Thursday, 5 December 2019

Debut Spotlight: Alex Hudson

Today it's my pleasure to be shining the spotlight on author Alex Hudson and her debut novel Beyond Redemption which was published earlier this week.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing journey?
I live on the South East Coast of England now, but I started my working life in London at Universal Pictures/MCA records and met many popular celebrities, it was a lot of fun. Eventually, I moved to the West country and had the opportunity to work as a guide at the amazing Longleat House for Lord Bath. It was here that I found my love of history, particularly the 18th century. Strangely, I didn't get on well with history when I was at school.

I am a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Historical Writes Forum.

I love writing, its almost an addition, it has a way of running away with me and I always say that 'I don't write it - it writes me.' My husband reads my work out to me while I make the edits. It sometimes feels that my characters live in our house with us as he knows them as well as I do!

If you had to give an elevator pitch for Beyond Redemption, what would it be?
Beyond Redemption is a blend of deceit, trickery and murder set in the dark times of Georgian England. 

Isabella’s birth effects everyone who lives on the grand estate at Brayfield House, where her governess mother is employed, but when she is traded to pay off her father’s gambling debt, there must be consequences and she has to discover if her father is truly beyond redemption. 

Set against the backdrop of Georgian England, BEYOND REDEMPTION is a tale of seduction, rejection and tragic circumstances.

But all is not what it seems as they fights trickery and cunning along the way. In the wake of something dreadful Isabella’s strength of character helps her through some of the darkest times of her life. There are shocks and surprises at every turn. Brace yourself for hairpin twists and the edge of seat suspense.
What if your tomorrow turns out not as you have expected. Could you turn your life around? Will justice and the law win through……?
Where did the inspiration for the Beyond Redemption trilogy come from? 
Apart from the beautiful houses I visited, I can not be sure. I was writing some short stories and this one just seemed to develop, it wouldn't leave me alone. I often say 'It wrote me'

How much research did you need to do about the Georgian period?
Research, research and more research. I like to be correct! The research was actually fun. I have spoken to Buckingham Palace , The Port of London Authority and Debrett's Peerage to name but a few.

What advice would you give to other aspiring authors who are thinking about writing a novel?
Just do it! I love writing, it's so exciting and especially when you see it on Amazon!

Did you do anything exciting to celebrate publication day? 
I got up at five o'clock in the morning, I really couldn't sleep, I was far too excited!

When my Production Editor brought it to me, it had a Navy escort, her daughter. This made it very thrilling and the cork was popped and we toasted in the arrival of Beyond Redemption.

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