Sunday, 1 September 2013

Launching 'The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties' with Author Lynda Renham plus Give-away

I am one of many bloggers who are taking part in hosting author Lynda Renham and her online launch of The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties today. 

This is a busy day for Lynda who has managed to make the time to answer some questions for my readers here in this post.  I hope you will support her by checking out her Facebook event and Twitter for a chance to enter some fun competitions and see what else is going on. 

I have featured Lynda on the blog before and you can click on the links to read my reviews of Croissants and Jam and Pink Wellies and Flat Caps.  Lynda's other books include: Coconuts and Wonderbras and Wedding Cake to Turin.

Q&A with Lynda Renham

You started writing at a young age?  Who or what inspired you to write?

I don't recall a particular person inspiring me but I was very inspired by a TV programme named 'Peyton Place' based on a novel by Grace Metalious.  I went on to write my own version when I was aged 13 titled 'The Happenings In Beechwood'.  I enjoyed writing that very much, but my teachers weren’t so impressed as I used to write it under the desk during lesson time.  But they told my mother ‘I wrote a good comprehension’. 

You studied literature and creative writing.  Was English your teaching subject?

Surprise, surprise, it was actually Religious studies.  I taught the history of Judaism and ethics and beliefs amongst others.  I taught children aged 6 through to 14. You would never get me back to teaching now.

I read that you were a head teacher.  Also, you have been writing for 25 years.  Were you writing alongside working as a teacher?

Yes, I have always written.  I didn't give it my dedication until recently though.  I stopped writing for a long time during my first marriage.  I was very unmotivated in that relationship. Then along came Andrew who has motivated me so much that my feet haven’t touched the ground and that is not mentioning the romance.
You have taken part in BBC Radio discussions.  Are there any our readers can look forward to listening to in the near future?  Also, in which programmes have you participated?

I have been on Radio Scotland and BBC radio to talk about coping with childlessness and also to discuss being a stepmother.  A couple of weeks back I was on BBC Radio Oxford talking about my new book ‘The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties.’ Hopefully there will be more in the future but they are often planned at very short notice.

You live in a beautiful part of England with your husband and cat Bendy, I love that name.  Do you enjoy outdoor sport or hobbies?

Sport?  Is that a joke?  I have never been sporty. I don’t believe people should run unless being chased, but I do have lots of hobbies.  I enjoy photography and take lots of photos of the countryside where I live.  I am lucky to live where I do.  I love social networking and welcome contact from my readers on Facebook and Twitter.

For fun, what is your favourite music?

I adore jazz and big band music but I also like Lady Gaga, Adele and Paloma Faith. I also like to sing along with them. My husband has threatened divorce if I don’t stop. :)

Launch - Here's how you can join in the fun!

Head on over to the Online Launch for 'The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties' on Facebook to join in the fun and 'Like' Lynda's page.  You will find instructions on how to enter competitions plus more prizes on Lynda's website which can be found here.  You can also head over to Twitter and tell Lynda what was the most diabolical liberty anyone ever took with you.  #Valentinedaylaunch. 

To get a little taster of The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties you can head over here.  The paperback will be available on Amazon soon.


In the meantime, there is the chance to win a Pre-Release copy of The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties by entering the competition here.  Just fill in the Rafflecopter form below.

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