Clare Flynn’s Blog

Scenes from The Chalky Sea

This is the first of a few brief tours of some of the locations from The Chalky Sea. It was a beautiful morning today (9th August) here in Eastbourne so I decided to take some pictures at Holywell which is a favourite haunt of Gwen in the book. The beaches here are...

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Bombs, Ravilious, Eastbourne and The Chalky Sea

(Image credit: Eric Ravilious, The Westbury Horse, 1939. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne ) I've just returned from viewing the exhibition Ravilious and Co: The Pattern of Friendship at the Towner Gallery here in Eastbourne. I'd love to post some images but the Towner...

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Interview with author Wayne Turmel

I'm delighted to welcome Wayne Turmel onto the blog today. Wayne noticed my latest novel The Chalky Sea was partly set in Canada and features a Canadian main character so offered to host me on his blog and I decided to return the compliment. Where do you live, Wayne,...

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Interrogating my characters

I published my latest novel, The Chalky Sea, this month and have promised my readers to write a sequel. As I sat down to work on the second book I found I was struggling to re-connect with my characters. One of them was a secondary character in The Chalky Sea but...

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Remembering the war after seventy years

Back in 2010, the anniversary of the Blitz, I recorded my elderly mother on video talking about her memories of wartime. Mum had dementia but was still relatively lucid then – she died in early 2016, by which time she was lost deep in a fog. Publishing my new book The...

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Publication Day!

I’m very happy that today is publication day for The Chalky Sea – and by a happy coincidence also Canada Day – and the 150th anniversary at that. As the book is partly set in Ontario and has several Canadian characters that is good news indeed!

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INTRODUCING THE CHALKY SEA

I'm overcome with excitement that The Chalky Sea is finally seeing the light of day! I started writing the book just after I moved house and was working on it while having a new kitchen and bathroom and decorations throughout plus recovering from first a broken wrist...

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW – ALISON MORTON

My guest today is author Alison Morton. Alison lives in France and is crazy about all things Roman. A lifetime of reading crime novels and her six year career in the military has led her to combine her passions in the creation of a series of novels set in a fictional...

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FREE READS FOR YOUR BOOK CLUB (OR JUST FOR YOU!)

This is an offer you can't afford to miss out on! Following the success of the Free Reads for Smart Women promotion in February, a group of twelve of us have got together to share a free e-book together with Book Club discussion questions. That's a whole year's worth...

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW-ROBERT CROUCH

I'm delighted to welcome my guest today, Robert Crouch, a fellow Eastbournian. Robert has the unusual distinction of drawing on his past experience as an environmental health officer to inform his crime fiction. This opens some fascinating doors and methods for a...

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FREE READS FOR SMART WOMEN!

I'm thrilled to announce that I have got together with eleven brilliant authors to create a blockbuster promotion. Each of us is offering a free book and you can download all or any of them from this page, hosted by author friend Helena Halme, between 24th and 28th...

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW – JEAN GILL

I'm delighted to welcome Jean Gill to the blog today. I met Jean in person at the Historical Novel Society Conference in Oxford last year – as is often the case we had crossed paths online and I recognised her face. Jean is a multi-talented individual, combining two...

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