Mulberry Lane Babies by Rosie Clarke
1941, Mulberry Lane, London. War rages but new arrivals bring new hope. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Cathy Sharp.
Life is hard for all on Mulberry Lane as the war rages into yet another year. Desperate times push people into dangerous situations.
Menacing shadows lurk on dark street corners, threatening the safety of those who are alone and vulnerable.
When Peggy’s twins are born early, Maureen and Nellie are there to lend a helping hand. The mothers of Mulberry Lane stick together despite the grim conditions of war-torn London and a shadowy fear that stalks their lives. Neighbours and friends look out for each other and new life brings hope and joy to the Lane.
Interview with ROSIE CLARKE
Rosie is happily married and lives in a quiet village in East Anglia. Writing books is a passion for Rosie, she also likes to read, watch good films and enjoys holidays in the sunshine. She loves shoes and adores animals, especially squirrels and dogs.
Where did the inspiration come from for your new release?
I enjoy writing about this period of the war, when folk under attack stuck together and helped each other. It is a spirit of comradeship that only comes when terrible hardships make life difficult for everyone.
How does it feel to know your characters are out and about in reader’s imaginations?
I like to think that readers feel the characters are real people and get caught up in their problems and leave their own behind for a while. That is what a good book does and is it’s purpose, to take you out of yourself.
Do you miss writing about them?
Yes, if you write a series about folk you know, it isn’t easy to say goodbye and move on, but once those characters take life you soon become immersed in their stories.
What was your publishing journey highlight?
There have been quite a few. My first book for Mills & Boon was exciting and then I signed a contract for my first saga, published by Random House. Lovers & Sinners (Linda Sole) was in all the bookshops but no ebooks then. I wrote for a few publishers after that but my first ebook best seller was as Rosie Clarke for Aria, Lizzie’s Secret. I think perhaps seeing that go to number one at Amazon was as big a thrill as it gets.
What was the last book made you laugh out loud?
I haven’t read anything that makes me laugh in a long time, on TV yes, but not a book.
What was the last book that made you cry?
I was sad when Lancelot died at the end of Giles Kristian’s wonderful book of that name, but it didn’t make me cry, almost but not quite. Arthur’s death at the end of the TV series Merlin made me weep as if my heart would break, couldn’t stop for minutes.
If you were on an island for a year what two books would you bring?
Giles Kristian’s Lancelot, which I’ve just read and loved. I think perhaps also a Bible. So many stories in there and it might help me believe I would be rescued one day.
Lastly, what is your favourite book quote?
‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.’
Rhett Butler at the end of the fabulous Gone with the Wind.
Thank you so much for stopping by today Rosie, come back soon.
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