Welcome Hazel Statham! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
I was born in 1946 and have lived all my life in a part of England that is known as The Midlands. I have written on and off since I was fifteen, mostly for my own amusement and that of friends and family. I am fascinated by history and write mainly in the Georgian and Regency periods. I have an empathy for these eras, which encourages me to recreate them in my work. I have been married to my husband since 1969 and we have a daughter and beautiful grandson. Now that I no longer work, I am able to devote my time to writing and my family – not forgetting my lovely Labrador, Mollie, who is my constant companion. It’s not easy typing at the computer with a rather large Labrador trying to get on your knee.
Is FOR LOVE OF SARAH a single title, or part of a series?
It is a single title. I think it would be difficult to make it into a series as it concentrates around the two protagonists and there are few other characters in the story – except for Zander of course.
What were your inspirations for the story?
My inspiration came from just six words uttered in a film which my hero repeats at the beginning of the first chapter, “Why now? Dear God, why now?” My imagination took flight and I wondered just what the implications could mean in a different context. I had had a vague idea for a story for some while and these imaginings gave me the beginning.
When did the writing bug first bite?
I was fifteen when I first put pen to paper. I don’t know exactly what prompted me only that I was an avid reader of books such as those by Austin and the Bronte sisters. I guess it was the beginning of wanting to create my own historical world. For me, writing is just an urge I can’t ignore
Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte always tops my list, closely followed by These Old Shade by Georgette Heyer (in fact, most of her books come very high on my list), Flowers From The Storm by Laura Kinsale, and then, in no particular order, Mary Jo Putney, Anne Gracie, Mary Balough and many, many more too numerous to mention.
What is your most favorite childhood memory?
My riding lessons. I would count the hours and days between each one and the time I was able to spend at the stables.
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
As you’ve probably guessed from the answers above my passion is for horses and dogs – all animals really. When I was younger I was desperate for a horse of my own, but it was not to be. Now, at the age of 66 and can no longer ride, I am part owner of four!
Boxers, brief or commando?
Boxers – most definitely boxers.
Favorite eye color?
For Love of Sarah
by Hazel Statham
How many times can a heart be broken? How many times can love be denied? Sarah and Alexander were destined for each other but after just four short weeks of marriage, their lives were torn asunder.
Alexander, Earl of Thorne thought he had found his ideal mate but, when Sarah absconded shortly after their marriage, his world came crashing down. Now, five years later, he discovers her in a remote Yorkshire village.
Sarah had thought she was safe, but when, severely injured in a freak accident, her husband is thrust once more into her life, she fears her dark secrets and the fact she has a son, will become known.
Despite her own desperate longings, she continually repudiates Alexander’s efforts of reconciliation. However, fate conspires against her, and when her home is made uninhabitable by floods, she and her young son are forced to accept his aid and return to her former home.
Discovery threatens and, despite her breaking heart, she plans to leave Alexander’s life. What is this secret that makes it so imperative that she should abscond from him yet again? Can two broken hearts cleave and emerge victorious or will life's cruel forces tear them apart forever?
Yorkshire, June, 1815
Why now? Dear God, why now? After almost five years of schooling his body and mind from wanting her, the mere sight of her slight form across the crowded marketplace had brought back all the old emotions he’d worked so desperately to subdue, and he reeled with the impact.
He’d thought the stance of the young woman was familiar, as he had on numerous occasions, only to be disappointed, but when she moved into full view by the bakery stall, he immediately realized that it truly was his wife. Sarah, his senses cried, sweet, faithless Sarah. They had been wed but four weeks when she disappeared from his home and life. To find her now in a remote Yorkshire village defied all sense.
His impulse was to confront her immediately, but as he moved to tether his horse to the rail outside the smithy, the blacksmith came out to take the beast from him.
“Lost his shoe, has he, sir?” the man asked, casting an appreciative eye over the large chestnut. “Fine animal, if I might say so…”
Thrusting the reins into the smithy’s hands, Alexander Markham, Earl of Thorne, snapped, “Left side, fore,” effectively cutting short the blacksmith’s appraisal of his mount, and, turning on his heel, left the man to stare after him as he made his way into the throng of people in the marketplace.
Despite his advantage of height, he could see no sign of his wife. She had moved from the stall—but to where? Becoming frustrated with the press of people that milled
around him, he strode toward the centre where the ground rose to provide a vantage point, but to no avail. Sarah was nowhere in view, and he began to doubt his own perception.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hazel Statham began writing at the age of fifteen, finally committing to paper the stories she spun as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since, although marriage, motherhood, and career left time for little else. Once she retired, however, she was able to devote herself to writing full-time, publishing her first novel in 2007. A long time student of history, she writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, though she has been known to dabble in the medieval as well. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her husband, Terry, and their beloved yellow Labrador, Mollie.
Hazel loves to hear from her readers and promises to answer all mail.
Website address www.hazel-statham.co.uk
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