Sunday, 29 October 2017

Authors and their animals - Chantelle Atkins

Authors and their animals - Chantelle Atkins

Welcome to my blog and today we are going to meet another fabulous author and her gorgeous pets. I had read and loved several of Chantelle's books and delighted that she is going to share more about herself and her lovely dogs. I am a huge dog lover having two myself so really enjoyed learning more about Chantelle's.

Over to Chantelle... 
I have two lurchers, Tink the scruffy one, and Skipper the smooth haired boy. As a family we also have three ducks, eight chickens, two rats, two guinea pigs and a giant rabbit, but it's the dogs who influence and aid my writing the most.

There are several reasons for this. It is on our walks that I think about my writing. Plot holes are fixed. Characters come to life and chat away inside my head. Secrets are revealed. Connections are made. I am in a world of my own, wandering along with my dogs at my side. Out with the dogs, I am free of the home and the constant noise and chatter four children bring. I am free of the cooking and the cleaning and the planning and the rushing about. Out on our walks, it is just me and the dogs and a head full of ideas. I am lucky to live in a beautiful place, with woodland, heathland, fields and rivers all on my doorstep. But Sopley Common is our favourite place. We hardly ever see a soul there, so it feels like it is ours. It is wild and free, an ancient landscape of heather, fern and gorse. Sandy hills and dark woods. Narrow trails and wooden bridges. This place enchants and inspires me every day of my life.

I even set one of my novels there, and in my village of Hurn. This Is Nowhere is about a young drifter who returns to the tiny village he fled from as a teenager, in order to solve the mystery of what really happened to his mother who vanished without a trace in 1996. Two lurcher dogs feature heavily in the novel, their need to run reflected in the missing Kate's inability to stay put for long. My beautiful Tink even features on the front cover! My dogs helped inspire this novel. The plot, the characters, the setting, even the themes. And I'm very thankful to have them in my life.
Learn more about 'This Is Nowhere': 
 Jake Morgan has never been scared of dying. It’s living he can’t quite commit to. Homeless, jobless and aimless, he thinks he is happy. Then one night his estranged sister Gina calls him back to the home he ran away from as a teenager. Their father is suffering from dementia and she thinks it is about time Jake grew up. With nowhere else to go, and loan sharks on his back, Jake returns to the small village he grew up in. He goes back to help his father but ends up being forced to face the question he ran from. What really happened to his mother who vanished in 1996? Jake decides it’s time he had some answers, if only to stop himself constantly wondering what the point of his existence is. Will he be able to get Gina on side to uncover the truth? Will his confused father be able to help him work out what was wrong with his mother? And when he finds it, will Jake really be able to handle the truth? This Is Nowhere is a story about a family blown apart by untold truths. A mystery that must be solved in order for a fragile young man to find some meaning in life.
More about the author:

Bio; Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to both reading and music, and is on a mission to become as self-sufficient as possible. She writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere, This Is The Day and a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories. Her most recent release is The Tree Of Rebels, a YA dystopia

Thank you so much, Chantelle for appearing on my blog today. I am really looking forward to reading 'This is Nowhere'. I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.'

If you are an author or book blogger and would like to take part in my 'Authors and their animals' feature, please get in contact.

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