Bluewood interviews Angela Rigley, author of Looking For Jamie

Bluewood Publishing: Hi there, welcome to Bluewood. Tell us a little about yourself. What part of the world do you live in? Tell us about your background?

Angela: Hi, I am 65, married with 5 children and 7 grandchildren and live in Derbyshire in the UK. I retired 5 years ago from 16 years in The Civil Service. Before that I ran a health food shop with a friend for 3 years, I sold Tupperware and had various part-time jobs ­ at one time I had 3 at once. My hobbies include gardening, flower arranging, singing in my church choir, playing Scrabble, reading and researching my family tree.

Bluewood: Who are your favorite authors?

Angela: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bingham

Bluewood: What is your genre and what attracts you to that genre, and what made you want to write it?

Angela: Historical fiction set in Victorian times. I suppose Jane Austen had a large influence in that for I feel an affinity to that era.

Bluewood: The question you are probably always asked – how long have you been writing?

Angela: I used to write short stories about animals when I was at school and I began a Mills and Boon novel about 20 years ago but never finished it, then began Looking for Jamie about 15 years ago but set to it seriously when I retired.

Bluewood: Does the way you personally look at life reflect in your writing style?

Angela: Yes, I think so. I like my main characters to be kind, helpful, truthful

Bluewood: What concept or situation about your book makes it so unique?

Angela: A difficult quesiton, hopefully they are unique becuase I capture the essense of life in the 19th Century with an emoptional intensity that's all my own.

Bluewood: Tell us about Looking For Jamie. What was your inspiration for this book?

Angela: The film ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ where an older man takes in an evacuee during the war much against his will but comes to love him

Bluewood: What is your favorite scene from the book and why?

Angela: When Tillie finds Jamie and he runs into her arms. Because it’s heart wrenching

Bluewood: Have you written other books?

Angela: Yes, 2 sequels, A Dilemma For Jamie and A School For Jamie, both should be out in the next year or so.

Bluewood: If you could tell us one thing about the Historical genre that makes your mind spin with ideas, what would that be?

Angela: The difference life was to how it is now

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Angela!