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Escaping from the Shadows by C.L. Tustin - Book Tour

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Escaping from the Shadows

Anastasia Travess is caring, beautiful and talented, but all her life her abusive father has kept her down. Seeking love wherever she can there has only ever been one man she trusts, one man who makes her complete and he rejected her years ago.

Piers Talbot is an enigma, a charming bachelor with only one woman in his heart. But when offered a choice between fixing his estranged family and obtaining his heart’s desire he makes probably the worst decision of his life.

When Anastasia rekindles her past relationship with Piers’ younger brother, the lines between love and loyalty become blurred. Amid danger, betrayal and deception, Anastasia is forced to question everything she thought she knew.

But will Anastasia have the courage to escape from the shadows?

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Author Q&A
1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Something interesting on tv!

2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
To never give up and write something, anything, every day because you never know when it might be useful.

3. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Ford Prefect from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, (especially if it took place at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe!) because I want to get my hands on the guidebook itself.

4. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
The Star Wars universe, but only if I could be a Jedi!

5. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?  
An archaeologist was my dream job.

6. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Determined, empathetic and quirky. I asked my friends this and got the usual rude answers!

7. Have you ever met anyone famous?  
I’ve danced the cha cha cha with Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf, Death in Paradise and Strictly) but that’s about it!

 8. What is the first book that made you cry?
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials made me cry almost all the way through, the last installment was heartbreaking and I can never read them again. I still have no idea why they affected me so profoundly.

9. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Far too long! This one, Escaping from the Shadows, took about 9 months to do all the re-writing as the story changed dramatically from the original concept many years ago.

10. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Rogue One; The Mummy (Brendan Fraser version); The Empire Strikes Back; Romancing the Stone and Guardians of the Galaxy.

11. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice.

12. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write what you want and what you feel. If you are getting pleasure from your writing then don’t let anyone put you off. You never know where it might lead.

13. What book do you wish you had written?
Any Georgette Heyer historical romance – she is probably my all-time favourite author.

14. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?  
I don’t think I would want to live in another time period too far back, maybe the 1960’s to experience that London buzz. I would like to visit Regency London for a few days as I really love Georgette Heyer’s novels and it would be fascinating to see London then.

Author Bio

C L Tustin was born and raised in the East Midlands but spent her teenage years in Sydney, Australia. She has sung twice at the Sydney Opera House and also appeared singing live on Australian national television. Returning to the UK in 1989 via Singapore and the Middle East the travel bug has never left her and she has explored countries and cities across the world.

C L Tustin began writing at the age of 11 when she didn’t see why James Bond had to be a man and created a spy code named The Cat with 10 planned adventures. Her first published novel “Escaping from the Shadows” is a romance with an undertone of threat set in the social media free world of 1990. She is currently working on editing and completing her second romance “Desert Rose” whilst writing a brand new story “Flower of Death”. Future projects already planned include two Regency romances and a sci-fi thriller.

Whilst raising her son C L Tustin continued to balance writing and work with completing a BSc(Hons) in Science and a MSc(Merit) in Earth Science with the Open University. This was a most rewarding experience despite the long hours and hard work involved.

C L Tustin has worked for two major banks, a tool company, the MOD and the NHS. She has completed 3 Thames Bridges walking challenges for charity, volunteers for Butterfly Conservation and passionately supports rescue dogs. C L Tustin lives currently with her rescued 15 year old Jack Russell Terrier and a diverse collection of books and sci-fi memorabilia.

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