Friday 1 May 2015

Author Interview and Giveaway: Melanie Hudson

Today's interview is with Melanie Hudson, I read her book The wedding cake tree earlier this month :)

 1. Who is Melanie Hudson?

Officially, Melanie Hudson is the mother of a lovely little boy and lives in Devon with a dog and five chickens. Unofficially she is a woman who often talks too much but doesn’t listen enough. She’s an ex-forces officer who is used to being in control. She is, however, very loving and kind and secretly unbearably emotional. She’s trying to meditate daily to bring a sense of calm to her thoughts – it’s working.

 2. Tell me about your new book, The Wedding Cake Tree?

The Wedding Cake Tree is a romantic adventure story based in four different settings in the UK – all of which are stunningly beautiful. It celebrates the many types of love – parental love, romantic love and love for country. It considers how well we really know those close to us, and also how well we actually need to know them.

 3. What makes Grace and Alasdair great for each other?

Grace and Alasdair at first glance are not great for each other, but they see in each other qualities they admire greatly. Alasdair is very much the white knight, an attribute that Grace (unwillingly) is drawn towards, and Grace is (despite her clothes and profession) very feminine, which Alasdair loves. They are also intensely physically attracted to each other, which helps.

 4. What was the inspiration behind this story?
The inspiration came when I glanced at a picture of myself in military combat uniform that was taken in the desert. I knew that my son would never have any idea about the woman I was before he was born. I liked the idea of a child finding out about her mother’s personal persona after her death.

5. Are you working on something now? :)
My new novel returns to the old question made famous in When Harry Met Sally – can a man and a woman be friends or does the sex part always get in the way? I’m loving it, but I’m a slow writer – real life has a habit of getting in the way.


1 e-copy of the wedding cake tree

1. Open to everyone in the world.
2. Ends May 7th
3. Enter by commenting

PS. Leave a way to contact you (email, twitter), if I can find that info in your profile then yes that is good too, But I will hunt no further.

Can a mother’s secret past provide the answers for a daughter’s future?
Celebrity photographer Grace Buchanan has always known that one day, she’d swap her manic day job for the peace and quiet of her beloved childhood cottage, St Christopher’s – she just didn’t expect it to be so soon.
At the reading of her mother’s will, she’s shocked to learn that she hardly knew Rosamund at all, and that inheriting St Christopher’s hangs on one big – and very inconvenient – condition: Grace must drop everything for two weeks and travel the country with a mysterious stranger – war-weary Royal Marine, Alasdair Finn.

Caught in a brief but perfect moment in time, Grace and Alasdair walk in Rosamund’s footsteps and read her letters at each breathtaking new place. As Grace slowly uncovers the truth about her mother’s incredible life story, Alasdair and Grace can’t help but question their own futures. Will Rosamund’s madcap scheme go to plan or will events take an unexpected turn?

An emotional, fun-filled and adventurous journey of a lifetime.

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  1. I love the cover. That blue shirt...;p

  2. I with Ana, I love the cover!! I will steal that blue shirt. But fantastic interview ladies.

  3. Sounds like a nice read. It is always interesting to think about the people your parents and grandparents were before they had children. Love the Harry and Sally vibe for the new book.

  4. It really does sound like a lovely read. Thanks for the intro to it!

  5. I love that the inspiration was yourself! You are right, I think it would be a great insight for your son.

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  7. This sounds like a pretty interesting read, though don't read adult, so I doubt I'm going to read it. But thanks for the interview!

    Asma @ IceyBooks

  8. would love to read this book!

  9. This sounds good. I love the different settings and that the inspiration came from within

  10. I love the author's reason for writing the novel. And the cover makes me want to open the book!

  11. Yes! It's been raining for the last couple of days, and this sounds like the perfect thing to curl up with (and a mug of hot chocolate, of course!) Hope your weekend is brighter than mine :)

  12. Sounds like a good read, and I like the name Alasdair. Great post!

  13. A lovely interview thank you.


  14. It sounds lovely. Would love to read this book.

  15. It sounds lovely. Would love to read this book.



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