Good morning everyone! I want to welcome you to the 2nd part of Day 8 of the 3rd Annual Romancing September Across the World Blog Tour. If you haven’t checked out Rosie’s post from earlier, then go by https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/ and get caught up.
Now on to today’s featured author, E. L. Lindley
Here’s the question I asked:
What has been the biggest inspiration for your writing?
Without a doubt the biggest inspiration for my writing has been reading. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to read. The local library was my second home as a child and I can still remember the sheer joy of being given access to places and people that were not a part of my everyday life. Reading, I’m certain, gave me the impetus to travel and meet people. That’s why it makes me so sad that reading is on the decline amongst young people. I work in schools and I meet so many teenagers who have never read a book and I think this is reflected in their lack of aspirations and perhaps more importantly lack of empathy. It seems to me no coincidence that, as people read less; our society seems to become less tolerant and more prone to violence. Schools in the UK are not allowed time on the curriculum to invest in reading as everything is so exam driven and this to me is where everything has gone wrong. Literacy and emotional skills are so poor that people can’t communicate with each other effectively. Reading for pleasure is seen as a waste of time, when in fact it enriches our lives inestimably. I like nothing better than to lose myself in someone else’s story and I particularly like stories that are part of a series. I suspect this is because it really does start to feel like there is this whole alternate world that you can immerse yourself in. That’s what I aim for in my own writing. If I can draw someone in and keep their mind off the stresses and strains of their own life for a couple of hours then, for me that’s a job well done.
Here’s a little bit about today’s author:
Lindley has always loved writing but produced her first full length novel, Business As Usual, when she decided to move on from her career as an English teacher. She now supplements her writing by working on a free-lance basis. This also affords her time to travel and she has been fortunate enough to have travelled extensively throughout the world, using her experiences as a source of inspiration for her writing.
She currently resides in Sheffield in the UK but has lived and worked in many places including, London, Oxford, Southampton, Cheltenham and Brighton. She also studied for a couple of years at the University of Arlington in Texas and has consequently made many extended trips to the USA to visit and stay with friends. Her novels reflect this and tend to incorporate both sides of the Atlantic.
Lindley writes in a style which is both light-hearted and fun but with serious undertones, often tackling gritty subjects. In all of her novels, the characters reflect her belief in humanity and the fact that the human spirit will always prevail, regardless of the situation. Lindley’s primary goal is to entertain people but she is happy to take any response that she can get.
I also have a blog http://www.lindleyblogs.blogspot.co.uk/
And a review blog http://www.lindleyreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
I’m usually to be found pottering around at one of these places.
Todays featured book is “Blood Money “. If you haven’t checked out the her book, then here’s a little about it and where to find it.
One phone call changes Georgie Connelly’s life forever when her mother reveals a secret that leads to the pair of them heading to London. They’re accompanied by Georgie’s lover James Finn but it soon becomes clear that the situation is more dangerous than any of them could have anticipated and they’re forced to call on their friends for help. Reeling from the shock of discovering that her father may not have been the man she thought he was, Georgie inadvertently finds herself falling foul of the Triad. The more she digs, the uglier the truth becomes but Georgie has invested too much to turn back. Will putting the past to rest help her to see the future more clearly?
I hope you enjoyed it! Keep watching for more great authors all month and don’t forget to go by Rosie’s post at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/… Let’s make it another awesome tour for 2015!