The Consequence of Love by Sandra Howard
Welcome to my stop on the #CONSEQUENCEOFLOVE blog tour! I am delighted to take part in this tour because it is all about love!
Author Sandra Howard wrote a wonderful guest post for Sparkly Word, and I am very pleased to share it with you today.
One of the wonderful things about writing novels that I discovered very early on was how passionately involved you become with the characters. They’ve taken over my life every time – and my family’s. We talk about them over supper and cups of tea and discuss their many problems and often maddening foibles. My beloved would sometimes prefer me to be rather more wrapped up in his foibles and doings, but I think at heart he knows when he’s beat.
Albert Camus said, “You can’t create experience, you undergo it” and it’s the same with writing novels. You have to live through all the pain that goes with passion, you get demoralised, it all seems to be falling apart, but as long as you persevere and learn from your mistakes it all comes rewardingly together in the end. The chemistry is amazing; it’s like being in your characters’ skins, thinking and feeling as they do, but the difficulty is always the need to stay one step ahead. It’s my job to second-guess what their next move is likely to be, which is often no easy task.
You have to care about them, be understanding, feel lack of prejudice, a depth of emotion, deeply upset when they take a wrong turn. I think it was Harold Robbins who said that he was always in love with at least one character in any of his books at the time of writing and I know that I have to be a little bit in love with the man at the heart of my story at all times too; it’s part of the process, feeling uncannily involved.
The beauty of fiction, especially if you’ve reached a certain age, is that it allows you to have all your passions, sexual urges and experiences all over again - on paper. You can fall in love again; have affairs, marriages, babies, dramas, hardships, feel guilt, fear, ecstasy... I felt all those emotions while I was writing The Consequence of Love. I knew what my character, Nattie, was going through, the dilemmas of the heart, the sacrifices that she must make. She has a life-changing decision to take, two choices, and I wasn’t sure myself till very near the end of the book, which of the two would win through.
Print: 400 pages
Published: September 21, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Links: Amazon / Goodreads
Perfect reading for fans of Joanna Trollope and Elizabeth Buchan, this is a novel of lost loves, deceits and second chances.
Nattie is now happily married to Hugo and they have two beautiful children, but no one knows that her heart has never truly been hers to give.
The love of her life was lost to her years ago, or so she thought. Now Ahmed is back, and although he knows Nattie is married, he just can't stop himself from making contact.
Torn between Ahmed and her family, Nattie ends up meeting him in secret. But will her lies cause more trouble than the truth?
A huge thank you to SimonSchusterUK and Sandra Howard for inviting me on the blog tour!
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