As I announced yesterday - April 1st is the official publication date of my latest book Olivero's Outrageous Proposal. But, as I'm sure so many of you know, I'm not the only writer in this house. My husband, Stephen Wade, also known as the Babe Magnet is also a multi-published author.
Usually he writes non-fiction, local history, true crime, biographies, but April 1st is also the ;publication date of his collection of Yorkshire based short stories - Uncle Albert. (Priory Press)
Kate Walker to Stephen Wade on Uncle Albert
DescriptionEveryone has an Uncle Albert somewhere in their family tree and he's usually the one having a quick smoke around the back while trying to think up a new get-rich-quick scheme that doesn't actually involve work. The sort of uncle who is wonderful to talk about unless he actually turns up on your doorstep carrying a still-moving sack and wearing a furtive look.
Uncle Albert is a nostalgic look at life in a small Yorkshire village when Tetley's Yorkshire Bitter was still made in Yorkshire and a pie and a pint with ketchup was at least two of your five-a-day.
Stephen Wade to Kate Walker on Olivero's Outrageous Proposal.
I think the different sort of writers we both are just proves the truth of the fact that there is no right way to write a book - we all have our own processes, we go about this writing business in very different ways and neither is better than the other we both end up with published books in the end.
I write in silence and the books take time to put together - thinking of the emotional story and the motivations of the characters etc. And my characters get very serious and intent about things - there's none of the humor that Albert brings to the page, This Stephen Wade person writes fast - specially with Uncle Albert! and always has music playing while he's at the keyboard - often jazz which I can't stand. So it's just as well that we have managed to set ourselves up in separate studies so we can each work in our own way.
What's that they say about opposites attract? It certainly seems to be so with two such very different writers.
Dario Olivero, Alyse Gregory was supposed to be a way to reap revenge against his estranged half brother. But Alyse carries the key to the family acceptance he's always craved and, realizing just how much trouble she's in, he can't turn away.
A marriage proposal is not what Alyse was expecting. But this deliciously sexy Italian will resolve her family's debts if she becomes his convenient wife... Her head says no but her body begs her to say yes.
With an intensity rivaling the Tuscan sun, their mutual desire soon escalates to something inconvenient, creating a whole new dilemma!