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Join me each second and fourth Monday of the month, when I'll be in conversation with an author about one (occasionally more) of their books. We'll be taking a fairly deep dive, looking at the background, the topics, writing, and the nitty gritty. Expect some spoilers and frequent discussions of the endings.

This podcast is part of The Worm Hole book blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com

Follow The Worm Hole on Twitter: @Carnelianvalley

The Worm Hole Podcast Charlie Place

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Join me each second and fourth Monday of the month, when I'll be in conversation with an author about one (occasionally more) of their books. We'll be taking a fairly deep dive, looking at the background, the topics, writing, and the nitty gritty. Expect some spoilers and frequent discussions of the endings.

This podcast is part of The Worm Hole book blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com

Follow The Worm Hole on Twitter: @Carnelianvalley

    Episode 70: E C Fremantle

    Episode 70: E C Fremantle

    She's back! Charlie and E C Fremantle (The Honey And The Sting) discuss producing a book that is utterly devoid - and then some - of filler, Black people of the Stuart era, and the film of Fremantle's first novel, which will star Jude Law and Alicia Vikander.
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    The Honey And The Sting
    George Villiers
    Frances Coke
    John Felton
    Eleanor Davies
    Miranda Kaufmann's Black Tudors
    Pearl diver Jacques Francis
    The Poison Bed
    Robert Carr
    The painting of Anne of Denmark
    Firebrand
    Artemisia Gentileschi
    You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com
    Question Index
    00:40 [Asking Liz about her writing choices in terms of the stripped-back style of her book]
    05:43 [Reading]
    13:08 Could you talk more about the creation of the sisters themselves?
    16:31 Is this book moving towards the fantasy genre?
    17:21 Can you talk about the bees, honey, this concept?
    19:08 George Villiers - can you talk about how you included the story and why you made the choices you did?
    23:45 Were James I and George Villiers lovers, in your opinion?
    26:58 Can you talk about your decision to use Francis Bacon's work in your book?
    28:16 Can you talk more about your research of Black people of the era and their inclusion in your book?
    31:55 Your first novel has now been made into a film (called Firebrand; in post-production). What can you tell us about it at this point?
    34:10 Can you tell us about your next book, Disobedient?
    Photograph used with the permission of the author. Credit: JP Masclet.

    • 37 min
    Episode 69: Cecelia Tichi

    Episode 69: Cecelia Tichi

    Charlie and Cecelia Tichi (A Fatal Gilded High Note) discuss the Gilded Age in its success and its crimes, her rebellious 1890s character who defies class, and the history of French Bulldogs.
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    The 1897 World Expedition in Nashville
    Parton's, Harris', and Ronstadt's Trio
    Cecelia's book on country music and literature
    Virginia City
    "Boss" Tweed
    Jay Gould
    Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
    John Mackey
    Evelyn Walsh McLean
    (Cecelia's book on Gilded Age Cocktails)
    The Gilded Age Society on Facebook
    You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com
    Question Index
    00:58 Where do country music and literature meet for you?
    07:58 [Reading]
    12:09 Why the Gilded Age?
    15:57 There was a lot of crime in that era?...
    21:43 How did you come to create Val, the fictional aspects?
    27:11 Tell us about Velvet the French Bulldog
    30:50 Tell us about A Deadly Gilded Freefall
    31:32 Will there be a fifth book in this series?
    31:55 How is Val going to progress as a character going forward?
    Purchase Links
    A Fatal Gilded High Note:
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US
    Amazon Canada
    Barnes & Noble
    IndieBound
    Indigo Chapters
    A Deadly Gilded Free Fall:
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US
    Amazon Canada
    Barnes & Noble
    IndieBound
    Indigo Chapters
    I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
    Photograph used with the permission of the marketing team.

    • 34 min
    Episode 68: Kate Glanville

    Episode 68: Kate Glanville

    Charlie and Kate Glanville (The Peacock House) discuss her main character who is 90 years old, and villains who aren't so villainous after all. Kate also discusses the way her dyslexia has effected her reading, and some of her thoughts on education in this vein in the context of her younger character.
    Please note that there are spoilers throughout the episode.
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    Kate's ceramics
    Newton House
    St David's College
    Llandudno and Conway
    Bodysgallen
    You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com
    Question Index
    00:33 How did you first know when you wanted to write?
    03:17 [Reading]
    07:41 Can you tell us where the story comes from and your inspiration?
    16:17 In terms of Evelyn's romance were there any wartime inspirations?
    17:52 Why didn't you include Evelyn and Jack's reunion in the book?
    20:34 Kind of on this, is a more pleasant cast of characters what you prefer to go for?
    23:18 Tell us about the future for Tilly, Bethan, and Tom
    25:20 What's next?
    27:53 Tell us more about your ceramics business
    29:02 [Kate talks about audiobooks and how they've helped her read]
    Purchase Links
    The Peacock House:
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US
    Amazon Canada
    Waterstones
    Hive
    Barnes & Noble
    Indigo Chapters
    I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
    Photograph used with the permission of the author.

    • 31 min
    Episode 67: Kristin Harmel

    Episode 67: Kristin Harmel

    Charlie and Kristin Harmel (The Forest Of Vanishing Stars) discuss the true story, and Kristin's own fictional one, of a group of over a thousand Jewish people who during WW2 slowly escaped to and hid in a vast forest away from the Nazis.
    Please note that there are spoilers throughout the episode.
    Some podcast apps do not show description links properly unless the listener subscribes to the podcast. If you can't click the links below and don't wish to subscribe, copy and paste the following address into your browser to access the episode's page on my blog: http://wormhole.carnelianvalley.com/podcast/episode-67-kristin-harmel
    Quotation from Patti Callahan Henry taken from the Friends & Fiction Launch Party for The Forest Of Vanishing Stars (audio only)
    The Bielski Partisans
    Naliboki Forest
    Nechama Tec's Defiance
    Defiance (the film)
    The Sweetness Of Forgetting
    The martyrs of Nowogrodeck
    Vadem Sidorovich
    Friends & Fiction website
    Friends & Fiction Facebook group
    Mary Alice Monroe
    Mary Kay Andrews
    Patti Callahan Henry
    Kristy Woodson Harvey
    You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com
    Question Index
    01:13 As a reporter you were interested in ordinary people who were heroes and also the stories of how people got to where they were. How dd this segue into you becoming a novelist?
    04:21 [Reading]
    08:47 You've got Yona, who's fictional, but the history is real?...
    12:32 You said twelve hundred people - how on earth did they hide all that time?
    15:40 One of the Bielkski brothers was a Zus, and you have a character called Zus...
    18:03 Is there a reason this fact of so many people hiding in the forest isn't well known?
    23:11 Are you able to talk about the theme of stars?
    27:59 Why the mysticism?
    31:57 On this, what might have happened if Yona hadn't been stolen, with her father?
    35:51 Why did you feel the need to have Yona die?
    42:04 You weren't able to visit the forest to research it due to the pandemic. Do you think you might go to it at some point?
    46:18 What's next?
    47:29 Tell us about your weekly web show, Friends & Fiction, and the spin-off podcast, Writer's Block
    Purchase Links
    The Forest Of Vanishing Stars:
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US
    Amazon Canada
    Waterstones
    Hive
    Barnes & Noble
    IndieBound
    Indigo Chapters
    I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
    Photograph used with the permission of the author.

    • 52 min
    Episode 66: Sally Page

    Episode 66: Sally Page

    Charlie and Sally Page (The Keeper Of Stories) discuss story collection, the forgotten mistress of the abdicated Edward VIII, and dogs who swear something chronic!
    Please note that there are some spoilers throughout the episode.
    Please also note that there is a mild swear word in this episode.
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    Sally's website (with info about floristry, flower books, and her painting)
    Libby Page
    Olivia Coleman's Oscar win and speech
    Scheherazade
    Marguerite Alibert
    Wendy Holden's The Duchess
    Sally's fountain pens, Plooms
    (I was incorrect - there *is* a mention of Marguerite on Edward VIII's Wikipedia page.)
    You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com
    Question Index
    01:03 Tell us about your flower shop
    03:15 On this then, would you say you yourself are a keeper of stories?
    04:27 You're a painter - tell us all about it
    06:45 [Reading]
    09:00 You never give the name of the National Treasure - is there a reason for this and what is their purpose?
    10:20 Janice - can you talk about her creation and any inspirations?
    12:33 In terms of this subject, were the other characters more function or important in themselves?
    14:21 And Mrs B - her creation, etc...?
    15:29 You use the Arabian Nights - can you talk about using this, the reasons, etc?
    16:57 Janice never asks what the real name of 'Becky' was. Does this help her progression as a character?
    18:58 You've mentioned it twice now so I have to ask - what's your favourite period of history to study?
    19:43 How did you come to know and use the story of Margherite and what was it about it that interested you?
    23:43 [Talking Decius]
    27:02 Fiona and Adam - how important was their story to the overall narrative?
    28:13 What's next?
    29:22 What is it about needing happy endings?
    30:19 Tell us about the fountain pens you sell, Plooms?
    31:38 [Sally talks about her readers' responses]
    Purchase Links
    The Keeper Of Stories:
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US
    Amazon Canada
    Waterstones
    Hive
    I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
    Photograph used with the permission of the author.

    • 33 min
    Episode 65: Natalie Jenner

    Episode 65: Natalie Jenner

    Charlie and Natalie Jenner (Bloomsbury Girls) discuss Jane Austen in all Natalie's interesting concepts, tales of related auctions she has been involved in, and the work to 'preserve and pull together' a record of the books that inspired her. They also discuss Natalie's inclusion of Daphne du Maurier in her novel, Persephone Books, and genre in its context as a label.
    Please note that there are (very slight) spoilers throughout the episode.
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    Persephone Books
    84 Charing Cross Road (film)
    Sunwise Turn
    Madge Jemisin's memoir
    Lamb's Conduit Street
    The Second Shelf Bookshop, London
    Daphne du Maurier's Myself When Young: The Makings Of A Writer
    Emily Midorikawa: Daphne du Maurier and Oriel Malet
    Daphne du Maurier's The Doll
    Sonia Orwell
    Jane Wells Webb
    The Mummy!
    The Godmersham Lost Sheep Society's blog
    Reading With Austen
    McGill's Burney Centre
    Sample and Audible edition of Richard Armitage's narration of The Jane Austen Society
    Sample and Audible edition Juliet Stevenson's narration of Bloomsbury Girls
    Natalie's favourite Persephone book is Julia Strachey's Cheerful Weather For The Wedding
    You can contact the show at books@carnelianvalley.com
    Question Index
    01:14 You owned a book shop. Tell us about it
    05:40 You are obviously very interested in classical writers, Jane Austen in particular. Can you tell us where your inspiration stems from?
    14:37 [Reading]
    19:55 How much are the Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls related - can Bloomsbury Girls be a standalone?
    21:09 Can you talk about three of your inspirations for Bloomsbury Girls - the book 84 Charing Cross Road, and the bookshops Sunwise Turn and Persephone Books?
    26:17 Why as it important to you to include Daphne du Maurier?
    32:51 Why Jane Wells Webb - why The Mummy, why include this author in particular?
    37:20 You have auctions of books in your novel. Are auctions something that interests you and were there real life ones that inspired you?
    41:40 You've mentioned genre a couple of times. Can you expand on your thoughts here?
    45:51 What's next?
    47:59 (Natalie talks about the British audiobook editions of her novels)
    Purchase Links
    The Jane Austen Society:
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US
    Amazon Canada
    Waterstones
    Hive
    Barnes & Noble
    IndieBound
    Indigo Chapters
    Bloomsbury Girls:
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US
    Amazon Canada
    Waterstones
    Hive
    Barnes & Noble
    IndieBound
    Indigo Chapters
    I am an IndieBound affiliate and earn a small commission on qualifying purchases.
    Photograph used with the permission of the author.

    • 49 min

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