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Hannah Fielding

When I was a child, my governess told me fairy stories. These tales, full of superstition and magic, were my first inspiration, and the warmth and colour they still evoke greatly influence my writing. They were also the experience through which I learned to become a storyteller, as my governess and I had an agreement – whenever she told me a story, I would have to tell her one in return.

As a novelist, I am obsessed by vivid colours, lush landscapes and tales of exotic customs in far-off lands. I can trace much of this back to a dear and long-departed friend of my family Mr Chiumbo Wangai, who fascinated me as a teenager with stories of the witch-doctors and magical ceremonies in his native Kenya. When I visited the country myself, I soon fell in love with its beautiful countryside and unforgettable sunsets.

Though I have been telling stories since I was a child, it was only after my children had grown up and my husband and I had turned our family business into a success that I felt I could devote myself to writing full time. After I dug out the various ideas and sketches I had jotted down over the years, I realised how profoundly my travels throughout Europe, the Mediterranean and particularly Africa had burned themselves into my memory. I felt driven to turn them into a novel.

The mystery, magic, heat and passion of Kenya’s landscapes inspired me to use them as the setting for my first novel. Burning Embers, a passionate love story set against the backdrop of the country in 1970. My later travels through Europe provided rich fodder for more stories, including my novel, The Echoes of Love, which is set in Venice and Tuscany, Italy as well as for my new trilogy, Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy, which are all set in Andalucía in Spain.

Hannah is a member of the association Romance Writers of America and her website and blog can be found at www.hannahfielding.com

 

Gerald Weaver​

I have always been fascinated by books and writing, and each have been about family. I never knew my father’s father, but we had much of his library stashed in boxes in a basement storage room of my childhood home. I spent many long interesting and entertaining childhood hours in that strange room trying to discover who he was through his books. I will never forget the fact that almost his entire library was divided into only two categories: books on eastern religion and books on English witchcraft.
 
I also prowled discreetly through the library in my father’s den.  My purpose there was not to learn about him but to learn more about life, love, women, and the many other topics in the novels he had by D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Hardy, Gustav Flaubert, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Stendhal, Joseph Conrad, and others. It was not until later in life that I realized these were mostly masculine books, collected by this reserved man who had fought in World War Two.
 
My father spoke about little, but writing was one topic. He often praised the spare prose of Hemingway. But writing for me really had a feminine genesis. The idea that a normal person could write came first from my older sister, who concocted wildly imaginative tales from the material of our surroundings, who invented new religions, and who crafted fantasy worlds as easily as if she were a genie.  
 
And the idea that I could write a novel, specifically this first novel, Gospel Prism, came from my lifelong friend, the famous journalist, Marie Colvin, who forcefully told me to "write the damn book," because she was tired of reading my well written letters and emails, and who told me there was more than enough material in my eventful life for a few novels. 

 

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis  grew up under the shadow of his parents’ experience of the second world war.      

His father served in the wartime navy and died a young man.  His mother told him stories  of watching the heavy bombardment of Swansea from the safe vantage point of a hill in Llanelli, and of attending tea dances in wartime London under the bombs and doodlebugs.

Mark is fascinated by WW2 and in particular the Home Front and the fact that whilst the nation was engaged in heroic endeavour, crime flourished.

Murder, robbery, theft and rape were ripe.  The Blitz gave scope for widespread looting.

It was an intriguing, harsh and cruel world.  This is the world of DCI Frank Merlin.

Mark is a member of the Crime Writer's Association.  

Follow him at www.markellisauthor.com/

 

How to do Good, Leonard Stall, Editor in Chief of Philanthropy Age Magazine

How to do Good is a collection of extraordinary personal stories from thought leaders, celebrities, statesmen and women, Nobel Prize winners, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and others driving and inspiring positive change.

Contributors: 

Jimmy Carter | Melinda Gates | Matt Damon | Forest Whitaker | Boris Johnson

Filippo Grandi (UNHCR) | Azim Premji | Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (UN Women)

Judith Rodin (Rockefeller Foundation) | Frédéric Oumar Kanouté | Joanne Liu (MSF)

 Mark Post | Princess Astrid of Belgium | Princess Lamia AlSaud | Yao Chen | Jane Wales Ron Bruder | Alexandre Mars | Fadi Ghandour | Caroline Roan | Muna Al Gurg

 Farahnaz Karim | Nick Grono | Ozlem Denizmen | Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw | Badr Jafar

Reeta Roy | Kate Roberts | Peggy Dulany | Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi

Philanthropy Age is a quarterly print and digital magazine that seeks to inspire and inform intelligent giving, and to celebrate the great initiatives, fieldwork, foundations and individuals really making a difference in our world. Learn more at philanthropyage.com 

London Wall Publishing’s Project Manager, Fiona Marsh, with US actor, Trey Gerrald, at the 18th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards held during BookExpo America in New York receiving the Gold Award for Romance Fiction for The Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding. 

Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year's best independently published books, the "IPPY" Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who "take chances and break new ground." Independent publishers, along with independent booksellers, have long held an important role in the world of books, offering an alternative to "the big five" conglomerated media publishers.