Blog Tour: Interview with novelist, Thea Hartley

Where did you get the idea for your book from?

My daughter had a dream about my late husband, where he gave her the message ‘Wear bright colours for me’ that became the title. I was also inspired by my grandsons and his friend Isla, who have been extremely close since nursery school. They are inseparable. They made me think that they could have met in a previous life…I had read a great deal about reincarnation and was interested in the subject. I wanted to write something about it. 

Are the characters based on anyone you know?

Well…they weren’t intentionally ( except Alex and Isla as the two children, but not older), However, some of the characters reminded me of some people, although I’m not saying who!

What are your thoughts on reincarnation?

After all the research, I am very open minded. There could possibly be something in it.

What are your thoughts on Karma?

I don’t think it’s the strict karma of some beliefs, but I do believe that some things are destined and you get good or bad things happen to you relating to past deeds.

Do you think there’s a lesson somewhere in your book?


Yes, I actually think it’s a very moral book. The message seems to be that certain behaviours and values bring rewards, whilst others bring punishment…in some form or another.

Which time period did you prefer?

I liked them all. I really enjoyed researching each and every one. If I had to choose, it would be the gypsies in Victorian times.

Have you any plans for further books on the topic of reincarnation?

I have some ideas, but it depends on the success of the first book. I would like next time to have one person who remembers their previous life or lives and tries to solve mysteries from them.

What is your writing day like?

Very disorganised. I get up and deal with correspondence first. From then on its anyone’s guess. If I have time I will write for an hour or two, then do chores etc. If not, the writing will take place later in the day…sometimes in the middle of the night. Other times if I am deeply into a book, I might write for most of the day.

What are you writing at the moment?

I have almost finished editing “Gone and Forgotten” a crime thriller. I will then start on the third book in the ‘French Letter’ series…”Fall of the French Letter King”.

Where can readers find information about you and your books?

On any of the following links:

Twitter @thea1710

LinkedIn. Thea Phillips.

Wear Bright Colours for Me:


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