1. Tell me about your latest release? Genre?
My latest release When Destiny Calls is a time-travel, but with a slight difference to those that I have written in the past. When the Covid fiasco began last year, I began to think about pandemics or disasters that had changed history in this world of ours. This of course made me think about how the world changed because of these upheavals and the effect it had on populations.
2. Where did the idea arise?
Because my family lived through WW11 and specifically the Blitz that changed London irrevocably, the idea stuck of sending my heroine back to 1940 when the Blitz was at its worst. Being the youngest in a large family, I was brought up on stories of how my family coped during these times. Three of my brothers were in the forces and my two eldest sisters married servicemen the year after the war, therefore I had quite a good knowledge of how they lived and coped.
3. How much research was involved? Did you stay on point or be distracted by wanting to look at just one more thing?
Once I decided on the period I then thought of where to set the story, and thought, why not North London, an area I knew so well, having spent the first part of my life there and nowhere else. I had a picture of our home and how we lived always in my mind, so minimal research was involved there. Like Chloe in my book, we had no bathroom in the house and all bathing took place in the kitchen (or scullery as it was called in those days). Chloe longs for a shower and all the other mod cons. How my mother coped with a large family and no washing machine, dryer or fridge, I will never know, but she did and remarkably well. Our home was always spotless despite this depravation of amenities. Writing this book was similar to taking a trip down memory lane in many ways. Of course there were some dates of how the war panned out that had to be double-checked. Then there would be the price of food, clothing and other commodities, especially during the rationing years. Our mother spent many hours poring over the family’s ration books trying to juggle how to manage feeding her large brood as most mothers did during those times.
4. How long did you take to write the book?
I began about May last year when it really hit us here in Australia that the world was going to change and wrote ‘the end’ probably about Jan/February.
5. Now a bit about you. How long have you been writing? What is your Sun Sign?
Probably like most writers, I have been scribbling stories since I learnt how to string words together but could not write full time until I retired early from the fashion industry due to a back problem. My first book was finally published in 2000. That was about the time that electronic publishing was becoming popular and not many people had heard of e readers or even e books. How times have changed. Oh, and I am (I think) a typical Scorpio.
6. Do you write in a number of genres or stick to one?
I write in several genres but most of my books are romance, including Contemporary, Historical and Time-Travel. One reviewer pointed out that When Destiny Calls is not strictly a romance, but nonetheless it does contain a love story.
7. Where on the internet can you be found?
My Web Page: http://www.triciamcgill.com
My Books We Love Author page: https://bookswelove.net/mcgill-tricia/