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Sugar, Spice and all things Coffee related

As the weather starts to cool again, and autumn sets in, my morning cup of coffee becomes my both my go-to wake-up call and my warmth provider. I like to think that it makes my writing better, but it's probably more to do with my ability to be alert and see the glaring mistakes as I write them. But I was thinking about the trip from soil to hand that even the simplest bean had to endure to bring me this magical ability. From being planted, germinating, growing and seeding. To the day it gets plucked, packaged, dried, roasted, and packaged again and winds its way to my grocery store. And so many, many miles of travel and handling in-between. For each bean there is a story. An incident along the way that happened only to that particular batch or bean and was memorable. It would be fascinating to be able to interview one, and hear all about it. However since that's impossible, I will take another sip, and imagine what they might have said instead.

This month's authors:

Peter Martin

Peter is a former Geologist from Derbyshire, England. His combined love of stamps and history lead him on the path of this first novel, and he was kind enough to share some of his insight with me.

Given your background in geology and history, how much time do you spend on researching your characters or locations for books or do you prefer to use your imagination?

Although a geologist by education, I actually worked for the last 25 years as a Corporate Health and Safety Manager for an international company. As for history, that has been an interest and hobby I have been able to indulge since I retired 4 years ago.As for research, I probably spent a good 60% of my time researching my last novel. It was based partly in Victorian-era Chesterfield, UK, my hometown and the Yorkshire Dales. The Dales are an area where I loved to hike and camp when I lived in the UK. I also use Google Earth to “visit and drive around” places with which I am not so familiar to help me describe what I see in my writing. The next book I am working involves travel to Roman Britain in the second half of the 3rd Century AD. I am lucky here as my editor, Ray Bonde, has a Masters in Forensic Archaeology and this period is her speciality, and will be picking her brains shamelessly. Still, I expect I will spend about 50% of my time doing research.For my characters I just use my imagination and give them characteristics I think may interest or amuse the readers.

You write about time travel, what are your personal thoughts on the current scientific concepts?

Some of Einstein's equations from the theory of general relativity may allow time travel into the past. (That theory basically discusses how huge objects distort space-time, which we feel as gravity.). A good article on the subject is https://www.space.com/40716-time-travel-science-fiction-reality.html but the bottom line is Time travel may be theoretically possible, but it is beyond our current technological capabilities.My books utilise the Novikov Self-Consistency Principle. It states, ‘if an event exists which would give rise to a paradox, or to any change to the past, then the probability of that event occurring is zero.’ So essentially the past cannot be changed, BUT, it does permit closed causal loops where an event has no external causes or effects since time isn’t really being altered, it’s just going round in circles. A premise I have made use of in my book.

What is your own favourite genre and author to read, and why?


Science Fiction and some Fantasy novels. My favourite author is probably Eric Flint who wrote the 1632 series. I have read every one of the books. They are very well researched and some of that research is detailed at the end of the “Grantville Gazette” books. It was from reading these I realised the importance of solid documented research when writing of historical eras. I included a bibliography at the end of my book if any reader was interested in following up on that era.Another author is Anne McCaffrey who wrote the Pern Series. Why? Pure fantasy and escapism, but when I think about it, the ability of dragons to travel through time may have had something to do with it. There are 24 books in the series and I have only read 10, must remedy that soon.

Peter's favorite way of engaging with his readers is his Facebook page or via email https://www.facebook.com/TP1000TheBishops/ I hope you can take a moment to support him by liking his page, and I extend my thanks to Peter for being interviewed!

Didi Lawson

As an historical romance author, Didi loves to dream of what might have been. With lavish locations and characters, Didi draws her readers back into the past and offers them rich slices of love, loss and times gone by. I had the pleasure of asking her about her own journey.

What is your most vivid memory of writing, where were you, what were you writing about and how did it make you feel?

I guess, as soon as I learned to write and mastered the art of putting words together, I came up with stories. I was in grade school in Germany. From an early age, my stories always involved a girl and a boy who liked each other. Every evening as I laid in bed before going to sleep,  I imagined scenarios of how they met, and what took place to make them like each other. Imagining my own world made me feel happy and in charge.

Who is your favourite character, either your own or another authors, and why?


Elizabeth from Pride and PrejudiceAnne of Green Gables. Most of Georgette Heyer’s characters and any feisty but lovable heroine

How do you get inspiration for your romantic liaisons?

Watching movies, reading books, observing people and asking people about their romances

When do you know that an idea is worthwhile writing?

When I have an idea, I think about it, sometimes discuss it with friends, explore it some more, and when I think I have enough information or action arcs, I’ll go ahead and start writing.


Didi's favorite way of engaging with her readers is via her website:https://www.didilawson.com/ I hope you can take a moment to support her by liking her page, and I extend my thanks to her for being interviewed!



This months book challenge - To win yourself a $10 Amazon gift card, this month I would like you to send in a review of a book you have read recently that you enjoyed. Each month our winner will have their review published in my next months blog and get the gift card information emailed to them. So send me your review - any book, any genre, let's see what you love to read! I wish to thank you for taking the time to read and engage with me! Happy reading everyone! VK Tritschler

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