For this weekend's plans, I have a new little twist for you! I am pleased to have author Angela Petch here to discuss her book, Tuscan Roots. You can find and follow her at her blog, on Twitter, on Facebook, and her Amazon Author Page. She has two ebooks that can be purchased Tuscan Roots and Now and Then in Tuscany. You can also purchase a paperback copy on Amazon here:
Tuscan Roots is my first novel – a historical romance which I felt compelled to write. I am really fortunate to be able to spend several months every year in a beautiful, unspoiled area of the Tuscan Apennines where history whispers to me. I am particularly interested in WW2 because the Gothic Line passes right by our old watermill. This was a defensive barrier built by the German occupiers from the east to the west coast, partly using the mountains to stop the advance of the Allies. So every time I go for a walk along an old mule track or wander through a hilltop village, I imagine how it may have been. Added to this, my Italian mother-in-law tells me her stories. She married her handsome British soldier she met in 1944 where he was fighting in this area. I speak fluent Italian, so my elderly local friends have allowed me to use their stories shared at their meal table. Fact and fiction are melded into Tuscan Roots, which I first self-published in 2016. On November 10th, Endeavour Press are republishing in e-book and I am very excited and proud at the thought of my story reaching other readers.
Location is very important to my writing. I’m very interested in how place impacts on characters.
“An author knows his landscape best; he can stand around, smell the wind, get a feel for his place…” (Tony Hillerman.)
I have over 50 reviews for Tuscan Roots on Amazon and am delighted that many readers feel they are in Tuscany when they read the book. It is a special area that I’m pleased to share through my words.
“…Angela Petch brings Tuscany to life; the customs; the people – you can taste the food, smell the wild flowers, see the scenery. But also feel the hardships of the war…I read the book over a weekend, not wanting to put it down…” Sue Lovett, Amazon
I’m British but a bit of a wanderer: born in Germany, I’ve lived and worked in Italy, Holland and Tanzania, East Africa. Everywhere, I gather stories in my various notebooks and, having been a serious bookworm all my life, I’ve now written two historical romances of my own. There are two more books fermenting – one, half brewed.
In London, I worked for The Times, but I soon moved to Amsterdam where I was PA cum-interpreter with a construction company. From there, the project moved to Sicily, where I met my half-Italian husband. We’ve relocated frequently for his job and although I willingly abandoned my career to bring up three children, I always worked part-time – as an FE tutor of Italian and when necessary, ran our home as a B and B to pay for extras.
But now the children are settled and grandchildren are bringing joy to us and it is time for me.