Blog Tour-Nadine Dorries
The nurses of Lovely Lane – Dana, Victoria, Pammy and Beth – are now in their second year and are about to face some truly harrowing and difficult times on the wards.
St Angelus needs a new assistant matron, but the members of the Liverpool District Hospital Board have overruled Emily Haycock and Dr Gaskell in their choice. Enter the mysterious Miss Van Gilder from somewhere down south.
The life of St Angelus is soon disrupted as her proposals turn the running of the hospital upside down and threaten the jobs of the domestics and porters. But Miss Van Gilder harbours a dark and dishonest secret, and the staff – who are used to looking after their own – set out to uncover it.
Will they do so in time, before her meddling begins to affect the morale of the nurses and put the lives of their patients in danger? For one very sick little boy, especially, it will be touch and go.
Interview With Nadine Dorries
Welcome to the Disorganised Author Blog, Nadine. I am delighted to be included in your blog tour for your new book, The Children of Lovely Lane published this month.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It tends to exhaust. It is always the case that if I get to the end of a particularly emotional or difficult chapter, I sleep for about an hour. Sometimes it just drains everything I have out of me, however, the anticipation of writing, energises me. When I wake up in the morning, I'm buzzing. Excited about opening up the lap top and beginning a new writing session. I love Sunday's as this is the day I have all to myself to write.
Have you found that being a writer has spoiled your enjoyment of reading? Does your internal editor kick in?
Writing hasn't enjoyed my experience of reading other authors, in fact, I do it a lot. I listen to audio books when I'm driving. I think reading the work of others is almost essential research for a writer to undertake. I don't know how anyone could continue to be inspired to write if they didn't read.
The premise for the ‘Lovely Lane’ books is very appealing. Do you write what you love or do you try to deliver what readers want?
I just don't know what readers want because I'm such an amateur author! I just let the fingers move and out the words flow. It's the little things, one small memory can be the catalyst for a whole book. That is very much what happened in Angels. I was nurse Pammy. I spoke out. I got into serious trouble!
Writing can be isolating, so do you socialise with other writers and share experiences/advice or have you always worked in isolation?
Writing is not my day job, it's a hobby. I have a busy family and social life and so I never feel isolated, in fact, the opposite, I crave the space and peace and quiet to write.
What did you edit out of this book?
It is an enormous book, in fact it is really two books in one. I just couldn't find a point where I wanted to stop writing. Very little was edited out. In fact, I don't think my editor has ever removed very much from any of the books I've written.
Which chapter/section was the most difficult to write?
It would be a massive spoiler to say which chapter was the hardest. I pulled on personal emotion and tragedy. It totally drained me to write it.
Which chapter/section of the story was the most enjoyable to write?
Ditto the chapter I loved. But, it's always nice to have a love story thrown in too.
I am still in touch with the nurses I trained with. I can't help seeing them, hearing their words and remembering their antics. One found reminded me of the funniest nursing story I have ever heard and it went straight into the next Angels book.
Do you feel you have chosen the right time in your life to be a writer, or regret not starting earlier?
I definitely regret not starting earlier. I wish I had taken writing courses and put pen to paper in my twenties. I'm scared I will get too old to write and then I remember Mary Wesley, who didn't even publish her first novel until she was seventy one and when I do, I stop moaning.
Name your favourite book and the one you abandoned or wanted to throw against the wall?
My favourite book changes all the time. I recently re read The Remains Of The Day and loved it. I also loved Robert Harris's Conclave.
I'm too polite to say which books I've abandoned!
Thanks so much for answering my questions, Nadine, and may I wish you the best of success with your new title. below is a link for Nadine's new book and her previous novel, also set in Lovely Lane.
Nadine's Amazon Page