I am delighted to welcome Harriet Whitehorn to Bookbabblers today. Harriet’s debut novel Violet and the Pearl of the Orient is out now. Look out for our review, which will be up soon.
Please tell us a little about yourself
I was born and grew up in London where I still live with my husband, three daughters and my very badly behaved dog. Violet and the Pearl of the Orient is my first book.
Please tell us about Violet and the Pearl of the Orient and your inspiration for the book
My inspiration for the book really started with wanting to write what I would call a ‘comfort’ book for children; a safe but humorous world, reminiscent of books like Just William, with a bit of Tintin thrown in. I decided they should be detective stories and in order to make them fun and believable I needed a feisty main character, so my poker-playing, climbing champion heroine Violet was born. I then decided that she might need a bit of tempering so along came her best friend, Rose, who is timid and shy and one of those little girls who hates being told off. There are three books in the series and in the first one, the girls solve a jewel theft.
What are you working on now?
The next Violet book is out in March and then the third one in the following August so I am still busy with them, and in between I am working on a book for older children, which is more fantasy based.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Just read and write as much as you can. When you read a book that is a bestseller or a classic, ask yourself why is it so popular? Is it the world the author has created? Or why is the plot so gripping or the characters so intriguing? And whatever you choose to write, finish it!
What do you like to do outside of writing?
I like a good book, a nice cup of tea, a bracing walk; nothing very exciting, I’m afraid.
You can order Violet and the Pearl of the Orient here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Violet-Pearl-Orient-Harriet-Whitehorn-ebook/dp/B00EBA5OL0/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1409148572&sr=8-1&keywords=violet+and+the+pearl+of+the+orient