Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Art of Letting Go Blog Tour: Guest Post

Today I have an awesome guest post from Anna Bloom as part of her Blog Tour for her book, The Art of Letting Go.

One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it?

When Lilah McCannon realizes at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action.

Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enroll at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.

As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges: will she ever make it up the Library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.
With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?

So, without further ado, here's Anna Bloom and her post about Trafalgar Square! 

Trafalgar Square – the hub of the world…

Most people by now following the book blog tour will know that I only write from the heart. I can only place my novels in settings that I know well and I can only put my characters into situations that I understand and ultimately know how to get them out of.
So The Art of Letting Go is based at my old Uni. I use various pubs and clubs as settings because they are place that I know well. I write about the University Library stairs with fear and reverence because I tripped up them or slid down them one to many times and I try and set all of my scenes somewhere that I have a personal connection. It’s just the way I write – call it the realism approach if you will.
So I have a huge, major scene set in Trafalgar Square and I think for me it was one of my favourites to write and more to the point it is the scene I am most interested in knowing reader responses too. I love Trafalgar Square. Sorry I need to explain this a little clearer I LOVE TRAFALGAR SQUARE. There is just something about it that really speaks to me, it always has done.
I love the fact that you can be standing there and glance down the road and know that the Queen could be down there having a cup of tea and playing with her Corgi’s in her ‘London Pad.’ I love the fact that The National Gallery is right there and you can just mooch in and stand and stare at priceless works of art for hours – my favourite is The Execution of Lady Jane Grey. Yes it is rather morbid but it is stunningly beautiful and sometimes I just like to sit there for half an hour and look at the folds of velvet and silk depicted by the artist and wish that I could be that clever.
I love the fact that just across the road there is a classic old man pub that sells only ‘proper’ beer and cider and will only give you food that has been deep fried – don’t bother asking for wine you will be laughed out of the door.
I love the fact that every tourist that ever visits London will try and climb onto one of the giant lions, and that
you can take fate into your own hands by trying to look up at the top of Nelson’s Column without a pigeon pooping on your face.
I love the fact that Trafalgar Square is stamped onto the conscience of our nation and when anyone thinks London they will probably think giant lion first before any other landmarks come to mind. I love the fact it is free and always will be. I Iove the fact you can walk two minutes down the road in one direction and be in China Town for some noodles or two minutes in the other and be at a theatre watching a show.
I love the fact that I can walk there and know that millions of people have walked there before me- for a writer this is incredibly inspiring.
But more than any of the above I love the fact that at night it is one of the most romantic places on earth. If you ever get the chance to go then don’t hesitate- you will not be disappointed.

The rest of the tour can be found listed here.  Thanks to Candace of CBB for including me in the tour!

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Candace said...

I love this! I SO want to go visit there! I love when authors include places they are familiar with, even if they do change it a bit. It just gives it a more 'real' vibe, I guess.
Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

Mary Preston said...

The travel bug is biting.