#RomancingSeptember Day 28 The Vintage Cinema Club by @janelinfoot #books

Welcome to Day 28 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Jane Linfoot and her book The Vintage Cinema Club

The Vintage Cinema Club

Where is your home town?

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England

How long have you been writing romance?

I began to write romance five years ago.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I enjoy writing rom coms and chicklit

Where is your book set?

The Vintage Cinema Club is set in Derbyshire and France. Cue lots of country scenes, and summer heat.

Tell us what the Vintage Cinema Club is.

The Vintage Cinema Club centres on three friends, Izzy, Luce and Dida who share a wonderful retro shop in an old vintage cinema. We join them at the start of what should be a fabulous summer, as they celebrate the third birthday of their emporium, Vintage at the Cinema. But as fast as they’re popping the champers, everything they’ve worked for is unraveling, and suddenly three women are facing a full on fight to save what they love. And they call themselves The Vintage Cinema Club.

Introduce us to the characters.

My previous books have all focussed on “couple” relationships. With The Vintage Cinema Club I’ve had great fun broadening that view to explore the lives of a group of close friends instead.

 

Izzy, Luce and Dida, stars of The Vintage Cinema Club, are three very different characters, who run a vintage business together.

When we meet them they have been firm friends for years, and like a lot of friends, circumstances threw them together initially. Izzy and Luce became besties when Izzy came down in the world, left her private school, and landed at the local sixth form. Luce took pity on a traumatised Izzy, who she saw as under privileged, because she was so short of streetwise experience.

They teamed up with Dida at art college, where Luce and Izzy were working towards career qualifications. At the time Dida, as a first time mum, was saving her sanity with an art course. Luce and Dida’s friendship was cemented when they met again at antenatal classes. Like so many mums, their daughters growing up together made their bond strong, despite their different situations. Dida is loaded, and Luce struggles to make ends meet. Luce is a single mum with a tiny flat, whereas Dida is married – albeit to the husband from hell – and lives in a huge house. And Izzy is hooked on being a surrogate mum to her three twenty-something brothers.

Having been friends for so long means they know each other so well they sometimes feel they know what’s best for each other. In friendship there’s a fine line between interference and support, and it was great to explore the dynamics of that for Izzy, Luce and Dida. Sometimes friendly interference leads to big trouble, but the very best friends will always hang around to make good.

In real life people are often drawn to friends who complement their own qualities. Quiet girls hang out with extroverts, wild women will have a sensible friend to keep them grounded. The contrasts between the characters in this book were a great way of shining a spotlight on each of the individual women and their different lives. Izzy’s feisty side is tempered by Luce’s calm, but when it comes to business, Luce wishes she had a share of Izzy’s courage. And what will it take to crack Dida’s hard shell?

There are struggles, there are crises, happy times and heartfelt ones, and these all spark different reactions in each of the characters. And as the women push and pull each other through the book, they inevitably grow and change as a result of their experiences.

Give us a hint about the romance in this book.

All three women are bound together in their struggle to keep the wonderful business that means so much to all of them, but as they move through the book, despite their determination to remain independent, each woman travels on her own romantic journey, and finds her life has changed by the end. And the friends are all there to help, advise and interfere along the way.

What was your favourite part of this book?

I love the different qualities of each of the women in the book. I like writing about strong women, and I especially enjoyed writing about their interaction, as the women both clash and collide, sometimes ganging up on each other, but always working together. Their combined strength is an awesome power. I found the different combinations of three women in the scenes, and the progress of their relationships in pairs, singly, and all together, developed in a fascinating way, as the story played out. Often it felt as if they were acting completely independently, and I was simply the one recording what they did.

Having said that, I also love the way the book ends. I enjoyed writing all the characters, but I especially love Izzy’s story.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I’m planning my next Derbyshire based romance

Where can readers find out more about you?

Jane Linfoot

Author Page Facebook

Personal Page Facebook Happy to have friends

Twitter @janelinfoot

Pinterest Lots of Vintage Cinema Club character pages on Pinterest

Website: http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk

Buy Links:

HarperImpulse (all buy links)

Amazon UK

Amazon US

iTunes

Sainsburys

Nook

Google play

To find out more about Jane and all our guests go to Stephanie’s blog where she’ll be posting a second piece about Pamela later today http://stephanie-hurt.com/

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 30

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Welcome to Day 30, the last day of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Our final guest is Jane Linfoot. Catch up with more from Jane in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

High Heels and Bicycle Wheels

Where is your home town?

I live in Matlock Bath, which is a Georgian Spa Resort, set in the gorge of the River Derwent, in Derbyshire, England

How long have you been writing romance?

The romance writing bug grabbed me in the autumn of 2010.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

So far I’ve written contemporary romance/romcom/chicklit, with feisty twenty-something heroines.

What does Bryony do for a living?

Bryony works for a TV production company. She loves to work on programmes which deal with anything pretty, especially those involving homes and style, but she goes where the work is. High Heels & Bicycle Wheels sees her working on a sports programme, which is hard when she’s the least sporty woman on the planet.

Why is life leaving her high and dry?

At the start of the novel Bryony is facing a triple whammy – her last single friend just named the day, the guy she’s loved from afar forever just got married, and her mother, despairing that Bryony will be single forever, has just offered to pay to have her eggs frozen. Not that Bryony wants a partner…in fact she’s happily single and determined to stay that way.

Tell us about Jackson.

Jackson Gale is hot as they come, cycling’s bad boy superstar. He’s been out of the sport due to injury, and is desperate to get back into competition. For a guy who has only ever known success, the struggles of the last year have left him broken and bitter. He’s agreed to try to clean up his image, as the ultimate one night stand womaniser, but he’s resisting all his manager’s attempts to push him to explore new career options. And then he meets Bryony – and the idea of working on a TV show suddenly gets much more interesting.

Why are Bryony and Jackson heading off in a camper van?

As a writer, I decided a camper van trip offered a fabulous way to fling these two strong characters together. I hoped that the confined space of a camper van would hot-house their conflicts, and send their sizzling sexual chemistry off the scale, and it did. In the story, neither Bryony nor Jackson wants to make the trip. Going away with the other is each one’s idea of hell, but they both have good reasons why they can’t wriggle out of it. And so they set off to sort out the locations for filming a series of cycle rides for Bryony’s TV programme, Sporting Chances.

Why do they need a tandem?

The tandem is the original reason Bryony and Jackson are thrown together. Jackson is supposed to be riding a fun charity tandem race with another sports presenter, who falls ill at the last minute. Bryony is the very reluctant, highly unsuitable replacement. Fast forward to double trouble….

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

Before I begin a to write a new book, I always have the framework firmly nailed down. I like to have the structure of the novel and the characters and their conflicts very well worked out. I’m currently at this stage on my next book, which has a big vintage theme.

Where can readers find out more about you?

Jane Linfoot

My Author links are:

Author Page Facebook (It would be great if people liked my page!): https://www.facebook.com/JaneLinfoot2

Personal Page Facebook (I love to get friend requests!): https://www.facebook.com/jane.linfoot.1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/janelinfoot @janelinfoot

Website: http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk

Buy Links:

Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1qvx4wo

Amazon US http://amzn.to/1jh3Z2x

Find out more about Jane from Stephanie Hurt’s blog and all our Romance writers http://stephanie-hurt.com/