Complementing my blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and ninety-fourth, is of novelist Cherry Radford.
She lives near Brighton, England.
Flamenco Baby is her second novel; her first, Men Dancing, was published in 2011.
And now from the author herself:
I always wanted to be an author when I grew up – but growing up took a heck of a long time. I started out well – at six I was making little sellotaped books, and by the time I was eleven the school encouraged my mother to send one of the stories to a magazine. In hindsight that wasn’t a good idea; I’m not sure I ever got over my rejection letter from Pony Weekly! And I was reaching an age where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about anymore.
So I switched to the piano and composing, went off to music college, gave lessons and joined a band. Much later – don’t ask me why – I went back to uni to study visual science, and on into research. I was writing a lot – but only within the strict rules of science.
Then one day I got what I’d always been waiting for: an idea for a novel (see my website for how!). I mulled it over for a few months, and then – when I was abroad on a scientific conference for heaven’s sake – I suddenly had to start. Perhaps I’d seen it coming, because in the bag with the cures for unexpected afflictions I’d packed a little notebook with an attached pen.
It was like discovering a secret garden – I just wanted to be there all the time. I never doubted that I’d reach the end; it wasn’t a case of hard work or self-discipline, I just had to follow the natural course of the thing. It took only six months to write Men Dancing – although three times that to arrive at a final draft and be accepted for publication.
I had terrible post book partum blues – until I started writing Flamenco Baby (published February 2013). I’m now working on a third novel inspired by music, dance and hispanophilia. So finally I’m back where I started – but with someone else sticking the books together.
I love it! Thank you, Cherry. You can find more about Cherry and her writing via…
- Website: http://www.cherryradford.co.uk
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cherry-Radford/276970649007079
- Twitter: @CherryRad
Flamenco Baby (February 2013)
“A lively tale, with all the emotion, darkness and humour of flamenco” (Sarah Bird, bestselling author of The Flamenco Academy)
Men Dancing (October 2011)
“A great read for Strictly fans” (Sir Bruce Forsyth, host of BBC Television’s Strictly Come Dancing)
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