Q&A with Victoria Blake #author of Titian’s Boatman @VM_Blake @bwpublishing

Please check out my Q&A with the lovely Portobello Book blog. I had good fun answering their questions and I hope you enjoy it!

Victoria Blake’s novel Titian’s Boatman will be published on Thursday by Black and White Publishing. It sounds a really wonderful story and I’m d…

Source: Q&A with Victoria Blake #author of Titian’s Boatman @VM_Blake @bwpublishing

TITIAN’S BOATMAN

dsc06869I got a delivery of my book TITIAN’S BOATMAN this week. Hurrah! And it has a lovely quote from Francesco da Mosto on the cover.

“Travelling across time and place, this compelling intrigue captures the beauty of several Venices and the essence of Titian – the city’s most scandalous genius.”

Thank you Francesco!

It made me think of this quotation by Alice Walker, an author I love:

“There is an ecstatic side to writing. It’s like jazz. It just has a life.”

ALICE WALKER

To be perfectly frank the ecstatic side of doing the actual writing sometimes passes me by but I can tell you there’s nothing quite like taking delivery of finished copies of your book for the first time especially when your publisher has done such a fantastic job. There is the lovely Man with the Blue Sleeve. What a fantastic jacket! Hope you like the look of it. Very much hope you read it and enjoy it! It’s published January 26th.

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Forgive the ecstasy but sometimes a gal just has to celebrate and scatter these !!!!!!!!! around like crazy. Then she gets on with the business of wrapping her parcels and swearing because she’s run out of Sellotape (why can’t you tear modern Sellotape with your teeth?) and wondering what size Christmas tree she’s going to buy and why she has failed to put the recycling out for the last three weeks and why she hasn’t written a Christmas card yet and, ‘Oh God the post office is going on strike, isn’t it?’ and (London-centric) what on earth is the matter with the Piccadilly line these days and how dare Sainsburys play Shirley Temple Christmas songs to you when you’re trapped doing your shopping and why can’t they have Fairytale of New York by The Pogues instead… Hope your Christmas preparations are going better than mine and many thanks to Thomas at B&W for the lovely pictures.

 

TITIAN’S BOATMAN

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TITIAN’S BOATMAN

This very beautiful Advance Proof is of my new book TITIAN’S BOATMAN which is going to be published by Black and White in January 2017. I am so delighted I have put it on a celebratory pink cushion and drooled over it. It is set partly in Renaissance Venice and partly in 21st century New York and London. Over the coming months expect this blog, on occasion, to take a sharp turn into the serpentine alleyways and canals of a sixteenth century Venice, populated with courtesans, gondoliers and painters. I very much hope you will enjoy the ride!