Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Welcome to Romance Author - Jane Cable

I’m delighted to welcome romance author Jane Cable to my blog.

Jane Cable - Author

Hello Jane – It was lovely to connect with you through the Romantic Novelists’ Association. I find being a member of the RNA a great way to meet romance authors of all genres and also it's a wonderful place to find ‘writerly’ support in times of need. But before we get to know more about your latest release, Endless Skies, here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.


Arabella: How did you manage to get your first novel published and what did you learn from the experience?
Jane: When it comes to romantic fiction, most publishers are afraid of ghosts! My first novel, The Cheesemaker’s House, which is a romance with a touch of ghostliness, was a finalist in a national competition but although I had loads of interest and was constantly told by agents how well written it was, I needed to lose the ghostly elements to make it commercial. In the end I self published and the book has sold thousands of copies over the years and received great reviews. Eventually I found Sapere Books who aren’t afraid to be a little different.

Arabella: Some authors write at first light, others need a mug of coffee or a glass of wine before putting pen to paper. When writing, are there any “essentials” you need to help the words flow?
Jane: Over time I’ve learnt there can’t be essentials because writing a book under contract to a publisher you have deadlines to meet. But my preference is to write first thing in the morning with a skinny latte at my side.




Arabella: Who or what inspired you to write your latest release, Endless Skies?
Jane: Endless Skies was certainly inspired by a place. Six years ago we visited the village of Winteringham on the banks of the Humber and I was instantly blown away by the vast Lincolnshire skies. Their beauty just kept coming back to me but it wasn’t until I started looking into the history of the area I decided to make Bomber Command the historical aspect of the novel. But my mother was also an inspiration. She died while I was playing with ideas for the book and the character of Esther, the octogenarian who befriends my main character Rachel, is definitely based on her.

Jane and her inspirational mother...

Arabella: Where do you read? Sofa or bed or ____?
Jane: Sofa. Every time.

Arabella: If you could choose, which would it be: A walk in the woods, a walk along a beachfront to dip your toes in the sea, or a day shopping for clothes?
Jane: At the moment it would be dipping my toes in the sea. We live inland in Cornwall and I’m missing the coast terribly during lockdown. We’re lucky enough to walk in the woods for our daily exercise and although it’s lovely I could do with a change.

Seaview at Porthtowan

Arabella: You’re halfway through the work-in-progress, you’re about to kill off the hero and there is going to be no happy-ever-after. In other words, you’re stuck! If you had to contact an “author/publisher/editor friend” for guidance, who would it be?
Jane: Without a doubt it would be my long time writer friend, Claire Dyer. As well as a gifted novelist she’s also a creative writing tutor and runs an editorial consultancy so she’s seen it all before. I don’t often get stuck, but I’ve recently submitted my first dual timeline novel to Sapere and I was struggling to know the best way to approach writing it. During a lunch with Claire she gently guided me to the right decision. She’s amazing.

Arabella: The T.V. is on and you’re in control of the remote. Which is it to be: A quiz programme…An afternoon of sport…A family soap…A romantic film you always wanted to see but missed when it was shown at the cinema?
Jane: I don’t possess a TV and haven’t for over thirty years. We pick and choose what we want to watch from catch up channels and YouTube – normally documentaries and cookery competitions with a bit of cosy crime thrown in. If I did get hold of the remote (or mouse!) it would probably be a historical documentary.

Arabella: Do you have any great writing, publishing, or marketing tips you’d like to share to “want-to-be” authors starting out on their writing journey?
Jane: Write the best book you possibly can and edit it as many times as it takes to get it right. Oh, and be prepared to spend more time marketing than you ever imagined possible.


Jane – It was lovely to have you as a guest on Arabella's Blog and Chit-Chat and thank you for sharing some of your writing secrets.
No television!!! I had a smile on my face after reading that snippet. When I’m seriously busy with writing, (I work in spurts – life tends to get in the way) my television is rarely on. It’s amazing how the imagination goes into overdrive. You have to conjure images in your mind’s eye and not rely on “Rediffusion” or other external sources for stimulation.
Wishing all the best for Endless Skies and lots more happy-ever-after writing.
Arabella


About   Jane Cable

Jane Cable - Author

I write romance with a twist, that extra something to keep readers guessing right to the end. 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), gorgeous Studland Bay in Dorset (Another You) and rural Lincolnshire (Endless Skies).

I published my first two novels independently and have now been signed by Sapere Books.

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 three years ago.

Twitter: @JaneCable
Facebook: Jane Cable, Author (https://www.facebook.com/romanticsuspensenovels/)


Book Blurb:   Endless Skies


If you want to move forward, you have to deal with the past…

After yet another disastrous love affair Rachel has been forced to leave her long-term position for a temporary role as an archaeology lecturer at Lincoln University. Rachel has sworn off men and is determined to spend her time away clearing her head and sorting her life out. But when one of her students begins flirting with her, it seems she could be about to make the same mistakes again...

She distracts herself by taking on some freelance work for local property developer, Jonathan Daubney. He introduces her to an old Second World War RAF base. And from her very first visit something about it gives Rachel chills…

As Rachel makes new friends and delves into local history, she is also forced to confront her own troubled past. Could a wartime love story have any bearing on her own situation? Could this time be different?

Endless Skies will be published by Sapere Books on 27th June – currently available to pre-order.




6 comments:

  1. Jane - It was lovely having you as a guest on the Arabella's Blog and Chit-Chat. Happy marketing...which I know you never have time for. :)
    Arabella

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  2. I enjoyed reading this while I sipped my morning coffee. I felt as if I was seated at the same table as Jane and Arabella. Mine was a macchiato, by the way. I love Jane's books and can't wait to read Endless Skies. Isn't it strange how publishers don't like a ghostly element but there is so much we don't know about life and reading is a way of exploring and escaping, so why not into an 'after life', or whatever. These chats with authors are so interesting and I'm always fascinated by other people's routines and methods. Thank you! Oh and by the way, I lived in Amsterdam for over a year, Arabella, in my early twenties. I worked there too. Loved it. Stay safe!

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    1. Hello Angela - I've often wondered when, where, and by whom the blog posts are read...now i know. :)
      Macchiato...an interesting choice.
      And I'm so pleased you enjoyed the "Chit-Chat" Jane and I had about her personal life experiences and some of the things that have influenced her writing.
      Over the years, I've hosted some fabulous romance authors and to my delight, they've often been generous enough to share a few of their writing secrets with their fans and followers. You can find the names of previous guests on the left hand side of this page if you fancy a bit more reading. There are romance authors and genres to suit all tastes.
      As you love Jane's books, I'm sure you'll also enjoy Endless Skies.

      From one Amsterdamer to another...
      Tot ziens en blijf veilig.
      Arabella

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  3. Lovely interview and I enjoyed finding out more about Jane and her writing

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    1. Angela - Thank you for leaving a comment and mentioning you enjoyed the interview. And I'm sure Jane will also be pleased to discover you liked reading her post.
      As you probably know, it's always a pleasure for an author to receive feedback. :) It gives a boost when someone tells you "you did good".

      My thoughts are with you, and I hope you are safe and well in Franklin, Tennessee amide all the troubles...

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