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Rose's Choice by Chrissie Bradshaw - Book Tour



Rose’s Choice – a heart-wrenching wartime saga of love, family and secrets

Rationing, bombing, disease and pit disasters are part of Rose Kelly’s World War 2 childhood. When the spirited coalminer’s daughter discovers a family secret, she makes a choice that overshadows her teenage years. Rose tries to make the most of post-war opportunities but family tragedy pulls her back to a life in the colliery rows. She relinquishes her bright future for domestic duties because her family comes first. Will family ties get in the way of her dreams?


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Author Q&A
1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Rejection – Authors face it a lot and I’ve built up some resilience but it leaves me feeling vulnerable for a while. Rejection from an agent or a publisher is hard because they’ve been especially picked because I think they’ll like my work. I think an awful reader review would be kryptonite too but, fingers crossed, I haven’t had one…yet. 

2. Favorite childhood memory involving books? 
I used to receive a new book every year for reciting at my Sunday school anniversary celebration. The first year was always a bible, the second was a hymn book and the third was any hardback book you wanted. I still have that bible and, in ‘Rose’s Choice’, there is mention of Sunday school and their anniversaries.

3. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?  
I think I’m an earthy person, a sod of the earth.
Survivor – I’ve survived two bouts of cancer and a few operations
Open -minded – I’m always ready to learn something new or see the world in a different way.
Determined – that’s why I’ve become an author

4. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Times vary and I’m becoming quicker through practice and experience. It took me three years to write ‘A Jarful of Moondreams’ and I don’t think many original words were left in the final draft. I kept learning new skills and having to revise the book. I’m a member of the  sent it to the Romantic Novelist’s Association and sent the draft to the new writers’ scheme for a critique and amongst the praise was such good advice that I had to start a big re-write. Luckily, I loved my characters. My second novel took eighteen months and ‘Rose’s Choice’ took a year. I’ve written a novella and half a book this year so I’m definitely speeding up but not so much that I lose the pleasure in what I do.

5. How do you select the names of your characters? 
I take ages to choose names but I do enjoy it. They have to belong to the time of the novel, they have to suit the character and they haven’t to be the name of anyone I know if the character is at all unpleasant. On top of all that, they can’t sound like other characters in the book. I wouldn’t have Ginnie and Jennie or Johnnie and Ronnie for instance because its confusing for readers and sometimes they sound too comical and take the reader right out of the story. Ginnie, John, Rose, David and Stanley are an example of my ‘rules’.

6. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
I’d make a time capsule in case the Earth was ever inhabited again. I’d put my old tattered bible in there, my complete works of Shakespeare and then pick out a few more books. I would add a couple of my own, of course! I’d put paintings, music, a few video recordings, some clothing, a laptop and a phone in there. What a responsibility to choose! I’d then shut it up, go off back to my local beach with a bottle of wine to watch the sunset and wish I had someone to share both with.

7. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life? 
Teri Moon, the mother of Cleo and Alex in my debut novel ‘A Jarful of Moondreams’. She also makes an appearance in ‘The Barn of Buried Dreams’ to give support and advice to Heather and Erin. Teri is in her fifties now and, after a difficult childhood, she has had such an interesting life. She’d be a wonderful confidante,  she’d make me a fabulous tapestry for my wall and she’d give great feedback on my novels. I’d help her too because she has put aside a bagful of letters from her father that she is going to read one day and I’d like to encourage her to start reading them because she’ll be amazed at the contents. Guess what? I’d like to write another story around those letters, one day.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 
The best advice is to keep on writing and finish a book. It is an incredible feeling and much better for improving your writing than making several starts and no finishes. A terrible first draft can be revised, edited and polished into a brilliant read. That’s what I did with ‘A Jarful of Moondreams’. Networking with other writers through associations such as the Romantic Novelists is a great support and attending conferences for writers is invaluable. Using social media to keep in touch with writers and readers is a good idea.



Author Bio – Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist's Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker and a tenacious trainer of her welsh terrier, Oscar. She has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. She has written two contemporary sagas, A JARFUL of MOONDREAMS, a contemporary story about family relationships, secrets and how dreams can come true, and THE BARN OF BURIED DREAMS, a contemporary story about two sisters who are struggling after the death of their mother. ROSE’S CHOICE is her first historical saga and is set where Chrissie lives in Northumberland. When she is not writing or reading, you will find Chrissie walking Oscar on the beautiful Northumbrian coastline, travelling or spending time with her family and friends.


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Chrissie enjoys tweeting to readers on @ChrissieBeee
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