Introducing Pauline Barclay
- #IndieBookBanter today welcomes another of our #IndieFriends to be featured on our International Table Pauline Barclay. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and the best place for us to find out more.
My name is Pauline Barclay, author of emotional moving stories. I was born in Bradford, Yorkshire where I grew up and went to school. When I was fourteen my parents moved to Suffolk, years later my husband and I moved to Surrey, then Holland. Today we live on one of the beautiful volcanic islands of the Canary Isles with our two rescue doggies
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She is also the founder of ‘Chill with a Book Awards’ for Indie Authors
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2. Briefly tell us about your work in progress, what are you planning next?
All my books are about events that happen in people’s lives and the consequences that affect them and those caught up in the maelstrom. My stories are set in different eras, 1943, the mid-sixties and present times. I am slowly working on my next book, unfortunately very slowly, but it does have a working title, The Man I Once Was, and keeping to the theme of my previous books, it is an emotional story that will pull at heart strings and have you reaching for the tissues!
3. What was the most unusual source of inspiration for any of your books?
Over the years I have met people who have been an inspiration as they have told stories which fuelled my imagination. From these I found myself writing a book around the ideas of what they shared, However, the idea for my latest book, The Wendy House was not so much unusual, but heart breaking and whilst the book is fiction the idea was taken from what a very brave lady told me. In fact she asked me to consider writing a book on the subject.
4. Who was your favourite character to write about?
I love all my characters and I am hard pressed to choose one. Doreen Wilkinson, from Sometimes It Happens… was a real joy to create. She made me laugh and, from time to time, cry. Doreen won the lottery and nothing prepared her and her daughter for what happened after she had received her cheque for millions. I also loved and still do, Jane Leonard from Magnolia House, my first published book. Jane, a robust woman was shaken to the core when after giving half of her house to her only son found she had to sell her beloved home twelve months later. Now don’t get me started on Celia Bryant-Smythe from Satchfield Hall, this brave young woman had to cope with the evilness of her father’s wrath. Then there is Kitty Costain from In The Cold Light of Day, vibrant and full of life totally naïve of her husband’s addiction, what a price that couple ended up paying. And, finally I must include Kathleen Mitchell from Storm Clouds Gathering, an emotional story set to the backdrop of a mill town in 1965. Bradford… Yes as my nanna worked in a Mill off Barkerend Road.
5. Finally you are invited on a mission to a New World (unfortunately you cannot take any members of your family, friends or pets). Please tell us:-
a) Your favourite fictional character to accompany you?
If I was on a mission to a New World I would have to take James Bond, entertaining, good looking and what fun we would have with all his assignments.
b) Your favourite book?
You ask some tough questions, but as I can only take one, are sure it can only be one? OK then it will be, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I love this book and the film. OK so it’s not modern… “Well frankly my dear I don’t give a dam!” Rhett Butler. Who can forget those words?
c) Your favourite song?
My words you know how to squeeze. I’ll go with, A Place in the Sun by Stevie Wonder
d) Your favourite food & drink to take with you (we don’t know what will be available on the New World).
Champagne and eggs. I love eggs, but the yolks must always be runny!
e) Finally, tell us the one (Yes, that is just ONE) item you cannot live without?
I’m guessing it’s going to be hot, so a coolly box would be essential to keep my bubble chilled! Thank you and cheers!
Here are Pauline’s books with a short description :-
The choice for this action was not hers, but the events that led up to her handing over fifty percent of Magnolia House paled by comparison to what happened after the ink had dried on the documents naming the new owners.
As Magnolia House is put on the market for sale, love and betrayal, hopes and dreams and ultimately family loyalty will affect the lives of all of those who become involved.
Celia Bryant-Smythe could never have imagined the high price she would have to pay for her one mistake.
As her father, Henry Bryant-Smythe learns of her indiscretion, he not only deals with it, but stamps on it with a resounding thud that will ricochet through the years. He cares nothing for the consequences of his actions that will bring heartbreak, pain and loss.
Set between 1943 and 1986, Satchfield Hall is a sweeping saga of deep love, evil lies and ruthless power.
Sometimes It Happens…
Winning the lottery was just the beginning for Doreen Wilkinson, nothing prepared Doreen and her seventeen year old daughter for their holiday at the luxury Villas Bonitas and nothing prepared Villas Bonitas for the Wilkinsons.
Sometimes It Happens…as a cast of characters, all have secrets and as Doreen and her daughter mingle with the rich, they find that deception, love, lies and laughter turns their holiday into one they will never forget.
Storm Clouds Gathering
Storm clouds are gathering, silently and slowly, too far away to worry about. Or so it seems. But ignoring what is brewing will have dire consequences for the people caught up in the maelstrom.
Shirley Burton is too busy cheating on her husband, having a laugh and looking for fun to alleviate the boredom of her childless marriage. Kathleen Mitchell is too wrapped up in running around after her beautiful family to worry about her health. Anne Simpson has two things on her mind: her forthcoming marriage to Paul Betham, who seems to want to control her, and her career, which she does not want to give up.
Can Shirley really expect to deceive her husband and get away with it? Can Kathleen hold it all together, and is Anne able to have the best of everything?
Storm Clouds Gathering is a story of human emotion, passion and heart-rending grief. Set against the backdrop of the mid-sixties, these three families will be tested to the limit as betrayal, loss and love threaten to change their lives forever.
In The Cold Light of Day
Bertie Costain has worked hard all his life in the building trade and now owns his own London-based company. In 1967, approaching fifty and still unmarried he enjoys a playboy lifestyle, but when he meets Kitty, an attractive, wealthy widow ten years his senior, he swiftly proposes.
Swept off her feet, Kitty adores him. The happy couple seem to have it all, but Bertie has a secret. Kitty has no idea their home is mortgaged to the hilt, or that the many expensive gifts he brings her come out of his winnings at roulette. Proud of his apparent success and ignorant of his gambling addiction, she happily loans him large sums of money, ostensibly for his business.
Convinced with each spin of the wheel that his run of bad luck will change, Bertie gambles for increasingly high stakes, falling deeper and deeper into debt until, facing financial ruin and with nowhere to turn, he resorts to fraud. As their lives begin to unravel, Kitty learns the horrifying truth.
In the cold light of day can their love survive the pain and destruction Bertie’s addiction has wrought?
The Wendy House
When Nicola changes overnight from a bright, happy young child into a sullen, rebellious girl, ceasing to show interest in anything or anyone around her, her parents struggle to understand why. As she develops into a difficult, troubled, hostile teenager they put it down to hormones, believing it will pass. Yet Nicola goes from bad to worse and no matter how much her mother tries to reach out to her, it seems she is hell bent on self-destruction. When she leaves home at seventeen, rushing into the arms of a man ten years her senior and quickly becoming pregnant, her despairing mother almost gives up on her. A decade later, the events that stole Nicola’s childhood and changed the course of her life threaten finally to destroy her. She knows if she is to cling on to her sanity she must tell her mother the dreadful secret she has carried all these years, but her fear that she will be met with disbelief, hostility and branded an evil liar drives her to the edge.
A heart-rending story of betrayal, secrets and gripping fear.
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