Rebecca Pugh is the author of the beautiful title Return to Bluebell Hill which is her debut novel, and her latest novel, A Home in Sunset Bay. Rebecca is also an avid reader who has her own book blog writing reviews and interviews with numerous authors. I feel honoured to have her on my blog today.
Rebecca, welcome. Lovely to have you here telling us about your writing.
Thank you so much for having me, Karen. I’m delighted to be here!
I just loved your debut novel Return to Bluebell Hill and can’t wait to indulge in your second, A Home in Sunset Bay. The title evokes such a romantic setting; why did you choose it?
First of all, thank you so much for your lovely words, Karen. I am delighted that you loved Return to Bluebell Hill.
Secondly, you know me! I’m all for the romance, and what isn’t romantic about a sunset? I really wanted to capture the whole seaside feel and a sunset set the tone perfectly for me. And then when Carina sent me my final cover, I was bowled over. They’d captured the image in my mind perfectly.
Where did the idea for the story come from?
Sisters have always been a massive part of my life, so that’s definitely where the main idea came from. I wanted to explore the relationship between Mia and Laurie, while having fun at the same time. People get their wires crossed, family included, so often, and I wanted to take a closer look at how that could affect Mia and Laurie’s life, despite the fact that they’d gone their separate ways.
If A Home in Sunset Bay was to become a film, who would play your two leading characters and why?
Mia, the younger of the Chapman sisters, would definitely have to be played by Anne Hathaway. Not only because she is one of my favourite actresses, but because she’s so brilliant at what she does. And, without sounding like I’m insulting Anne (which I would never, ever, ever do!), she plays the harassed/rushed off her feet woman so perfectly. That’s what Mia would be like, I think. She’s always so busy with the diner, very rarely taking time out for herself.
For Laurie, the eldest of the sisters, I’d choose Rachel McAdams, as a brunette. I love her, and think she’d make the perfect big sister if A Home in Sunset Bay were to be made into a film. Laurie has spent her entire life performing to please other people. Finally, she’s taken a break. Sunset Bay makes her realise more than a few things, and with her little sister by her side, realisation dawns. They’d make a fantastic pair!
Are you a planner or a panster?
I try to plan. I really do. But the majority of the time, my ideas spill straight from my head onto the page. I make notes here and there, jot little bits and pieces down, but that’s as far as it goes usually.
Because of your lovely Becca’s Books blog, we know you love to read a lot, did this start as a child and at what point did you know you wanted to write?
I can’t really pinpoint exactly when my love for reading began. My mum always tells me a story about when I was younger and in school, about how the teacher had to have a word with her because I wasn’t doing too well with my reading. We sat down together that night, and I have no idea what happened, but I haven’t stopped since. Reading is a part of my life. It’s something I do every single day.
And I think I’ve always known, somewhere deep inside me, that I wanted to become a writer. It was always one of those dreams that I’d sometimes fantasise about, but didn’t actually expect to ever become a reality. And do you know what the craziest thing about it is? It’s still sinking in. Even after two publication days, reviews coming etc. I can’t really believe that this is me now. That this is what I do. Life truly is full of surprises.
From your reading, who are your most memorable characters?
Heroine, Hero, Antagonist, friend
Heroine – There’s quite a few for this one but the heroine who always stays with me is Susannah Leyton from Charlotte Betts’ The Apothecary’s Daughter. Susannah fights so many tough battles throughout her journey in this novel. I’ll always remember how I felt, in the richly described setting. It completely overwhelmed me and I was lost to it! It was the first of Charlotte’s that I read and I absolutely loved it.
Hero – I love, love, love Travis Maddox from Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful series. I felt as if I couldn’t breathe throughout reading!
Antagonist – I’m going to go with Saskia from Ellen Faith’s Dear Darling. One of those characters who really grinds your gears and makes you want to step into the story to have a word with them yourself. Sit down, Saskia. Sit down.
Friend – Sarah Smith from Rebecca Raisin’s The Bookshop on the Corner is my fictional twin! She is addicted to romance novels just like me, and finds books absolutely magical. I think that if Sarah were a real person, we’d get on beautifully!
Which three Authors, dead or alive, would you invite to lunch and why?
Jill Mansell. I adore her. Her novels are beautiful and heart-warming and incredibly uplifting, and I don’t think I’ve ever come across one that I didn’t enjoy. Jill just “gets it”.
Stephen King. I have so many questions for this man. I went through a phase a couple of years back where I read nothing but Stephen King books. Cujo, The Tommyknockers, Needful Things (FAVOURITE!!!), IT and Thinner. I’ve always been in awe of King’s imagination. I would love to see what goes on in that mind of his. It must be amazing, and a little wild (in a good way!).
Cathy Bramley. This author is new pyjamas, hot chocolate and a crackling log-fire all rolled into one. Cathy’s books never fail to warm me from the inside out, and to sit down for a cuppa with her would be magical.
Ultimately, who is your favourite book or author?
Karen, I’m so sorry about this but I really can’t choose! Since I began my book blog Becca’s Books, I have been introduced and re-introduced to so many wonderful authors. The genres I usually stick to have been widened, and there are so many authors now who I just adore. I can’t pick between them. I can’t do it!
Where can we find out more about you and, of course, buy your books?
You can find me in all sorts of places, and please do come and say hello!
Website – http://thisisbeccasbooks.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/beccasbooksUK
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Beccas-Books-1436342789930632/
And you can find Return to Bluebell Hill and A Home in Sunset Bay on –
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/13851165.Rebecca_Pugh
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rebecca-Pugh/e/B00ZOU3L9I/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Pugh/e/B00ZOU3L9I/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1
Thank you ever so much for having me here today, Karen. It has been absolutely lovely!
A real pleasure, Rebecca