Jen Silver

It is truly amazing what you learn when you open up yourself to learning about others. For example, reading the blog below, I learned that I was indirectly responsible for Jen Silver’s The Starling Hill Trilogy. Since turnabout is fair play, I will share that Jen’s love of archery, and the style of archery she practices, (Clout archery) gave me the inspiration for my character’s archery skills in Journey To You. I’ll bet even she didn’t know that!

With that being said, I hope that by reading her blog you’ll learn some things about this wonderful author that you didn’t know too. 

You can find Jen Silver's books here on Amazon.

                    AJ Adaire

 

 

For the love of a trilogy

AJ contacted me to ask if I would like to do a guest blog for her website. Of course, I said ‘yes’. When thinking about what I could write about, it occurred to me that AJ Adaire is probably indirectly responsible for the creation of The Starling Hill Trilogy.

I know I’ve mentioned before that I didn’t set out to write a trilogy. However, when I finished my debut novel, Starting Over, and was considering what to write next, I remembered reading AJ’s Friends Series – starting with Sunset Island.

So the seed was planted in my mind and before long I was well on the way to finishing a sequel to the first book. This was Arc Over Time. Exploring the relationships between some of the other characters felt like a natural progression.

Two books might have been enough, but I had a few unanswered questions to resolve, so of course there had to be a third. Carved in Stone completes the cycle.

I loved writing the trilogy because the settings are in and around the area where I live – West Yorkshire in the UK. This is a quote from Starting Over, where one of the characters is describing her impressions of Hebden Bridge:

“…It was quieter down by the river and she found a place to sit where the stones were still warmed by the sun. Having lived on top of a hill for almost twenty years, the valley was a new experience for the senses. At first she had wondered how these people coped, living at the bottom of a deep bowl. But in a few short weeks she had come to appreciate the grandeur of the steep, wooded hillsides with houses seemingly clinging to the edge, to the sight of sheep grazing high up—the beauty of a different light. Each pathway through the valley had its own attractions—the stately movement of the canal boats, the herons skimming over the river weir, the occasional roaring of the trains along the tree-lined track, and the constant hum from the road traffic. The middle of the town itself felt like a village fair in continuous motion with its numerous coffee and craft shops, markets, cyclists, ramblers, and street performers. The charm of the place was growing on her. …”

Writing these books also gave me the chance to use my love of Roman history in Britain and abiding interest in archaeology. As part of my research for Starting Over, I took part in my first dig at Vindolanda near Hadrian’s Wall. I got hooked and have been back for a two-week volunteer session every year since.

It’s been quite a journey since the publication of Starting Over in 2014. I’ve met lots of authors and readers, both virtually and in person, since taking the first steps. I can’t say it’s been easy. I kept all my notebook scribblings in drawers for many years, not read by anyone else, including my wife. Maybe, looking back, I could have started a writing career earlier but the way it’s worked out, I think the time was just right for me to come out of my shell and put my words out there.

 As a writer of romance novels, I’m well aware of the impact of first loves, so thank you AJ for giving me the opportunity to revisit the trilogy.

 The Omnibus edition is available from Affinity Rainbow Publications and other online outlets for the price of one ebook: Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon CA / Barnes & Noble / Bella Books / Smashwords

Calling Home book

My latest book, Calling Home, is quite different from any of my others. It is a romance but there is an element of mystery in there as well.

Back of the book:

Sarah Frost enjoys her dream job as director of the Frost Foundation. Making her home at one of their writers' retreats, The Lodge on the Lake, she hires childhood friend Berry Fields as the general manager.

Galen Thomas arrives at the island to fill the post of handy person, taking an extended break from her vet's practice to help her decide how to shape her future life and career. 

When the next group of writers arrives for their two-week retreat, along with Sarah's grandmother, tensions start to surface. Magda Frost doesn't approve of the appointment of the "vet" and still questions Sarah's decision to hire Berry.

The island idyll is soon undermined by the revelation of events from forty years earlier, threatening to uncover a past that Sarah and Berry want only to forget. Will the mystery of Berry’s past put a stop to the budding relationship with Galen?

Calling home and what they now call home—all are affected by the disturbing legacy from the past.

About Jen Silver

After retiring from full time work, Jen thought she would spend her days playing golf, shooting arrows, reading, and enjoying quality time with her wife (not necessarily in that order). Instead, she started writing and now has eight published novels to her name, a number of short stories, and not as much time as she thought for other activities.

Book six, Running from Love, was shortlisted for a 2017 Diva Literary Award in the Romance category and book seven, Changing Perspectives, is a finalist in the General Fiction category for this year’s GCLS Goldie Awards.

For the characters in Jen’s stories, life definitely begins at forty, and older, as they continue to discover and enjoy their appetites for adventure and romance.

Take a look at Jen’s blog: www.jenjsilver.com or contact her via:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jenjsilver

Twitter: @jenjsilver


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