Blog Tour: Guest Post - Letter from Alice Senior to Alice Junior

Today on Becca's Books, I'm delighted to be welcoming the thoroughly fabulous Alice Ross to the blog for the A Summer of Secrets blog tour. For my stop, I'm very excited to be sharing with you a guest post from the author which touched my heart completely. I hope you enjoy it, readers.

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The Blurb
A perfect, feel-good summer read about love, life and family.
One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long…

Portia is determined to restore Buttersley Manor, her family’s crumbling ancestral home, to its former glory. Yet she has a feeling that there are a few forgotten skeletons in the dust-covered cupboards.

Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It’s time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she’s kept hidden all these years – but is she brave enough?

Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door…

Joe would like nothing more than to travel back in time to when he and Gina were happy. But is it too late to rescue what they once had?

One thing’s for sure, nothing’s ever quite what it seems when it comes to life in the country!

Letter from Alice Senior to Alice Junior
By Alice Ross

Dear Alice Junior
Because you’ve missed the boat to be either a ballerina or an astronaut, I hear you are thinking about writing a book. 
Just to let you know that writing a book can be very hard.  Firstly, you have to be very disciplined and try to write every day.  I find that it’s better to spend the entire morning at the computer in your pyjamas because, once you’re up and start faffing about, the time passes very quickly and before you know it, it’s lunchtime, and you haven’t written a single word. 
Before you start your book, I would recommend having a bit of a plot.  I find that if you earwig people’s conversations – obviously without them knowing – you can pick up all sorts of useful material.  But make sure to write it down, or you’ll forget it.  I even keep a pad and paper beside my bed because I have some cracking ideas in the middle of the night, then in the morning, if I haven’t written them down, I can’t for the life of me remember them. 
When you have your plot, you’ll need a few characters.  Now, we all know lots of funny (- in both senses of the word!) people.  So what to do is to pinch some of their characteristics and mix and match them with others, until you have the personality you’re after.  Best not to tell anyone that, though. 
And last, but certainly not least, you’ll need an appropriate setting for the action.  A Summer of Secrets is set in a pretty Yorkshire village – nice for my readers to escape to.  I’ve often escaped there myself when I’ve been writing about it, and it’s so nice that some days I haven’t wanted to come home. 
Writing a book is a lovely thing to do but it can hurt your head sometimes, and you may feel like crying if someone nasty gives you an awful review.  If that does happen, just look at your name on the book cover and remember that you have magiced all those thousands of words from nowhere and should be very proud.
Lots of love
Alice Senior

Author Bio
Alice Ross used to work in the financial services industry where she wrote riveting, enthralling brochures about pensions and ISAs that everyone read avidly and no one ever put straight into the bin. 

One day, when nobody was looking, she managed to escape. Dragging her personal chef (aka her husband) along with her, she headed to Spain, where she began writing witty, sexy, romps designed to amuse slightly more than pension brochures. 

Missing Blighty (including the weather - but don't tell anyone), she returned five years later and now works part-time in the tourism industry. 

When not writing, she can be found scratching out a tune on her violin, walking her dog in wellies two sizes too big (don't ask!), or standing on her head in a yoga pose.

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