I can’t wait for you all to meet this week’s top author! Elly Redding writes addictive reads that you simply can’t put down. She is a big part of the writing community and I’m always very excited to find out she has a new novel publishing soon.
Thanks so much, Lizzie, for having me on your blog. Where has this year gone? For me, it’s been busy following up on the publication of my earlier novel, ‘In Too Deep’, while writing the next in my series of second chance romances, ‘Entangled’. Both novels are set against the rolling hills of Devon and the frantic pace of London, and I really hope to have the latest book ready for publication early next year.
In the meantime, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about myself, and why I love writing second chance romances.
It all started some years ago now, when I was a teenager and had just finished reading ‘Gone With The Wind’. 1024 pages and no happy ending? I was desperate. Something had to be done. And before I knew it, I’d rewritten those final pages half a dozen times in my head. I was a fledgling author, full of enthusiasm, but lacking in about everything else.
It was only after the birth of my first child that I decided to start writing in earnest. So there I’d be, sitting on a sofa, thinking of all the things I should be doing, while my daughter took a very long time to feed, when it suddenly dawned on me there was one thing I could do, and so I penned (quite literally) ‘The Trials of Barney and the Hopeless Detective.’ I received such lovely rejections, that I began to wonder if there might, just might, one day, be a chance of success.
Winding on a decade or two, whizzing past the time when I had a London agent for my screenplays (so exciting), to the day when I decided I would write a novel for grownups. A story with romance at its heart. After all, isn’t that what makes the world go around? Our boundless capacity to love? Added to the fact that I’ve been hooked on the romantic element of any story since, well, forever, whether it is Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in ‘You’ve got Mail’ or Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in ‘The Proposal’.
And what could be better than a story that gives our protagonists a second chance to make it work – a second chance romance? ‘True Colours’ was drafted, then redrafted, and then reworked again. I worked with a brilliant editor and was absolutely thrilled when I won The New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. It also gave me the push I needed to get it published.
And then, of course, once I’d started, I couldn’t stop. I’ve always loved suspense stories too. So my second novel, ‘In Too Deep’ adds a touch of mystery as well to the plot, with a legacy of secrets just waiting to be discovered, as Isy sets out to win the trust of the man she’s adored since they were thrown together as children, by forcing him to confront the darkness of his long-lost past.
One little lie. A guilty secret. And the man she mustn’t love…
It’s been six years since Isy Forrester left home. In that time, she’s strived to forge a new life for herself in London, away from Jack Mancini, her father’s adopted son, and his devastating betrayal of everything she thought they had.
Only now her father’s in hospital, and the house that’s been in her family for generations is at risk. Forced to return to Devon, she finds Jack as infuriating and stubborn as ever, and just as irresistible. Soon she realises the bright lights of London can’t hold a candle to him.
But Jack has a past, one which he refuses to share with her. And until he can trust her with these deepest secrets, how can she risk her heart? How can she even begin to help him, when he won’t tell her what happened all those years ago – before her father brought him home to Hambledon Hall?’
I do hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. After all, doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance to have their dreams come true?
Elly Redding is an award-winning romance writer. Having originally written screenplays, her first novel, ‘True Colours’, won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award and third prize in the Independent Author Book Award ‘Words for the Wounded’. Her latest novel, ‘In Too Deep’, has received a B.R.A.G Medallion, together with a Chill with Book Reader’s Award.
Born in London, she now divides her time, with her husband, between Bedfordshire and Devon, where she loves art, dancing and watching the waves.
Elly is a member of The Society of Authors and Alliance of Independent Authors, and would love to hear from you. She can be found @ellyredding on Twitter, Elly Redding Author on Facebook and Elly Redding on Instagram.
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