Friday, 3 May 2019

Blog Tour: Guest Post from The Author of The Girl in the Pink Raincoat Arlene Hughes


Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Girl in the Pink Raincoat by Arlene Hughes. I am sharing a guest post from the author with you today and if you like the sound of the book after reading that, you can click here to buy a copy for yourself! Don't forget to check out the other blogs on the tour for exclusive content, reviews and giveaways!

Here's what the book is all about:

In wartime it takes courage to follow your heart.
Manchester, 1939.
Everyone hated the heat and the deafening noise, but for Gracie the worst thing was the smell of chemicals that turned her stomach every morning when she arrived at the Rosenberg Raincoats factory.
Gracie is a girl on the factory floor. Jacob is the boss's charismatic nephew. When they fall in love, it seems as if the whole world is against them – especially Charlie Nuttall, who also works at the factory and has always wanted Gracie for himself.
But worse is to come when Jacob disappears and Gracie is devastated, vowing to find him. Can she solve the mystery of his whereabouts? Gracie will need all her strength and courage to find a happy ending.


And here's that guest post for you...

A ROOM OF MY OWN

I honestly believe that I wouldn’t have written five novels if I hadn’t found a space of my own. J K Rowling managed perfectly well to write in a cafĂ© with a child in a buggy beside her, but I’d have been distracted every time the door opened. Ian Rankin likes listening to music while he dreams up gruesome plots. I need quiet reflection.

My first book, ‘Martha’s Girls’ was written over a ten-year period because, being a teacher, I only wrote in the six weeks summer holidays. It might never have been finished at all, if I hadn’t fallen in love with a Greek town on the Ionian coast and, in a moment of madness, decided to buy a house there.

In the summer heat, Greeks prefer to retire indoors in the afternoon when a silence and a stillness descends. This is my writing time, five hours when I immerse myself in WWII Manchester or Belfast: the hardship of the home front; bombings; love and loss. In the quiet, I’m there with the women I’ve created, weaving their stories. When the heat is fierce, I’m indoors, but mostly I sit on the balcony and look out over the olive tree covered hills, conjuring up the war-torn cities.

There are a few drawbacks. I have some reference books there, but no internet. If I need to check something urgently, I’ll wander down the hill to a bar or restaurant for a glass of wine and a bit of research. Otherwise, I make a list of queries to check when I return to England.

I probably spend twelve weeks in Greece each year, the rest of the time I’m usually in Manchester, the setting for The Girl in the Pink Raincoat and The Girl from the Corner Shop. Here, I write in a small study overlooking the garden, working five or six hours a day. Of course, sometimes I have days when the writing doesn’t come quickly, or not at all. Then I’ll be out doing some research maybe at the Central library or I’ll walk the city checking out the various buildings, exterior and interior, mentioned in the books.

I’m lucky to have two places to write, but the best place to find and tell the story is when the surroundings disappear and I’m there with my characters and the war-time city inside my head.

About the author
 


Alrene Hughes grew up in Belfast and has lived in Manchester for most of her adult life. She worked for British Telecom and the BBC before training as an English teacher. After teaching for twenty years, she retired and now writes full-time.

Follow Alrene:  
Facebook: @alrenehugheswriter
Twitter: @alrenehughes

Buy links: 
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Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing that with us today Arlene. 

Remember to stop by the other blogs on the tour!


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