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The Worm Hole Podcast

Charlie Place

Join me each second and fourth Monday of the month, when I'll be in conversation with an author about one (occasionally more) of their books. We'll be taking a fairly deep dive, looking at the background, the topics, writing, and the nitty gritty. Expect some spoilers and frequent discussions of the endings. This podcast is part of The Worm Hole book blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com Follow The Worm Hole on Twitter: @Carnelianvalley
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Episode 50: Samantha Sotto
Episode 50: Samantha Sotto
Samantha Sotto returns! We discuss her latest book The Beginning Of Always (its inspiration was the woman whose death mask was used to create the first aid dummy Resusci Annie), and, not to be outdone, Sam's dog Alfie also returns to make a second appearance. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-50-samantha-sotto Wikipedia: Resusci Annie Article on The Paris Morgue by the Wellcome Trust The Shoes on the Danube Bank monument Sam's Instagram You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 01:03 The proceeds from the sales of The Beginning Of Always went to help those effected by the pandemic? 03:19 Your daughter designed the cover of The Beginning Of Always?... 04:26 Tell us about the Unknown Woman and how you came to write about her 05:46 You started writing this book years ago?... 06:54 What do you think happened to the Unknown Woman? 08:05 Why is reincarnation, immortality, and so on, important in your work? 10:58 Can you tell us about the Paris Morgue? 13:32 What was important in creating your main couple and bringing them to life? 14:38 Where did the idea of Thomas' heart condition come from? 16:45 (Spoiler question) The couple at the end - could they have been included more? 17:54 Why is it important to explore love and everything that goes into it? 20:25 (We discuss location in a similar context to love, as written in the book) 22:46 What do you think happens after death? 25:22 Why was Elise a blogger? 27:19 (Discussing a book Sam was working on two years ago) 28:31 Tell us about the book you've just finished 32:38 We've had Alfie introduce himself; tell us about your dogs, you have another now? 34:13 Is there anything else you'd like to add? Purchase Links The Beginning Of Always: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
6d ago
35 mins
Episode 49: Rebecca F John
Charlie and Rebecca F John (The Haunting Of Henry Twist) discuss being gay and bisexual in the 1920s, the way the flapper years could mask the effects of War, and the fictional man who cannot believe that his male partner is not some sort of reincarnation of his dead wife. Please be aware that there are spoilers throughout this episode; we couldn't discuss the book properly without them! Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-49-rebecca-f-john The Hay 30 list You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 01:09 You were named on the Hay Festival's 'Hay 30' list. Can you tell us about that? 02:23 Would you categorise this book as historical fiction or historical fantasy? 07:54 Why did you choose to include Ruby in the way you did? 10:16 Is there a connection between the pacing of the novel and what Henry's going through? 11:42 Why were Monty, Matilda, and Grayson's stories included? 14:04 Henry lives a lot of his life with fear; how much is this a book about the war? 15:57 Were the surnames, Twist and Turner, chosen for any particular reason? 16:52 Is there more to Jack than Henry's ideas - is he even a fully-fledged person? 19:28 I know it's down to reader interpretation, but who is Jack to you, as far as you're concerned? 22:21 Henry and Jack's relationship is accepted by their friends, but what would have happened if it hadn't been? 25:24 What was the treatment of single fatherhood like at the time? 27:47 Did you ever consider having Henry become comfortable as a bisexual person? 29:39 Does Henry love Jack? 30:51 What do you want readers to take away from reading this book? 32:18 Could Monty, Matilda, Grayson, and Sally, be happy together? 33:51 What's next? Purchase Links The Haunting Of Henry Twist: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters The Empty Greatcoat (January 2022): Amazon UK Fannie (February 2022): Amazon UK Waterstones Hive I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
08-11-2021
36 mins
Episode 48: Rosie Travers
Charlie and Rosie Travers (The Theatre Of Dreams) discuss writing novels set amongst the working class of the south coast, Art Deco buildings we've lost and those we've saved, and the sporting professional heroine publishers rejected. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-48-rosie-travers My post on The Theatre of Dreams' first book launch Lee-On-Solent Pictures and memories of Old Lee Tower Reading Room Lane, Curdridge (Google Maps) The De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill The Midland Hotel, Morcambe Bay The Facebook page for the campaign to save The Floral Hall, Belfast Zoo You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:36 As writers do you've always written but you got into it more seriously when living in California and The Netherlands. Can you tell us about your publication journey? 02:52 Why have you decided to relaunch The Theatre of Dreams? 04:57 This story was somewhat inspired by Old Lee Tower in Lee-On-Solent? 06:27 Could you have set this book in a real place; would it have worked for you? 08:21 Lee-On-Solent was going to become either a resort or residential, and ultimately it became residential. Do you think that was the right decision? 13:04 Is either of these two characters more important than the other? 14:03 Was it difficult working with such a large cast of characters? 15:31 Was setting the book amongst so many working class characters important for you? 16:55 Where does Tara in fit in terms of her being a celebrity? 18:54 Have we lost many buildings of the sort you write about? 20:27 Have you ever been involved in a campaign to save a building? 21:09 Was the mystery of Jez's death always going to be a part of the book? 22:59 What was the element you wanted to leave your readers with at the end? 24:17 A Crisis At Clifftops - you found it difficult to get published because of the heroine's career?... Purchase Links The Theatre Of Dreams: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada A Crisis At Clifftops: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
25-10-2021
28 mins
Episode 47: Jennifer RobsonEpisode 46: Hazel Gaynor
Charlie and Hazel Gaynor (The Bird In The Bamboo Cage) discuss the lives of the pupils and teachers of the Chefoo school for missionaries' children in China during the Japanese occupation, and the way being Brownie Guides helped to keep them going. We also discuss the beginnings of her career, and her collaborations with fellow historical fiction writer, Heather Webb. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-46-hazel-gaynor Heather Webb's site You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:55 Can you tell us about the story of your first publication and its bestseller status? 09:29 You have written about something not covered much - can you tell us about the story it's based on? 12:45 What was being done back home to help these people stuck under occupation? 14:33 A big theme is Brownies and Guides - why so central? 18:08 Can you talk us through the reasoning for the two narratives - Elspeth and Nancy? 23:43 Were you able to get stories from war generation to help with the book? 25:49 Can you tell us about the honeypot girls? 28:01 You look at the way these children are the children of missionaries and know nothing of China beyond the school - why was this important to explore? 30:14 If you had to choose one or two characters who were most important to the novel or what you were trying to say, who would you choose? 32:11 How is your book with Heather Webb - Three Words For Goodbye - doing? 33:52 How do you collaborate with Heather, in terms of the writing itself? Purchase Links The Bird In The Bamboo Cage/When We Were Young And Brave: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
27-09-2021
37 mins
Episode 45: Claire North
Charlie and Claire North (Notes From The Burning Age) discuss climate change today and into the future, sexism back of house in theatre, and how she views her books in terms of colours and shapes rather than words. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-45-claire-north CBBC Newsround article from 2002 Peter Kenny and Claire North Audible interview You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:45 How did your first publication, as a teenager, come about? 03:33 (Discussing Claire's lighting design work) 10:46 Could you tell us about your seeing the book in terms of colour? 12:49 How would you categorise this book, genre-wise? 16:57 Where do you fall on the subject yourself in terms of the two sides, Temple and the Brotherhood? 22:50 What was it about Ven's position, as a character and in terms of his place in society, that made him the right person to be the narrator? 26:08 Does this whole thing of Ven being a regular person but not so regular extend to Yue? 28:33 Going to the extremes of what you've been saying, could your books be told by yourself through the first person, without a character narrator? 29:55 Are the kakuy open to interpretation? 33:13 What inspired the servers of all our modern day information? 37:24 Have we the power, do you think, to reverse the burning age that we're at the beginnings of? 41:23 Back to your tangent from earlier, what is the period of history you enjoy studying the most? 42:29 Could Ven ever have become a proper member of the Brotherhood? 44:45 What's next? Purchase Links Notes From The Burning Age: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
13-09-2021
46 mins
Episode 44: Tyler Keevil
Charlie and Tyler Keevil (Your Still Beating Heart) discuss using the violence of Snow White in an adult thriller to shocking and literary effect, writing in the second person to tell a story within a story where either - or both, or none - may be 'true', and the many hearts at the heart of his novel. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-44-tyler-keevil I was joined by Susmita Bhattacharya for episode 32 You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:54 What does your job as Director of the BA in Creative Writing entail? 09:08 Is the story we are told about Eira true or is it an attempt at writing by our struggling fictional creative? 11:48 How much of you is in this book? 15:53 Why the second person narrative? 21:12 What was behind the small exploration of what Eira can do now that her husband is gone? 23:33 How crucial is Tod's presence, or lack of presence, to the story as a whole? 25:00 The chapters are like short stories; why did you choose to write in this way? 27:34 You have a linking theme in the use of 'heart' - could you expand on this? 31:45 Is Eira and Gogol's future life good? 34:50 What was the message or takeaway you wanted to leave your readers with? 36:28 What's next? Purchase Links Your Still Beating Heart Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the publisher.
23-08-2021
39 mins
Episode 43: Rachel Hore
Charlie and Rachel Hore (A Beautiful Spy) discuss the life and work of a female spy in the years between the First and Second World Wars, the man who inspired James Bond's M, and how Rachel took care to do right in her representation of a real person. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-43-rachel-hore Rachel Hore's The Dream House Rachel's article on Olga Gray for the Historical Writers' Association Wikipedia's article on Max Knight Wikipedia's article on Mata Hari (contains semi-nude photo) Wikipedia's article on John Buchan Wikipedia's article on Johnny Morris iTunes Podchaser You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:36 How did being an editor (HarperCollins) before becoming an author influence your writing? 01:46 Did you always know you wanted to write a book, had you always had a book in you? 12:55 This book is based on a spy, Olga Gray?... 15:30 Was it usual for people to be a spy for such a relatively short period of time? 17:28 Were there many women spies in this period of time? 18:57 Was it difficult to work with the facts and add your fiction into the story? 22:21 Was Max Knight an author in real life? 24:35 How did you expect readers to take to your fictionised Max? 26:08 How much did Minnie's relationship with her father impact her choices in these spy years? 32:23 Can you tell us about the Friends of the Soviet Union? 36:20 What's next? 37:21 A Beautiful Spy was your first novel about a real person - do you think you'd do similar again? 38:51 Do you feel you did right by Olga? Purchase Links A Beautiful Spy: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.  Credit: Charlotte Murphy.
09-08-2021
40 mins
Episode 42: Gill Paul
Charlie and Gill Paul (The Second Marriage) discuss the lives and loves of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas from their early married years until later life, the womanising ways of the men in their lives, and the opera and celebrity that in Gill's book links them all. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-42-gill-paul The Time article Gill references, published on 29th October 1956 Barbara Walters interviews Maria Callas for NBC's Today programme on 15th April 1974 Carly Simon's Touched by the Sun Barbara Leaming's book on Jackie Kennedy EOnline - 'Inside the Tragic Strength of Jackie Kennedy' Gill discusses how she researches a novel (in this context, The Second Marriage) Lyndsy Spence's Cast A Diva Maria Callas' Casta Diva You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 06:36 Why Jackie and Maria, why this idea? 10:50 Is there a significance to you having started the book with Maria? 12:10 Maria and Jackie never met?... 13:39 What are you thoughts on who Jackie was as a person? 17:09 Could you tell us more about JFK and Aristotle Onassis as people and in their relationships? 21:12 There were issues with the book's content in terms of Jackie's sister Lee?... 24:17 Why was it important to include the rumour of Maria Callas having had a child? 28:05 What is your favourite recording of Maria? 29:27 What was your research like for the operatic aspects? 31:09 What did you want readers to take away with them in regards to their thoughts on these two women? 32:04 Tell us about your next book, The Collector's Daughter Purchase Links The Second Marriage/Jackie And Maria: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters The Collector's Daughter: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
26-07-2021
36 mins
Episode 41: Rosanna Ley
Charlie and Rosanna Ley (The Orange Grove) discuss whether one of her main characters, Ella, made the right decision with the situational contexts at hand, the viability of a shop focused on orange-related products and set up in Dorset, the Seville producers of those products, and the secrets of the flour-free cake that starts the whole thing off. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-41-rosanna-ley Gospa Citrus Organic Orange Farm Bridport, Dorset The cake Rosanna's writing retreats You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 07:24 Would it be right to say that the Flamenco is an important aspect further than as itself, symbolically? 09:01 Was there a starting point for Ella's story? 10:44 Tell us about your research 13:05 Would Holly's shop be a viable business? 14:46 Where did you come across the cake? 16:58 Had you set out to include Felix's narrative from the first? 19:18 (Spoiler question) Had you considered having the 1988 Ella staying on in Seville? 21:55 Will Ella and Ingrid's relationship continue to get better? 22:55 What's next? 25:36 Tell us about your writing retreats Purchase Links The Orange Grove: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
12-07-2021
29 mins
Episode 40: Zen Cho
Charlie and Zen Cho (Black Water Sister) discuss traditional Chinese beliefs, smashing up shrines, and Jane Austen. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-40-zen-cho Jean DeBernardi's The Way That Lives In The Heart Podchaser website You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 08:13 Was the book always going to be comedic? 08:29 Why did you choose to make Jess American? 10:21 Can you tell us about your research in terms of what inspired Black Water Sister herself? 13:02 Are there any gods in the book that are true to the folklore and religion? 16:08 Did you ever consider extending the fantastical aspect? 17:53 You have the smashing up of a shrine - was that difficult to include? 18:31 How much are the characters, other than Jess, Ah Ma, and Black Water Sister, a device to keep Jess' development going? 19:31 You start and end the book on Jess' sexuality - why was it important to do that? 22:27 How much are Jess, Ah Ma, and the Black Water Sister the same person? 24:36 Was it always the plan to have Manglish phrasing without translations? 26:06 Favourite Jane Austen novel? 26:40 Did you ever consider having Sharanya there in person? 28:02 Is Shering's life going to be more above board going forward? Purchase Links Black Water Sister: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo Spirits Abroad: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of EDPR. Credit: Darren Johnson.
28-06-2021
34 mins
Episode 39: Christina Courtenay
Charlie and Christina Courtenay (Echoes Of The Runes; The Runes Of Destiny) discuss what the Vikings were really like, time travellers' historical partners travelling back with them, and predictability and coincidence as plot devices. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-39-christina-courtenay Jorvick Viking Festival, York Birka You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:35 You've been published for a long time; tell us about your past work 04:52 You say in Echoes of the Runes that the Vikings aren't quite as we think they are. Can you expand on this for us? 06:33 What research did you do for the books? 08:40 You explore disability, with the main character finding a way to communicate with Jorun. Why was this important to explore? 10:27 Did you ever have any issues with getting Haakon how you wanted him to be? 11:52 The noted predictability and coincidences between time periods - was this something you always planned to use? 13:30 What was behind the decision to have Destiny of the Runes take us to another country? 15:14 Linnea takes a good number of pages to accept she's travelled in time - what lead to this decision? 16:22 Were you always going to have the time travel in the reverse? 22:23 Linnea's possible experience or possible virginity in the context of the history - had you considered a different story here? 24:09 The forthcoming Whispers of the Runes and Tempted by the Runes - tell us about them Purchase Links Echoes Of The Runes: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo The Runes Of Destiny: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo Whispers Of The Runes: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo Tempted By The Runes: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones IndieBound Chapters Indigo I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
14-06-2021
27 mins
Episode 38: Nicola Cornick
She's back! Nicola Cornick (The Forgotten Sister; The Last Daughter) returns to discuss Amy Robsart and the mystery of her death, the relationship between Robert Dudley and Elizabeth I, and the Princes in the Tower. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-38-nicola-cornick Our previous interview, episode 1 Lydiard House Amy Robsart Robert Dudley Thomas Seymour The portrait of young Elizabeth I Cumnor (the village) Walter Scott's Kenilworth University Church, Oxford Susanna Kearsley's The Rose Garden Francis Lovell The Princes in the Tower Josephine Tey's The Daughter Of Time The discovery of Richard III's bones You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 01:09 How has writing and reading been different for you during the lockdown and now? 03:13 You have a role at Lydiard House?... 04:52 Who was Amy Robsart? 06:49 Would you say that the present day narrative helped look at the historical story in a more objective manner? 07:53 The press at the time, and historians afterwards, believed Dudley killed Amy?... 09:18 Do you think Elizabeth I and Dudley were lovers? 12:11 What do you think happened to Amy? 13:29 Can you tell us about the sightings of Amy's ghost? 16:13 (Spoiler-ish question) Who thought of the title? 17:22 If we say time slip and time travel are two different things, do you have a preference? 18:18 Tell us about The Last Daughter 20:01 Who do you think killed the Princes in the Tower? Purchase Links The Forgotten Sister: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters The Last Daughter: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
24-05-2021
25 mins
Episode 37: Kimberly Derting
Charlie and Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder) discuss publishing a dark YA series in the wake of Twilight, avoiding romance and family tropes, and the further lives of her characters beyond the final page. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-37-kimberly-derting You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:45 What was it like juggling two jobs, family, and writing? 03:42 What was it like publishing a (dark, Young Adult) book in the wake of Twilight? 10:37 Was Violet's ability inspired by anything? 12:42 Family is important in the books... 13:44 What is the significance of the various imprints that you chose? 14:42 Violet goes to a school that exists in real life... 16:06 Why did you start the series with Violet and Jay's burgeoning romance, avoiding tropes and such? 18:47 Why did you include narratives of the killers, particularly in the way that you did? 20:55 Was there a particular reason for diverging from that narrative path in book two, with Megan? 22:05 Why the shift in focus in Desires of the Dead (Sara and Rafe)? 23:29 Was Violet always going to have her own imprint? 24:27 If Jay had ever got an imprint, do you think Violet would have been able to live with it? 29:28 Was Chelsea easy to write? 30:23 Beyond the series, would Chelsea continue to have an aspect in Violet's 'secret' life? 31:40 Are Violet and Jay going to be better cooks than their parents? 32:11 Do you have any regrets and is there anything you're particularly happy with? 33:58 Do you have any more YA books in the planning stages at the moment? Purchase Links The Body Finder: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters Desires Of The Dead: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters The Last Echo: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters Dead Silence: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
10-05-2021
36 mins
Episode 36: Kate Forsyth
Charlie and Kate Forsyth (Bitter Greens; The Wild Girl) discuss the story and history of Rapunzel - which was part of Kate's doctoral thesis - as well as the woman who told the Brothers Grimm many of their tales, and the progression of change those tales went through as the brothers pursued success. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-36-kate-forsyth The page on Kate's website summarising her published academic research on Rapunzel Information on Charlotte-Rose de la Force Disney's Tangled William Morris' poem Information on Giambattista Basile Plot of Basile's Petrosinella Biography of Charles Perrault Andrew Lang Jack Zipes' Spells Of Enchantment Jack Zipes' The Great Fairy Tale Tradition Hessen-Cassel Wikipedia's page on the Brothers Grimm, including a drawing of Dortchen Information on Ludwig Grimm The 1824 English translation of the Brothers Grimm stories Biography of Herman Grimm Biography of Marie Hassenpflug Kate's Cotswolds writing retreats You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 01:07 You've written a plethora of books for various ages - how much does the fantasy genre crossover between them? 13:05 What is your general feeling about the witch from Rapunzel? 17:35 So you've got these three different people literally locked away, and then you've this extra subtext of you as a child... 20:11 You've mentioned your doctorate - what sort of information can we expect from the thesis as opposed to the fiction? 21:24 Why did you choose Charlotte-Rose de la Force's version of Rapunzel? 26:10 Are there any other stories by Charlotte-Rose that we know of today? 27:49 You keep detailed notebooks for your research? 30:58 We don't know how Charlotte-Rose found out about the original Rapunzel story?... 32:50 What do you think of Tangled? 47:46 The Wild Girl - you created quite a bit of Dortchen's story yourself? 52:17 (More on the changes made from the original Brothers Grimm collection) 59:26 (More on the subject of the women who told the Brothers the stories) 1:01:43 How much time did you have to spend researching the Napoleonic Wars? 1:02:29 Can you tell us about the treatments for Asthma in the early 1800s? 1:03:49 You have writing retreats in the Cotswolds every year? Purchase Links Bitter Greens: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Amazon Australia Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo The Wild Girl: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Amazon Australia Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound The Rebirth Of Rapunzel: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Amazon Australia Barnes & Noble IndieBound I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
26-04-2021
1 hr 7 mins
Episode 35: Liz Fenwick
Charlie and Liz Fenwick (The Path To The Sea; also The Cornish House, The Cornish Affair, One Cornish Summer and more) discuss the success of spies in the Cold War who were - on the face of it - 'just' housewives, bringing new characters to more prominence and bringing past characters back from other books, and the age-old question of cream or jam first. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-35-liz-fenwick Cape Cod Porthpean House About Time Godolphin House The SOE (Special Operations Executive) Exercise Tiger Hotel Endsleigh You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:38 You're originally from Massachusetts and settled in Cornwall. Why Cornwall? 01:51 Do you like Cornish pasties? 02:07 You first looked into publishing when you were in your early 20s?... 09:20 Boskenna is based on a real house?... 11:47 The past and present dates you look at are the same dates? 12:59 When you were planning it, did you have to keep up with events and how they were weaving into each other? 14:09 Was Diana frustrating to write? 15:07 Why first-person for Joan (compared to third-person for Lottie and Diana)? 16:12 Joan is a spy in the Cold War - were you inspired by any real life women spies of that era? 17:42 Where did Joan's hostess book come from? 24:06 Were there many people who kept Cold War secrets for life or for so long? 25:37 Why did you create a similarity between what happened to Allan and what happened to John? 26:15 What was the significance of Alex and Paul? 28:37 Why did you start the book with Lottie and Alex? 30:06 Is there a character that is the most important to you? 33:42 What happened to Salome? 34:35 Tell us more about The River Between Us 37:27 Scones - cream or jam first? Purchase Links The Path To The Sea: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo The River Between Us: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Hive Barnes & Noble Chapters Indigo I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
12-04-2021
38 mins
Episode 34: Lillian Li
Charlie and Lillian Li (Number One Chinese Restaurant) discuss racial prejudice in Chinese restaurants, looking at the narrative of immigrant parents and sacrifice, and how her editor pushed her to increase the impact of themes and ideas. Please note that I have not censored the swear words in this episode because the over all effect would be different without them. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-34-lillian-li The article Charlie quotes from: "'Customers looked right through me': what I learned working in a Chinese restaurant" The video of Lillian's event for Politics and Prose You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:57 You work at Literati. What is it like working in a bookshop as an author? 08:03 You have a few origin stories for Number One Chinese Restaurant. Is there one that's the most important to you to tell, the one that's most crucial to the book? 17:03 How did you come to decide to discuss issues of race in the way you do? 20:57 Does the title have a place in what you've been talking about? 30:08 Is Jimmy your favourite character? 32:17 Why is Nan and Pat's relationship important to the book? 36:16 There's a lot of language switching in the book - why did you decide to do this and what were your choices informed by? 38:58 Could the story have been told without Uncle Pang? 40:46 Was it always your intent to include moments of comedy? 41:37 What is the importance of food further than it's simple inclusion, so to speak, in the book? 45:39 What's next? Purchase Links Number One Chinese Restaurant: Literati (during Covid curb-side pick up in Ann Arbor) Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Indigo Chapters I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author. Credit: Margarita Corporan.
22-03-2021
50 mins
Episode 33: Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
Charlie and Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen (The Rabbit Back Literature Society; Secret Passages In A Hillside Town) discuss dreams that become literature - vampires; books where words and plot points change in a sort of book plague; secret passages that wipe your memory, and many more - writing a book that's difficult for a reader to work out and not knowing yourself what the answer is, creepy and traumatic fictional games, and issuing an alternative ending to your novel in a brand new publication. Please note if you have children around that we mention people sitting together without any clothes on. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-33-pasi-ilmari-jaaskelainen Tips to unlock the secrets in The Rabbit Back Literature Society Wikipedia's article on Jules et Jim Wikipedia's article on 2046 Wikipedia's article on In The Mood For Love Wikipedia's article on My Neighbour Totoro You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 01:38 How has being a literature teacher influenced your writing? 02:54 What is your role when it comes to translation; do you work with the translators? 05:03 'Nosterafu' is used in both The Rabbit Back Literature Society and Secret Passages in a Hillside Town - you're interested in vampires? 11:29 What is the importance to you of the Finnish title, Lummiko and Nine Others? 13:27 Would it be right to say you're interested in folklore? 15:11 Why did you want Rabbit Back to be difficult to understand? 16:39 You say you yourself don't know what happened to Laura White. Do you have a preference in regards to readers' interpretations? 20:03 You've got this book 'plague' where words and plots change. Where did you get the idea? 24:32 Where is The Game from? 31:22 The idea of a 'cinematic life' in Secret Passages - where did that come from? 34:49 How did you choose the films that you refer to? 36:30 Why did you use the Famous Five? 37:49 Is Ollie's lack of use of his son's name (in terms of the third person narrative) important to the plot? 39:35 Secret Passages has two endings - is there one you prefer? 41:19 What are you writing at the moment? Purchase Links The Rabbit Back Literature Society: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Secret Passages In A Hillside Town: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Chapters Indigo I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
08-03-2021
45 mins
Episode 32: Susmita Bhattacharya
Charlie and Susmita Bhattacharya (Table Manners; also The Normal State Of Mind) discuss her world-wide travel and moves abroad - including a visa-less stopover, the experiences of recent immigrants to Britain, and having your work featured and serialised on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-32-susmita-bhattacharya Table Manners on BBC Radio 4 Extra 'Old Spice' on BBC Radio 4 Mayflower Young Writers on Artful Scribe Seacity Museum, Southampton Tudor House, Southampton In her role as Writer in Residence during spring and summer at the Word Factory, Susmita is holding 1 to 1 half hour sessions for new writers. Full details and price info are here. You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 01:03 How did the serialisation of Table Manners on BBC Radio 4 Extra come about? 02:18 Your first story for radio was in 2015?... 03:48 You have travelled and lived all over the world, can you tell us about it? 09:22 Is your travel and your experience of living in other places always in your mind when you're writing? 11:40 Tell us about your work with Mayflower Young Writers 17:53 Why is 'Good Golly Miss Molly' the story you've read from for us, the one you read the most? 19:21 Why did you choose to use food as you do - sometimes as an obvious support to a story, other times more vague? 21:26 When did you come up with the title for the collection? 22:50 Can you talk about the use of relationships in this book? 25:01 You have a story that features 9/11 and 7/7, a story about the social affects of Brexit, and a story where a white westerner who wants to see the Real India. Is the present day and situations important to you? 28:21 Going back to what you said about your time as an English language teacher for immigrants to Britain, may I ask what kind of things affected people when they were here, in that context of the present day? 33:12 What's next? Purchase Links Table Manners: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.  Credit: Rohini Bhattacharya
22-02-2021
35 mins
Episode 31: Elizabeth Baines
Charlie and Elizabeth Baines (Used To Be; Astral Travel; also The Birth Machine; Balancing On The Edge Of The World; Too Many Magpies) discuss writing for radio, short stories - the relative importance of their first lines and differences to novels - writing a book about trying to tell a story, and the difficulties in labelling someone complicit or a victim in the context of past societal values. Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-31-elizabeth-baines You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com Question Index 00:38 Can you tell us about your screenplay work? 01:13 How did the vampire play come about? 01:48 Do your plays influence your prose or is it the other way around? 02:23 Do you have a preference between these three modes of writing? 09:39 All these stories were in other publications - how long in coming was the collection itself? 11:13 Tell us about the splitting of these stories into two categories 13:00 How important is the first line of a short story compared to a novel? 13:46 Did the short story 'Clarrie and You' inspire Astral Travel? 19:01 Astral Travel is a difficult read. How long did it take to write - was it difficult to write? 22:55 How far into the various drafts did the written structure (white space; chapter headings) come in? 23:55 Where is the father 'from'; what were the influences in creating him? 24:23 Is the mother complicit or a victim? 26:43 [Within and without the context of Josephine's boyfriend's family] do you think that Josephine would continue on her journey of healing? 27:50 Was the revelation about the father always in your mind? 28:30 Where on the scale between empathy and upset do you think the reader is, or should be, by the end? 29:13 What's your favourite Bronte novel? 29:50 What's next? Purchase Links Used To Be: Amazon UK Amazon US Waterstones Hive Barnes & Noble IndieBound Astral Travel: Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Canada Waterstones Hive Chapters Indigo I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases. Photograph used with the permission of the author.
08-02-2021
31 mins

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