Author Roderick Hart takes up the ‘Throw a Dice Challenge’

I’m really pleased to welcome author Roderick Hart who is taking part in my

‘Throw a Dice Challenge’

Please can you share your author bio:

 

Roderick Hart

has published poetry in anthologies of verse, made bubble gum in Philadelphia, studied folk music in Afghanistan, and worked for many years in a recording studio, training students in scripting, recording and editing. He lives with his wife in the grounds of an old convent in Edinburgh.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS ROD

Louise Galbraith is a lawyer in my novel, Interleaved Lives. She is first asked to defend her wealthy friend, Alison Ogilvie, who is accused of arranging the death of her husband. She is later persuaded, against her better judgement, to defend the main character, Douglas Hunter, a private detective employed by Alison Ogilvie to investigate the real cause of her husband’s death.

I am part way through Interleaved Lives and believe that I am just about to meet Louise Galbraith, so this is really interesting for me:

Now can you reveal more about Louise by sharing some of her memories?

We throw a dice. One is the most tragic or horrific memory to a six which is the most fantastic or beautiful memory. Here goes:

 

Memory 1

Louise is described by her friend Alison, as career-oriented, with no family of her own but two nieces kindly provided be her sister.

Memory 2

When Douglas Hunter first meets Louise she is wearing a t-shirt bearing words which typify her in-your-face approach: SEE YOU IN COURT

Memory 3

When defending Alison against police accusations, Hunter finds she is also defending her against him, at first on grounds of conflict of interest and later because she believes that Hunter is after Alison’s money.

Memory 4

On arriving at the police station to represent Hunter, Louise is outraged by DS MacNeil’s attitude, which stops in her tracks – but the tassels on her ethnic headgear don’t stop with her, a comic effect at odds with her ability.

Memory 5

At first misled by Louise Galbraith’s shambolic appearance, it gradually dawns on DS MacNeil that Louise Galbraith is much sharper than she looks.

Memory 6

As Hunter is being interviewed, very aggressively, by DS MacNeil, Louise notices something about MacNeil which Hunter, though a detective, has failed top pick up.

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Now I really am intrigued! I must say that I’m really enjoying ‘Interleaved Lives’ so far and hope to review it for readers soon. 

JUST RLEASED!

Interleaved Lives by Roderick Hart is a crime novel with the protagonist a private detective, ex policeman living in Edinburgh, a city the author knows well.

I wish Rod well deserved success with this novel which has just been released in e book format worldwide!

 

 

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Light Bulb Moment of inspiration ~ Just a Sentence ~ then a Story Plan

HAVE A NOTEBOOK AT ALL TIMES

Do you have a notebook, or a plethora of notebooks to hand when inspiration for writing strikes?

Sound advice!

All it took was just a sentence popping unbidden into my mind:

‘While picking blackberries in the hedgerows one day, I found a dice.’

CHOOSE AN UNUSUAL PROTAGONIST

I had already decided to write about a homeless person but wanted to choose an unlikely character, This one sentence was the perfect lead to my protagonist, Dot. Picking blackberries is second nature to her and thus she would be a ‘jam making women’s institute sort of lady’, the sort who you might pass unnoticed in the street. If a lady like that who hadn’t done anyone any harm, well almost, became homeless, straightaway I felt that the reader would feel empathy towards Dot when her husband went missing.

BACK STORY

Then I began to think of her back story. Holding the dice which I had found one day it struck me to be a fantastic tool for Dot’s memories while she was trying to recover from the breakdown of all she had known. (Her memories were not personal ones to me by the way, except maybe one, but I’m not going to admit which one.)

 

 

SUBTITLE

No one deserves to have their life destroyed, but what sums up the overriding question in Dot’s mind as she tries to make sense of it all.  Life is never fair but

Is Life Just a Roll of a Dice?’

My subtitle came to life.

MISSING Past and Present on Amazon

SETTING

The scene of picking blackberries could be an idyllic one, but in Dot’s case it was a means for survival, to glean from the countryside. What was it like to survive when homeless.

MAIN THEMES

This led to the main themes in my novel, as explored in previous blogs, leading to further tension and miscommunication.

Homelessness, soup kitchens and food banks

Mixed race relationships

Multi faith marriage

Gender inequality

Prejudice, racism and acceptance

SUMMING UP

Thus, finding a dice in the hedgerows gave me a sentence.

Out of the sentence came the protagonist, back story and major setting.

This allowed me to develop my plan, including themes pertinent to my story.

What originally inspired you to write your latest novel?

If you would like to be a guest writer on this blog why don’t you take the Dice Challenge and get in touch with me diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

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Author David Ebsworth takes up the ‘Throw a Dice Challenge!’

I’m really pleased to welcome author David Ebsworth who is taking part in my

‘Throw a Dice Challenge’

David Ebsworth’s latest and ninth novel is the final part of the Yale Trilogy about a 17th century nabob philanthropist and slave trader  Elihu Yale, but it is told through the eyes of Yale’s wife, Catherine. David was inspired to write the series when he came across a copy of Yale’s will, with the memorable line: “To my wicked wife…” And then, nothing. No bequest. Not even her name.

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Tell us a bit about one of your characters David:

In the year 1728, Catherine Hynmers Yale is in her seventy-seventh year. She has wealth derived from her long association with the English East India Company and she has tragically outlived all but two of her nine children. Yet now she knows there are few days left to her. 

What an exciting period in history David but very controversial in today’s world. Now can you reveal more about Catherine by sharing some of her memories?

 

 

We throw a dice. One is the most tragic or horrific memory to a six which is the most fantastic or beautiful memory:

 
One: The horrific death of her third-born, little Walter, at the East India Company’s outpost in Madras, and the endless nightmare that the babe may have been buried alive.
 
Two: The loss, when she was still a small girl, of all the family possessed – including her father’s coffee house in London’s Great Fire, and the destitution that followed.
 
Three: The multiple betrayals, in her later life, that led to her brutal incarceration in the Bethlem Hospital.
Four: Her joyous return, in 1689, to a London rebuilt, and her reunion with her family.
 
Five: The birth of her first-born in 1670, and the mantras taught to her by her Hindu friend and mentor, Sathiri – the power of which have served her through all her subsequent trials.
Six: After the comfort of her first marriage to Joseph Hynmers, and the disaster of her second to Elihu Yale, there has been the magic of the passion she once shared with Matthew Parrish.

Here’s More About the author and his writing

David Ebsworth was born in Liverpool but has lived in Wrexham, North Wales, for the past 40 years. He began writing full-time after he retired in 2008.

David Ebsworth’s stories – often with strong female protagonists – cover the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the Spanish Civil War, Zululand in 1879, the Napoleonic Hundred Days of 1815 and 6th Century Romano-Celtic Britain.

The first part of the Yale Trilogy, The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale, follows Catherine’s early misadventures at the East India Company outpost in old Madras …

while the second, Mistress Yale’s Diaries, The Glorious Return, sees her back in London with her children during the 1690s and embroiled in all the turmoil and intrigue following the Glorious Revolution.

But now, the third and final part – Wicked Mistress Yale, The Parting Glass:1700 and East India Company Governor Elihu Yale is back in London, seemingly intent on reconciliation with his wife Catherine after ten years of separation. But those ten years have given her a taste of independence that she’s not ready to easily surrender. The ghosts of her previous life continue to haunt her, however – yet another former foe returned with her husband and seemingly is still intent on revenge. A more evil enemy still, in the shape of that Jacobite Colonel John Porter, who had caused such damage to her youngest daughter. Drawn back even further into espionage on behalf of her nation, Catherine must battle madness, her desires, the rifts in her family, riot, rebellion and assassination in this tumultuous third and final act of the Yale Trilogy.

David’s special offer:

I’m currently offering a free kindle copy of the first part, The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale, to anybody who might be interested in reading it and, if they like it, possibly posting a short review on Amazon, Goodreads etc. All I need is their kindle e-mail address and to let me know whether they’re in the UK, USA, etc. But don’t worry about that bit if it’s a nuisance.

Best regards

David Ebsworth ~ Writer of historical fiction

_Out now – Part Three of the Yale Trilogy.

“Shades of James Clavell’s  Shogun and Winston Graham’s  Poldark.”

All three parts available through normal outlets.

http://www.davidebsworth.com/doubtful-diaries-wicked-mistress-yale

http://www.davidebsworth.com/mistress-yales-diaries-glorious-return

Thanks for taking part in my ‘Dice of Memories Challenge’ David. 

Diana Jackson is author of Mystery Inspired by History Series
the protagonist of her latest novel
‘MISSING Past and Present ~ Is Life Just a Roll of a Dice’
rolls a dice to relive her memories. 

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