Monday, February 9, 2015

CHARACTER INTERVIEW * The Hartford Inheritance by Jane A Hobden



Intense, gripping, psychological thriller.

As a child, Kitty Harmer had her world turned upside down when her twin sister, Sarah, was taken into care. Now aged 26 and struggling, she is contacted about the inheritance of a property she has never heard of miles away. Kitty seizes the opportunity and moves into Belford Hall, set on acres of land in Norfolk.

Kitty is soon drawn to the charms of the Norfolk countryside, and a local farmer. As she settles into the primitive manor house, she discovers a book titled Hartford Place locked in a library drawer. Kitty soon learns of the stories surrounding the Hall, a curse made in the 1800s and a past she knew nothing about. Her Hartford ancestors mirror Kitty with their raven hair and emerald eyes and have all suffered tragedy, with veiled secrets buried deep.

When the twins reunite, Sarah reveals a hardship that unsettles Kitty’s memories of her own childhood. Is there a curse on the Hartford family? Is there a ghostly presence at the Hall? This thriller takes Kitty on a journey through a past that emulates her future. With twists and turns through history and the present, you will be swept into the Hartford Inheritance and the passionate jealousy that shadows the identical twins through the generations.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Since I was a child, I have enjoyed literature and would spend countless hours after school tucked away in my bedroom reading and composing stories.  My daughter, who is 11 years old, does exactly the same. She adores the process of story-telling and when we discussed what she wanted to be, she said without any hesitation an Author. It melted my heart. It’s where my passion has always been.  It’ hard to believe that after starting the process of writing my debut novel in 2011, I have finally published.  I hope very much that you enjoy my writing and I intend to follow The Hartford Inheritance with a prequel and a sequel.

I live in the South East Coast of England, where I have always lived and  which I adore. I’ve been married for 12 years now to a man who inspires me and with whom I am still very much in love. We have two children together, Harriet, now aged 11 years, and Toby, aged 6 years. My parents are my rocks and have taught me all my best qualities – to be fair and kind to everyone. They have always been there for me and they are very proud of me for achieving my goal of publishing my first book.
This book is dedicated to all of my family, whom I love so very much.


EXCERPT

Despite my confusion at the name, the anxiety that had been in my stomach all day spun out of control and as I stood to greet her, I felt as though I may faint. I quickly sat back down. I looked to the door and seconds later my identical twin walked through it. Her hair was no longer jet black but was dyed a very dubious shade of blonde and heavy black roots. Her hair was straggly down her back and looked like it hadn’t seen a comb in days. Though she was 26, her piercing green eyes looked much older than her years. She was heavily made-up, with black kohl thickly applied around her eyes and bright red lipstick. Despite her trampy appearance, around her neck she wore the heart-shaped silver locket that our grandma had given us when we were four, just before she died. We had treasured those necklaces after the car accident but I had lost mine when I was about 16. It was touching that Sarah was wearing hers because of the emotions attached to it.

As she walked through the door, Sarah looked over to me with a severity that made me flinch. I attempted to smile and meet her gaze until she sat down but she was staring straight at Mrs Standing. Even Mrs Standing seemed a little lost for words and a pause sat heavy in the room. Finally Mrs Standing broke the silence. 'Kitty, Sarah, I think it’s been a long time since you’ve seen each other. Would it be better to get on with the legal aspect of things and then you can decide where you go from here?’

I didn't know what to say or how to respond and so I sat in silence. I looked to Sarah for some emotion but she did not look to me.

GIVEAWAY

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INTERVIEW

How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

I’m a real family girl. I have always lived in the town in which I grew up, Hastings, which is on the south east coast of England. My parents live about a 5 minute drive away and my brother and his family are also local.  I’m very like my mother in the way I treat family life.  My childhood was very happy and my parents were always there for me and my brother.  I am the same with my children who also adore their grandparents.

What do you want from life?

To be happy and content.  In 2013 I was hospitalised with Strep A which is like a superbug that gets into your joints and inflicts a toxic shock effect on your body.  I was very ill and had to have two operations on my hand and one on my foot to wash out the infection.  The consultant told me it could have been fatal.  When I left hospital I had to have intense physiotherapy to get the use of my hand back.  It really shook all of us as a family particularly the children.  We’ve learnt from it to make time for the little things and to enjoy each day.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

For there to be a cure found for Type 1 Diabetes (childhood diabetes) which I’ve had since I was 11 years old, to never have to slim to lose weight and to be the proud owner of a refillable bottle of Shiraz,

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?

My kindle, a giant Toblerone and a laptop.

What, in the outside world, is preventing you from getting it?

Others views.  I’m always so aware of other people’s opinions and always tow the line!!

What, in yourself, is preventing you from getting it?

My confidence – I really struggle with it!!

What must happen before you overcome this?

This is hopefully the first step to it.  By establishing myself as an author I’m hoping that my confidence in my abilities begins to grow.

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends? Why?

With my family I’m very relaxed and chilled out and there is nothing that I wouldn’t say or do.

How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

Most definitely over time.  I have been lucky enough to fall in love 16 years ago and we are still very much in love.  Some of my dearest friends have not managed to meet their soulmate and that makes me appreciate it all the more.

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?

Saying something heartfelt to my husband.  I feel like I need to make a joke as I say it.  I do it much better in writing my emotions than saying them.

How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? with this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

I am very trusting.  Unless someone has given me a reason not to trust them, I do completely.  I try not to make a decision on someone on a first impression but I know that I do. 

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

First would be the people in the room, the second would be if there is any mess!! I’m a bit of a tidy freak.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?

I’m very shy and hope that I don’t stand out too obviously!

Describe yourself to me.

I’m in my late 30s, I’m 5 foot 9 with brown mid-length hair. I have high cheekbones and green eyes.  I try to keep myself fit but I am always on a diet and am never happy with my weight!

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)

I’ve never really thought about that. I guess it would have to be visually because the characters I’ve created for my book and the prequel book are very much real in my mind’s eye.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

I hope I’ve made them proud and they say that they always knew I would do something literally creative because as a child I was always in my bedroom writing and acting.  Both parents were really proud when I published my first book and my mum made sure she was the first person to download it and read it.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

Musicals and concerts.  I absolutely adore going to a good musical or a pop concert.  I love the O2 and get a real buzz from the size and magnitude of it.  I took my daughter to see Wicked at the weekend just gone and I get really emotional from the storytelling with the music.

What's the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn't/couldn't/wouldn't? What would happen if you did do it?

I’m always a little envious when people say that they’ve travelled to Australia/Indonesia/South America when they were younger.  That didn’t entertain my mind when I was a teenager/early 20s and the friends who have done it say it was the best experience of their lives. I would never dream of doing it now.

What do you consider are your strengths?

I’m very loyal and would do anything for my nearest and dearest and my friends.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

I hate confrontation and never stand up for myself.

What is one physical attribute you are proud of?

My eyes.

What one physical attribute would you change?

My hair – I would love to be blonde.

What do you consider your special talent?

It’s got to be my imagination – with every little thing in my life I can think of a new plot for a book.

What do you wish your special talent was?

I wish I was an energetic sportsman.  I absolutely hate all sports.

What are you most proud of about your life?

I’m most proud of my children.

Is there anything you've always wanted to do but haven't done? What would happen if you did it?

The only thing I ever wanted to do was publish my own novel and now I’ve done it!!!!

What's the worst thing you've ever done? Why?

I was quite a hormonal teenager and wanted to be treated like an adult before I was one.  My parents and brother say I was a horror.

Describe your ideal mate.

My husband.

What are you most afraid of?

Looking like a fool.

What's the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

My family.

How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

My life is pretty perfect.  I work from home and so I’m always around to take/collect the children from school.  My heart flips whenever I see the cover of my book and finally being able to call myself an author.

If you could be an animal, what would it be? (You can adapt this question to fit the character ie/make it what kind of car, plant, whatever.)

A cat because they have such an easy life!








Intense, gripping, psychological thriller. As a child, Kitty Harmer had her world turned upside down when her twin sister, Sarah, was taken into care. Now aged 26 and struggling, she is contacted about the inheritance of a property she has never heard of miles away. Kitty seizes the opportunity and moves into Belford Hall, set on acres of land in Norfolk. Kitty is soon drawn to the charms of the Norfolk countryside, and a local farmer. As she settles into the primitive manor house, she discovers a book titled Hartford Place locked in a library drawer. Kitty soon learns of the stories surrounding the Hall, a curse made in the 1800s and a past she knew nothing about. Her Hartford ancestors mirror Kitty with their raven hair and emerald eyes and have all suffered tragedy, with veiled secrets buried deep. When the twins reunite, Sarah reveals a hardship that unsettles Kitty’s memories of her own childhood. Is there a curse on the Hartford family? Is there a ghostly presence at the Hall? This thriller takes Kitty on a journey through a past that emulates her future. With twists and turns through history and the present, you will be swept into the Hartford Inheritance and the passionate jealousy that shadows the identical twins through the generations.

 
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