Author Interview Charter to Redemption Tour

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I’m interviewing D.J. Blackmore today, author of historical romance “Charter to Redemption”. I hope you enjoy the interview!

What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Believing in yourself when others don’t

Can you give us a short synopsis of Charter to Redemption?  
At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be as black as it’s painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren’t always as they seem. And with an unavoidable betrothal, Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron.
     Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal of being a convict in Australia.
     But when Emma and Tobias meet, the unexpected happens. Neither of them expect the repercussions.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was fascinated, when at a young age, I went on a few school excursions to convict built houses in the area, and one tourist attraction in particular, called ‘Old Sydney Town’, where school children like me could see first hand what it was like in colonial times. It was like stepping back into the past. Both my mother and father loved history, and as a very young girl I went with my family to England and visited castles and old houses and family I had never met. Those times seeded my inspiration.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?
If I’m in the swing of a novel, it might be all day. If I’m not, then it might just be editing for a couple of hours.

Name your top five favorite books.
English classics written by those such as the three Bronte sisters, especially Jane Eyre. R. D. Blackmore’s Lorna Doone. Works by Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy. Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Wilkie Collins also. For the more modern writers, I have also been influenced by and have enjoyed Catherine Cookson. I really loved Francine Rivers’, The Last Sin Eater

What are you working on now?
I’m editing the sequel toCharter to Redemption‘, called ‘Consider the Ravens’.

Charter to Redemption

photoTitle: Charter to Redemption

Author: D.J. Blackmore

Genre: Historical Romance

At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be every bit as black as it’s painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren’t always as they seem. And with a commitment unavoidable Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron.

Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal.

But neither Emma nor Tobias expect the repercussions.

Author Bio

10177941_777460682284675_5383801900327037432_nD. J. Blackmore is a Hunter Valley, New South Wales author, born and raised. Her convict heritage and love of history have seen the author explore this in ‘Charter to Redemption.’ Yet is is perhaps Australian dogged determination has seen this debut author as a new name in fiction. Although amazon reviews reflect her work, it is pertinent to note that the author’s story is not unique, although her journey in writing has been. Numerous rejections never daunted the author, and many years after her dream was envisaged, so was the reality. Yet for all the countless doubts that niggle every writer who has lived in hope, it is humbling praise indeed when reviewer F. Stanford writes of ‘Charter to Redemption’ and Ms Blackmore’s work: “this could very well be the benchmark for the standard of modern-day classics.”

D. J. Blackmore is currently working on the sequel, ‘Consider the Ravens.’

Links

www.djblackmore.com.au

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One thought on “Author Interview Charter to Redemption Tour

  1. ‘Maintaing a one man library full time’ would certainly be an extensive mission. Thank you for having time for me. Appreciate you hosting ‘Charter to Redemption’.
    D. J. Blackmore.

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