Monday, August 12, 2013

40 for 40 - Janet Laurence

Some of you will already have met lovely Janet Laurence. She did a mini interview   here on this blog back in  May last year. I was delighted to introduce her to my readers as she's a  special friend I've made through my wonderful weeks at Writers' Holiday  and the Fishguard Writers' and Artists weekend. She even came along and signed up as a  student in my Advanced Romance Writing course in  Fishguard one year.

I've just spent a delightful week in Janet's company at the last Writers' Holiday   in Caerleon and it was, as always, so good to meet up with her and enjoy talking with her about almost every aspect of writing and  publishing  and - well, life. I only regret that I wasn't able to return the compliment she paid me and to sit in on her teaching Crime Writing course because we were both teaching at the same time in the week.

Last year Janet brought out her new historical crime novel Deadly Inheritance  - a great read - and she's offering a copy of this book to one of the commenters today.

Welcome back Janet - it's lovely to see you again.

From Janet:

The idea that you and Steve are celebrating forty years of marriage is ridiculous. Did you get wed in the cradle! And raise a son when you were hardly out of the nursery? You met at uni? I don’t believe it!
I just don’t notice time whizzing past. Not these days. So I missed posting a proper message on your 40 for 40 site. Mea Culpa! So here’s a slightly more studied contribution to your celebrations.
You and Steve are the most lovely couple, gold standard all the way through, loving and supportive just as wife and husband should be. Your double act at Caerleon last week when you stepped in at the last moment to cover a gap in the programme when poor Irene Yates had to return home to her sick husband, showed all of that. I can’t comment on your performance as parents but would take a hefty bet that you’ve shown all the right qualities there too.

What you, Kate, have taught me is the bringing of love and passion into creative writing. Love in all its aspects runs as a sub-text in DEADLY INHERITANCE, my historical crime novel that came out last year.  You’re the Queen of Romance – and I love your A THRONE FOR THE TAKING, so tightly plotted and written yet throbbing with passion and sheer romance. DEADLY INHERITANCE has more
romance in it than any other crime book I’ve written and I’d like to offer a copy to the reader who can nominate who in their opinion is the Queen of Crime Writers.

We will all stand by to celebrate your and Steve’s Golden wedding in ten years’ time.  It will come round quicker than we can write:  Congraulations. Meanwhile hope you and Steve are relaxing after all your efforts at Caerleon and continuing to enjoy your remarkable anniversary. Except that you are probably deep in forging another romance. Hooray!




Kaelee said...

I missed Kate's interview back with you in May but I enjoyed reading it just now. I must confess I haven't read any of your books Janet. I think I would enjoy them as I do read food related mysteries a bit. I've read Jill Churchill, Joanne Fluke and JoAnna Carl to name a few. I'll have to see if my library has any of your books.

A nomination for Queen of Crime Writers ~ That's a hard choice ~ I'll go with Agatha Christie, simply because she was one of the first crime writer's I enjoyed and she led me to other writers like G. K. Chesterton and his Father Brown series.

bn100 said...

Nice post

traveler said...

I enjoyed your lovely post today. Reaching a milestone of 40 years is wonderful. I have been married for 43. A nomination for Queen of Crime Writers Deborah Crombie.

petite said...

What an interesting and beautiful sentiment for Kate. My nomination for Queen of Crime Writers is Jacqueline Winspear.

Mary Preston said...

Such a warm, heart-felt tribute, for want of a better word.

I grew up reading all of Agatha Christie's books and still re-visit them, so my nomination must go to her.

Eli Yanti said...

Not really a fans of thiller or romsus but sometimes enjoy reading them :)


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