It is pleasure to have Siri back here at Relz Reviewz ~ enjoy our little interview and the Extras below.
Your first pet’s name?
Did you have a special toy that went everywhere with you when you were young? Please describe.
If you were stranded on a desert island what one object would you want with you? (Besides your Bible)
What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Heroes, Bones, Lost or The Brady Bunch?
Scrapbooking, knitting, cooking or aerobics?
French, English or Japanese?
What is your favourite Bible verse (or “one” of your favourites) and what does it mean to you?
Besides God, who has influenced you the most?
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Sent a manuscript out on query.
What is the best advice you have received about marriage?
A Constant Heart
You are writing historical books with a contemporary premise – please share the inspiration behind these new novels?
I’ve always been interested in both fashion and history. And as I researched for Chateau of Echoes, I stumbled upon an instance of people’s lives and health being placed in danger for fashion’s sake. That thought niggled at me for several years, during which I realized there were many more instances, throughout history, of women doing similar things. I began to realize that we haven’t changed very much in the past 500 years.
As women, we still demand that others live up to our expectations. We still have all kinds of roles to play and we still want to do the best was can at all of them at the same time. We still worry about our looks and the appearance of wrinkles. And we still judge each other according to impossible standards of behaviour and beauty. It’s my hope that readers might recognize themselves within the pages of these books. I hope that they ask themselves what lengths they are willing to go to in order to fit their society’s standard of beauty. And then, I hope they start to draw some lines.
Marget – devoted
In A Constant Heart, Lytham and Marget go to extreme lengths to meet the demanding expectations of their monarch, Queen Elizabeth ~ how do you see that happening today?
Your previous books have been contemporary novels ~ what differences did you find writing an historical novel compared to a contemporary one?
What is in your writing pipeline?
In trying to discover true love’s path, Susannah is helped by the most unlikely of allies, a wounded woman who lives invisible and ignored in their town. As the depth, passion, and sacrifice of love is revealed to Susannah, she begins to question the rules and regulations of her childhood faith. In a community where grace is unknown, what price will she pay for embracing love?
And way off in the horizon is She Walks in Beauty. Set to release in spring 2010, it’s set in 1890s New York City. The fashion element in play is the tight-laced corsetry Victorian women wore.
Thanks so much, Siri ~ it has been a pleasure getting to know you a little bit more! I have chosen Love’s Pursuit for my book club later in the year – sight unseen – something I rarely do but I know it will be worth it!
Relz Reviewz Extras
Character spotlight on A Constant Heart’s Marget & Lytham
Interview with Siri in 2006
Visit Siri’s website
I have a copy of A Constant Heart to giveaway! To enter:~
You must have an Australian mailing address and post a comment by Sunday 12th April, telling me the European city you would most like to visit.