Monday, April 22, 2013
Welcome Guest Author - Rosemary Morris
ROSEMARY: First of all, thank you Stephanie for inviting me to be your guest.
STEPH: You're very welcome. I'm delighted to have you here today. I don't know much about Far Beyond Rubies. What's it about?
ROSEMARY: Set in 1706 during Queen Anne Stuart’s reign Far Beyond Rubies erupts when William, Baron Kemp, Juliana’s half-brother claims she and her sister are bastards. Juliana is determined to prove the allegation is false and that she is the rightful heiress to Riverside, a great estate.
On his way to deliver a letter to William, Gervaise sees Juliana for the first time in the grounds of her family home…The sight of her drew him back to India. Her form changed to one he knew intimately – but not in this birth.
An unexpected event brings Juliana and quixotic Gervaise together and circumstances force Juliana to accept his kind help. However, when Juliana’s life irrevocably tangled with Gervaise’s she discovers he is not all that he seems.
STEPH: How long did it take you to write?
ROSEMARY: It took me a year.
STEPH: Did you have to do any research?
ROSEMARY: Yes, Far Beyond Rubies is a historical novel set in England during the reign of Queen Anne Stuart, 1702-1716. I studied the social and economic history of the era, the food people ate, their clothes and much more.
STEPH: How does the cover reflect the story within? Did you come up with the cover, or a cover designer? Did you have input?
ROSEMARY: The cover reveals an early eighteenth century hero seeing the heroine for the first time.
I filled in a form for the cover designer, who consulted me about the design for the book cover.
STEPH: The heroine is Juliana Kemp, an orphan.What are her strengths? Weaknesses?
ROSEMARY: Her strengths are determination to find out the truth, her love for her younger sister and her compassion. Weaknesses? Her strong will and her strict belief in her religious faith might be perceived as weaknesses.
STEPH: Quixotic Gervaise Seymour, an honourable gentleman, is the hero. What does he find appealing about the heroine?
ROSEMARY: Juliana is ‘a beauty in distress’ whose melodious voice, courage, kind nature and trust in him is appealing.
STEPH: What's the theme of your novel?
ROSEMARY: The theme is the heroine’s search for justice for herself and her sister.
STEPH: Do you have an ebook reader? If so, which one?
ROSEMARY: I have a kindle.
ROSEMARY: Do you have any advice for newer/aspiring authors?
I recommend joining on and offline writers’ groups which offer constructive criticism. My supportive groups have made many helpful suggestions which have improved my novels.
STEPH: Fun question: Spring is in the air - what's your favourite spring flower?
ROSEMARY: I am a keen organic gardener so this is a very difficult question to answer but hyacinths which fill the air with fragrance are my favourite spring flowers.
My e-books Far Beyond Rubies, Tangled Love, False Pretences and Sunday’s Child are available from: