We are drawing towards the end of our celebration of this year’s RONA nominees but we still have a few fantastic authors to talk to. Tonight I am joined by a nominee in the Historical Romantic Novel Award category with her novel The Return. Please welcome to the blog… Anita Frank.
Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Well, to be honest, I’m not a huge drinker, but since this is a special occasion, I’ll have a G and T and will probably then swap to lemonade and lime, but I might round off the evening with a cheeky glass of Madeira (it’s a rather old-fashioned tipple, so drinking it always makes me feel like a character from one of my novels!)
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?
A nice country pub with a friendly atmosphere, comfy seats, good food and a roaring fire!
Oh, you need to come to my local! 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’ve always been a huge Cary Grant fan, and I think he would be charming company with lots of good stories to tell. I’d also invite Agatha Christie, because her life story is similarly fascinating and maybe she’d tell me what really lay behind her mysterious disappearance!
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?
Right, well, I’ve just delivered my book 3 to my editor. That one is a Golden Age crime thriller – I hope she likes it – and I’m also writing my book 4 which is a love story set during the First World War. It’s inspired by a true story, the details of which I read about fifteen years ago. I’m taking my characters into a slightly different dilemma,
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 would absolutely love to have one (or more!) or my books adapted for film or television. That has been a dream of mine since I was very little and still the goal I’m striving for.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself.
I can’t ride a bike!
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’?
There are so many! But my favourite book of late has to be Raft of Stars by Andrew J Graf. It just grabs you from the first page, and it made me laugh, it made me cry and I was having heart palpitations by the end. Just a hugely enjoyable read.
One summer night in Wisconsin, the lives of two ten-year-old boys are changed forever…
Tired of seeing his best friend Dale Breadwin abused by his alcoholic father, Fischer Branson takes action. A gunshot rings out, and Bread and Fish flee into the woods. They build a raft, but the river quickly leads them into even greater danger.
In their wake travel a group of adults – each determined to save the boys from the terrors of Ironsford Gorge.
The further they go, the more the wilderness starts to change them in profound and unexpected ways. And when they reach the edge of the Gorge itself, they begin to understand the true violence and beauty of the natural world, and its ability to heal.
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 think before I don’t drink much, my liver is in pretty good condition, so on the rare occasions I do drink to excess (very rare these days!!) I don’t, touch wood, tend to get hangovers! I do always drink plenty of water before I go to bed, and I always take a big jug up to bed with me so if I wake up parched I can drink more.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
I’d go for a lovely country walk with the dog (and maybe the family!) in the morning, spend the afternoon reading, get him indoors to cook me dinner, and then have everyone round the telly to watch a good film in the evening.
Dogs are always the best company! Thank you for chatting to me, it has been fun.
Anita’s RONA-nominated book, The Return, is out now and you can buy a copy here.
Jack Ellison’s war is over, but the battle for his family has just begun.
When Jack left for the war, he made a parting pledge to his pregnant bride, Gwen, that he would never return. It was, after all, best for everyone that he didn’t.
Now, as celebrations erupt for Victory in Europe, Gwen is terrified that Jack will renege on his promise, threatening the life she has built for herself and their son on the family farm.
But war has changed Jack, and he is coming home, determined to claim a place in Gwen’s life – and her heart.
As events of the past come back to haunt them, Jack and Gwen find themselves facing their greatest battle – and it is a fight neither of them can afford to lose.
A farmer’s daughter from Shropshire, Anita Frank studied English and American History at the University of East Anglia before moving to London to work in media analysis and communications.
She left paid employment to become a stay-at-home mum when she had the first of her three children. Sadly, Anita‘s youngest child developed a rare form of epilepsy in infancy which has left him severely mentally disabled and she is now his full-time-carer, but she has begun snatching what time she can to pursue her lifelong ambition of writing historical fiction.
Anita now lives in Berkshire with her husband, her two lovely girls and her gorgeous boy, a fluffy cat with an attitude, and a bonkers Welsh Springer Spaniel.
Her debut novel, The Lost Ones, was published by HQ in October 2019.
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