Today on the blog, meet Rosie Travers, and her upcoming novel, The Theatre of Dreams…
Musical theatre actress Tara is down on her luck and in desperate need of a job.
When terminally-ill octogenarian Kitty invites her to take over the running of her former dance academy in the old-fashioned resort of Hookes Bay, Tara thinks she’s found her guardian angel.
But it soon becomes very clear Kitty is being far from benevolent. Too late, Tara realises helping Kitty will signal the end of an already tarnished career, unless she can pull off the performance of a life-time.
The Theatre of Dreams will be published by Crooked Cat Books on 1 August 2018.
I grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book from a very early age. After working in local government for many years in 2009 I moved across the Atlantic to Southern California when my husband took up a three year dream overseas assignment. Life as an ex-pat wife wasn’t quite as glamorous and exciting as I first envisaged, so to fend off homesickness and culture shock I began a blog about our life in Los Angeles, re-igniting my creative juices. When I returned to the UK I undertook a creative writing course, and the rest, as they say, is history.
My debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams was inspired by the historic Lee Tower entertainment complex which was situated on the sea front at Lee-on-the-Solent in my native Hampshire. The Art Deco buildings were demolished in 1971and the site is now a car park. All that remains today is a notice board commemorating the spot.
The Theatre of Dreams is a heartwarming comedy with a dash of mystery and a sprinkling of romance. Set in the fictional resort of Hookes Bay it stars an out of work actress, a devious octogenarian and a bankrupt architect, all united by their desire to save a slice of cultural heritage, but each with a very different motive.