Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre @RoseGoodacre @BOTBSPublicity @HeraBooks #blogtour #authorinterview

For my second post on this sunny () VE Day, I’m delighted to be welcoming the blog tour for Rosemary Goodacre’s Until The War Is Over to A Knight’s Reads.

A massive thank you to Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for asking me to take part in the blog tour.

The Blurb

In a world destroyed by war, can hope survive?

Summer 1918: Young couple Amy and Edmond Derwent, after their experiences on the front line of battle Edmond as an officer and Amy as a VAD in France – have now settled back in England and are starting to build a life as a family, with the arrival of baby Beth bringing them much-needed joy. But while she may have married into the wealthy Derwent family, now living with her in-laws in their grand home, Amys modest upbringing means that she is never truly accepted by Edmonds family.

The Great War rages on, and while the men are off fighting, those left at home steel themselves for tragic news, praying that their loved ones return safely.

Edmond, still struggling with the effects of the injury he sustained at Ypres, feels the guilt of remaining at home while his friends are sent into battle. But life at Larchbury is not without its own problems as food becomes scarce, and the Spanish Influenza causes deaths throughout England, tragedy strikes closer to home and it seems no one is safe from heartbreak.

Can Amy and Edmond keep their love strong, even in a world crumbling all around them?

A captivating family saga set in WW1 about the power of love amongst the heartbreak of war  if you like Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood, youll be swept away by this engrossing, emotional novel.

The Interview

Welcome Rosemary to A Knight’s Reads and thank you for taking part in the interview.

Thank you very much for welcoming me to your blog.

What attracted you to writing historical fiction and why in particular WW1?

Im fascinated by the past, particularly the nineteenth and twentieth century. Senior relatives I knew long ago were once young. A great aunt of mine had lived in the family home for decades and when I went there it was like walking into a Victorian time warp.

I never thought Id write about WWI as it was such a grim time. The recent centenary launched lots of accounts of the Western Front and brought it to life for me. I was inspired by records of soldiers enjoying songs and jokes even in the trenches. I knew my hero and heroine needed to be special people to survive it with their spirits intact. 

I was also inspired by the struggles of the Suffragettes.

Are any of the characters based on real people or are they purely fictional?

I have heard of a very courageous couple who inspired me, though he was injured in WWII, and his wife was taken to his bedside in dramatic circumstances. She suffered health setbacks too, but they came through their difficulties.

Which authors have inspired you the most?

From the classics, Jane Austens books and George Eliots The Mill on the Floss.

Modern novels: The Handmaids Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Non Fiction: Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain a heartbreaking account of loss in WWI.

The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal a history of his family, who came from the Continent, like some of mine.

What is your proudest bookish moment to date?

I was thrilled when Hera Books signed me for a three-book deal. The first was Until We Meet Again, and now Until the War is Over is the second in the series. This achievement only happened after I made several earlier attempts to write a publishable novel!

How much research do you have to do for your books?

I read memoirs from the time, such as Testament of Youth, mentioned above.

I was lucky to find A Nurse at the Front, based on the First World War diaries of Sister Edith Appleton, edited by Ruth Cowen. (Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1-84983-366-0.)

There was also a wonderful film called They Shall Not Age, which was compiled from reprocessed documentary WWI film with colour added. There was even dialogue, which they had constructed from the original speech, with the help of lipreaders. You could get a vivid impression of the hardship the men actually encountered in the trenches.

What sort of pupil were you at school and which was your favourite subject?

I was lucky, as I enjoyed most subjects at school, with the notable exception of gymnastics. History taught me some fascinating facts about the past, but I also enjoyed languages and science subjects.

What are you currently working on at the moment and what can we look forward to in the future from you?

Im working on the third book in the series, to be published in the autumn, taking the characters further, into the years soon after the Great War.

Id like one day to write a book, or a series, about the 1960s, which were a stimulating time when there were lots of important social changes. Theyre now sufficiently far in the past to count as history!

Its been lovely visiting your site; thank you so much for having me as your guest.

Thank you Rosemary for your interesting answers!

Who Is Rosemary Goodacre?

Rosemary Goodacre is thrilled to have a three book deal with Hera Books. Her World War I romance Until We Meet Again was published on 31 October 2019.

Previously Rosemary has had a novella published, entitled A Fortnight Is Not Enough, and a science fiction story in the anthology Telescoping Time.

Rosemary has always loved languages and travel, mainly in Europe. In her spare time she enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives in Kent, England.

Twitter: @RoseGoodacre

4 thoughts on “Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre @RoseGoodacre @BOTBSPublicity @HeraBooks #blogtour #authorinterview

  1. Thank you, Claire, for welcoming me to your blog and interviewing me. Thank you for finding such interesting questions.

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