“That Set my Writer’s Radar on High Alert.” Q&A With The Family Inheritance Author, Tricia Stringer

“That Set my Writer’s Radar on High Alert.” Q&A With The Family Inheritance Author, Tricia Stringer

Briefly tell us about your book.

The Family Inheritance is a contemporary story of four Gifford women across three generations, who are all linked in some way by an inheritance. Most people think of money or property when it comes to inheritance but there are other kinds of legacies that have a greater impact on us, the love and values of family, long kept secrets and of course the very thing that creates us, our genetic makeup.

As the story begins Hazel Gifford’s husband of 50 years dies and she’s devastated to find he still controls her life from the grave. Her estranged sister, Alice wants to reunite with the family but they’re not at all pleased to see her. Hazel’s daughter Felicity discovers a long-held family secret which throws her life into chaos. And granddaughter Greta, who wants a simple life, finds herself trying to hold her family together.

These four women will question everything they hold dear – their relationships, their loyalties, even their identities.

What inspired the idea behind this book?

There were several seeds that evolved to form the idea. I can’t elaborate too much without a spoiler alert but someone once related the story of a family friend who turned out to be a relative. That set my writer’s radar on high alert. Along with another story about a woman who came out of her shell after her husband had died and I was asking myself why? And then there were the people who revealed a family secret after the death of a relative. All this was a wonderful incubating pot for my story.

What was the research process like for the book?

I recently looked back through all the research I did for this book and the breadth and diversity of it surprised me. I’d forgotten some of the things I’d looked into as background. Some of it was in the form of questions for people who could tell me about something specific such as flying a small plane but I also found some great YouTube clips that helped with this. You never know where research is going to take you. The trick is knowing when to stop!

Does the creative process get easier for you with each book?

I’m not sure that it gets easier but I think I understand it better. It seems strange to say that being creative takes hard work. I’ve learned practices to streamline that work which helps the creativity to flow.

What is something that has influenced you as a writer?

I’ve always been influenced by Australian settings and themes. When I visit new places I take time to pause and watch and listen. Often a story idea comes from a visit to somewhere new or an event that I witness or simply by chatting with the locals about what’s important to them. I picture it as the kernel from which the tree evolves.

 

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                        Publisher details

                        The Family Inheritance
                        Author
                        Tricia Stringer
                        Publisher
                        HarperCollins
                        Genre
                        Fiction
                        Released
                        07 October, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        A toxic will plays havoc in the lives of three generations of women when they discover they have been living a lie. A keenly observed story of the danger of secrets, the legacy of betrayal and the power of family from a bestselling Australian author.Sometimes an ending is really a beginning ...Felicity Lewis's fiftieth birthday party in her newly renovated home, loving husband and daughter Greta by her side, is going off with a bang when disaster strikes. Her father, Franklyn, with his usual impeccable timing, has keeled over and died.For some members of the family, his wife Hazel, for example, Franklyn's death is not the great loss it first appears to be. But when his toxic and inexplicable will is read out, it becomes clear that long-buried secrets are about to surface, starting with the astonishing reappearance of Hazel's long-lost sister.Indeed, Franklyn's death sets in motion a chain of events that will cause three generations of Gifford family women to question everything they hold dear - their relationships, their loyalties, even their identities. Until that is, they choose to fight back against their dark inheritance ...A clever, sympathetic and thought-provoking look at how a legacy of lies can seep through the generations and poison all it touches, and how the truth can set you free.
                        Tricia Stringer
                        About the author

                        Tricia Stringer

                        After Tricia Stringer’s fortieth birthday party she still had two things left on her 'to do before forty' list – write a children’s novel and parachute from a plane. She gave up on the parachuting idea but not the writing and has since published several books. Queen of the Road was her first book with Harlequin and she is very excited that it went on to win the RWA Romantic Book of the Year for 2013 as well as be one of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down in the 2013 Get Reading campaign.A country girl through-and-through, Tricia grew up on a farm on South Australia's, Eyre Peninsula. With a brief stint in the city for secondary education and teacher training she has always lived in rural communities and is currently not too far from the beach in the Copper Coast region of South Australia. Here she shares a rambling old farmhouse with her husband and assorted animals - only some of which are pets!Some people would think that being an IT coordinator, teacher, librarian, wife, mother and grandmother would be enough to fill your days – yet somehow Tricia still finds the time to write. Inspired to create local history stories for the children she taught, Tricia honed her writing skills via courses, classes and lots of practice. While awaiting the publication of those early children's books she began dabbling with an adult short story for a writing competition with a rural theme. The short story became a full length novel and went on to become the first of her rural romances.Tricia likes to create convincing characters in realistic situations. Her novels always have a rural setting and explore themes particular to Australian country life, which of course include romance - where would we be without a little romance in our lives! Her latest book, Riverboat Point, is her sixth rural romance.As for parachuting – she’s done that too. There’s something special about jumping out of a plane high over Queenstown, New Zealand. What a view!

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