Cornish Summer Memories from Jo Furniss
To celebrate the paperback publication of One Cornish Summer Jo Furniss tells us about her Cornish holiday…
On the plane from Singapore to London, I wrangled with the final chapters of my novel. On the train from London to Cornwall, I finally wrote those satisfying words: The End.
It was September 2014 and as I travelled halfway around the world to celebrate graduating from Falmouth University, I feared that this trip might prove to be The End of my adventures in fiction. I had a certificate and a first draft, but no promises.
I spent three days in Falmouth, mostly alone with my thoughts. The weather was fine and I walked from Gylly beach, around the headland past Pendennis Castle, and through the old streets of the town. And I made pilgrimages: to The Greenbank Hotel, where Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows(it’s special to me: a quote even appears in my novel); to the Beerwolf bookshop with its pub; and to the popular Wheelhouse seafood restaurant, where I managed to get a table for one by arriving as the doors opened and then, basically, begging to be let in.
Slowly, as I walked and ate and ate and walked, the sea air blew away my doubts. By the time I boarded a train to London and then a plane to Singapore, I had reached a decision; this trip to Falmouth would not be The End.
That first draft turned into a second draft and however many more drafts (I forget) until I got it published last year. And that first visit has turned into a return trip with the whole family. In August, we’ll coo over Gylly beach, walk the headland, and beg for lobster at the Wheelhouse. And who knows what inspiration will blow in on the Cornish breeze.
Do you really want to know the truth?
Amanda Bonham moved halfway around the world to be with the man she loves. Although expat life in Singapore can be difficult, Edward Bonham is a dream husband and a doting father to his teenage daughter, Josie.
But when their maid dies in an apparent suicide—and Amanda discovers the woman was pregnant and hiding a stash of drugs prescribed to Edward—she can’t help but wonder if her perfect husband has a fatal flaw. And if he can’t resist temptation under their own roof, what does he get up to when he travels?
Camille Kemble also has questions for Edward. Recently returned to Singapore, Camille is determined to resolve a family mystery. Amid a jumble of faded childhood memories, she keeps seeing Edward’s handsome face. And she wants to know why.
For one woman, the search for answers threatens everything she has. For another, it’s the key to all she lost. Both will follow his trail of secrets into the darkness to find the truth
ALL THE LITTLE CHILDREN
An Amazon Charts bestseller.
When a family camping trip takes a dark turn, how far will one mother go to keep her family safe?
Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost.
Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that’s protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing. The lives of her own children aren’t the only ones at stake.
When their sanctuary is threatened, Marlene faces the mother of all dilemmas: Should she save her own kids or try to save them all?
A bit about Jo…
After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.
As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.
Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller.
Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor) and Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or through her website, www.jofurniss.com.
Liz here…I’d also love to see and hear about your Cornish Summer memories. If you use the hashtag #OneCornishSummer and tag me on Facebook, Twitter (@liz_fenwick) or Instagram (@liz_fenwick) you’ll be in with a chance to win a copy and a bottle of Curio Rock Samphire Gin. (by joining the giveaway you confirm you are over 18). Winner will selected on 12/8/2018.