Friday Night Drinks with… D. Wells

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The weekend is here! Last day of homeschooling today, kids are back at school on Monday. Things feel like they are moving, slowly, in the right direction, so I’m feeling good. Time to celebrate and welcome to the blog for Friday Night Drinks, author… D. Wells.

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Welcome to the blog and thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?

I’m drinking an ice cold Gin and Tonic, with a slice of lemon.

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If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

I’ve never been a big ‘night out’ person, but I do enjoy eating out. So I would take you to a restaurant; any one that cooks with really fresh ingredients.

If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

I’m not sure I can think of anyone. I find non-famous people much more interesting!

So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

I am finishing up on novel three and despite willing myself not to I have already started writing novel four. I am currently self-published, but these two novels I will try and find a publisher for.

What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?

Uploading the manuscript for 6 Caledon Street was a massive moment. I wrote the novel while pregnant, so I had a very definite deadline to getting it finished and self-published. It was my first full length novel and I was proud to get it out in time.

What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!

To get a book deal first and foremost. And to then be able to write full time. I have always loved the idea of writing screenplays too, so I hope to learn how someday.

What are have planned that you are really excited about?

I am very excited about book four as the plot is quite a step out of my comfort zone, although the genre is still similar to my other books. I am excited to see where it goes. I plan my novels to a degree, but they always go off on a tangent, so I never quite know how they’ll end up, and that’s part of the fun.

I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

I went on a tour of Israel over ten years ago. It was fascinating and I found myself falling in love with the place. The history, the food, the architecture – it was quite something, and the memories have really imprinted themselves. As far as the bucket list goes, I don’t actually have one. I love to experience new cultures though, so travelling would certainly be on the list.

Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself.

My husband is originally from South Africa. We met and married in the UK, but we decided (pre-children I might add!) to pack up and have an adventure. We spent six years living in South Africa. It was a crazy six years, for many reasons, but I learned so much from the experience.

Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

I would recommend any of Carmen Radtke’s books. She mostly writes cosy mystery books, but often incorporates an historical element too. My two favourites (because I can’t choose one) are her Alyssa Chalmers Mystery series (start with The Case of the Missing Bride) or her stand-alone novel Walking in the Shadow, which is about a leper colony in New Zealand. This one isn’t a mystery novel, but a beautiful story about friendship.

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It was supposed to be the start of a happy, new life …
1862 – a group of young Australian women set sail for matrimony in Canada. 
Their presence is withheld from the male passengers and all but a select few 
members of the crew. But their worlds collide when one of the gentlemen
stumbles over the women. 
When one of the intended brides goes missing, only Alyssa Chalmers, the 
one educated, wealthy woman in the group, is convinced the disappearance 
is no accident. She sets out to find out what happened. 
Has there been a murder?
Alyssa is willing to move heaven and earth to find out the truth. She is about 
to discover that there is more to her voyage into the unknown than she 
bargained for. 

So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

I am a light drinker, so I don’t think I’ll be much help with a hangover cure! One tip to not end up with a hangover in the first place, is to switch over to lemonade and angostura bitters after a couple of drinks.

After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

I’d take my family out for the day – we love exploring the countryside. Then home to curl up with a good book. It would be great to not have to cook either!

One of our local beaches, near Cape Town

Thank you for joining me tonight, it has been a pleasure chatting to you.

D. Wells’ latest book is 6 Caledon Street, and you can buy a copy here.

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In an attempt to escape her painful past Sarah Miller moves into a beautifully restored Edwardian property in Caledon Street.

Soon her life intermingles with not only her concert pianist neighbour, and her landlord, but also upon the discovery of some dusty journals written by an original occupant of the house.

Recognising parallels in her life and the young teenage girl’s among the crisp pages of the journal, Sarah is faced with the choice to overcome her past, or allow it to hinder her future.

D. Wells has written four books; a full length novel 6 Caledon Street set in contemporary times, with an historical subplot, and several short story compilations under the previous pen name D. van de Merwe.

She enjoys writing about family dynamics and if she can manage it, slip in a few historical references too. She is currently working on a couple of new novels she hopes to share with you soon.

D. Wells is married, has several small and exhausting children and lives in East Anglia, as close to the countryside as she can get.

You can find out more about D. Wells and her books on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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