Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling - Giveaway



 We have a signed copy of the brilliant Diamond Thief to give away!!!



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Available from AMAZON... The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling ( Kindle £1.53)

No-one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Remy Brunel. But Remy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots, and makes a friend of a nice young police detective...  

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hmm. Well, I’ve been writing for a long time. I always wanted to write fiction, but I also had to find a way of supporting myself. I started out when I was a teenager – I found a book in the library about how to make money from writing, and took a lot of advice from that. I began writing articles for a local magazine in Tunbridge Wells while I was still at school, and then they took me on as a staff writer during my gap year. I also wrote book reviews and occasional features for a national magazine. Then, when I graduated from University, a company called Titan took me on as a staff writer, and I eventually got the opportunity to write some non-fiction books for them. Then I went freelance and did all sorts of things such as working on audio dramas (which was great for sharpening my dialogue skills!) and sub editing for magazines as varied as heat and Doctor Who Adventures. So it’s been a long, circuitous route to fiction publication.


Your young adult title: The Diamond Thief – what’s it all about?

It’s a steampunk-ish adventure set in Victorian London, and follows the exploits of a young French circus artist called Rémy Brunel. She’s one of the best trapeze and high-wire performers in the world – and she’s also an excellent jewel thief. She’s brought to London by the master of her circus to steal a famous diamond called the Darye ye Noor, but she doesn’t bank on running into Thaddeus Rec, a young policeman who’s determined to keep the jewel safe. Together they discover dark and nefarious deeds going on right in the heart of London.

Will there be a sequel?

Yes – I delivered it to Curious Fox a couple of weeks ago, and now I’m nervously waiting for notes. It’s called The Ruby Airship, and it’s due to be on shelves in February 2014.

Do you pull from your own life experience’s to write your stories?

I think all writers do that to a greater or lesser extent, although I have absolutely no experience as a trapeze artist… or a thief, I might add!

Do you have a favourite character in your book and why?

It’s hard to think of one favourite, as I love them all. I do like J, the street urchin who ends up firm friends with Rémy, which is funny because he wasn’t a character I’d planned on having in the story at all. The Diamond Thief was originally written as a digital version of a choose-your-own-adventure story for a great publisher called Fiction Express. The idea was that each week, I’d write a chapter and there would be three distinctly different choices of where the plot could go at the end. The readers then voted on what they wanted to happen and I’d go off and write it in time for the following week. At the end of the second week, the readers chose something completely different to what I’d had in my head, which threw Rémy into a situation where she was on her own. It made sense for her to have someone to interact with, so that was where J came from. He turned up in my head fully-formed, as if he’d just walked up to my desk and tapped me on the shoulder as I wrote. I wish that happened more often.

How do you think of names for your character?

I find character names really difficult, actually. With Rémy, I literally looked up lists of French names and went through them until I found one that I thought would fit. It’s unusual enough (for British readers, anyway) that it sounds a little exotic, but also short enough to reflect her no-nonsense character. With Thaddeus, I wanted something that was distinctly Victorian, and that name fit the bill perfectly for me – it’s a bit florid, a bit archaic. Calling J by just one letter reflects how his life is – he’s nothing, really, just another ragamuffin from the streets who has come from nowhere and has nowhere to go. He’s of such little significance to the world that no one even knows his name – probably not even him.

If you were a character in one of your books would you be good or evil?

I think all realistic characters, like real people, have the capacity to be both. I’d like to think I’d be good, but it depends what situation my character found itself in…

Who inspired you to write?

Well, my parents read to me and taught me to read at a very young age. We didn’t have a TV until I was a teenager, so that probably encouraged me to make up my own stories. I remember an author called Nigel Hinton coming to my primary school, which was probably the first time I realised that ‘A Writer’ was something that you could actually be. In my secondary school I was lucky enough to have a teacher called Penny Sampson, who had greater faith in my abilities than I did myself, and was very encouraging. So the answer is all of those people, as well as the hundreds of authors I read growing up.

What was your favourite childhood story?

I loved Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

What advice would you give to budding authors?

Try to get words down every day. Remember – even if you only write 200 words a day, if you do that every day for a year, that’s a manuscript. Also, don’t edit - just get it down. Once it’s out there, in however messy or skeletal a form, you can work on it. If it stays a perfect idea sealed away in your head, it’s no good to anyone.


Single answer questions:
Dark or Brown chocolate?
Brown.
Sunday Roast or Fish and Chips?
Roast!
Rock and Roll or Heavy Metal?
Rock and Roll.
Bright and flowery or Dark and mysterious?
Dark and mysterious.
Scooby Doo or Garfield?
Garfield.
Where can we find your books and more information about you?
The Diamond Thief is in various bookshops and is also available on Amazon. I’ve got a Facebook page under Sharon Gosling for anyone who wants to know what I’m up to!


1 comment:

  1. Cover is great and I love the color. :)
    Thanks for the chance!

    ReplyDelete

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