Today I’m joined by author and actress Elaine Spires and I’ve asked her a few questions about
Elaine Spires is a diverse novelist as well as an award-winning playwright and actress.
Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine's keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels.
She wrote her first book What's Eating Me in 2010. It was originally a play, a one-woman show performed as a monologue with a child actor - Elena-Beth Carter playing Eileen as a child in the background and Elaine performed it on the London and Edinburgh fringes. She loved the character of loved Eileen so much that she decided to expand the story into a book.
Her second novel was Singles' Holiday, set on her beloved Antigua... the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful... silver sand, cobalt sky, warm, turquoise sea... and a bunch of complete strangers who only have one thing in common: they're single!
And her third novel Sweet Lady, again set in Antigua, will amaze you with a massive twist which goes to show that nothing is as it seems!
When Elaine is not writing her ideas into her next book or play, she enjoys going to the theatre, visiting the cinema, eating out with her friends and she also loves to read! Elaine spends her time between her homes in Hadleigh, Essex and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.).
You can find out more about Elaine at http://www.elainespires.co.uk/%20/t%20_blank
When did you write your first book?
I wrote my first book in 2010. It’s called Whats Eating Me. Kim The Bookworm reviewed this book for me and that link can be found here to give you more of an insight into what that particular book is about.
What prompted you to write it?
It was originally a play, a one-woman show performed as a monologue with a child actor - Elena-Beth Carter playing Eileen as a child in the background. I performed it on the London and Edinburgh fringes. I really loved the character of Eileen and so decided to expand the story which became the book. I then went on to write Singles’ Holiday – which you very kindly agreed to join in the blog tour and then Sweet Lady (Kim’s review is here) which are both based in Antigua.
Tell me about Singles’ Holiday being adapted into a stage play
It’s very exciting! Singles’ Holiday has been adapted as a stage play and it will be touring in autumn. I’m also extremely delighted to tell you that a pilot episode for a TV series of Singles’ Holiday will be filmed in August/September.
What was your childhood ambition?
To be an actress, knocked on the head by careers mistress who told me "girls from Dagenham don't go to RADA or appear in the West End!” Well, I proved her wrong!
What is your ambition now?
To be a very successful actress and writer.
Have you ever won any awards?
Several times I've won Best Play at the Anna Scher Theatre Festival of Plays and once Best Actress and twice Best Comedy Performance.
What do you do in your spare time?
Go to the theatre, cinema, out for meals and I read!
Who are your favourite authors?
Lee Childs, Kathie Reichs, Peter James, Val McDermid, Linwood Barclay, Khaled Housseini and thelate Maeve Binchy as she's such a wonderful storyteller.
Do you have a favourite book?
I have a hundred favourite books, but if I have to choose one I'll go with the Kite Runner.
Elaine Spires' second novel was Single's Holiday, set on her beloved Antigua... the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful... silver sand, cobalt sky, warm, turquoise sea... and a bunch of complete strangers who only have one thing in common: they’re single!
Some are looking for romance and some for something more... but they've all chosen to spend their holiday with people they have never met before. Pretty soon some become great friends, some enemies and some lovers, but it is perhaps their tour leader Eve who has the biggest shock of all.
Glorious days on the beach, boozy, balmy nights and a pending tropical storm combine in a story to make you laugh and cry with just the right number of twists to keep you turning the pages as you get to know all the members of the group as they, in turn, get to know each other.
Purchase Singles' Holiday Paperback
Singles and Spice (available on Kindle on March 14th, paperback early April)
A singles' holiday to India's Golden Triangle - Taj Mahal, the pink city of Jaipur, tiger-spotting in Ranthambore, the noisy, crowded streets of Delhi - all go to make up a trip that is hot, humid and spicy. Eve Mitchell, Travel Together's tour manager extraordinaire has a couple of familiar faces in her little group of travellers and others that she hasn't met before; sexy man-eating pensioners, a compulsive over-eater, a constant whiner, a cross-dresser, and a man with a personal problem.
And there's a big surprise awaiting someone -and Eve - early one morning. By the end of the tour, which sees our group travelling by coach, rickshaw, train and elephant, she will know rather more about some of their innermost secrets than she'd like. But Eve deals with all the twists and turns the trip throws at her as we try to understand what makes people travel the world with a bunch of complete strangers and tourism's latest success: the phenomenon that is a singles' holiday.
A big thank you to Elaine for stopping by The Love of a Good Book