I’m delighted to welcome author Samantha Tonge to the blog with her new release, The New Beginnings Coffee Club. I met Samantha at an author/blogger shindig last year, and she’s a lovely lady to chat to. Since I thoroughly enjoyed reading one of her previous novels, Game of Scones, I was keen to find out about her latest release.
But first, take a look at the very pretty cover and the blurb …
Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?
Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.
With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to. But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intended you to be!
And now to find out more …
Tell me, Samantha, what was the initial kernel of an idea that got you started writing The New Beginnings Coffee Club?
To start with I wanted to write a book about a list. A wish list. Perhaps written by a child. I liked the concept. The idea sprung from there and then ended up not really being about that – as is often the way. Instead the story developed into one about second chances and being true to yourself. However April, the little girl, is turning out to be a popular character amongst readers and she has an emotional journey during the novel. As do her mum, Jenny, enigmatic barista Noah and his colleague Elle. The New Beginnings Coffee Club is about identity, starting over and friendship.
I love a story about new starts and characters who rediscover themselves as the book progresses. What did you enjoy most about writing your heroine Jenny?
I enjoyed showing what a brave woman she is. The new beginning she has to make is a challenging one, for a person in her position, and she is full of self-doubt. However, for the sake of her daughter she shows great determination and it was lovely to feel the character blossom and become more confident with her new life.
How much importance do you attach to your secondary characters?
They are incredibly important. They give a fuller view of the main character and can also flesh out a book’s themes. And creating a cast of very different people is great fun. I often feel that the secondary characters are just as important as the hero/heroine and that has proved the case in this book. Many readers have really taken to Elle’s story which, I believe, is very relatable.
I too love creating secondary characters, and I agree, they can add so much to the story!
Now, a little about you. Where do you do most of your writing? And what would be your fantasy writing spot?
At a TINY desk, which folds away into a wardrobe. We do have a fancy office downstairs but I am used to my cosy little space now, in the spare room with our cat, Mitzie!
My fantasy spot, however – sitting next to Chris Hemsworth on the sofa, apart 🙂 – would be a beautiful, spacious office with a sea view. That is real fantasy though. However big the space I live in, I always, eventually, manage to fill it with disorganised clutter.
Oooh, yes, a sea view. Although I suspect I’d never get any work done!
As a romance author, are you romantic in real life?
Yes. Very. Romance is super important to me. I like sending little gifts and cards; holding hands; love a romantic movie. Romance adds sparkle to life and we all need a bit of sparkle – otherwise, what’s the point?
I agree! And finally, can you tell us something unusual about yourself?
I’ve recently developed an interest in meditation and mindfulness. It teaches you that thoughts aren’t you. They come into your head – it’s up to you to push them away if they are negative. This is very liberating!
Good for you! I keep trying that kind of thing, but my annoying brain seems determined to fight me all the way …
Thank you for visiting, Samantha. It’s been lovely to find out about you and your latest book. 🙂
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing romantic comedy novels is her passion.
Samantha has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women’s magazines. Her debut romantic comedy novel from HarperCollins (CarinaUK), bestselling “Doubting Abbey”, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Romantic Ebook award, 2014. The bestselling summer novel, Game of Scones, won the Love Stories Awards 2015 Best Romantic Ebook category.
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