Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; Being Netta Wilde by Hazel Ward. This book look’s and sounds fabulous, I can’t wait to share it with you all, plus I have an exclusive author interview with Hazel, not to be missed!
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for this invite to this tour.
About the Book
Being Netta Wilde by Hazel Ward.
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Hope St. press
An uplifting story of love, loss and second chances that celebrates friendship and human connections.
Netta Wilde was all the things Annette Grey isn’t. Netta Wilde was raw, unchecked and just a little bit rebellious. She loved The Clash and she loved being Netta Wilde.
The one thing she is good at …
the one thing that stops her from falling …
is her job.
When the unthinkable happens, Annette makes a decision that sets her on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention. Along the way, her life is filled with friends, family, dogs, and jam. Lots of jam.
Suddenly anything seems possible. Even being Netta Wilde again.
But, is she brave enough to take that final step when the secrets she keeps locked inside are never too far away?
Hi Hazel, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Independent creative who’s occasionally funny.
Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?
It’s called Being Netta Wilde and it’s the first book in the Netta Wilde series.
The Ebook is currently available on pre-order. Both the Ebook and paperback will be available from Amazon from 20th June. Here’s the link
I’ll give you a nutshell synopsis without giving the plot away:
Annette Grey is broken, lonely and barely clinging to a relationship with her children. Cast adrift when she’s made redundant, she becomes a foodbank volunteer and experiences a life changing epiphany that sets her on a path to reconnect with her children.
She moves into a house littered with the memories of its former owner, Edie, and sees it gradually fill with friends, family, dogs and jam. Lots of jam. All will become clear on the jam if you read the book.
Bit by bit she rediscovers Netta, the younger, stronger, more confident version of herself. But when things start to unravel, will she be strong enough to finally face the secret only she and ex-husband, Colin, share? The secret that left her guilt-ridden and gave him the opportunity to bleed her dry, financially and emotionally.
When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
We have a holiday home (posh name for a static caravan) in Shropshire. I like to spend time there. I enjoy a good walk, especially in a forest or on a beach but I’m also partial to a nice city walk. We also have an old motorhome that we like to tour in – particularly to the wilder parts of the UK. Other things I enjoy are yoga, cycling and, of course, reading and writing.
If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A holiday home somewhere by the sea ticks all the right boxes for me. I’ve travelled to a few places around the world and I’ve got to the point where long haul flights really don’t interest me anymore.
There are some great places in the UK that I’d consider. The Scottish Highlands being one. There are some beautiful beaches there. If I was looking for somewhere warmer and less remote, I’d probably say south-west France. Close enough to go to Bordeaux which is a great place.
If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?
Well, there’s not a lot to choose from. So far, I’ve only finished two books and one of them is exclusively available as a free gift to my Readers’ Club. I’m going to say that one, mainly because I did have someone in mind when I wrote it. Although in reality, he’s too old for the part now. The book is called Being Doogie Chambers and it’s about the other man that plays a significant part in Netta’s life. In my head, he’s Roland Gift, a singer and actor in the 1980s band, Fine Young Cannibals.
When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?
I do both. I plot out an outline, chapter by chapter so that I know what I want to achieve by the end of the chapter and then I just write. Then, I do several edits and rewrites which sometimes means that the original plot moves about a bit. It rarely changes completely though.
What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Write something that you’d want to read. Have faith in yourself and listen to advice from those who’ve already been there.
If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?
Given that such things have been forbidden for so long in this country, I think it would be some much missed friends.
Thank you Hazel for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?
The other day, I made myself some hot buttered toast with jam and remembered how much I used to love it when I was younger and had less money to buy fancier and healthier snacks. God, it was delicious!
Thank you, Frankie x
About the Author
Hazel Ward was born in a back-to-back house in inner city Birmingham. By the time the council knocked the house flat and packed her family off to the suburbs, she was already something of a feral child who loved adventures. Swapping derelict houses and bomb pecks for green fields and gardens was a bit of a culture shock but she rose to the occasion admirably and grew up loving outdoor spaces and animals. Especially dogs, cats and horses.
Strangely, for someone who couldn’t sit still, she also developed a ferocious reading habit and a love of words. She wrote her first novel at fifteen, along with a lot of angsty poems, and was absolutely sure she wanted to be a writer. Sadly, it all came crashing down when her seventeen-year-old self walked out of school after a spot of bother and was either too stubborn or too embarrassed to go back. It’s too long ago to remember which. What followed was a series of mind-numbingly dull jobs that paid the bills but did little to quell the restlessness inside.
Always a bit of a smart-arse, she eventually managed to talk herself into a successful corporate career that lasted over twenty years until, with the bills paid and the children grown up, she was able to wave it all goodbye and do the thing she’d always wanted to do. While taking a fiction writing course she wrote a short story about a lonely woman who was being made redundant. The story eventually became her debut novel Being Netta Wilde.
Hazel still lives in Birmingham and that’s where she does most of her writing. When she’s not there, she and her partner can be found in their holiday home in Shropshire or gadding about the country in an old motorhome. Not quite feral anymore but still up for adventures.
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