Hello, I’m pleased to bring you this interview today with Anne Allen, author of The Inheritance! Here book can be found at the link above.
I hope you enjoy it!
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Anne Allen and I live in England
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
The Inheritance – a dual-time historical family drama
3) What is the book about?
It links the stories of two women who owned the same house in Guernsey 150 years apart. The Victorian woman, Eugenie, a young widow becomes a copyist for the French author Victor Hugo who was living in exile in Guernsey at that time and her story is shown through her diaries.
In the present day, Tess, a young doctor, inherits the house and discovers the diaries, learning more about Eugenie’s relationship with Hugo and his mistress, Juliette, and his family.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I lived in Guernsey for many years and this book is the latest in The Guernsey Novels, standalone stories with links set on the island. I had visited Hugo’s house, which has been left as it was when he lived there, and it inspired me to write a story about him. He was extraordinary, like his house!
5) How long did it take you to write it?
About 18 months as there was a great deal of research involved
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I learnt a great deal about Hugo and his family and the lifestyle of 19th century islanders and that I really enjoy writing historical novels!
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I was lucky to find an editor I’ve been happy to work with for 7 books, Liz Bailey, who is also a successful author of Georgian romances and mysteries. My cover designer, Jane Dixon-Smith, is brilliant and we work closely together to design the covers in the series.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I enjoy various genres, but am particularly keen on dramatic stories with interesting characters and complex plots. I also love historical fiction, including dual-time and time-slip.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
The Quincunx by Charles Palliser, an extremely complex story similar in style to Anthony Trollope and Dickens, but written more recently.