A massive thanks to the very awesome Santa Montefiore for taking the time out.. THANK YOU!
About the author:
Santa Montefiore grew up on a farm in Hampshire. She's always wanted to be a writer since being a child. Check out her novels here:http://www.santamontefiore.co.uk/books.asp
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~ Are you currently working on anything for the future you could tell us abit about?
My new hardback comes out in July, called Secrets of the Lighthouse and I’m currently working on my title for next year, which is called The Bee-Keeper’s Daughter. It’s two love stories intertwined, based in Dorset, England during the war and on an island off Massachusetts in the 1970s and 80s. I’m about a third of the way through, which is when it gets really fun for me, because the love stories are intensifying, the plot is galloping along and I’ve already created my world and characters so the writing is easy.
~ Out of the books you've wrote which one do you hold closest to your heart and why?
It’s very difficult to say which of my novels I love the most as I’m on number 14, so there are so many to choose from. I would say that the first will always be close to my heart because it was very autobiographical and based on my experience of Argentina, when I was there in the late 80s and fell in love with the pampa. The French Gardener was a good story and I totally lost myself in it. I also loved writing The House by the Sea. But I really adore every book that I write, because that’s why I write, to give myself pleasure. I don’t think about my readers, I do it for love – to please myself! I’m just so thrilled other people enjoy them too!
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~ Where do you get most of your inspiration from?
Inspiration can come from many different places. Mainly from life. I’m always looking around me and observing the world. Houses are very inspirational to me. The Summer House was totally inspired by a beautiful old Jacobean house I went to visit in Hampshire. I can get inspired by a novel, a piece of music, a movie and my own imagination that seems to work overtime! Love inspires me the most – it’s just so complex. Love inspires people to greatness, to malice, to death... to live... I could go on and on – love is definitely the most inspiring thing about life.
~ What's been the highlight of your of your writing journey so far?
Success. It’s wonderful to be appreciated and to know that you’re giving so many people, all over the world, enjoyment. There are many novels I adore. They have enriched my life. It’s amazing to think that there are people out there deriving the same enjoyment from mine!
~ Where is your favourite place to write about and why?
I write about what I know, so I’m rather tied to the places i have been to. Italy, Argentina, Chile, France, South Africa, Nantucket in America, Ireland and of course the English countryside. I love writing about the West Country in England. I have spent all my life in Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and I find the landscape so inspiring. On the whole I don’t like writing about cities, but Buenos Aires and Paris are rather magical, so I’m happy to write about those. I prefer writing about small villages, the sea, mountains, plains, hills and lakes... they’re so much more evocative than concrete cities!
~ What book are you currently reading and are you enjoying it?
Bring up the Bones by Hilary Mantel and yes, I’m enjoying it immensely.
~ Is there anything specific you'd like to say to readers?
A great big, enormous, fat thank you!!! I am hugely grateful to everyone who reads my novels. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to get my stories out there. It’s the best job in the world, but I wouldn’t have it without them. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Tea: Earl Grey
Book: An Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. (there are so many, that’s just one!)
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Movie: The Notebook
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Dessert: Lemon Meringue Pie
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