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The Deptford Girls by Patricia A. McBride - Book Tour

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The Deptford Girls

A country at war. Friends in trouble. A fascist traitor. Stepping up can only lead Lily to danger.

Rescuing friends or spotting spies; Private Lily Baker always gets involved.

While London burns she looks out for workmates and girlfriends but also uncovers a web of deception at the Depot where she works.

When the ruthless suspect knows she’s closing in, she must act fast to unmask the traitor and save her friends, herself, and the brave soldiers overseas whose lives are at risk.

The Deptford Girls is the fourth in the Lily Baker wartime series. This heart-wrenching story features courage, friendship, betrayal, compelling characters, and a captivating plot.

If you like vivid stories that take you right into the world of the characters, you’ll love The Deptford Girls. Cuddle up with a cuppa and enjoy this exciting, warm-hearted read.

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Author Q&A

1.  What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Sitting wondering what to write next! I envy writers who say their heads are full of ideas.

2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Definitely start sooner. Ignore the discouraging feedback from a tutor on a writing course. Believe in myself.

3. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
I really don’t remember childhood books, although I know my mother read to me every night. For some reason I know I liked a book about a bear!

4. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Lisbeth Salander - the girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She’s fascinating! I’ve studied psychology and would love to try to work out what makes her tick.

5. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
It wasn’t something I ever considered for a second. I had a very disjointed education because of illness and frequent house moves. Because of this I left school without any qualification (or ambition)

6. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Energetic, friendly, continual learner (oops, that’s four words!)

7. What’s one movie you like recommending to others?
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, it’s got great music and it’s fun.

8. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?

9. Have you ever met anyone famous?
No, but I’ve seen several including Elton John  and Eddie Izzard,

10. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
It varies, but I’d say at least six months. I envy writers who turn out books much more quickly.

11. How do you select the names of your characters?
As the Lily Baker series is set in WW2 England I look at date appropriate names. I also take care that characters don’t have names with the same first letter or those that sound a bit the same, eg Joan and Jean. It’s important also to have names that fit the nationality of the person. From the second Lily Baker book there is a Welsh character called Bronwyn. It’s a very Welsh name.

12. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

    Priscilla Queen of the Desert

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople (it’s very funny!)


    Muriel’s wedding

    O, Brother, where art thou?

Gosh, no heavy duty films in my list. I seem to remember the films that made me smile.

 13. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Grieve. Look for other people in the hope I’m not last!

14. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Keep learning the art - courses, books, podcasts etc

Write every day

Get constructive feedback from someone you trust

15. What book do you wish you had written?
Any book by John Boyne or John Irving

16. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
1.  I’m a grandmother

2.  I live in England, but have also lived in Australia and Cyprus

3.  I have a mental dinner party list of people I’d like to meet.

4.  Due to ill health, and moving around, I missed a lot of education. I left school with no qualifications but now have a Masters Degree in Professional Writing.

5.  I am a hypnotherapist

6.  I am a course junkie

7.  I wish I’d been a doctor

8.  I’m addicted to medical documentaries.

9.  To pay the bills when my daughters were little I did loads of different jobs: van driver; British Rail survey; working in a pub kitchen, making college scarves; typing. There must be more but I can’t think of them now.

10.  I’m only 5’1” tall.

17. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
I’m happy living right now

18. What is your favorite genre to read?
That’s tough but if I had to pick one it would be literary fiction

Author Bio
Patricia lives in Cambridge, England with her husband Rick. She first wrote non-fiction, mainly self-help books, but became inspired to try her hand at fiction. In addition to writing she volunteers for a local museum and Addenbrookes Hospital.

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