This is my eleventh book but it’s the first time I’ve ventured into historical fiction. The book is set in modern-day London and Paris, but when my heroine, Ruby, finds a locked apartment and a bundle of long-lost love letters we go back in time to just before the outbreak of the Second World War in Paris. I never realised how much I would love researching this time period, it was completely fascinating, and I spent hours reading history books, looking at fashion photographs, listening to Jazz music and immersing myself in the literature of the time.
Being the diligent (and very lucky) writer that I am, I also made several trips to Paris to continue my research. Though quite frankly, who needs an excuse to jump on the Eurostar and travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the world? With my motto of ‘have laptop will travel’ I rented myself a small apartment in Montmartre, with a stunning view across the rooftops, and spent several days walking in the footsteps of Ruby Miller and Emmanuelle Renoir, my two very different heroines, finding inspiration everywhere.
If you’ve read my previous novel, The Love Detective, you will recognize the character of Ruby, the writer, who we last saw in India searching for her sister and finding so much more. Love From Paris is the second in the Love Detective series, and this time she’s in Paris. But don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book, as this one is a whole new story with a whole new cast of characters and can be read by itself.
At this point I have to say now how much I adored creating this new story and all my new characters. I don’t think I’ve loved writing a book more. Emmanuelle and her love story is one of the most wonderful I’ve ever found myself imagining and I lived and breathed it for so long it became almost real to me. It took eighteen months from the moment I first had the idea for this new book to the finished manuscript and I often found myself late at night at my keyboard, being transported back in time, to a completely different Paris, weeping real tears of happiness and sadness. I know this is going to sound completely crazy, but when I make myself cry like that, I know I’m on to a good story…
Speaking of which, I don’t want to give too much away, so here’s a little taster from the back cover;
When new boyfriend Jack stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she's going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the City of Love has other ideas. A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long-lost love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans over seventy years. Who is the author of the letters? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war, never to return? And what secret was she hiding? As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it's not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.
From the bestselling author of Me and Mr Darcy, this magical romantic comedy is for every girl who has ever dreamed of the glittering lights of Paris and of a love that last a lifetime . . .
Deep sigh… Just thinking about that love affair again makes me all misty-eyed. So I’ll move quickly onto other news! Since finishing this new book I’ve been travelling extensively, with trips to Mexico, Los Angeles, Spain, Sicily and France. I also visited Montenegro and my wonderful publishers, where I was at a guest at their annual book festival. Head over to my Facebook page and check out some pictures from my trip.
Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to all my lovely readers that follow me on Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram @alexpotterbooks. It’s always so wonderful seeing your posts, reviews and pictures. I couldn’t do this without you!
So for now it’s back to my laptop to continue working on my new novel, which will be book number twelve – I can hardly believe it! Keep in touch with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I’ll keep you posted with all my news.
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