I am delighted to welcome Time-Travel Romance and Women’s Fiction Authors
Cass Grafton and Ada Bright to my blog.
Cass Grafton and Ada Bright
Hello Cass and Ada – Thank you for giving me the opportunity to host not one, but two authors on my blog today. As an author, I’ve worked as a team with editors and publishers alike, and I’m now eager to learn your secret for working in such close collaboration with one another to produce a Time-Travel Romance.
But before we discover more about your latest release, The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen, here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.
Arabella: Are there any organisations, writing, or reader groups, you belong to? And, how do they support or help you in creating such wonderful, inspirational novels?
Cass: I’m a member of the fabulous RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Association) and the SoA (Society of Authors), but Ada and I rely very much on each other when we’re co-writing. I also regularly meet up with some other writers here in Switzerland (for lunch, prosecco and writerly chats), and they are incredibly uplifting meetings!
Ada: There are a couple of people that I work with, interviewing and sharing plot problems, that make my writing life bearable, but I’m so lucky to have a writing partner that is stuck with me and all my needs at all hours of the day and night that I’m lazy about making it into other official groups.
Arabella: Where do you read? Sofa or bed or ____?
Cass: My bed is such a comfortable nest, I can’t read there or I just fall asleep, so I’d say the sofa.
Ada: I read best in a comfy chair, where I can curl up and be overlooked by anyone who might notice I haven’t moved, done chores or eaten since I started reading.
Arabella: In your latest release, The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen, who is your favourite character and why?
Cass: Jane Austen, definitely. She’s such fun to work with, though she does have a tendency to run away with our plot at times!
Ada: My favourite character is our MC’s boss, James Malcolm. I see him as a very solid, upstanding man who makes me laugh whether or not he means to.
Arabella: When writing a novel, how do you work? Are you a plotter or pantser?
Cass: I’m mainly a pantster when I write solo, writing random scenes as they come to me. When co-writing, we always outline a top-line plot before we start to write, but beyond that, it’s a case of trying to keep it in our heads and a rein on the characters as they try to derail us!
Ada: I am a pantser who tries really hard to be a plotter because I see it works so well for Cass when we co-write. But it’s not natural so I write big chunks just as they come to me, aware that I’ll probably have to rework everything once I actually figure things out.
Arabella: Which would you prefer to do: 1) spend a morning vigorously working out at the gym, 2) be pampered from head to toe at the spa and beauty salon, 3) indulge and pile on the pounds with a romantic dinner for two?
Cass: Romantic dinner for two, all the way!
Ada: I’m going to go with being indulged at the spa. I love how it’s timeless, relaxing and quiet. But I would definitely need a big dinner after, so I’ll cheat and say both 2 & 3.
Arabella: Which would you rather wear: beach shorts and top, a long evening skirt and blouse, pyjamas and slippers?
Cass: At home, I live in my ‘fat pants’ (stretchy leggings that expand as necessary) and a slouchy top. I’ll make a bit more effort if I’m going out in public.
Ada: If there are going to be photos, then I’d lounge around in a long skirt and blouse looking into the distance with a romantic look on my face (which wouldn’t work, as I’m an awful model). If there were no photos, put me in PJs all the time.
Arabella: We all have a long list of books we keep meaning to read but never have the time for --- which book is a must read for you this season?
Cass: I’m a huge Christmas nerd and love this time of year when all the Christmas romances are coming out. My must-read next-on-my-list is Kitty Wilson’s latest in The Cornish Village School series, Christmas Wishes.
Ada: My brother’s wife is a much cooler reader than I, and she tells me I need to read All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Arabella: What about your future plans? Any books or series in the making?
Cass: I’ve got an upbeat contemporary romance set in Cornwall coming out in January. Ada and I are just starting to write the third book in our Jane Austen series, and I’m also writing a new uplifting women’s fiction novel with a quirky heroine.
Ada: I have two books in the making, (though there are three more swimming around in my mind). As Cass says, one is Book three in our time-travel series, and I’m also working on a murder/mystery that is done in my head but still needs 30k words to have it make any sense.
Arabella: Thank you so much for joining me on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Cass and Ada. I’ve been bombarded with information about your personal lives and your technique for working collectively and successfully as co-authors. Your methods seem to work, so good luck with your latest release, The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen, and any future projects you undertake together.
All the best,
About Cass Grafton
A proud bookworm since childhood, Cass writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.
She has an over-active imagination, is prone to crying with happiness as much as she is at sadness, but when it comes to her writing she leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.
Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine, but never in the same glass. She has two grown up children and currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband and imaginary cats, and England, where she lives with her characters.
About Ada Bright
Ada has lived all her life in Southern California, which makes her intolerant to any weather above or below 72 degrees Fahrenheit. She grew up much more fond of reading than sports or socializing and still tends to ignore everyone she loves, all her responsibilities and basic life needs when she’s in the middle of a book.
She is luckily married to a handsome and funny man who doesn’t mind that the laundry never gets put away and she has three amazing children. Ada spent over a decade as a photographer before dedicating herself to writing, though she still believes that life should be documented well and often.
There is nothing she loves more than a good, subtle love story whether it be in real life, tv, movie, theatre or book form… well, except cake. She also really loves cake.
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Book Blurb: The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen
Rose Wallace thought her time-travelling adventures were over. Jane Austen is about to prove her wrong.
After becoming trapped in present-day Bath due to a mishap with her time-travelling charm, Jane Austen is safe and sound back in the 1800s thanks to Rose’s help. Now, Rose is ready to focus on her fledgling romance with dreamy Dr Aiden Trevellyan.
But when Jane reappears in the present, it looks like Rose and Aiden have no choice but to follow her back to 1813…
Staying in the Austen household, Rose and Aiden are introduced to a number of interesting figures from the past, including Jane’s eccentric – and surprisingly modern – neighbour. Suddenly Rose’s life is in need of a re-write as she discovers some unexpected ties to Jane Austen's world and her past.
Release Date - 7th November 2019
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