Guest Post: Lin Treadgold on Writing Romance “Goodbye Henrietta Street”

Goodbye Henrietta Street, by Lin Treadgold, launches on July 1, 2013 from Safkhet Publishing in Germany, but is available for pre-order in many countries now! You can see all the stops on Lin’s book tour by going here:  http://safkhetpublishing.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/lin-treadgold-goes-on-tour/.  A light romantic novel with a theme for nature lovers, this books sounds like a great read to add to your summer list.

Today I have a guest post from Lin about how she started to write her debut novel while living in the Netherlands as an ex-pat, while setting her book in England at the island she enjoys (and misses) most. Enjoy!

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On Writing ‘Goodbye Henrietta Street’
Guest Post from Author, Lin Treadgold

When I first came to The Netherlands in 2001, I had given up my driving school business to follow my husband’s new job. Everything was new and I have to admit to feeling rather lost. A new language, strange culture and despite living ‘next door and across the pond’ from the UK, the Dutch way of life is very different.

The Netherlands is a place you either love or hate; there are no ‘in betweens’. Most expatriates return to the UK within four years, when their contract ends. I am now in my twelfth year and missing the English scenery, but will return to the UK when my husband retires in 2016. The two hobbies I had always enjoyed were nature conservation and writing. Could this be my chance to follow my dreams and aspirations?

My heart lies in the south west of England. I am prone to taking time out and spending my days in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly where nature has to balance between tourism and weather at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Having travelled the world and seen so many places, my thoughts are always with the islands and the people. So, I wrote a book, a romance novel based around island life on Scilly and submitted my manuscript to a few publishers and agents. I received the usual ‘thanks – but no thanks’ but most were very helpful and later when I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association my writing career began to blossom. Within a couple of years and several new drafts later, Safkhet Publishing accepted my submission.

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Sven Jørgensen is a delicious thirty-something character in the story of Goodbye, Henrietta Street. He arrived on the Isles of Scilly in the early 1980s after the betrayal of his fiancée in Norway. Sven is kind, generous, and looking for love.  His job is to manage the local nature reserve on the Isles of Scilly working with the Environmental Trust. When Pippa Lambton arrives on the scene after suffering a tragedy in her life, Sven is keen to help her overcome her grief, he observes she is married, but why is she here alone? Perhaps the answer to her problems is to help her overcome her sorrow through learning about nature. Is he able to step over the boundaries and find out more about her or is she just another passing tourist? The story is not only set on the islands, but also part of Pippa’s life is in Whitby, Yorkshire. 

The present day Wildlife Trust, on the Isles of Scilly, is keen to support my novel when launched on 1st July 2013. Their role is to ‘conserve and restore the landscape and archaeological sites of Scilly, and provide information to the public with events and activities, leaflets and interpretation boards.’ Not a lot has changed over the years, my character Sven, in 1986, might have taken part in all these projects. Scilly has five islands. The main island of St Mary’s, St Agnes, Tresco, Bryher, and St Martin’s. Each one with its own character and charm.

The location and climate of the Isles of Scilly has created stunning landscapes. Under the seas, the clear water is home to an amazing array of marine life. The archaeology dates back four thousand years. The Trust manages and conserves the habitats for the benefit of wildlife and visitor access.

I never forget how lucky we are to live on this planet. I do my best to conserve the natural world in my own environment. One person really can make a difference; a whole planet can do so much more.  If Sven was a real person, I can certainly empathise with his feelings to take on the world and show the importance of conserving ‘his islands’. Pippa and Sven are two realistic characters I hope my readers will grow to love.    

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Goodbye Henrietta Street, Synopsis~

9781908208149 - Goodbye Henrietta Street covAn island paradise in Cornwall…The eternal nature holiday or just a passing wave on the beach?

Pippa Lambton’s life has fallen apart and husband Rob is ready to give up their marriage. Three years before, their son Daniel passed away; he was the glue that held them together. Now, Pippa’s left home for the beautiful Isles of Scilly, for a chance to rediscover herself. She meets handsome Norwegian nature warden, Sven Jorgensen, who teaches her about the island wildlife.

Pippa finds herself laughing again. She is aware of Rob’s dilemma over his childhood adoption and their turbulent relationship, but after an awkward kiss with Sven, she is torn about how to proceed. There is much to resolve, and leaving Rob could prove a disaster. Is her affair with Sven a holiday fling? How can she walk away from Rob after losing Daniel? Should she leave her home in Yorkshire for Sven and his island paradise? Find out more in Goodbye, Henrietta Street.

Author Lin Treadgold, Biography~

photoLin Treadgold was born in Yorkshire and attended private education. After travelling the world and visiting over thirty countries, she retired in 2001 to folllow her husband’s work and live in the Netherlands. From her travelling experiences, she took the opportunity to become a writer and nature conservationist. She has always wanted to write a novel; moving to Holland gave her the opportunity to fulfill a dream.

Lin is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors, and organises workshop events for new writers.

Blog: http://www.itslinhere.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lin.treadgold
Twitter: @itslinhere

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