I’m interviewing D.J. Blackmore today, author of historical romance “Charter to Redemption”. Enjoy the interview!
Q: Please tell us about yourself.
A: Mother of five. Full time student in beauty therapy. Love reading about the history of food and enjoy cooking. Have loved milking cows and making cheese, tending hens, growing vegetables and breeding Border Collies for some years. Was stung numerous times as an apiarist.
Q: Tell us about your book.
Emma realises that Newcastle is as cruel as it is beautiful. That the good are not always as they seem, and that those who would be tarred and feathered as the lowest in society may well be pillars of strength. That we are all far more than the sum of our past mistakes. That for everyone who considers himself above reproach is no less than imperfect. I wanted to shine a mirror on the things that people hide, even from themselves.
Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?
A: If I’m in the middle of writing, it might be all day. With editing, not quite so much.
Q: If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
A: It’s enough for me to share their stories. That’s the part of them they want me to experience. Its the ‘inch of ivory’ that they have created that they want to live on.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
The sequel to ‘Charter to Redemption’.
Charter to Redemption
Author: D.J. Blackmore
Genre: Historical Romance
At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be every bit as black as it’s painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren’t always as they seem. And with a commitment unavoidable Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron.
Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal.
But neither Emma nor Tobias expect the repercussions.
D. J. Blackmore is a Hunter Valley, New South Wales author, born and raised. Her convict heritage and love of history have seen the author explore this in ‘Charter to Redemption.’ Yet is is perhaps Australian dogged determination has seen this debut author as a new name in fiction. Although amazon reviews reflect her work, it is pertinent to note that the author’s story is not unique, although her journey in writing has been. Numerous rejections never daunted the author, and many years after her dream was envisaged, so was the reality. Yet for all the countless doubts that niggle every writer who has lived in hope, it is humbling praise indeed when reviewer F. Stanford writes of ‘Charter to Redemption’ and Ms Blackmore’s work: “this could very well be the benchmark for the standard of modern-day classics.”
D. J. Blackmore is currently working on the sequel, ‘Consider the Ravens.’