RONA Awards 2022 Celebration Drinks with… Liz Fenwick

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Tonight’s blog guest in my ongoing celebration of the 2022 Romantic Novel Awards is the queen of the  contemporary Cornish novel and winner of this year’s Popular Romantic Fiction Award for her book, The River Between Us. It’s… Liz Fenwick.

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Hello, lovely Liz! Thank you so much for agreeing to chat to me this evening and massive congratulations on winning the award this year for Popular Romantic Fiction. First things first, what are you drinking?

I’m drinking a G&T made with Tarquin’s Cornish Gin!

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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’m researching my next book…so it would have to the American Bar at the Savoy.

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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?

The first would be Maeve Binchy as I love her work and the second would be Tom Hiddleston so I could just listen to him speak!!

You are a woman after my own heart. Maeve Binchy is one of my favourite authors and I spend WAY too much time watching TikToks of Tom Hiddleston dancing! 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 editing my next book, The Impossible Shore, which is out in October. It’s about the secret flotillas that operated out of the Helford River during WW2. I’ve always known that this happened but it has been wonderful to dig deep into the research and to write a fully historical novel.

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

Up until winning the Romantic Novelists’ Association Popular Romantic Fiction Award (still pinching myself- such an honour to be chosen by blogger, librarians and booksellers) it was being short listed for the Winston Graham historical fiction award for The Returning Tide.

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Two sisters and one betrayal that will carry across generations . . .

In wartime Cornwall, 1943, a story between two sisters begins – the story of Adele and Amelia, and the heart-breaking betrayal that will divide them forever. Decades later, the efforts of one reckless act still echo – but how long will it be until their past returns?

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!

I’d love to make it onto the Sunday Times best seller list!

What have you planned that you are really excited about?

For my sixtieth birthday next year we have booked a night on the Orient Express! It’s wildly expensive but it is something I have longed to do. I’m already working on what to wear!!

I’m so jealous! I used to be a travel consultant and this has always been one of my dream trips. 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?

When I lived in Dubai we took a family holiday to Jordan and saw Petra and the Dead Sea. It was a wonderful trip. On my bucket list is Prague and Granada and hopefully I’ll make it there soon!

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

I was once a runner up in the Rose of Tralee contest held just outside Boston, MA.

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’?

Have you read This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech? I loved this book…not always and easy read but it made me a better human.

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Sebastian James Murphy is twenty years, six months and two days old. He loves swimming, fried eggs and Billy Ocean. Sebastian is autistic. And lonely.

Veronica wants her son Sebastian to be happy … she wants the world to accept him for who he is. She is also thinking about paying a professional to give him what he desperately wants.

Violetta is a high-class escort, who steps out into the night thinking only of money. Of her nursing degree. Paying for her dad’s care. Getting through the dark.

When these three lives collide – intertwine in unexpected ways – everything changes. For everyone.

This is languishing on my TBR, I must get to it soon as I love Louise’s writing. 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?

Failsafe…be the designated driver!! If I’m hung over…Berroca, a good breakfast plus two paracetamol!

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

Reading and long walks!

Thanks for joining me this evening, Liz, it has been a huge pleasure and congratulations again on your win.

Liz’s RONA award-winning novel, The River Between Us, is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here.

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A forgotten house and a secret hidden for a century…

Following the breakdown of her marriage, Theo has bought a tumbledown cottage on the banks of the river Tamar which divides Cornwall and Devon. The peace and tranquillity of Boatman’s Cottage, nestled by the water, is just what she needs to heal.

Yet soon after her arrival, Theo discovers a stash of hidden letters tied with a ribbon, untouched for more than a century. The letters – sent from the battlefields of France during WW1 – tell of a young servant from the nearby manor house, Abbotswood, and his love for a woman he was destined to lose.

As she begins to bring Boatman’s Cottage and its gardens back to life, Theo pieces together a story of star-crossed lovers played out against the river, while finding her own new path to happiness.

Novelist, wife, mother of three, slave to two cats and dreamer-turned-doer, Liz Fenwick is an award-winning author of eight novels that have been published in fourteen languages, and has been dubbed ‘The Queen of the Contemporary Cornish Novel,’ by the Guardian. She was born in Massachusetts but is now based in Cornwall, where she spends her days writing, looking at the view from her study and plot walking – if not found procrastinating on Twitter.

Website: http://lizfenwick.com/

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