Friday, 18 January 2013

Meet the Author - Serena Fairfax

Today, in another of my regular 'Meet the Author' slots, it's time to meet one of my fellow Famous Five Plus authors, Serena Fairfax. 
 
Want to know more about Serena and her books?  I'll let the lady herself take it from here...


About Me


I spent my childhood in India, qualified as a Lawyer in England and joined a large London law firm.
My first romantic novel STRANGE INHERITANCE (published by Robert Hale Ltd in 1990) went into UK and USA large print editions in 2004 (published by BBC Audio Books Ltd and Thorndike Press) and is a Kindle  and Smashwords e-book 2011. The next romantic novel was PAINT ME A DREAM (published by Robert Hale Ltd in 1991) which went into UK and USA large print editions  (published by BBC Audio Books Ltd and Thorndike Press) and is also a Kindle and Smashwords e-book.
Fast forward to a sabbatical from the day job when  I traded in books and mortar for a houseboat and  embarked on WHERE THE BULBUL SINGS a time-zone saga set in India spanning the last heady days of the Raj to the present day. This emerged in 2011 as a Kindle e-book, Smashwords e-book and a printed book and has earned several 4* and 5* star reviews on Amazon, many favourable reviews on http://www.openbookreview.com/ and a very encouraging review by Sand Vixen on http://sandvixen.blogspot.co.uk/   

IN THE PINK (Kindle and Smashwords e-book  is a departure in style. GOLDEN GROVE and WILFUL FATE are both romantic novels and are Smashwords and Kindle e-books.
Recently I began trying my hand at short stories.
I'm a member of the Romantic Novelists Association. It’s a wonderfully supportive organisation. I stumbled across Famous Five Plus last year and am very glad I joined it as Pauline Barclay who runs it is an indefatigable promoter of members' works.
 
I live in London and rural Kent (Charles Dickens said: Kent, sir. Everybody knows Kent. Apples, cherries, hops and women) with my golden retriever, Inspector Morse, who can’t wait to unleash his own Facebook page.


BOOK TITLES

STRANGE INHERITANCE (ASIN:B005KMVF34)
PAINT ME A DREAM (ASIN:B005LKMQZG)
GOLDEN GROVE (ASIN:B005JZ0RAO)
WHERE THE BULBUL SINGS  (ASIN: B0093MHTNM)
IN THE PINK (ASIN:B0051YFOTK)
WILFUL FATE (ASIN: B00802VMP2

ABOUT MY BOOKS

STRANGE INHERITANCE: 
Little does Gemma know that the identity of the attractive mystery man who saved her and her motorbike from near disaster in a raging storm will only be revealed in very different circumstances after her desperate dash to her critically ill uncle's bedside. The glorious Northumbrian countryside is the background to this novel.(ASIN:B005KMVF34)

PAINT ME A DREAM: 
Francesca Marsham is in a dilemma. As an art dealer in a smart London gallery she   cannot avoid having to meet Rafe Rostov, a celebrated painter who has arrived in London to exhibit his work and whom she had known in Italy nine years previously. Florence, Sicily and the smart West End of London feature as backdrops.(ASIN:B005LKMQZG)
 
GOLDEN GROVE: 
Char Pembroke sees no alternative but to accept wealthy merchant banker Guy Urquhart's job offer to become his PA when her court case against him ends in financial disaster, and she and her ailing father face ruin and homelessness. The setting is the English countryside, Chelsea, London and the Algarve.(ASIN:B005JZ0RAO) 
WHERE THE BULBUL SINGS:  A sprawling saga, with a romance theme,  set in India  spanning  the last days of the Raj to the present day.  Three feisty women- Anglo-Indian (mixed heritage), German and English - whose lives entwine.  An American Baptist missionary couple whose unknowing links to one of the women resonate to the present day. The  cutting edge of the modern city of Delhi and the pine scented hill station of the Himalayas; the glamour of the Maharajahs;  the perils of personal re-invention;  the poignant quest for roots.(ASIN: B0093MHTNM)
 
IN THE PINK: 
In this wry, comic entertainment set in the early 1980s it's just three years since art historian Anthony Blunt was publicly unmasked in 1979 as the fourth man in a ring of British spies that had worked for the Soviet Union as KGB operatives. And what are their ties to this strait laced organisation based in London established to help rural women worldwide? Diversions to a fictitious African country.(ASIN:B0051YFOTK)

WILFUL FATE: 
Jacintha runs a clothes shop in the country from a converted barn. Up in London for the day, she stumbles across an epitaph immortalising a notorious seventeenth century highwayman and womaniser, Claude Du Vall. Pre-occupied with thoughts of him, her  van skids in an unfamiliar residential area of London. Dazed and shaken she is rescued from the wreckage by its owner, Ed, a charismatic and vibrant  business tycoon and race horse owner who she blames as responsible for hounding her former fiance out of office. The excitement of riding and race horses in an idyllic English location of bluebell woods, hawthorn hedges and may blossom is the setting for the clashes between Ed and Jacintha and the ups and downs of their relationship.(ASIN: B00802VMP2)



ABOUT MY SHORT STORIES

These are posted on my blog and are entitiled:
THE BOARDROOM - never underestimate a quiet unassuming foreigner
LIVING DOLL- things aren't what they seem






And three folk tales for kids:

THE SIX JUDGES
THE FEARLESS CHATTEE-MAKER
SURYA BAI

LINKS:


You can find Serena's books over on both Smashwords and Amazon. 

Serena, thank you so much for popping by and telling us a bit about yourself, and your books. It was a real pleasure to have you here, and I wish you all the very best with all your books, and all your future projects!  And I, for one, cannot wait to see Inspector Morse's Facebook page! 
 

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Michelle. It's such fun to feature on your exciting blog.

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  2. It was a pleasure, Serena. :) Thank YOU for a really interesting post. :)

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  3. WOW you've writteb loads Serena! And you've lived on a houseboat?!! That's awesome :D

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  4. Lovely post, Serena, and we get to know a little more about you! ;)

    best
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