Friday, 22 May 2015

Q&A with Jane Linfoot, Author of The Vintage Cinema Club.






Hi Jane – thanks for joining us! Important question first - four gorgeous dresses on the cover of your latest book but which one would you pick for yourself?

I’m agonising over this, because they’re all so lovely. It might have to be the green dress with flowers, because that’s the least formal, so that’s the one I’d wear most. Wouldn’t it be great to wear that on a hot summer day?

What can you tell us about your latest novel, The Vintage Cinema Club?

The Vintage Cinema Club centres on three friends, Izzy, Luce and Dida, who have a fabulous vintage shop in a wonderful old cinema building. When their dream comes under threat they have to fight to save it.

It’s about the tangles of their very different lives and struggles, all bound together by their friendship. Think sassy, funny, warm hearted, happy...with a dash of sour to temper the sweetness.

If you fancy a summer hanging out with friends in country villages, with a great vintage vibe, a taste of France thrown in, and strands of love and heartache woven through, step this way. The only drawback is how much you might miss them when it’s over.

I love the idea of a vintage cinema club - where did your inspiration come from?

The inspiration first came from a trip around vintage shops in Brighton. I came home and decided a vintage shop, shared by friends, would make a great setting for a book. I used to go to furniture auctions in an old cinema building in Matlock, and that was a perfect space to choose for the location, especially since Matlock has unexpectedly become the vintage capital of the area lately.

How did you find writing something so different to your previous books?

My previous books were mainly about couples, and I’ve loved broadening that view to explore the lives of a group of close friends.

I love how close friends often know each other almost better than they know themselves. There are times when friendly interference leads to trouble, but the very best friends will always hang around to make good. I’ve really enjoyed writing about and exploring this different kind of relationship.

Which of the three friends in The Vintage Cinema Club was your favourite to write? Which one would you be most likely to be friends with in real life?

Izzy, Luce and Dida are very different characters, and I love different parts of each of them. I like writing about strong women, and I especially enjoyed writing about their interaction with each other. I think the contrast between the characters was as interesting for me to write as the individuals, because those differences actually shone a brighter spotlight on each of the women.

Of all the characters I probably have most in common with Izzy. I could see us hanging around, painting our furniture together, and I’d definitely be with her on her skip raids.

Your books always have prettiest of covers - is it too cruel to ask you to pick a favourite?

I love all my covers, but I’m very happy with this one, because so much of the book is expressed on the cover. I requested the bunting, and the way that fits so well with the chandelier makes me smile. Izzy Luce and Dida are way less prim than the women on the cover though.

We can always expect humour from one of your books but do you read the same kind of books that you write? What books have you enjoyed recently?

Laughing is something I really enjoy, and I love a book that makes me laugh out loud.

No one ever has Sex On Tuesday by Tracey Bloom, The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simpson, and Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding all did that.

I’m reading The Love Shack by Jane Costello right now. Her humour is more subtle, but I still love her books.

What do you love the most about being an author?

I love the moment when I feel like I’ve totally nailed a story for the characters, and everything falls into place. There’s no better feeling.

If you could chat with and learn from any one author, who would you pick and why?

I’d enjoy a chat with Kelly Hunter, because her writing is awesome, and she can express so much with so few words. She also has a wicked sense of humour.

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I’m Jane Linfoot, and I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and lots of heart. I live in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, England, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos – happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. For me, writing is cool because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

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