I’m going back to my usual Friday Night Drinks feature tonight for a guest I’ve been looking forward to entertaining for a while. It is author… Adrienne Chinn.
Adrienne, thank you so much for coming ‘out’ for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
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?
We’d hop a plane to Marrakech and spend the night drinking exotic cocktails in Bar Barometre.
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?
Lady Gaga because I think she’d be a hoot. And Omar Sharif circa 1968, because, well, do I need to say?
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’m just finishing the editing on the second novel in The Three Fry Sisters series. I started writing it last April after I’d finished the edit on Love in a Time of War. I’ll be starting the final book in the series in April after I finish being Mrs Robinson in the Burgess Hill Theatre Club’s production of “The Graduate”. This second book follows the stories of the three English Fry sisters, Celie, Jessie and Etta from their experiences during WWI from 1919 through to 1929, with Celie newly married and out in Alberta trying to build a new life as a farmer’s wife, Jessie running a medical clinic with her Muslim husband in Cairo, and Etta partying it up in Paris. It’s the linking book which leads to the final novel set from 1935-1945, covering the Great Depression, the Spanish Civil War and WWII.
What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment was when I opened the box of copies of my first novel, The Lost Letter, and finally held it in my hands. My biggest challenge has definitely been keeping positive after over two hundred agent rejections!
A forbidden love affair. A long-buried secret. A journey that will change everything.
Morocco, 1984. High in the Atlas Mountains, Hanane’s love for Irishman Gus is forbidden. Forced to flee her home with the man she loves, Hanane is certain she’s running towards her destiny. But she has made a decision that will haunt her family for years to come.
London, 2009. When Addy discovers a mysterious letter in her late father’s belongings, she journeys to Morocco in search of answers. But instead, she finds secrets – and is quickly pulled into a world that she doesn’t understand.
And when history starts to repeat itself, it seems her journey might just change the person she is forever…
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, it’s just us talking after all!
I’d love having one of my books made into a movie or television series. I’m a huge film buff. What a thrill it would be to see my characters come to life on screen!
What do you have planned that you are really excited about?
I’m really looking forward to joining Rosanna Ley’s one-week writing retreat in Spain this summer. It’ll be my first time out of the UK in two years. Sun, sea, and sangria, who can ask for anything more?
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?
My favourite place is Morocco which I’ve visited three or four times a year (excluding the past two years) since 2007. I’ve travelled all over the country and made so many Moroccan and ex-pat friends there. I also find it an inspirational place to write. Top of my bucket list? I’m a Sagittarian so everywhere is top of my bucket list! I love the Caribbean so would go back in a shot. I haven’t travelled much in Spain, Italy or southern France, so they’re all up there, as is Iceland which looks fascinating.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself.
I played a scene in a movie with Kevin Costner before he was famous. It ended up on the cutting room floor, but I still have the memories!
Oh, you lucky thing! I love Kevin Costner, I’m really enjoying watching him in Yellowstone at the moment. 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’?
Oh, that’s so hard! There are so many. I loved Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg when I read it. That’s one I would definitely recommend.
One snowy day in Copenhagen, six-year-old Isaiah falls to his death from a city rooftop.The police pronounce it an accident. But Isaiah’s neighbour, Smilla, an expert in the ways of snow and ice, suspects murder. She embarks on a dangerous quest to find the truth, following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow.
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?
Don’t drink too much! But, if I do, paracetamol, a long shower, and lots and lots of fresh orange juice … and an early night.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Swimming in the sun, reading by a pool, reading a good book, meeting up with friends, going out for a delicious supper. That’s assuming I’m somewhere sunny!
Sounds marvellous, I wish I was somewhere sunny now! Thanks for sharing this evening with me, I’ve really enjoyed our chat.
Adrienne’s latest novel, Love in a Time of War, is out now in all formats and you can buy your copy here.
The Great War
The end of innocence….
In 1913, in a quiet corner of London, the three Fry sisters are coming of age, dreaming of all the possibilities the bright future offers. But when war erupts their innocence is shattered and a new era of uncertainty begins.
Cecelia loves Max but his soldier’s uniform is German, not British, and suddenly the one man she loves is the one man she can’t have.
Jessie enlists in the army as a nurse and finally finds the adventure she’s craved when she’s sent to Gallipoli and Egypt, but it comes with an unimaginable cost.
Etta elopes to Capri with her Italian love, Carlo, but though her growing bump is real, her marriage certificate is a lie.
As the three sisters embark on journeys they never could have imagined, their mother Christina worries about the harsh new realities they face, and what their exposure to the wider world means for the secrets she’s been keeping…
Adrienne Chinn was born in an old paper-making town in Newfoundland, and grew up in rural Quebec and Montreal. She retraced her English father’s footsteps back to England, where she now lives and works as a writer and interior designer. She published her first novel, The Lost Letter, with Avon UK in 2019, with her second novel, the international bestseller, The English Wife, following in 2020. Her third novel, Love in a Time of War, the first in The Three Fry Sisters Series, was published in February 2022, with the following two books in the series to follow in 2023 and 2024.
She travels all over the world to speak at international events, and leads design and writing retreats in her beloved Morocco, which she has been visiting regularly for over twelve years.
When not writing or designing, Adrienne can be found puttering in her Sussex garden; trawling flea markets; swimming anywhere she can find a lake, sea or pool; or in the queue at Gatwick heading off somewhere new.
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