I’m Noelle Clark. I live in a cottage in the rainforest, high on a mountain just behind the Gold Coast. Yes—Tamborine Mountain. It’s lovely up here, and lots of authors, artists, musicians and other creative people have made it their home.
On March 1st, I released Stone of Heaven and Earth. This is my first Historical Fiction book, and in fact, it is the first book I ever wrote. But it kept getting shoved to the back as my Contemporary Romance books begged to be written. Seven years—and eight published books later--Stone of Heaven and Earth has finally been set free.
It’s intensely personal, as it is based on the true story of my grandparents living in China between 1914 and 1929. That’s one hundred years ago. The sad thing is, my mother and my aunt, both of whom feature in the book, were both alive and quite ‘with it’ when I started writing the book. I regret taking so long to get it published as, sadly, they have both now passed away. But I am content in the knowledge that they would have loved it.
Why did I take so long? Good question. Firstly, I think it was badly written. Head hopping? What’s that? I was a raw beginner when I wrote the first draft. I joined RWA, attended lots of conferences, workshops, seminars, and did QWC writer courses. And now, as an established author, I know my writing skills have improved greatly from that first draft of Stone of Heaven and Earth. With the help of some honest beta readers, some insightful editing suggestions, and several re-writes, the book now is one I can be proud of.
Here’s the blurb:
Spanning the years 1914 to 1929, Stone of Heaven and Earth is an epic tale of love and loss, extravagant expatriate lifestyles, intense danger, heroic acts, and the hideous effects of a cruel and barbaric civil war. The complex and volatile politics in China is played out in the intimate story of two intrepid couples, foreigners who embarked on the adventure of a lifetime and made their home in China.
Based on the author’s true family history, this work of fiction is interwoven with real stories gleaned from memoirs, photographs, and from growing up hearing the stories from those who were there. Extensive research, which included a month spent in China tracing the footsteps of the characters in this book, has resulted in a captivating account of foreigners in China during some of the most violent and devastating times.
You can buy it on Amazon, and soon other e-retailers. Print edition will be out soon too.
Thanks for having me, Liv, and good luck with your lovely website.
Lots of photos about China in the early 20th Century on my Pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com.au/NoelleCBooks/book-stone-of-heaven-and-earth/
***GIVEAWAY*** - I’d like to know who has visited China and what you thought of it. Email me your name, and a brief response, and I’ll choose one lucky winner. Prize will be a signed copy of Stone of Heaven and Earth (Australian residents only, sorry.) International contestants will receive an eBook copy. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org