Sunday, 27 November 2016

Reviews and Interview

As any author knows, nothing warms the heart more than receiving lovely reviews, or a reader taking time to post a message on Facebook to say how much she loved your book. I'm as guilty as anyone for forgetting to leave reviews so I do appreciate the effort required.

This is the latest comment from a lovely reader about Return to Kilcraig, and she has already reviewed The Highland Lass and Summer of the Eagles as she loves books set in Scotland:

"Just finished reading this book by Rosemary Gemmell - a great read - full of mystery and intrigue and a bonus of lovely descriptions of the surrounding locations. I'm not familiar with the Loch Lomond area but made me want to visit."

Now that makes the writing all worthwhile!

I'm also delighted to be interviewed by the lovely Helen Pollard on her blog today where I'm partly talking about Scotland as a setting. Just click on Helen's name to find it.

Both of these have made me realise why I should be setting more stories in my own country!

Do you use your own part of the world as a setting in stories?



Nas said...

Great review. Thanks for sharing your views. Yes, I always say...write what you know or better yet, Google and get to know your setting.

Wendy's Writing said...

How lovely to have such a fabulous review, Rosemary. I set my stories in all sorts of places (funnily, none in the area where I live). My favourite thing is to write a magazine story as soon as a get back from a holiday. I'm happy to say, they've all been published. I think I need to go on a few more!

Joanna said...

That's a lovely review, Rosemary - congratulations! Places often inspire me, but when I have finished writing the piece, I'm never sure I have done them justice as I can't recognise them anymore! xxx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks for your comment, Nas!

I like using holiday settings too, Wendy, though I haven't done it enough yet! Probably best to get it down right away like you do!

Thanks, Joanna, and for the lovely comment on Helen's blog! I know what you mean - soemtimes it's just a spark of inspiration we need then it becomes a completely unique place. I often just use impressions or minor details in other stories.

Patsy said...

It is lovely to get feedback like that.

I have used my local area (Portsmouth/Southampton) as the setting for two novels so far.

Carolb said...

Lovely to have such positive reviews of your book, Rosemary.

When you have such wonderful places to choose from, then using them in your writing is ideal.

Gail Crane said...

Good reviews make the hard work feel worthwhile don't they.

I've set many of my stories - including my NaNo novel - in my home ground of Exmoor which is as beautiful as your part of the world, just not quite so big!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

That's good you use your area too, Patsy!

Thanks Carol - it makes a nice change in between using fictional places!

Yes, I like that area too, Gail, and I'm sure it must provide some lovely scenes and inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Glad you've had great reviews, which isn't surprising. I plan to read Highland Lass as my Christmas Treat. So far, Redington in Norfolk is my favourite place as a setting. And I've done one in Warwickshire. I plan to do more in Devon and Wales as we go there a lot and I love the scenery. Glad you're doing more Scotland based ones, they're lovely. xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Susan - I love North Wales where my sis-in-law and her husband live but have never thought of setting a story there!