A BRITISH author residing on the Costa Blanca has enjoyed such ‘amazing success’ with her debut novel she’s already begun work on numbers two and three.
Jacqueline Carpenter’s Louisa was published in January this year, before ‘thousands’ of surprise sales saw her winning fans from the Costa Blanca to Cairns, Australia.
The work centres around a contented, happy 15-year-old girl, Louisa, living through the terror and strain of Britain in World War Two.
“I was so grateful and flattered to get messages from readers across the world,” the writer, originally from Essex, told the Olive Press.
“Writing a novel at this stage in my life was nothing more than a toe-in-the-water moment.
“But it’s sold so amazingly well I’ve committed myself to writing the whole trilogy.”
The novel is based on warm and fond recollections of a bygone London, from recollections passed down by Jacqueline’s ‘nan’ who lived in Bermondsey.
The ex-City Broker remembers fondly her grandmother telling stories and anecdotes about the various characters that lived in war-torn South East London.And Louisa’s enraptured readers – from Fiji to Hong Kong to Venezuela – have given her the gusto to pen the whole trilogy
“Each book represents a decade in the family’s history – happiness, sadness, love, deceit and human kindness,” Jacqueline, who lives in Los Alcazares, said.
The new-found vigour for writing means plenty of indepth research into how people lived in the 50’s and 60’s.
“It’s a concept I’ve had for years and years”.
Alisha Billman – who works for publisher Austin Macauley – also told the Olive Press that despite a 60-day return policy ‘not one’ copy of Jacqueline’s hit debut has been sent back.
The exciting sequels remain top-secret for now, as Jacqueline is not yet prepared to divulge their titles.
The new-found novelist assured readers however that the follow-ups would involve more historical fiction from the ‘50s and 60s’.
Jacqueline will be signing copies of Louisa at The Emerald Isle in La Florida near Torrevieja on Friday October 11 from 6.30-8.00pm