On today’s stop on the Half A World Away blog tour, I’m on Karen’s blog My Reading Corner, talking about how I got the inspiration for writing the book from real life. Meeting and falling in love with an East German man, who has now been my husband for 21 years, gave me an insight into a country that I knew nothing about before, and one which no longer exists.
There’s also a short extract from the first chapter of the book.
Susan Heads’ blog The Book Trail has a fascinating concept. It’s like a travelogue, where readers get to experience travel to interesting countries and destinations through the medium of books.
For my visit on the Half A World Away blog tour, I talk about the East Berlin locations of the book, how I researched it, and how you can visit some of the places mentioned (including the excellent DDR Museum).
On a different page you’ll find Susan’s guide to Berlin, her thoughts about the book and her review.
“What an insightful read. I’ve read many novels set in Berlin before the wall came down, but not quite like this. It’s a story of many sides, seen through the eyes of many different people… It’s a snapshot of a time we think we know a lot about. From a different angle this time, and it’s an eye opener.” – Susan Heads
Half A World Away is out today, and the first stop on my blog tour is Linda’s Book Bag, where book blogger Linda Hill and I talk about the book, as well as bakery specialities of the former East Germany. This isn’t as random as it sounds – one of the book’s main characters, Alex, is a baker (by profession – he’s a jazz musician by vocation) so there are a lot of baked goods in the book!
“I really must visit Berlin and in the meantime I’ll do so vicariously through reading Half A World Away” – Linda Hill
April 12th sees the publication of my new novel, Half A World Away. I’m really excited about it! Some brilliant book bloggers are going to be featuring the book throughout the rest of the month, with reviews, features and give-aways, so give them a look!
Thursday 12th April – Linda’s Book Bag
Friday 13th April – The Booktrail
Sunday 15th April – My Reading Corner
Monday 16th April – Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog
Tuesday 17th April – Ronnie Turner
Wednesday 18th April – Broadbean’s Books
Thursday 19th April – Page Turner’s Nook
Friday 20th April – No Safer Place
Saturday 21st April – Elementary V Watson
Sunday 22nd April – The Hopeless Romantic Bookworm
Monday 23rd April – Swirl & Thread
Tuesday 24th April – Jaffa Reads Too
Wednesday 25th April – Liz Loves Books
Thursday 26th April – Sarah’s Vignettes