Of all the characters I’ve invented over the past 15 years, Abi Carter has to be one of my favourites. I thought it might be fun to interview her!
Why not grab a cuppa, put your feet up for five minutes, and come and join us for a chat?
Why did you want to move to Sennen Cove in Cornwall?
I fell in love with Cornwall on childhood holidays with my parents and my brother, Ollie. When I was eight we went to Sennen and Sennen Cove. There was a small stone end terrace there that was called Abbey’s House. Because my name is Abi, my parents used to joke that it should be my house. It was that which made me want to move to that area – and maybe see the house again.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a children’s picture book illustrator for a publisher called Genie.
How old are you- if you don’t mind me asking?
I’m in my twenties- rather later twenties than I’d like!
High heels or trainers?
Trainers! Or boots. Flat shoes anyway. I’m hopeless at balancing on heels!
Oh that’s tricky now I’m in Cornwall. When I was stuck in snobs-ville in Surrey, I used to look forward to winter so that I had an excuse for hibernating in my house and not coming out. In Cornwall however, every season has its attractions. Perhaps early autumn would have my vote though. That moment when things are quieter as most tourist have gone, and the sun is still hanging around enough t have long cliff walks and the occasional paddle in the sea.
Last of all – most important – Coffee or tea?
Tea- sorry, I know you’d rather I liked coffee!
I’ll forgive you, Abi- but only because you have been such a great character to write about!
Blurb- Abi’s House
Newly widowed at barely thirty, Abi Carter is desperate to escape the Stepford Wives-style life that Luke, her late husband, had been so keen for her to live.
Abi decides to fulfil a lifelong dream. As a child on holiday in a Cornwall as a child she fell in love with a cottage – the prophetically named Abbey’s House. Now she is going to see if she can find the place again, relive the happy memories … maybe even buy a place of her own nearby?
On impulse Abi sets off to Cornwall, where a chance meeting in a village pub brings new friends Beth and Max into her life. Beth, like Abi, has a life-changing decision to make. Max, Beth’s best mate, is new to the village. He soon helps Abi track down the house of her dreams … but things aren’t quite that simple. There’s the complicated life Abi left behind, including her late husband’s brother, Simon – a man with more than friendship on his mind … Will Abi’s house remain a dream, or will the bricks and mortar become a reality?
If you prefer a paperback, you can buy them from all good retailers, including-
And don’t forget, you can also buy the sequel Abi’s Neighbour!
Buy links for Abi’s Neighbour
Happy reading everyone!