Today I would like to welcome fellow Suffolk author Ann Elliot. She is going to be selling her book – Too Many Tenors – on Amazon for only £0.99 $0.99 from 10th August!!!
Here is Ann’s writing career to date:
Previous publications with Wensum Wordsmiths: Mischief and Mayhem Norwich 1798 (1998) and Time and Time Again (2000). For many years I edited the Eastern Early Music Forum Newsletter and contributed concert reviews for the East Anglian Daily Times. In 2009, I was in the top 5 of This Morning ITV’s short story competition, and was awarded a silver salver ‘for achievement’ at the Winchester Writers’ Conference. My first novel, A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, is as yet unpublished.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Ann Elliott – a good literary name. I have a degree in English, a diploma in recorder playing, a teaching background. I have rental income, so can afford to stay at home to be creative. My interests are musical and literary and I enjoy wild life and walking.
What is your book about?
‘Too Many Tenors’ is about conflicting personal and professional rivalries within the closed circles of a cathedral choir and a chamber choir.
Musical rivalry, elopements, swapping of partners and defections undermine the stability of St Cecilia Singers. Alison, anticipating perfect marriage, is blind to her husband’s inadequacies and roving eye. Rick is the arch-perpetrator of most of these sins against greater good of the community and his wife – he elopes with a fat soprano when she announces her pregnancy. Hitherto she had blamed Yarchester Cathedral choir’s regime for their deteriorating relationship. Conductor Gray leaves both choirs to preserve his marriage, bequeathing ‘Singers’ to Rick. Rick and Singers fall apart. Two ladies later, Alison realises she’s more traumatised by her friend’s betrayal than her husband’s desertion, and accepts her marriage is over. With disruptive influences purged, a new conductor restores harmony to Singers, though Alison is not fully able to move on till reminiscences at a choir reunion finally puts her guilt to rest and allow her to put the past into proportion.
Why did you choose to write your book?
I have always been involved in choral singing – the book has some autobiographical elements – and I wanted to write about the knock on effects of relationship tangles on the greater good of the community.
Over the years I have written many short stories, and decided to publish them as a group. Some are new, some updated, some historical.
Who or what was the inspiration behind it?
Personal experience. Fascination with the every day stories of small townsfolk.
What kind of research did you?
As it is set in in the late 60s onward, I had to check every detail of contemporary and cathedral life to make it authentic, and also pop in a few ‘historical’ reference to maintain the sense of period.
I had to research as above for stories set some time ago, and also Suffolk dialect for a few of the stories.
What was the biggest challenge in writing the book?
What was the best part of writing your book?
Writing in full swing, with no distractions
What, if anything, have you learned from writing your book?
The need to revise, cut, re-evaluate, structure, and persist.
Do you have any advice to give authors who wish to self-publish?
Don’t give up, get on with it, don’t procrastinate
Do you have a favourite author? If so, what is it about their work that you like?
Jane Austen. Portrayal of human nature on small canvass, with humour and pragmatism . She wrote QUOTE MINIATURE
What are your future writing plans?
To finish and publish short stories ASAP
‘That’s Little Baddenham – Everyday tales of a small market town’ is nearing completion. It is a collection of short stories, contemporary and older, all connected to a small country town very like Framlingham.
Then resume Those Pollok Girls, a family saga begun on UEA ‘Constructing a Novel ‘course. (2012) This is based loosely on my family history, and I have just been researching in Shetland – a big boost to getting on with it.
I also have another unpublished novel, A Woolf in Sheep’s Clothing, that I may revise/prepare for publication. This book is about the symbiotic and destructive love-hate relationship between a mother and a son, who struggles to free himself from the maternal web.I would describe it as Barbara Vine Meets Joanna Trollope.
Thank you Ann. If you want to know more about Ann and her work you can go to her website: http://anntelliott.wix.com/toomanytenors
You can Purchase Too Many Tenors here: