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#BlogTour #GuestPost The Light Keeper By Cole Moreton @colemoreton @rhodapr2013 @thelightkeeper1 @marylebonehouse

Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Light Keeper By Cole Moreton and I would like to share a guest post written by the author, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂

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Publisher: Marylebone House
ISBN13: 978-1910674567
Genre:  Literary Fiction
Release date: 21 05 2020
Price*: Kindle £2.89 (GBP)/  Paperback £7.37 (GBP)
Kindle $3.63 (USD)/ Paperback $20.63 (USD)
Pages: ~ 224
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK
Book Depository

Description of the book: Sarah stands on the brink, arms open wide as if to let the wind carry her away.

She’s come to the high cliffs to be alone, to face the truth about her life, to work out what to do.

Her lover Jack is searching, desperate to find her before it is too late. But Sarah doesn’t want to be found. Not yet. Not by him.

And someone else is seeking answers up here where the seabirds soar – a man known only as the Keeper, living in an old lighthouse right on the cusp of a four-hundred-foot drop. He is all too aware that sometimes love takes you to the edge . . .

Guest Post:

“How do you write such hot women?” I laughed when someone asked that the other day, because I would never put it so crudely and because I was flattered that the man who asking, a radio presenter who had read The Light Keeper, had fallen a little in love with Sarah, the thirty-something teacher from the East End of London who is caught in a terrible moment at the start of the story and runs away to her safe place, the high cliffs around Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters.

I also laughed because just that morning, someone else had asked me: “How do you write such attractive men?” She was a reader who had fallen in a little in love with a man we know at the beginning of the story as the Keeper. A wounded, weary soul, this forty-something former war reporter has come to live in the semi-derelict Belle Tout lighthouse on the edge of the cliff but lost his love – the enigmatic artist Rí – for reasons we don’t yet understand. He’s feeling lost. Caught in a moment, like Sarah. Suspended, like the lighthouse is suspended between the sea and the sky. Unable to leave because his love is there – at least in his head, talking to him still – yet so consumed by grief he is barely able to stay.

I think of the characters as real people, even though they did not exist before I started to write. The writing state is a kind of trance: I enter the room or the landscape with the characters in my mind’s eye and watch it all unfold. But where do they actually come from? I don’t know, is the honest answer. From the head, from the heart, from the life I have lead and the people I’ve met, the books I have read and the movies I’ve seen and the songs I’ve heard and the longings within me, perhaps. All those things contribute, somehow.

For example, there’s a song by rapper Dizraeli called Maria about an artist whose lover goes astray, with a haunting refrain: “Won’t you follow me, a little closer to the sea?” Something in it stirred me and helped lead to the creation of my own Maria who calls herself Rí – the Irish word for king and a male word, she’s stealing back the power. This beautiful, complex character is formed in part from memories of a few real people including an artist called Jess who taught me new ways of seeing the world, the brilliant Irish singer Sinead O’Connor and a lovely mate called Ali who was a magpie like Rí and also died too soon. Then, as I wrote, Rí became herself.

That’s how it is with characters. Like the silk and feather angel she made that Sarah and the Keeper let go from the top of the lighthouse at the end of the story, sometimes you just have to let them fly.

Cole 3About the author: Cole Moreton is a writer and broadcaster exploring who we are and what we believe in.

Cole’s BBC Radio 4 series The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away won multiple awards including Best Documentary in the BBC Radio Awards, Best Writing at the World’s Best Radio Awards in New York and gold for Audio Moment of the Year at the Arias.

Cole writes for the Mail on Sunday and was named Interviewer of the Year at the Press Awards 2016, then shortlisted again for the fifth time in 2018. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Sunday Times, and many others.

Websites: http://www.colemoreton.com / http://www.thelightkeeper.org

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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