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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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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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A Woman’s Wisdom reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“I really liked this story.  Sandra Danby deals with the emotions surrounding grief, adoption and infertility with a deep understanding of the emotions involved,” says book reviewer A Woman’s Wisdom. Read the review by A Woman’s Wisdom in full by clicking here. To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. Buy Ignoring Gravity at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
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Meet my character: blog tour

What a wonderful idea for a blog tour, focussing on the people that really matter: not the authors, but our characters. I could write about Rose Haldane all day long… aah, I do! So thanks to Judith Frances Field for asking me to take part in this blog tour. First I need to tell you about Judith. Born in Liverpool and living in London, Judith is the daughter of writers. This means she learned how to agonize over fiction submissions at her mother and father’s knees. Click here to read about Mark Anderson, the main character in Perigee, the short story she is currently working on. So here’s the lowdown on Rose, identity detective, and the lynchpin of Ignoring Gravity. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person? Rose is a fictional person, though when I imagined her I looked at the photo above. It’s a cutting from a magazine, years old now, I can’t remember where I got it from, or the name of the real woman. But for me, she is Rose. The photo is stuck to the pin board behind my computer screen so I say ‘good morning’ to her every
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Shelley Weiner reviews ‘Ignoring Gravity’

“This contemporary tale of sisterhood and identity is immediately engrossing. Sandra Danby writes with great empathy and wit.” Shelley Weiner, author of ‘The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green’  Shelley Weiner was my creative writing teacher for two years when I studied at Birkbeck College, University of London. So this review means a lot. In fact, I’d written an early draft of Ignoring Gravity, when it was provisionally called Finding Rose, before I studied with Shelley. So, until receiving a proof copy of the manuscript this year she had never heard of Rose Haldane. Regular readers may remember a while ago I wrote about Tiara, the novel I haven’t finished writing. Tiara was written on that course at Birkbeck. Shelley will have forgotten about it, but if she clicks here she may recall my melodramatic opening page!  Click here to visit Shelley’s website. Click here to listen to Shelley talk about The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green Click here to hear Shelley talk about writing, teaching, curiosity and tenacity…. Read my review of The Audacious Mendacity of Lily Green.   Read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity. ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like
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Ignoring Gravity: my eclectic research list

Being a journalist, and a Virgo, I am good at making lists. My research list for Ignoring Gravity was long and eclectic. From adoption to early menopause, roses to dinosaurs. I read voraciously, made notes, clipped articles out of magazines and newspapers, took photographs; I filled boxes and files with notes.  As soon as I decided to write about two pairs of sisters I realised part of my story would be set in a different period of time: the 1960s. I was a child in the Sixties, but I would be writing about two young women, two sisters, living in London. I was 10 in 1970, and I grew up on a farm in Yorkshire. Patently, I couldn’t write ‘what I knew’. So I researched the Sixties. What clothes did they wear? What music did they listen to? The Beatles [above]? The Rolling Stones [below?] How did they earn their living? What was happening in the world around them? What was daily life like, at home, at work? The political scene in the Sixties: CND, drugs. What did they read and watch: newspapers, books, magazines, television programmes. And then there was the non-Sixties stuff:- The Metropolitan Police. The streets of
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Ignoring Gravity: Why Rose?

I honestly can’t remember why I called my protagonist Rose. I have been writing about Rose Haldane in Ignoring Gravity, and the sequel Connectedness, for more than 12 years and she is real to me. She came to me fully-formed as Rose, we live together, I have no memory or note taken as evidence that I ever considered a different name. In the early days, the title of the novel was Finding Rose because the story is essentially about Rose discovering the truth of her identity; she sets off on a journey to find herself.  I had fun with rose imagery but it is easy to get carried away, too clever, and a lot of this was cut in an early draft. Rose and Lily’s Grandma, Bizzie, is almost 80. She is from another era, her speech is based on my own Great-Aunt with the little verbal stutters, the clichés and repetitions, and a full-stop of quiet laughter at the end of a sentence when her words ran out. I browsed through the Penguin Dictionary of Clichés. Finally I had four clichés about roses for Bizzie to say: ‘a bed of roses’, ‘a rose between two thorns’, ‘a rose by
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IGNORING GRAVITY #2

This is the 2nd instalment of ‘Ignoring Gravity’ about identity detective Rose Haldane. To start reading from the beginning, please click on the category ‘My Novel: Ignoring Gravity’ in the right hand menu. Nick Nick Maddox, managing director of Biocare Beauty, was sitting at his desk thinking about face cream. In particular, the failure of bottling machinery at the Scottish factory which manufactured his best-selling Natura-Refresha Night Flower serum. Should he shift production to Devon? Or cross his fingers that the machine would be fixed in time to fulfil his export order to France next week? At that thought he leant back in his chair and allowed himself a small smile of achievement. Me, exporting face creams to France. It’s like selling an English striker to a Brazilian football club. Having made the decision to trust the Scots, his mind shifted to the press interview with a financial journalist which was due to start… he glanced at his watch… five minutes ago. He sighed. It was the last in a schedule of PR interviews about his management buyout of the company. This was his least favourite part of the job, talking City talk with business journalists wearing expensive suits with
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IGNORING GRAVITY #1

This is the first instalment of my novel ‘Ignoring Gravity’ about Rose Haldane, identity detective. 1968 There was a sharp slap followed by a cry, the sound of an animal echoed in my ears and my soul and my empty womb and didn’t fade. “4lb 3oz. Girl. Write it in the Statement Book then take it away.” * 40 years later Rose Someone took her by the arm, forcing her to sit down. Breath warmed her cheek. She was ice all over. She could see nothing, nothing except one word written in the diary. Adopt. Suddenly pain, starting at her cheek and spreading through her head. Again, and again. Each slap beat that word deeper into her unconsciousness. Adopt. Rose Haldane fell off the edge of the world. * Three days earlier, her life had taken a turn for the better. It was 10am on Thursday morning and Rose was sitting on a sofa the size of a generous double bed. Black, low, leather, polished steel feet, it was positioned on one side of a glass coffee table bigger than her kitchen. Opposite was a black leather swivel chair that screamed ‘executive.’ She sat gingerly on the sofa, lowering her
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… in the graveyard

“Just as the church clocked struck seven, Rose was walking through a wooden gate and along a grass path fringed by weeds and wild flowers, past gravestones, past rambling brambles and ivy. Some graves were neatly kept, grass clipped, headstones scrubbed. She stopped for a moment beside the graves of her mother and grandfather, laying shoulder to shoulder in the early morning sunshine.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… sisterly love

DIANA’S SISTER, KATE INGRAM “Oh Rose, look at this.” Lily held a photograph of their mother and Aunt Kate. The sisters stood side by side at a barbecue. Rose recognised the style of dress her mother was wearing from the contents of the wardrobe now: a round-neck, knee-length pale-coloured shift. Rose would have laid bets that it was lilac. Kate’s long wavy dark hair was plaited with beads and she wore a paisley crinkly skirt with tiny bells sewn along the hem. Rose could almost hear them ringing.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… diaries, secrets…

“Rose held the book for a moment before opening it at the first page. The handwriting was easy to read: tiny, italicised script, every letter carefully formed, every serif perfectly angled in relation to the full shape of the letter. A very neat version of the script familiar from every birthday card her mother had ever given her. Each diary entry was headed by a date, underlined precisely with a ruler, written in blue ink.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… Mum, Mummy, Mother

ROSE’S MOTHER, DIANA HALDANE “Diana’s clothes hung in the wardrobe organised by colour. Rose took the turquoise Liberty-print floral blouse off its hanger, sniffed deeply. It smelled faintly of moth balls. She was surprised at the sudden swell of tears in her eyes. Lily gave her a sympathetic pat on the back. Rose admired her mother’s strong conviction about what colours suited her and wished she had that discipline: nothing red, brown or orange was given rail space. Three old-fashioned hat boxes balanced on top of a heavy brown suitcase; how typical of their mother to use hat boxes.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… Rose, the identity detective

“She fell forward slightly as the door opened leaving her finger suspended in mid-air. She smiled at the woman who stood on the doorstep who looked about Rose’s own age except for her eyes, which by right belonged to the face of a very tired 70-year old at the end of a long day. ‘Hello. I’m Rose. Rose Haldane. My mother lived here, in the Sixties. I wondered if I could have a look around?’ ” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… sisters, sisters…

ROSE’S SISTER, LILY LODGE “Lily put the jars of marmalade and Marmite back in the fridge, then swallowed her daily folic acid and zinc tablets with the last mouthful of lemon and ginger tea, rinsed the mug and set it to drain. It was her favourite mug, bone china with the Japanese kanji for ‘peace’ picked out in chains of daisies, lupins, bluebells and buttercups. Not as traditional Japanese as peonies or chrysanthemums, but she loved it all the same. William gave it to her soon after they met. The only way she knew what the kanji meant was because it was explained on the price ticket which William had forgotten to remove.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… Rose, the journalist

“Rose walked through the revolving doors into reception, breathing deeply of the overly-cleansed highly-perfumed air of the two-storey glass lobby. It was preferable to the smell outside: jammie shortbreads were coming off the conveyors at Butler’s Biscuits today. It was Friday.” [excerpt from ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby] Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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‘Ignoring Gravity’… who is Rose?

ROSE HALDANE “There were hundreds of varieties of rose and some days Rose certainly didn’t feel like she merited the association, though she preferred the name to Rosemary. “I’m a flower, not a herb,” had been her standard retort as a child. Sam called her every derivative, every bastardisation, including Roz, Rosa and once even Rosalind, Shakespeare’s heroine. This insulted Rose the most, she preferred Beatrice’s wit. ‘Rosalind’, she’d written in a sixth form essay, ‘was rather wet.’ Her teacher had scrawled across the bottom in green ink: Subjective. Prove it. Facts not assumption.” Coming soon… ‘IGNORING GRAVITY’ #1 – the first instalment of Rose Haldane’s captivating story.
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