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    Interview with Lucinda Riley

    Interview by Παναγιώτα Γκουτζουρέλα 

    Lucinda Riley is a writer with 13 million sales worldwide. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. Having read her books, her charisma is the reader’s effortless transfer to a world that she magically creates with her words in another time. Through her stories, unlocks the past that constitutes a ticket for the future.

    The Seven Sisters series is based on the myth of Pleiades constellation. It is about seven adopted sisters who, after their father’s death, are struggling to find themselves.It is a series of books with epic stories where love, loss and hope are leading the way.

    We are being presented human and tender stories with heroines who dare to express themselves and claim their share in happiness. We are currently awaiting the release of the fifth book of the series  The Moon Sister, and today we have the honor to host, Lucinda Riley on our website for a mini interview and a presentation of her latest published books.

    Interview

    From the Seven Sisters series, four books have been released so far. Whose story we’ll read next and we would also like to know if there is one of those women that is closest to your character.

    Lucinda RileyL.R.: At the very end of ‘The Pearl Sister’, we catch a glimpse of Tiggy  the fifth sister. I have just finished writing her book ‘The Moon Sister’ this spring. Tiggy is the most spiritual of all her sisters, and she works on a Highland estate in Scotland, caring for the animals there. Her journey to find her past leads her to Granada in Spain, to the sacred caves of Sacromonte, where the mountains echo with the beat of flamenco.

    Writing Tiggy’s story was a wonderful experience, because she is the sister who is most like me. I identify with each of the sisters in different ways, but Tiggy is my soul sister.

    Your heroines are looking for love, which is the driving force for their actions. How important is love in the course of your own life?

    L.R.: As a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend, love in all of its wondrous forms is so important to me. Love is a central theme in all of my novels, and as a writer I am drawn to exploring human relationships in their myriad forms.

    If you had the opportunity to spend time with a character from your books, who would you choose? What would you do that day?

    L.R.: I can’t decide on just one, I would like to spend a day with each of the sisters in the Seven Sisters series … I would explore Rio de Janeiro with Maia from ‘The Seven Sisters’, go sailing with Ally from ‘The Storm Sister’, bake cookies with Star from ‘The Shadow Sister’, and wander through the Outback with CeCe in ‘The Pearl Sister.

     

     If you were not a writer, which profession would you choose?

    L.R.: It depends on which day of the week you ask me, but I’d probably be a professional dancer. I trained as a ballerina when I was younger.

     We would like to know more about your latest book..

    L.R.: My most recent book to be published in Greece is ‘The Pearl Sister’, the fourth book in the Seven Sisters series, about CeCe…

    Lucinda Riley

    Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt – so-called by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe and named after the Seven Sisters star cluster – she finds herself at breaking point. Dropping out of art college, CeCe watches as Star, her beloved sister, distances herself to follow her new love, leaving her completely alone.

    In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over one hundred years ago. En-route to Sydney, CeCe heads to the one place she has ever felt close to being herself: the stunning beaches of Krabi, Thailand. There amongst the backpackers, she meets the mysterious Ace, a man as lonely as she is and whom she subsequently realizes has a secret to hide . . .

    A hundred years earlier, Kitty McBride, daughter of an Edinburgh clergyman, is given the opportunity to travel to Australia as the companion of the wealthy Mrs McCrombie. In Adelaide, her fate becomes entwined with Mrs McCrombie’s family, including the identical, yet very different, twin brothers: impetuous Drummond, and ambitious Andrew, the heir to a pearling fortune.

    Lucinda RileyWhen CeCe finally reaches the searing heat and dusty plains of the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. As something deep within her responds to the energy of the area and the ancient culture of the Aboriginal people, her creativity reawakens once more. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her something she never thought possible: a sense of belonging, and a home . . .

    The book is available for purchase in English through  Amazon and it is also translated in Greek from   Dioptra.

    Interview with Lucinda Riley

    My most recent books are:

    1. The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths: This is the first in the Ruth Galloway mystery series. The series is set in Norfolk, a part of England where I have lived for many years, and the main character is Dr Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist who assists the police in their investigations.
    2. Ullysses by James Joyce: It is Joyce’s magnum opus, and it follows the main character Leopold Bloom on his day meandering throughout Dublin in 1904. The book is densely written, full of word play and stream of consciousness prose.
    3. Still Life, by Louise Penny: This is the first in the Inspector Gamache series, set in Quebec, Canada, it is the perfect ‘cosy crime’.
    4. The Sapphire Widow, by  Dinah Jefferies:Set in Ceylon in 1935, the story follows Louisa Reeves, widow of a gem trader, who is drawn into a mystery involving a cinnamon plantation.
    5. Amy Snow, by Tracy Rees: Set in Victorian Britain, the story follows Amy Snow, who was abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby. She is taken in by a rich estate, where her only friend is the young heiress Aurelia. But then, Aurelia dies and leaves behind a treasure hunt for Amy to follow…

    My most recently published book are:

    The Seven Sisters  

    Lucinda Riley

    Their future is written in the stars . . .

    Maia D’Aplièse and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, ‘Atlantis’ – a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva – having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to their true heritage – a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began . . .

    Eighty years earlier, in the Belle Epoque of Rio, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is working on a statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela – passionate and longing to see the world – convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.

    The Storm Sister

    Lucinda Riley

    Ally D’Aplièse is about to compete in one of the world’s most perilous yacht races, when she hears the news of her adoptive father’s sudden, mysterious death. Rushing back to meet her five sisters at their family home, she discovers that her father – an elusive billionaire affectionately known to his daughters as Pa Salt – has left each of them a tantalising clue to their true heritage.

    Ally has also recently embarked on a deeply passionate love affair that will change her destiny forever. But with her life now turned upside down, Ally decides to leave the open seas and follow the trail that her father left her, which leads her to the icy beauty of Norway . . .

    There, Ally begins to discover her roots – and how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived there over a hundred years before, and sang in the first performance of Grieg’s iconic music set to Ibsen’s play ‘Peer Gynt’. As Ally learns more about Anna, she also begins to question who her father, Pa Salt, really was. And why is the seventh sister missing?

    Interview with Lucinda Riley

    The Shadow Sister

    Lucinda Riley

    Following on from the bestselling The Seven Sisters and The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister is the third book in Lucinda Riley’s spellbinding series, loosely based on the mythology of the Seven Sisters star cluster.

    Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father – the elusive billionaire, named Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, but Star – the most enigmatic of the sisters – is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue she has been left, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world. . .

    A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in the Lake District, living close to her idol, Beatrix Potter, when machinations outside of her control lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious players, Alice Keppel. Flora is pulled between passionate love and duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a game – the rules of which are only known to others, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life . . .

    As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

    The Midnight Rose

    Lucinda Riley

    Shortlisted for the Epic Novel award in the Romantic Novelists Association Books Awards.

    A lifelong passion. An endless search.Spanning four generations, The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a girl, Anahita Chavan, from 1911 to the present day . Interview with Lucinda Riley

    In the heyday of the British Raj, eleven-year-old Anahita, from a noble but impoverished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of rich Indian royalty. Becoming the princess’s official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to the magnificent, remote Astbury Estate – and his scheming mother.

    Interview with Lucinda Riley

    Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. But when her turbulent relationship with her equally famous boyfriend takes an unexpected turn, she’s relieved that her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, will take her away from the glare of publicity to the wilds of Dartmoor in England. Shortly after filming begins at the now-crumbling Astbury Hall, Ari Malik, Anahita’s great-grandson, arrives unexpectedly, on a quest for his family’s past. What he and Rebecca discover begins to unravel the dark secrets that haunt the Astbury dynasty . . . 

    The Pearl Sister

    Interview with Lucinda Riley

    The Pearl Sister is the fourth book in the number one international bestselling Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley.

    CeCe D’Aplièse has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt – so-called by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe and named after the Seven Sisters star cluster – she finds herself at breaking point. Dropping out of art college, CeCe watches as Star, her beloved sister, distances herself to follow her new love, leaving her completely alone.

    In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over one hundred years ago. En-route to Sydney, CeCe heads to the one place she has ever felt close to being herself: the stunning beaches of Krabi, Thailand. There amongst the backpackers, she meets the mysterious Ace, a man as lonely as she is and whom she subsequently realizes has a secret to hide . . .

    A hundred years earlier, Kitty McBride, daughter of an Edinburgh clergyman, is given the opportunity to travel to Australia as the companion of the wealthy Mrs McCrombie. In Adelaide, her fate becomes entwined with Mrs McCrombie’s family, including the identical, yet very different, twin brothers: impetuous Drummond, and ambitious Andrew, the heir to a pearling fortune.

    When CeCe finally reaches the searing heat and dusty plains of the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. As something deep within her responds to the energy of the area and the ancient culture of the Aboriginal people, her creativity reawakens once more. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her something she never thought possible: a sense of belonging, and a home . . .

    Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?

    L.R.: You can visit: 
    Website 
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Amazon
    Goodreads 
    Instagram

    Along with  other Lucind Riley’s books they are available for online purchase through Amazon.

    You can also find her books translated in Greek through Dioptra.

    I would like thank again Miss Lucinda Riley for taking time to answer the questions of this mini interview.

    Miss Riley’s photograph copyright is Boris Breuer, Greek book cover of ‘The Pearl Sister’ is from Dioptra ,book covers in English are from Author’s Official Page.

    Interview with Lucinda Riley

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