Monday, 14 May 2018

Blooming Fiction Meets Elaine Roberts

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This month I'm delighted to present the lovely Elaine Roberts. Meeting only recently, I've already warmed to Elaine's pleasant attitude and personality and was delighted when she accepted to join the Blooming Fiction Meets series. 

Sit back with a cuppa to see what Elaine had to say.

1. Do you have a special place where you gather your thoughts and ideas for a new story?

I have always been a people watcher; they fascinate me, and I’m always thinking about my stories and characters, wherever I go. I sometimes get ideas from snippets of conversation when I’m walking past people, or from an incident that’s playing out around me, not necessarily something big. My ideas often grow after talking them through with my husband, or while sitting at my desk and gazing down the garden. I once discovered my neighbour could see me staring out the window, and I had to explain I wasn’t watching him!

2. How do you decide on titles for your books?

My writing always has a working title, but deciding on them is something I own up to struggling with, as I like to give them a flavour of what the book is about. However, I have learnt not to worry too much about this, as it’s likely the publishers will have their own views about the title, as was the case with The Foyles Bookshop Girls.

3. Is there one of your books in particular that you consider the pride of your collection?

My first historical novel was a Victorian Saga, which I wrote, only to be told at a conference that there was no market for that time period, unless you are an established author. I love the story and didn’t want to change the era.

However, the current novel, The Foyles Bookshop Girls, was born from that disappointment. It is the same family but has been moved on a generation. I am proud that I turned a negative into a positive and that Aria Publishing picked it up. It’s due to be published on the 1 st June 2018 and it doesn’t get better then that.

4. What’s the strangest thing you’ve been inspired by?

I would like to get all arty here and claim I’m inspired by something wonderful, but alas I’m not. My inspiration tends to come from people and situations. When I’m stuck with my writing, I stop typing and, usually after a break, the problem isn’t a problem any more.

I do think that, because I’m a people watcher, I’m also very observant so I tend to gather information about people, behaviour, surroundings etc, without realising that I’m doing it. It’s those things that give me a mental library of things to dig into, when searching for ideas. The idea for the second book of The Foyles Girls trilogy came while I was researching for the first, so you just can’t tell where your ideas are going to come from.

5. Have you created a character who is the fictional version of you?

Haha, I have already been asked by numerous people if they are in my book, and the answer is no, not knowingly. If any of the characters in The Foyles Bookshop Girls are like me, I’d say Lily is. That’s all I’m saying, you’ll have to read the book to find out more.

Quick Fire Questions

1. Salt & Vinegar / Cheese &Onion
Cheese & Onion

2. Sweet / Savoury

3. A week in Florida / A weekend in Paris
A weekend in Paris

4. Indoors / Outdoors

5. Pen / Pencil

6. Halloween / Christmas

7. Book / Film

8. Fish and chips / Pie and mash
Fish and chips

9. DVDs / Netflix

10. Cats / Dogs

Thank you so much to Elaine Roberts for joining me today. Read on to find out more about her and a buy link for her upcoming novel The Foyles Bookshop Girls.

About Elaine Roberts

Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until circumstances made her re-evaluate her life, and she picked up her dream again in 2010. She joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. She was thrilled when many more followed and started to believe in herself.

As a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, progressing to full membership from the New Writers Sceme, and The Society of Women Writers & Journalists, Elaine attends many conferences, workshops, seminars and wonderful parties. Meeting other writers gives her encouragement, finding most face similar problems.

Elaine and her patient husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting. Without her wonderful family and supportive friends, she knows the dream would never have been realised.

Buy The Foyles Bookshop Girls at this link:



  1. Thank you for hosting me Katie and for making my first blog interview fun. Elaine xx

    1. This was your first?? I'm so honoured!!!! Glad I didn't scare you off :)

  2. Lovely interview, Elaine, and good luck with your novel.


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