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Author Spotlight no.335 – historical novelist Diana Jackson

Many thanks to Morgen Bailey for this on line interview! Hope to see some of you on Thursday 3rd in Waterstones Hitchin, Saturday 5th at the Luton Book Festival or on 12th back down in Southampton Waterstones West Quay!

Morgen 'with an E' Bailey

Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and thirty-fifth, is of historical novelist Diana Jackson. See below for Diana’s book signing events! If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.

DianaDiana Jackson has spent most of her career teaching English in the heart of England, but she has been writing all her life. Lucky to have an inspirational English teacher in her teens, a person who would continue to be a perfect role model in later life, Diana was encouraged to write poems and short stories. She graduated with a degree in education before training as a middle school teacher, where she motivated youngsters with her enthusiasm in the power of language.

Next Diana gained experience teaching English as a Second Language both in the UK and abroad, giving her a rich experience of life and cultures…

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Interview with guest author Diana Jackson

To mark the week up to a series of live events, the first of which being at Waterstones in Hitchin on Thursday 3rd October where I’ll be giving a talk, take part in a discussion and be available to sign copies of Ancasta (details in my last blog post) here is a post where I was interviewed online by TME Walsh earlier in the year. Thanks Tania. I enjoyed being your guest.

T. M. E. WALSH

Today I have the pleasure in posting an interview conducted recently with author Diana Jackson.

Here she talks about her book ‘Ancasta: Guide me Swiftly Home’, the sequel to ‘Riduna’, the research involved and what inspired her to write in specific time periods.

1) Please tell us about your book, Ancasta: Guide me Swiftly Home.

Ancasta takes the family from Riduna my first novel, on to the next generation. The novel begins in Woolston, Southampton in 1910 and takes us through the Great War, but it’s an unusual story. We witness first-hand the early flight of flying boats which changed the lives and economy of the local people, especially the women whose perspective of life is altered forever. Ancasta means ‘The Swift One,’ and is allegedly the Anglo Roman Goddess of the River Itchen. There is a sense of prayer through the ages as my characters, like the Roman’s before them, looked out…

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Diana Jackson’s Centenary Tour ~ October Events!

I’m excited to announce that my events to celebrate three centenaries continue this October.

RNAS Calshot March 1913

The First Schneider Trophy Contest April 1913

The birth of Supermarine in Woolston Southampton October 1913

I will be talking about my novels and my unusual interest in Supermarine and early flight, especially, flying boats and the role of women in WW1:

1. Thursday 3rd October 7pm

Waterstones Hitchin, Herts

 2. Saturday 5th October

Luton Book Festival 2013

11 am ’til  12 noon

Conference Room, Luton Town Centre Library

Then you can meet me, come and have a chat and even buy a signed copy of Ancasta for that special Christmas gift on

3. Saturday 12th October

Waterstones West Quay Southampton

11 am ’til 1 pm

I look forward to seeing you at one of these events!

If you’d like more details then please drop me a line diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

I’d love to hear from you.

 

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