Escape to the Cotswolds written by Natalie Kleinman, publisher HQ digital is available NOW in ebook format.
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Can love blossom in the countryside?
Artist Holly Hunter is turning her life upside-down! She’s leaving the bright lights of London (and a cheating husband) behind her and hoping for a fresh start as she escapes to the peaceful Cotswolds countryside.
Men are off the cards for Holly. Instead, she’s focusing on her little gallery and adopting an adorable Border Collie puppy named Tubs. Or so she thought…
Because no matter how hard she tries to resist him, local vet Adam Whitney is utterly gorgeous. And in a village as small as this one, Holly can only avoid Adam for so long!
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Natalie Kleinman’s new novel, Escape to the Cotswolds. I’d like to welcome Natalie to my blog today:
Thank you so much for hosting me today, Adele
When did you decide to become a writer?
It had never been my ambition to become a writer. I didn’t actually decide at all. It decided for me. At a loose end and with far too much spare time I enrolled in a ten week council run course in creative writing. It could just as well have been painting, craftwork, French or dressmaking. Actually it never would have been dressmaking. After weeks of being told to unpick something at school I was turned off for life. But writing was the one I opted for and it grabbed from day one. Something that was intended as a hobby almost immediately became an obsession. Spare time has eluded me ever since.
Your new book is set in the Cotswolds, why did you choose the Cotswolds?
Warm honey-coloured buildings. Quaint villages and quintessentially English country market towns. A feeling of peace every time I visit the area. A wonderful romantic setting. That isn’t to say there isn’t plenty going on. And with access to major towns and cities such as Oxford and Bath, Cirencester and Stratford-upon-Avon, and too many castles to mention, there’s never a shortage of things to do. For me, though, it’s the countryside that generates such a pull. I’ve been visiting the Cotswolds for many years and I have to say it draws me back like a magnet. A Londoner all my life, if I could live in the country that’s where it would be.
I love stories with animals in, I feel they bring charm and warmth to the storyline. Did you know from the start that a puppy would be included in the story?
Not from the word go but fairly quickly. After all, my hero Adam is a vet so animals were bound to be part of the mix. But as a pet for Holly, no, it wasn’t until her encounter with Old Meg that I thought she might have a puppy of her own. Having in my time met many new litters with their wonderful rounded tummies, I didn’t even have to look for a name for Tubs. I could see her in my mind’s eye as soon as the thought occurred to me. She is just as real to me as any of my other characters.
Do you have a work in process? If so, can you give us any brief clues?
Not so much a work in progress as an outline for my next book and yes, there is a dog involved that has a critical role. It’s also set in the Cotswolds but this time in one of the many amazing historical (fictional) country houses that the area is dotted with. And there’s a bit of a mystery as well!
There’s been some amazing books out in recent years, what has been one of your favourite books from the last couple of years?
That’s always a difficult question, isn’t it? Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You had a profound effect on me when I read it a few months ago. Most recently I read a book my daughter gave me to take on holiday. It’s her childhood much read and cherished copy of Robinsheugh by Eileen Dunlop, set in Scotland in a semi-isolated house shrouded in mystery. I loved it! It was the outline of my next book that prompted her to lend it to me.
If you were given an all expenses paid budget for your book launch what would be on your shopping list?
Dinner with Eddie Redmayne on the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, complete with suitcase from which he would pull copy after copy of my book clutched in the paws of Holly’s dog, Tubs.
About the author:
Natalie, a born and bred Londoner, has a not-so-secret wish to live in the area she so enjoys writing about. While this isn’t practical at the moment she stills allows herself to dream of honey-coloured stone cottages, quaint villages and rippling brooks. Maybe one day.
A late-comer to writing, she has two published novels prior to Escape to the Cotswolds and many short stories to her name. She attributes her success to a determination to improving her craft, attending any and every writing event she can. All that and a weekly attendance at The Write Place Creative School in Dartford where cream cakes are frequently on the agenda.
Natalie lives with her husband, Louis, in Blackheath, south-east London – except when she’s tripping off to The Cotswolds in the name of research. Somebody has to do it!
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