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THE VISITORS: Rebecca Mascull answers your questions

Posted on: 15/07/2014 with tags: author interview, debut novel, historical fiction, Rebecca Mascull, The Visitors

We thought you might like to know a little bit more about the inspiration behind THE VISITORS. Here are Rebecca’s answers to some readers’ questions: Where did the idea for the Visitors come from? I’ve mentioned the deaf students I worked with and Helen Keller. Many of the other features of this story came through the research, such as the hop and oyster farming, and the Boer War. My primary goal with the story was to try to inhabit the mind of someone who had no language, and convey…

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Rebecca Mascull interviewed by fellow Hodder author Martine Bailey

Posted on: 23/05/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, author interview, debut novel, historical fiction, Martine Bailey, Rebecca Mascull, The Visitors, writing

In the second half of this week’s posts on our authors interviewing each other, here are Rebecca Mascull’s answers to Martine Bailey’s questions about her debut novel, THE VISITORS. 1. Tell me about your Great Great Aunt Adeliza. How did family history inspire you? When I was writing THE VISITORS, I decided to use hop farming as the profession of my main character’s father. I then discovered that there was a hop-farming connection in my family’s past. Some maternal relatives –…

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Martine Bailey interviewed by fellow Hodder author Rebecca Mascull

Posted on: 22/05/2014 with tags: An Appetite for Violets, author blog, author interview, debut novel, historical fiction, Martine Bailey, Rebecca Mascull, The Visitors

It’s wonderful when our authors love each other’s books as much as we do. That’s what happened to Martine Bailey and Rebecca Mascull, two debut historical novelists whose books we’re publishing this year. So they decided to interview each other over email about their books and their approach to writing.  Today we’re sharing with you Rebecca’s questions about Martine’s debut novel, AN APPETITE FOR VIOLETS, which is published today, and tomorrow you can re…

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“Reading Historical Novels” – The third in a series of articles by Rebecca Mascull

Posted on: 21/05/2014 with tags: author blog, historical fiction, John Fowles, Reading Historical Novels, Rebecca Mascull, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Visitors

Hello and here we are, at the third and final instalment of my trio of posts examining historical novels. All three choices were personal favourites, yet this last one – perhaps more than any other historical novel I have read – explores the nature of historical fiction and further, of the novel itself. THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN by John Fowles An easterly is the most disagreeable wind in Lyme Bay – Lyme Bay being that largest bite from the underside of England’s outstretched south-west…

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