Archives for My Novel: ‘Ignoring Gravity’

Talking about books in Cómpeta

I guess 80% of the conversation at the Cómpeta Book Group in Spain earlier this week was about Ignoring Gravity, I was the guest speaker, but I loved talking books with other book lovers. I came away with more books to add to my own To-Read list – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, and The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Most of all, I was impressed with the Group members’ analysis of Ignoring Gravity and their curiosity about how the story evolved. As often happens when I talk about Ignoring Gravity and the immensely complex subject that is adoption, I meet more people touched by adoption itself. The conversation about books continued at dinner and one member told me the story of a friend of a friend. This retired lady recently received contact from the daughter she gave up for adoption in the Sixties. She had told no-one about her pregnancy, at the time, or since. Her husband, her children: no-one else knew. What could have been a traumatic reunion turned into a positive family occasion. The similarities between the birth mother and her daughter – both physical likeness and musical ability – were breath-taking to the observers.
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Splashes into Books reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“This is a dramatic story, written in a manner that enables and encourages the reader to empathize with all that Rose is experiencing. The characters are portrayed brilliantly, warts and all, and the discoveries she makes reveal other secrets from the past and will have an impact on all their futures,” says book reviewer Elaine Brent at Splashes into Books. Read Elaine’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @bicted http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1BJ via @SandraDanby
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On the radio in Spain

An e-mail from Talk Radio Europe flew into my Inbox with three easy questions:- Did I fancy a day trip to San Pedro de Alcantara, near Marbella? Yes. Could I talk about my book, and about adoption? Yes. Was it okay to speak in English, not Spanish. Bueno? Absolutely, yes! I was thrilled to be asked to appear on The Book Show, the weekly book discussion programme on Spain’s biggest English language radio station for ex-pats. The Book Show is broadcast every Thursday evening in Spain by Talk Radio Europe to half a million listeners. I really enjoyed chatting with presenter Hannah Murray [below] who explained the personal appeal which Ignoring Gravity has for her, she has two friends who were adopted, with differing experiences: one had a happy childhood, the other experienced a rockier road. These friendships gave Hannah a key insight into the adoption storyline of Ignoring Gravity and she asked me some really interesting questions. To listen to my interview, click below.   Make sure you don’t miss out on information about forthcoming Rose Haldane novels, sign up for my [irregular] newsletter here. Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity here. Want to know more about
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Rose Haldane: not just one book but the first of a series

Ignoring Gravity is the first novel in a series about Rose Haldane ‘Identity Detective’. Rose, a journalist, discovers she was adopted as a tiny baby, and Ignoring Gravity tells the story of her search for her birth family. The story is told from her point of view, so we see the diaries and documents she discovers, we experience her anger, pain and sense of betrayal. But the adoption triangle includes so many more people than just the adoption baby. So in the Rose Haldane series, I will be exploring the story of others involved in adoption. The second book, Connectedness, focuses on the experience of a birth mother, who gives her baby away. The story rejoins Rose and her sister Lily two years later, but the main focus of the tale is on Justine Tree. Her mother has died and she is bereft, but Justine’s grief is double-edged. When she was an art student in Spain in the 1980s, she became pregnant.  The Yorkshire-born artist, now famous around the world, is desperate to find the secret daughter she gave up for adoption. Justine and Rose meet at an interview about Justine’s latest art collection. The two women connect, so much so that
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Author interview at Jera’s Jamboree

In her interview about Ignoring Gravity at Jera’s Jamboree book blogger Shaz Goodwin asks Sandra Danby: “Was there anything about your protagonist that surprised you?” “Rose’s picture of the world is torn up and initially she deals with it in a pragmatic way,” explains Sandra. “She uses her journalism skills to find out the truth of her adoption. But she has moments when it all seems completely hopeless. I didn’t expect her to consider giving up, which she does”. Read the full interview at Shaz’s book blog, Jera’s Jamboree, here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here.
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Family history: surname research

Do you know anyone with the same surname as you? I have only ever met one other Danby, so I was curious to explore the roots of my name. As an experiment, search on Google for your surname. I did, and these were the top five entries:- The Wikipedia entry for Danby, a village in North Yorkshire, 44 miles from where I grew up. Yorkshire.com‘s tourist guide to the village of Danby Plumbing and heating engineer, B Danbys. Based in Hull, 38 miles from where I grew up. The Duke of Wellington pub in the village of Danby, North Yorkshire Local community website Esk Valley, where the village of Danby is located on the North Yorkshire Moors. So, my surname is anchored in Yorkshire. This is a light-hearted search, my next stage is to investigate the surname resources online. If you want to research your surname, click on these links here:- The Surname Society The Guild of One-Name Studies The Internet Surname Database UK BMD Select Surname List Great Britain Family Names Profiling website Just out of curiosity, I Googled Rose’s surname – Haldane- from Ignoring Gravity. Here are the top three entries of almost 2.9million results:- Architectural joinery company Haldane
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Family history: identifying headstones

Tracing relatives – whether you are researching your family tree or on the trail of your birth family – will inevitably lead you at some point to a graveyard. Finding the headstones of relatives is always a bittersweet moment, but the text and dates may drive your search onwards.That process is now easier as 22,000 new headstone records have been added to the database at TheGenealogist.co.uk with additions of records from Buckinghamshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, West Midlands, Wiltshire plus 12 Jersey parishes.  Each entry comprises the text of the memorial inscription, photographs of the headstone and its surroundings. Once you have identified the record you want, you can then view a map showing the graveyard location. For more information about the online headstone database, click here for TheGenealogist.co.uk. In Ignoring Gravity, Rose searches a graveyard for the headstone of her birth mother. To read how I researched that scene, click here.  Want to know more about Ignoring Gravity? Click here to watch the book trailer. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Trying to find the headstone of a relative? Try these
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Throw Me a Book reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

What did Canadian book reviewer Sandra Antunovic at Throw Me a Book like about Ignoring Gravity? “The idea of what makes people a family. Is it blood relations or in fact the act of sharing ordinary as well as special moments, celebrating each other’s successes and surviving failures, and through it all loving and respecting each other”. To read Sandra’s review in full at Throw Me a Book, click here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now   And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @throwmeabook via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1A7
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Cosmochicklitan interviews author Sandra Danby

Book blogger Heidi Bartlett at Cosmochicklitan asks Sandra Danby if the character of Rose Haldane in Ignoring Gravity is based on herself. “Ignoring Gravity is a novel about thinking you know yourself, then finding out that what you know is wrong,” explains the author. “Yes, Ignoring Gravity is my first novel. It is about a journalist, Rose Haldane. Yes, I was a journalist. Therefore I must be Rose? Wrong! Yes, Rose finds out she is adopted. Therefore I must be adopted? Wrong!” Read the Cosmochicklitan interview in full by clicking here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Is the heroine based on you? #authorinterview by @Cosmochicklitan via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1rd
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Goodreads Giveaway is closed

My giveaway on reading website Goodreads has now closed and I’m thrilled that 1556 people applied for one of the 10 free copies of Ignoring Gravity. Ten books are on their way now to lucky readers in the UK, US and Canada. If you were one of them, one of these envelopes is now in the post and winging its way to you. If you missed out, you can buy Ignoring Gravity now, e-book or paperback, at Amazon UK and Amazon US. Or watch out here for news about the next Giveaway! To join Goodreads, click here. It’s a great way to find new books, share your ideas of books you’ve read, and chat with other readers who like the same sort of books you do.
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Going back to the Family Records Centre

One of the issues I faced when writing Ignoring Gravity was the change in technology over the years it took me to write the book. Ten long years, during which paper archives went digital, census and registry records became available online. The first draft of the book saw Rose making a trip to Myddleton Street, North London to visit the Family Records Centre in order to get a copy of her original birth certificate. I went too, to research the archive, to follow the process Rose would follow. Recently I retraced my steps, knowing the FRC did not exist, its records long since gone digital. I found it a sad procedure. I’d liked the old building, the anticipation of the Tube journey, turning the corner, walking up the steps, the loud banging of the archive drawers, the friendly atmosphere of family history researchers poring over huge volumes. Recently, with some curiosity, I went back to the very first draft to find the rough draft of the scene where Rose visits the FRC. Here it is:- It was a disappointing building. For something so momentous as the Family Records Centre, Rose had at the very least expected bay windows, Georgian steps
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Please share…

Please help me to spread the word about Ignoring Gravity. Re-blog on WordPress or Bloglovin’, re-tweet, share on Facebook or Tumblr or Reddit by clicking the ‘share’ button at the end of each post. Thank you! To find out what the book is about, click here to watch the trailer. To hear me talk about how I wrote the novel, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy the e-book or paperback of Ignoring Gravity now, at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
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Past, Present and Future

What did author Sandra Danby do before she wrote Ignoring Gravity? Book blogger A Woman’s Wisdom asks Sandra for her favourite memory from her early days as a journalist. “My editor called me in to tell me I was going on an overnighter to Paris for a press reception. I had never been to Paris. It was 1983. There was no Eurostar, no Channel Tunnel.” Read the interview in full by clicking here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: What’s my favourite memory? #authorinterview by @bodiciasapple http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1w8 via @SandraDanby
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Author-to-author interview: MM Jaye & Sandra Danby

“How do you intend to celebrate writing “The End” on your draft?” interviewer MM Jaye asks author Sandra Danby. “No celebration planned, the end of the first draft is the beginning of the next stage of the writing process for me. I find it useful to take a break from the work in progress though, so at the end of the first draft I will write shorter fiction, perhaps some flash fiction, and get out more. Go to art galleries and the theatre! It’s also a great time to research the next book. I am always thinking ahead.” MM Jaye is curious about Sandra’s desk [above], her celebration plans, and how she plots her novels. Read the full WIP [work in progress] interview with Maria Jaye at MM Jaye Writes here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: How do your celebrate writing ‘the end’? #authorinterview by @MMJaye http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1qD via @SandraDanby
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What is an Identity Detective?

Rose Haldane, heroine of Ignoring Gravity, is a journalist. When she discovers she was adopted as a baby, she uses her journalistic skills to research her own identity. In the sequel, Connectedness, to be published later this year, she puts these skills to use in helping a birth mother trace her lost baby, and in doing so becomes a detective of identities. Book blogger Lizzy Baldwin asks, ‘what is an identity detective?’ “Rose has never solved a crime, visited a crime scene or interviewed a murder suspect,” explains Sandra Danby. “She researches family history and adoption secrets, trying to unite relatives separated by adoption. It is an emotive subject surrounded by secrets and lies.” Read the full interview at My Little Book Blog by clicking here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: IGNORING GRAVITY #bookreview by @littlebookblog1 via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1vb
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Chicklit Central reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I really enjoyed all of the twists and turns that accompanied the characters in this book,” says Sara Steven, book reviewer for Chicklit Central. “Just when I thought I had everything figured out, and knew who Rose’s parents were, the plot would take a sharp detour. I really felt as though I was with Rose on this journey of self-discovery, and when she finally unravels the secrets that have been decades in the making, I was as shocked as she was.” To read Sara’s review in full, click here for the Chicklit Central website. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Following Rose’s journey of self-discovery #bookreview by @chicklitcentral http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1wG via @SandraDanby
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Rose: jogger or stalker?

The scene in Ignoring Gravity which sees Rose jogging at midnight along the Thames Riverside path is based on a real place in Battersea, London. Rose has met Nick Maddox a couple of times and is intrigued, pulling on her trainers late one night she drives to Battersea and sets out to ‘jog’. The ‘jogging’ of course is an excuse to check out where he lives. So is she a stalker or a jogger?Maddox is a successful businessman and I decided he would live in an apartment block like Montevetro: stylish, modern, it couldn’t be more different than Rose’s first floor flat in Wimbledon. Rose looked up at the glass-and-steel building looming above her. Nine, no ten storeys high, tall for this part of London excepting Chelsea Harbour opposite. A couple of windows were asleep behind pulled curtains, some were bright and awake and staring at her rudeness, more blinked at her with half-pulled blinds as if saying, ‘Hello there, I am cool aren’t I? Fancy coming up for a cocktail?’ Like Rose, on my research trip I found my way from my parked car, headed for the church and found a cut-through to the Thames. The water was grey,
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Liz Loves Books reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I was intrigued by this one, the starting point being adoption, as an adopted child myself it appealed to me for that reason. Plus the hint of mystery tempted me in and what I found was a really good read, some great characters and an often emotive look at family relationships,” says book reviewer Liz Wilkins at Liz Loves Books. Read Liz’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: ‘The hint of mystery tempted me in’ #bookreview by @Lizzy11268 via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1q2
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Another ‘best of’ mention, but with a difference

At this time of year it seems as if every blog, Twitter and Facebook account is full of ‘Best of…’ lists: favourite books read, books to read this year, films watched, films to watch in 2015. Happily Ignoring Gravity is featured on another list, but this is a list with a difference. It is a list compiled by professional copy editor Fiction Feedback which reads hundreds of manuscripts a year. Fiction Feedback says Ignoring Gravity is “a book about identity, and about why who you are makes a difference, whether you want it to or not.” To read the full article about Fiction Feedback’s top five books, click here.     ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: IGNORING GRAVITY: about why who you are makes a difference @DeaWriter http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1t7 via @SandraDanby #books
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Kate Loveton reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“Danby gives us characters who are flawed. Choices made were sometimes made foolishly… or selfishly… or blindly. Very human decisions made by very human characters,” says writer Kate Loveton at Odyssey of a Novice Writer. Read Kate’s review in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Choices made foolishly, selfishly, or blindly: #bookreview by @KateLoveton http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1pv via @SandraDanby #books
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