Welcome to my stop on Eva Jordan’s Time Will Tell blog tour!
Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours for arranging the following interview with Eva Jordan…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
Hi, my name is Eva Jordan. I was born in Kent but have lived most of my life in a small Cambridgeshire town in the UK. I would describe myself as a lover of words, books, travel, and chocolate. I’m also partial to the odd glass or two of wine now and again. I am both a mum and stepmum to four adult children, all of which have provided me with some of the inspiration behind my three novels, 183 Times A Year, All The Colours In Between, and Time Will Tell––which take a humorous, but sometimes tragic and poignant look at contemporary family life. I also write a monthly column and book review for my local lifestyle magazine The Fens.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
183 Times A Year is an exploration of domestic love, hate, strength and friendship set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families, and in particular focuses on the mother/teenage daughter relationship. Initially it was the women in my life, including my mother, daughters, and good friends who inspired me to write my debut novel, and they continued to inspire my second novel, as did the idea of modern family life in general, whether it’s the one you start out with, or the one you gain along the way. All The Colours In Between is a tale of love and loss, of friendships and betrayals, and coming of age, with a liberal sprinkling of humour. Like the first two novels, family life is still very much at the heart of my third novel, Time Will Tell, however, unlike the previous books, this story takes a step back in time to 1960s London when, although only fifty or so years ago, life was very different.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
My Dad was definitely the inspiration behind the character of Salocin, and Cassie is loosely based on my daughter, especially with her malaprops and spoonerisms, but they are separate to them, very much characters (albeit fictional) in their own right.
How do you pick your characters’ names?
Sometimes a name will come to me, or I might choose a name in homage to someone special, or to another fictional character, for instance, Lizzie, which is short for Elizabeth, is named after my paternal grandmother and Jane Austen’s fictional character Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. At other times, if I’m struggling, I’ll search the internet and see what names were popular around the time my character would have been born.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
My other half runs his own business consultancy, and while he spends most of the week travelling, I’m at home doing the paperwork for the company, fitting in some writing in between. I learned how to type when I left school (many moons ago!), so I prefer working on a computer or laptop, although I do have many notebooks filled with ideas and research. I like peace and quiet when I write so I generally try and aim for a couple of hours each morning, but if that isn’t possible I’ll fit it in when I can. I love a cup of coffee first thing, too, and can’t start the day, or my writing, without one. I used to have a writing goal of at least 2000 words a day, but last year proved to be a particularly difficult one for me in terms of health problems, including family members and myself, and more often than not I wasn’t hitting my target, which made me feel a bit low, the focus tending to be more on what I wasn’t achieving rather than what I was. So I decided I needed to look at things differently, have a better positive mental attitude, and now I’m just happy if I manage to write every day, whether it’s 500 words or 5000! As for ideas, they come to me everywhere and anywhere, in the shower, out walking the dog, having coffee with friends. I’m a great people watcher too, and am always asking myself “what if…”
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Honestly, I don’t have 5 favourite authors. I have lots and lots of favourite authors. Plus my reading is quite broad, so I’ll name the first 5 that immediately spring to mind, but that doesn’t mean I prefer them above the many other authors I love.
Philip K Dick
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Alive – J. K. Rowling. Dead, Sue Townsend. Why? Because, as well as being hugely talented, they both come across as strong, independent women with a good dose of humour and integrity to boot. I would ply them cake, coffee and a glass or two of fizz, and then ask them everything and anything about writing.
Were you a big reader as a child?
Yes, I loved to escape into books. The three books that stand out from my childhood are Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree, Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.
When did you start to write?
It’s a cliché but I wrote as a child, had some moderate success with poetry and short stories in my twenties, but didn’t start seriously writing until my forties.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Knowing how much effort goes into the writing process I would never want to re-write the ending of a book, no matter how disappointing, confusing, strange, happy or sad. The story, first and foremost, belongs to the writer – they have written that ending for a reason. Besides, sometimes when a book doesn’t end how you image it will, like Jonathon Coe’s Number 11 for instance, it stays with you. Every now and again I find myself reflecting back on that particular book, wondering what on earth the ending was about.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
I love the Harry Potter books (and the films); they are pure escapism for me. I also love the Adrian Mole Diary novels by Sue Townsend. Her style of writing definitely influenced my debut novel, 183 Times A Year.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
It’s not a life… It’s an adventure!
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
My Dad is always telling me, when life gets tough, laughter is the best medicine, which it is. Which is also why I love to thread a bit of humour among the more serious, darker moments throughout my novels. So, with that in mind, I think I’d invite Helen Fielding’s wonderful Bridget Jones out for a drink. We wouldn’t go for a coffee, though. I’d probably take her to Tonight Josephine, a relatively new cocktail bar in London’s Waterloo that I’m hoping to try at some point this year and whose motto (in bright pink, blinkity blink neon) is, “Well behaved women don’t make history”. Then, over a couple of cocktails and a lot of laughter, I’d like to think Bridget and I would talk crap and put the world to rights for a few hours.
What are you working on right now?
My fourth novel, no title as yet. It’s a bit of a love story, but with a twist.
Tell us about your last release?
My current release is Time Will Tell, the third and final story concerning Lizzie Lemalf and her madcap family. There are, like the previous two novels, some humorous moments, however, there are some very dark ones too. After the death of a much-loved family member, Lizzie is struggling with life. She is also doing her level best to keep her family together, especially as the recent death of a well-known celebrity has them all in a spin? The police suspect foul play; Lizzie and other family members suspect one another, which sets Lizzie on a journey to look for answers, only to find herself being dragged back to the past – to 1960’s London to be exact, and the former life of her father that, up until now, she has never been privy to. Every family has its secrets. However, they also say the past comes back to haunt you. Surely the truth will out? Maybe, but only time will tell…
Do you have a new release due?
I’m busy working on the fourth novel and hope to have it finished by the end of the year but I don’t have a specific release date at the moment.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
During the day I’ll meet with any friends and family that are about, probably over coffee and cake, and during the evening I‘ll have a glass (or two!) of prosecco.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Yes, I love hearing from readers that have enjoyed my books, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have a question, either about my stories or the writing process in general. Also, big thanks to you, Kerry, for having me on your blog today and for your brilliant questions.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Eva 🙂
Eva Jordan’s much-anticipated follow up to the bestselling `All The Colours In-Between’.
Writer, Lizzie Lemalf, and her loving but somewhat dysfunctional family are still grieving over the loss of a much-loved family member. Lizzie is doing her best to keep her family together but why does the recent death of a well-known celebrity have them all in a spin? The police suspect foul play; Lizzie and other family members suspect one another.
Lizzie begins searching for answers only to find herself being dragged back to the past, to 1960’s London to be exact, and to the former life of her father, that up until now she has never been privy to. Every family has its secrets but how can the past hold the key to a present day celebrity death? They say the past comes back to haunt you. Surely the truth will out? Maybe, but only time will tell…
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