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INTERVIEW  with Alice. Very interesting. Read on.

Can you describe your dream home?

Somewhere with a superb view that included mountains and sea and townscape and countryside. Inside, room for my family to have private places of their own and for me to have a writing space that commanded that view. And a spacious garden that someone else takes care of, not me. I came pretty close to it in the house in the book that I say was in the Coachella Valley (only to disguise it).

If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?

An excellent pate or foie gras (if you aren’t against the production of foie gras): fillet steaks or omelettes fines herbes to follow with masses of salad made with my own ‘heavy duty’ dressing; blackberry and apple pie or crumble with a large dollop of clotted cream for dessert; cheeses ad lib. Excellent white and red wine (I favour Australian shiraz or Rioja for red; Meursault for white if I’m feeling expansive or Macon or New Zealand if sensible)

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

I haven’t received any yet. This is my first book. But I used to tell my children stories about Foxy the Magic Horse who took them on adventures all over the world. A four-year-old friend of my daughter came up to me and put a tiny hand in mine and asked me to tell her a Foxy story because my daughter had told her one. I nearly burst into tears, not only because of this child’s faith in me but because I realized how much my own children were enjoying them. The child said in conclusion, ‘Not too scary, please.’ And I knew that I had succeeded with my own beyond my dreams if this had been passed on

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

A vast game park in Africa. The Serengeti perhaps.

Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?

Myself and  Jane Tatam of Amolibros, mostly Jane.

Alice, a Memoir

by Alice Gilmore

GENRE: Non-fiction

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BLURB:

Few, if anyone, could have had a life like Alice Gilmore. It was almost unbelievable yet carried on under the cover of a respectable middle-class existence.

You might strongly disapprove of what she did, but Alice was determined. She overcame insurmountable obstacles to keep the love she longed for.

Her single-minded fight to live out her love makes a gripping, riveting story that one eminent literary person called ‘staggeringly readable’. It is shocking. Her methods will upset some, but are you with her or against her? Your decision.

This is no misery memoir. It’s a story told with joy, wit and fervour – the astonishing story of the overwhelming love Alice Gilmour was determined to live out.

Excerpt:

I am going to tell you our story, my darlings. It is really only for you three and one other (you know who) but I can’t help hoping that the world will read it, which is why I shall probably publish it. But not for some years. When you’re fully grown up and have flown the nest. God knows what they will make of it, the world I mean, whoever they are, but I am not suggesting that any rules or taboos should be changed by our story, or new rules made. Leave all that alone. Our story, perhaps I should say my story, just is. You could tritely call it the exception that proves the rule. Perhaps that is just what it is: unique. I doubt that but it is certainly extraordinary. I have carefully chosen those words. Any old event of yawning banality is called ‘amazing’, ‘fantastic’, ‘unbelievable’, ‘fabulous’ in our current jargon. Whatever else people may call my story it is certainly extraordinary.

It is, above all, a love story, an all-consuming love story, though I have never felt consumed by love, rather continually renewed. But isn’t that what love should do to you? Consume you and renew you constantly like the phoenix. And it brought with it another constant emotion: fear. And pain. The fear of pain. The fear of the pain of losing it, this wonderful state. The word love doesn’t fully express what I/we felt. Another word that is more or less totally debased.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

If you want to know about my life and background read this book. I can scarcely add to what I have written about myself in there. I earnestly hope that the rest of my life is too uneventful to even consider writing anything else, I am no novelist. The life I have described was full enough and rich enough for me. God knows what I would come out with if I had to invent. If you find you need a good chef I shall consider anything not too energetic – which rules out most jobs in the kitchen.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

If you want to know about my life and background read this book. I can scarcely add to what I have written about myself in there. I earnestly hope that the rest of my life is too uneventful to even consider writing anything else, I am no novelist. The life I have described was full enough and rich enough for me. God knows what I would come out with if I had to invent. If you find you need a good chef I shall consider anything not too energetic – which rules out most jobs in the kitchen.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/100110001-alice-gilmore

https://www.facebook.com/alice.gilmore.92775

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/alice-a-memoir-alice-gilmore/1131732791
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/940716
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/alice-a-memoir

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.
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