The Next Big Thing

I’ve been asked by the lovely Kate Furnivall – author of (among other titles) The Russian Concubine – to take part in The Next Big Thing, where writers answer a few questions about their work, then tag a couple of other authors whose work they admire. So – here goes…….


What is the working title of your next book?

It’s the actual title, in fact – Eden Falls: still unfinished, but already available for pre-order on Amazon, which is terrifying!


 • Where did the idea come from for the book?

From my previous two novels: Netherwood and Ravenscliffe. Eden Falls will be a stand-alone novel, but is still the third in the series, so continues the story of Eve, Daniel, Anna, Amos, Henrietta, Silas, Clarissa……the list goes on.


 • What genre does your book fall under?

Historical fiction, like the others.

 • What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a screen rendition?

Impossible question. I hate to put a face to the name – that’s the reader’s job, not mine.


• What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

The lives, loves and loathings of ordinary people in extraordinary times.


 • Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Eden Falls will be published by Sphere at Little,Brown, in September this year.

• How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I write like the journalist I once was, and the first draft tends to be the best draft. I do aim not to have to make too many changes, although the copy editor always finds plenty of continuity errors! I started Eden Falls at the beginning of March 2012, and have to deliver it as soon after the end of February 2013 as I possibly can. Which reminds me – I have work to do!

• What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I don’t really know what to say. My publishers sometimes mention Kate Morton, but I honestly think every author’s voice is different.


• Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Much of my writing has been inspired by my own family’s background, and the corner of industrial Yorkshire in which I grew up. Eden Falls moves away from my mining heritage – necessarily, since characters develop and grow – but I still consider my dad, my grandma and my home town to be key to the books. Thinking about my family helps keep my writing authentic.


 • What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Eden Falls is set partly in Jamaica (if you’ve read Ravenscliffe, you’ll understand why) and this adds a bit of tropical spice to the mix!


That’s it for the Q&A. Now, can I recommend the following authors and their books? I know you’re going to love them.

Shelley Harris: – her debut novel, Jubilee, is moving, charming, nostalgic, entertaining and beautifully written.

Laurie Graham: – her latest novel is A Humble Companion, which is set in the court of King George III, and is as funny as it is insightful. Then, when you’ve read this, read everything else she has written.

Finally,  if anyone is reading this who wasn’t directed here by Kate Furnival’s blog, then here’s a link to her site, and her catalogue of lovely titles:

Happy reading!

  • Kate Furnivall

    Fascinating insights, Jane. Can’t wait to read Eden Falls.

  • Bailey

    Have been keeping an eye out for a new post! Happy new year!

    • Jane Sanderson

      Hi Bailey, happy new year to you too. Yes – neglecting the blog, owing to my nose being very firmly to the grindstone with book 3….deadline looms. Come March, however, I’ll go blog crazy!

  • Linda Centre

    Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading your books. Can’t wait for the next one.

    • Jane Sanderson

      Thanks for your kind words, Linda. I’m writing a new book at the moment – not a sequel to Eden Falls – but I very much hope to return to Eve, Anna, Ruby et al after this one is finished. Meanwhile, thanks again and please do help spread the word! Jane

  • m jh

    Have just finished the first two of the series and loved them. I am anxious to read Eden Falls but have not found it in bookstore here and is apparently not available on Kindle here in the states. Any idea when it might be available?

    • Jane Sanderson

      Hi there – thanks for writing. My US publisher only bought the rights to the first two books, so I don’t think you’ll find Eden Falls out there yet. I could send you a copy if you give me an address! Jane.

  • Tess MacKenzie

    I enjoyed Netherwood, Ravenscliffe and Eden Falls very much. Will there be book number four soon? I hope so!

    • Jane Sanderson

      Hello Tess, thanks for writing and I’m glad you enjoyed my books. I have a fourth all mapped out in my head, but no contract for it yet – I’m hoping to write it in due course though: the story certainly didn’t end with Eden Falls!

  • Kasie Kennedy

    Hi jane, your writings have brought much joy to my life. I look forward to four, five and six. Haha, No pressure! I found your first book netherwood left at a caravan park in the communal laundry on a ‘free to take’ shelf. Cover looked enticing and once I started reading I couldn’t believe my luck. I would love to see your books made into a tv series. Please let me know if it ever happens.
    With much gratitude, Kasie.

  • Peta Harris

    I discovered Netherwood at the hospital charity shop.. what a super book! I was really pleased that I’ve found a “new” author that I enjoy reading. Looking forward to more ~ keep them coming!