1. Tell me about your book, The Twesome Loop, and where you got your inspiration for it?
The initial idea for the novel was my ongoing fascination with reincarnation. I wanted to write about characters, who find a way to link their souls together and reconnect in the future. The four main characters are introduced living in 1874 and rediscover each other in 2000. The conduit is an Italian villa where the original characters met and their souls were forever tied. As I wrote the narrative other characters appeared, each with their own troubling love story. The novel is about how we find love but not always where we expect.
2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?
I think Zac Efron would be perfect as the male lead as his features are perfect in either a period piece or a modern one.
3. What are the top three books in you TBR pile?
Currently they are 1) Spook by Mary Roach 2) Becoming by Michelle Obama 3) The Icarus girl by Helen Oyeyemi However, this may change depending on my mood when deciding which one to read next.
4. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?
Goodness this is a hard question to answer. I did not start writing until much later in life, although I was always creative in other forms. When I immigrated to Canada, I wanted to find a creative outlet and by pure happenstance attended a writers circle. It propelled me onto a writing journey, I did not expect but one I am passionate about now. I have ‘left’ writing in one form or another for maybe a couple of weeks but for the most part I am writing most days, either for my blog, a freelance project, editing other writers manuscripts or adding to my own.
5. Mountains or the beach?
My first love is the ocean, the salty air, the splash of waves, the hot sand and the delights of rock pools. Originally from England, the ‘sea’ was never too far away and I miss it a lot. In Canada, I have found mountain lakes give me the opportunity to be close to large bodies of water and although not the same, it is still wonderful.
6. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
For anyone that knows me, I have a fascination with Italy, in particular Rome. I went there on honeymoon and fell in love with the dynamic variations of the city. It is ancient and modern, alive with sights, smells and tastes. You can sit in a cafe filled with modern music, people with ‘technology’ and gaze across the street to a building built in 6th century. Although, I also visited Florence and Venice on that trip, Rome was by far my favourite. I plan to go back.
7. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
I would certainly go back to my childhood. I had such a wonderful childhood, it would be awesome to relive those delightful and wonderful years.
8. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?
To share the stories that populate my mind, the reactions of my readers and to leave a narrative legacy for future generations.
9. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?
I do not have a particular genre; I write wherever the story takes me and figure out the genre afterwards. I write for children, young adults and adults.
10. Have you ever considered collaborating with another writer? If Yes who, if no why not?
I have collaborated with a couple of authors already on a memoir guide book. It was enjoyable to see other people’s perceptions and ideas and learn from their perspective on a joint project. I am open to working with other authors whenever the opportunity presents itself. As I also have a freelance writing business, I work with many clients on a wide range of projects.
11. Do you let a book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
Yes, I leave manuscripts to stew and sometimes much longer than a month! Another recent publication, Life in Slake Patch was initially a NaNoWriMo project in 2011. I left it, went back to it, left it, and went back to it until it just got to the point that I either scrapped it or published it! Leaving a manuscript for a while gives us a better perspective of the story and re-reading them after some time allows our minds to see it more objectively.
12. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
It certainly does! It is the first thing that attracts a reader while they browse the book shelf or the online catalogue. With skilful use it can reflect the genre and subject matter of the novel, further enticing a reader.
13. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Both are useful. As writers we strive to improve our story telling and any constructive critique allows us to do just that. Even if some are harsh, you need to think of them as a lesson and utilize it as such. It is not ‘personal’ (well hopefully not!) it is someone’s view of one story.
14. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?
I have published to date seven books in various genres. Two children’s, Rumble’s First Scare & Ockleberries to the Rescue. Two YA, Clickety-Click & Creature Hunt on Planet Toaria and three adult, The Rython Kingdom, The Twesome Loop and Life in Slake Patch. I am in the process of editing the sequel to The Rython Kingdom – Rython Legacy, which will be published in the fall. And a couple of pending manuscripts, a western romance, Willow Tree Tears and a suspense thriller, The Giving Thief on the back burner.
15. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I am a free flow writer so all my characters propel the narrative the way they want to go, I am always surprised and delighted when my stories take an unexpected tangent. I am the conduit and let the words flow through my fingertips to the keyboard.
Is it possible to change our destiny, break free from the echoes of our past lives? The Twesome Loop is a romance novel with a reincarnation twist. A picturesque Italian villa holds a hidden past of a pact that cannot be broken - a secret untold. Passion, pleasure, and pain play their part as seemingly chance meetings reveal secrets and hidden agendas. One dark secret is coupled with a burning desire to extract revenge. It will see four guests re-living their past lives - for love, for lust, and for revenge. Who will win and who will lose?
Mandy Eve-Barnett is a multi-genre author writing children’s, YA and adult books. Every story has a basis of love, magic and mystery. Her passion for writing emerged later in life and she is making up for lost time. She indulges her Muse in creative as well as freelance writing. She is currently the Secretary of her local writers group, the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County.
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