Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Interview with Sophie Pembroke

Me Want Food welcomes Sophie Pembroke!

Thanks for stopping to chat! Please tell us a bit about your latest release, or what's coming up.

Thanks for having me! My latest book, An A to Z of Love, is the story of Mia Page, subject of gossip in the seaside town of Aberarian for half her life, ever since her father ran off with his secretary - and the contents of the town museum safe - when she was fourteen. Despite this, Mia loves her hometown; loves working at the A to Z shop, eating seafood with her best friend Charlie at his restaurant, and catching the classic midnight movie at the crumbling Coliseum cinema. And wondering if one day Charlie might be more than a friend…

But everything she loves is suddenly under threat from her ex-best friend, and Charlie’s ex-girlfriend, Becky, who plans to turn Mia’s beloved Coliseum into a casino, and her sleepy hometown into a less classy, Welsh, Atlantic City.

How did you become inspired to write this work?

The setting actually came first for this book. Aberarian is loosely based on all the Welsh seaside towns I’ve have fantastic holidays in since I was a child. But Aberarian’s fading away, crumbling, and finding it hard to make ends meet. Once I had the place, I knew that in today’s world, it would have to have a pretty special community to make it a thriving town again. And that’s when Mia walked into my head.

What is a day in your writing life like? Do you have a set schedule?

I tend to work while my daughter is at pre-school, which means grabbing a few hours here and there according to her schedule. But at the moment I do have all day Wednesdays to myself, so I tend to write new material in the morning, when I’m freshest, then edit or do promotion or web work in the afternoons.

Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser? Or maybe both?
I used to be a very detailed plotter, but more and more I find myself making things up as I go along these days. I spend more time upfront making sure I know my characters inside out, and that seems to help tell the story for me. Often the plot doesn’t actually finalise until I start revising the story.

Do you own an e-reader, or maybe two? How do you like it?

I have a Kindle, and I adore it. I love downloading samples of everything I might ever want to read, then going through them when I have the time, to figure out which ones I actually want to buy.

Do you have any social media profiles/pages where readers can follow you?
Absolutely! I’m on twitter as Sophie_Pembroke, and also on Facebook and Goodreads.

Do you have a blog/Yahoo group for readers to stay updated on your works?
I blog on my website, www.SophiePembroke.com. I always mean to write about my books, but seem to end up posting a lot more about cakes, castles, and how the daughter has interrupted my writing this week!

Desert Island quiz: you can only bring one album, one DVD set for your favorite TV show, and one movie. What are they?

Joni Mitchell’s Blue, The West Wing, and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (it’s a long story…)

Will we see you at any cons/signings soon?

I’m at the Festival of Romance (http://festivalofromance.co.uk/) in Bedford in the UK this November, along with some really fabulous authors. Definitely worth checking out, if you’re in the country!

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Everyone’s talking about Mia Page. Again.

Mia Page has been the subject of gossip in Aberarian for half her life, ever since her father ran off with his secretary–and the contents of the local museum safe–when she was fourteen.

Still, Mia loves her hometown, loves working at the A to Z shop, eating seafood with her best friend Charlie at his restaurant, catching the classic midnight movie at the crumbling Coliseum cinema. And if she ever wonders if things might be even better if Charlie were more than just a friend, well, it’s only an idle thought in a lonely moment. After all, friendship always trumps romance, doesn’t it? And she’s never been one to rock the boat.

But everything she loves is suddenly under threat from Charlie’s ex- girlfriend, Becky, and her plans to turn Mia’s beloved Coliseum into a casino, transforming the sleepy seaside town forever. As Mia tries to pull the people of Aberarian together to save the town they adore, she starts to find her own place in the community, a family of sorts, and maybe even love. Until her father suddenly reappears, and people start asking what he wants to take from them this time…

WARNING: Some sexual scenes. Also contains seafood.

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Sophie Pembroke has been writing romance for years, ever since she stayed up all night reading Mills and Boon novels as part of her English degree at Lancaster University. She loves to set her contemporary romance stories in the places she has lived – from the wilds of the Welsh mountains, to the gentile humour of the English country village, or the heat and tension of a London summer. She also has a tendency to make her characters kiss in castles.

Currently, she makes her home in Hertfordshire, with her husband and daughter. She writes love stories in her little spare room office, while drinking too much tea and eating homemade cakes. Or, when things are looking very bad for her heroes and heroines, white wine and dark chocolate.

Sophie keeps a blog at www.SophiePembroke.com, which should be about romance and writing, but is usually about cake and castles instead.

LINKS:

Web & Blog: www.SophiePembroke.com

Twitter: @Sophie_Pembroke - https://twitter.com/#!/Sophie_Pembroke

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Sophie-Pembroke/134474999990027

Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100003136928151

Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5111053-sophie-pembroke

Lyrical Press: http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=authors&authors_id=206

Room for Love: http://sophiepembroke.com/love-from-wales-series/room-for-love/

An A to Z of Love: http://sophiepembroke.com/love-from-wales-series/an-a-to-z-of-love/

Love from Wales Series: http://sophiepembroke.com/love-from-wales-series/

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