for diversification and are developing a glamping site at the farm. Everything is going better than they could ever have imagined when tragedy strikes. All I can really say, without giving too much away, is that Molly’s life is turned well and truly upside down.
True to form, her loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet rally round, offering love and support, though it’s not always welcome. Oh, and there’s a tall, dark and handsome stranger in the mix, too. And, just like The Letter – Kitty’s Story, Molly’s tale has its share of heartbreak, romance and laugh-out-loud moments.
How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
After I’d written the first draft of The Letter (several years ago now!), I realised that I really wanted to find out more about Molly and Violet, and the dynamics of the friendship they share with Kitty. So, I removed some paragraphs that focused on Molly and Violet from this early draft and set them aside for their own stories. I then allocated each character their own notebook so I could jot down an ideas that came to me. From the very beginning, I always felt that Molly would end up at her childhood home and that there would be a need for diversification. However, once I sat down and started writing, her story just evolved as the ideas flowed into my mind and out onto the page.
Do you have a favourite part or scene from The Talisman – Molly’s Story? Could you tell us why you love it?
One of my favourite scenes involves the Brazilian, which is actually based on a conversation I had with my husband after he’d been out with his friends one night – though the scene in the book does have a fair amount of poetic licence, I have to say, and I didn’t react like Molly! The crossed-wires involved in the conversation was fun to write.
Do you see yourself in any of the characters in your novel?
I definitely don’t see much of myself in Molly, she’s way too feisty and quick to fly off the handle – I think I’d actually be a little bit scared of her in real life! The only similarity I can see between us is that we’re both fiercely loyal to those we love.
Can you describe The Talisman – Molly’s Story in 3 adjectives?
Ooh, let me think now…How about: emotional, heart-warming and funny?
How long did it take you to write the novel and how many drafts did you do?
As I mentioned earlier, the idea germinated quite a while ago – about 5 years now, I think – but I didn’t sit down and start to focus solely on this book until last summer. I’d say I’ve done about 4 or 5 drafts until I got to the final one.
If you could read only one book for the rest of your life, which book would it be?
Without a doubt, it would be Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It’s such a stunning novel and just thinking about it gives me goosebumps. I’ve even included a little quote from it at the start of The Talisman.
When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’d scribble away at stories in secret – even my husband didn’t know until a couple of years ago! However, once the bulk of our home renovations came to an end and I had some time on my hands, the urge to write, with a view to being published, became too strong to ignore. So, I sat down at my laptop and the early ideas for The Letter emerged.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my family. I’ve been an avid reader since I first learnt how to read as a small child, I love spending time in my garden, soaking up the fresh air, and I’m a huge ginger biscuit fan.
What projects are you working on now?
I’m currently working on The Secret – Violet’s Story, which I’m hoping to have published in the summer. You’re the first to know this, but Violet has been keeping a secret for years; one even her best friends, Kitty and Molly, don’t know anything about. When she shares it, it tests her relationship with Jimby to the limits, and the ripple effect has dramatic consequences for someone.
Thank you for your questions, it was great fun answering them.
Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.
But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down. Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…
Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet. A heart-warming story of love, friendship and hope.
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Eliza Scott lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.