Interview with author, Thea Hartley


Hi Thea, welcome my blog. I notice you’ve recently published a book called, The Fall of the French Letter King, which is the third in a trilogy about your grandfather, father and the family business. I enjoyed the first two books, how does this one differ to the others?

This book is far more personal. It covers a period of my life from the beginning of my teens to my twenties. A lot happened at that time which affected me as well as my parents, so I have written about some painful memories and events . It is very powerful and reveals many secrets.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Recounting these very personal and painful memories. The self disclosure was extremely difficult.

What was your favourite part of this book to write and why?

I enjoyed the parts about other people in the town, especially a famous fight which I witnessed. I liked it because it wasn’t about me and because it was so humorous.

How long did it take to write and how did you research for it?

This book took about a year. Most of the research was already done for the two previous books. However, I did have to check with some people about including them etc.

Do you have any plans for any future novels?

I already have a fictional novel almost completed called “Under the Clouds of War”, after that I plan to write a temporary psychological thriller. I haven’t any plans for more factual books however.

Tell me a little about a typical writing day for you…

I get up, have breakfast and usually write until around noon. I stop then for lunch and go shopping or do housework etc. Some days I pick the grandchildren up from school. I return to writing later in the evening around 5pm. It depends how I feel and how things are going to determine how much writing I will do. Maybe a few minutes or several hours. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and write.

Where are you most comfortable writing?

Although I enjoy writing and get a lot of satisfaction out of Psychological thrillers and crime fiction, I am most comfortable writing historical romances.

Which authors have most influenced your life and why?

I have been influenced by Peter James, Val McDermid, Barbara Erskin, and Phillips Gregory. I love their individual style of writing, their ability to weave a complicated story and the way they draw the reader in.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?

I have already had it…as a psychology and Counselling lecturer and therapist. I had that career before I became an author.

Did you learn anything from writing this particular book?

I learned a great deal about myself from writing this particular book. Especially what an idiot I had been. I became very angry with myself and wished I had done things differently. If you read the book, you’ll see why.

What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, here on Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?

I prefer email and messenger. Email me on   I also encourage responses to my Facebook pages and website ( thea

And finally, where can readers buy a copy of your latest book?

Amazon is probably the easiest place to buy my book, whether in ebook or paperback. It is also available in various bookshops such as Waterstones.

 Many thanks for a great interview, Thea!

Thank you Lynette for interviewing me on your blogspot.



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