Today I’m delighted to feature author Jane Cable. Jane writes romances with a twist of mystery and suspense. An intriguing mix guaranteed to keep readers guessing right to the end. I’m looking forward to reading her latest book Another You which is published later this month.
I write romance with a twist and while my books are character driven my inspiration is always a British setting; so far a village in Yorkshire (The Cheesemaker’s House), a Hampshire wood (The Faerie Tree) and gorgeous Studland Bay in Dorset (Another You).
I published my first two novels independently and have now been signed by Sapere Books who I am convinced are the best publishers in the world.
I was born and raised in Cardiff but spent most of my adult life living near Chichester before my husband and I upped sticks and moved to Cornwall two years ago.
So over to Jane
Which 5 pieces of music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?
Now that’s really tough because I love music and it’s always been important to me so I think the best way to do this is to choose one song from each decade.
1970s: I was fourteen in 1977 when punk hit mainstream and seemed the most exciting thing ever with the fast and furious pace and rebellious lyrics. One artist in particular framed my youthful political thinking and that was the Tom Robinson Band. Their music opened my eyes to prejudice, and how harmful it is. So overall my song of the 70s must be Glad to be Gay.
1980s: I started this decade as a student, then married for the first time and divorced, all of which made for quite a varied soundtrack. I could pick Dire Straits’ Romeo and Juliet from the beginning of my marriage, or U2’s With or Without You from the end, but looking back the record that resonates most from the era is Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner. I’m a big fan of her music and that song always takes me back to Marylebone High Street in 1987, the time when I was starting to rebuild my life.
1990s: I changed my career and met and fell in love with my husband Jim. He’s a huge Bon Jovi fan and at our wedding we danced to their In These Arms, so that’s a simple choice.
2000s: Setting up my own business, working from home, freelancing as a cricket writer. It was also the decade I first managed to finish a novel length story and an incredibly busy time. One song which stopped all that rushing around the first time I heard it was Duffy’s Mercy. I literally had to stand still and listen.
2010s: So far I haven’t even mentioned my favourite band, The Manic Street Preachers. We grew up in roughly the same place at roughly the same time, so their heritage is very much my own. For me some of their best work has been in the current decade and it’s hard to pick, but from the well known tracks Show Me The Wonder encapsulates so much of South Wales.
Highlight 5 things (apart from family and friends) you’d find it hard to live without.
I’ve gone on so long about music I’d better be brief: So…
My iPad that doubles as my Kindle
My Olay moisturiser.
Can you offer 5 pieces of advice you’d give to your younger self?
Turn off that radio and get on with some work!
The confidence you crave will come as you get older. Be patient.
Always treat people as you want to be treated. And smile.
The publishing business is only going to get tougher – prioritise your writing now.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Tell us 5 things that most people don’t know about you.
I won prizes in my professional accountancy exams, even though my then boyfriend had to show my how to work my calculator beforehand.
I have a china cat called Gypsy a flatmate once thought was real.
I went to the same school as and share a birthday with academic, writer and broadcaster Alice Roberts. I’m a bit older than her though.
My great great uncle was killed by Apaches in 1871.
I’m addicted to TV cookery competitions like The Great British Menu.
What are the first 5 things you’d have on your bucket list?
For most of our working lives Jim and I didn’t have the time to travel, but we’re making up for it now so my bucket list is really a series of destinations, in roughly the order we’re planning to visit them:
The Dalmatian coast: this one is already booked and although I’m longing to go there, the
first part of our holiday is a cruise and I’m terrified I’ll spend all my time being seasick. I
don’t have a good track record with boats!
Tucson, Arizona: where my great great uncle met his end and where a street is named after him – something I only found out about a few months ago.
The Canadian Rockies: we loved visiting the Rockies in Denver and this will probably be
even more spectacular.
Hadrian’s Wall: we’d love to walk from one end of it to the other and then for good measure tackle St Cuthbert’s Way as well.
New Zealand: this would be a very long trip as there’s so much we want to see.
Thanks so much for joining us today Jane. Having a great, great uncle that was killed by Apaches is one story that is going to be pretty hard to beat. Let’s hope you get to visit Tucson, Arizona to mark his memory. I love your advice to your younger self, it would echo a lot of my thoughts, especially treating others as you’d like to be treated. The world would be a much nicer place if that was adopted by everyone. I’m also a sucker for TV cookery competitions, my husband dreads hearing the words Great British Bake Off and Masterchef as he knows that’s a whole series he’ll have to endure. Enjoy your trip to the Dalmation Coast – I’m sure you’ll be fine.
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Another You (published 27 June but available to pre-order now)
Sometimes the hardest person to save is yourself…
Marie Johnson fell in love with The Smugglers pub when she first moved to Dorset with her husband, Stephen.
But when Stephen’s wandering eye caused the breakdown of their marriage, and the costs of running the pub started to mount, Marie felt her dreams crashing down around her.
With local celebrations planned for the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Marie is hopeful things will turn around.
But she could never have predicted the ways her life will soon be changed forever.
A charming American soldier walks into Marie’s life, but it becomes clear nothing is really as it seems…
Why is Marie suddenly plagued by headaches? Is her American soldier everything he seems to be?
Or could the D-Day re-enactments be stirring up something from the past…?
How can a memory so vivid be wrong?
In the summer of 1986 Robin and Izzie hold hands under The Faerie Tree and wish for a future together. Within hours tragedy rips their dreams apart.
In the winter of 2006, each carrying their own burden of grief, they stumble back into each other’s lives and try to create a second chance. But why are their memories of 1986 so different? And which one of them is right?
With strong themes of love, grief and family relationships, The Faerie Tree is a contemporary women’s novel that will resonate with fans of romance, suspense, and folklore.
When Alice Hart’s husband runs off with his secretary, she runs off with his dog to lick her wounds in a North Yorkshire village. Battling with loneliness but trying to make the best of her new start, she soon meets her neighbours, including the drop-dead gorgeous builder Richard Wainwright and the kindly yet reticent café owner, Owen Maltby.
As Alice employs Richard to start renovating the barn next to her house, all is not what it seems. Why does she start seeing Owen when he clearly isn’t there? Where – or when – does the strange crying come from? And if Owen is the village charmer, what exactly does that mean?
The Cheesemaker’s House is a gripping read, inspired by a framed will found in the dining room of the author’s dream Yorkshire house. The previous owners explained that the house had been built at the request of the village cheesemaker in 1726 – and that the cheesemaker was a woman. And so the historical aspect of the story was born.
Jane Cable’s novel won the Suspense & Crime category of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition, reaching the last four out of over a thousand entries. The judges of this competition compared her work to that of Barbara Erskine, but it also resembles the more recent works of Alan Titchmarsh or Kate Mosse.
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I think great great uncle needs a book written about him!
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He sure does – we all want to know.
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Great music choices and advice. Great great grandfather though! Brilliant post xx
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Glad you enjoyed Yvonne – I’m sure that’s some story.
Fab post Jill! I loved the way Jane chose her music in relation to a decade.
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It worked well didn’t it?
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I’d be dining out forever on the great grandfather story 🙂 Hope Jane makes it to Tucson and finds out more about what happend – and why.
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