Interview with author, Thea Hartley

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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 thea1710@hotmail.com.   I also encourage responses to my Facebook pages and website ( thea writes.co.uk)

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.

 

Wear Bright Colours for Me

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Well worth 5 stars!!!

I loved the story of Amy and Luke that spanned many lifetimes. The author brought the characters to life as their escapades ran throughout the ages, from Roman days to the present time. It was a very vivid story for me interwoven with sub plots and intrigue. I felt I was actually there as if a traveller in time, the unseen observer.

The story takes the reader from life time-to-life time where the characters appear in various incarnations. The author has a highly developed style of penmanship that draws the reader in and doesn’t let go. I particularly enjoyed Emma and Phillip’s story during the Elizabethan age as it’s a time that fascinates me. It’s obvious that the author has researched the factual side of this book very well as it’s all down to the detail! The descriptions are so colourful and bring the story to life.

I don’t know how Ms. Hartley does it but her books get better and better. I really feel I could see this one on the big screen!
If you’re interested in all things spiritual including, karma and reincarnation, then this is the book for you!

Highly recommended!!

Blurb

Birth, death and rebirth…a continual cycle. Through countless centuries a curse follows potential soulmates Amy and Luke.

From their life as African slaves in 65 BC to professionals in contemporary London, they are destined to be forced apart.

Many lives, many tragedies… and a relentless enemy whose karma is bound up with theirs.

This is a brilliantly woven story of the possibilities of reincarnation and the affect of karma on individuals as they try to battle through the traumas of each rebirth.

“A unique story which will make you think seriously about reincarnation”.

Purchase book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wear-Bright-Colours-Thea-Hartley-ebook/dp/B01CLWUQG2

 

Thicker than Blood by Thea Hartley

 

 

 

When coalminer Davy is seriously injured in a pit accident it makes life very hard for him and his wife Marie. It is 1940 and besides the constraints of rationing, they become poor and I’ll. in desperation, Marie takes a job in a local factory, earning money for her family. She meets the charismatic Tony who had been invalided out of the forces. They fall in love and she feels happier than she has ever been. However everything has consequences and Marie finds herself in a desperate and devastating situation.

Amazon reviews!

  • Marie and Davy go through so much together in this book full of twists and turns. I really enjoyed it and feel it is the best-book-to-date by this author.
  • A great book which mixes fiction with historical and social values of the time period
  • An absolute page turner which you won’t be able to put down!
  • A Highly recommended read!
  • It is a heartwarming story and a very moving read, I didn’t want to put it down!
  • Thicker Than Blood is very much a story of loyalty, bonds and friendship. A highly enjoyable read.

 

 

 

Review for ‘White Roses’ by novelist, Thea Hartley

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White Roses is a bouquet of delight. A gripping historical novel, with the added element of suspense.

I was given an ARC of this book, and was so pleased to receive it, because it is one of the best books that I have read this year. This book is the second in the series of historical novels by Ms Rees that I have read. I was completely overawed by her excellent description of the area in Wales and its people. She brought characters to life, who lived in Merthyr Tydfil, and visited such venues as the music hall, where the main character in this book, Kathleen sang.

Her writing in both this novel and the previous “Black Diamonds” encompasses the atmosphere and narrative of “How Green is my Valley”, the famous book and film. Her brilliance of writing and storytelling has not emerged from Welsh novelists since that time… until Ms Rees began her series. I can’t wait for the next book “Blue Skies” which continues following the trials and tribulations of this Welsh valley family.

I highly recommend White Roses, plus Black diamonds, especially if you enjoy history and romance. After reading a few historical romances by other authors, this was like a breath of fresh air, it gripped me from the first page, and I couldn’t put it down. I finished the book in two sittings,

I read the first book in this series, “Black Diamonds” and fell in love with the characters, The main character in White Roses, is Kathleen, who had appeared in the previous book. She carves out a career as a singer, against the opposition of some of the family, and most definitely the local gossips, who spread malicious lies about her.

Black Diamonds was an excellent book, but White Roses is brilliant. It accurately portrays the dilemma of a young married woman with an exceptional talent, which could threaten her marriage. She is independent and ambitious in the days when these were seen as negative qualities in a woman. The book chronicles Kathleen’s ups and downs, as well as the fate of other members of the family and community in Wales. There are some shocks in store and twists and turns which keep you on the edge of your seat.

A book to be recommended if you like a meaty story, a gripping read and some absorbing surprises.

Available here! https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Roses-Seasons-Change-Book-ebook/dp/B013X89GT6

 

Thea Hartley is a full time writer who has published several books across genres. She has written the Resa James Psychological crime series, Psychological thrillers, Romance, Erotica, and Biographies. Thea was formally a lecturer and practitioner of Psychology and Counselling for many years, and takes a lot of material from her experiences… as well as real life. She says she hopes to “keep on writing as long as possible.” Thea lives with her family in South Wales.

 

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: