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Each month, I intend to have a guest author, band or artiste interviewed on this page. If you fit the above broad category and would like to see yourself here, please contact me at mike [dot] amos at michaelamos [dot] net (replacing the at with an @, removing the anti-spam spaces and replaceing the [dot] with a .).

Jane Lovering

This month, I am proud to welcome my fellow author Jane Lovering to talk about her fantastic book, Reversing Over Liberace.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was built in a small workshop in Devon. My creator, appalled at what he had done, promptly tried to destroy me, but it was too late - since then I have moved restlessly around the British Isles in an attempt to keep one step ahead of the mob with the flaming torches. And in the ceaseless search for the perfect toffee bonbon.

How did you get started writing?

Some kind people pushed a pen into my hand and made little circling motions. Ever since then I've been addicted. Can't help it. Telling myself stories in my head makes the unbearableness of life just that little bit less..err... unbearable. And it's also a very cool occupation to impress people with at parties. If ever people approached me at parties, that is. For some reason they just run away, screaming.

Tell us about Reversing over Liberace.

It's a book. And it's got pages in, and everything. Oh, you mean like, what it's about? It's about a slightly dizzy woman called Willow who's flattered into starting a relationship with a guy she had a crush on in University. He didn't notice her then, suddenly he's all over her like ... something that's all over people. No, not skin, that's just silly.

Anyway. She's overwhelmed that this gorgeous man has 'found' her again, until she starts to think that there might be something behind his sudden admiration for her. It's a really good story, and the reviews have been terrific, but modesty forbids me from quoting them here. And it's out in paperback this spring. Even better.

Modesty may prevent Jane from quoting them but it's my web site, so here they are:

Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read - Five out of Five 'One of the funniest things I've read in ages!' - 'Smart and witty' 'This is a book I won't forget' Marlene, FAR

A 78 from Mrs Giggles! 'I enjoyed reading this story' - 'some funny one-liners' 'Jane Lovering has a lively voice'

4 Hearts! and Very Sensual Rating from The Romance Studio 'Very Bridget Jonesy and a lot of fun… funny first person account of female growth and introspection. Engaging Chick Lit and a really fun read.’ Lynne Bushey

What is your favourite scene in the book and why?

Hmmm. Obviously the whole book is terrific and witty and everything, but I think my favourite bit is the end. Not just because then I could stop writing and go and have the wee I'd been bursting to have for seven months, but because everyone gets what they deserve. And, let's face it, a naked guy tied to a bed is a pretty good ending.

Yorkshire. Discuss...

Apparently when they built Birmingham they had a lot of sky left over, so they had the spare stuff shipped up here. Sky, and empty hills as far as the eye can see. Do you know, you can walk all day and not see another female impersonator? Amazing.

I set all my books around the North York Moors, mostly because I live here and it's just outside the windows and everything so I don't have to work too hard, and partly because selling local books is a lot easier. And York is a great city to use as a setting because I'm interested in exploring seedy underbellies. I have a special cream that I have to use afterwards though.

Who are your favorite authors?

Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, Douglas Adams - one day I'll make you proud, boys.

Where do you get your ideas?

There's a little shop just down the road. Fifty pence each, or a dozen for a fiver. Bargain.

Tell us about your upcoming releases.

Those very lovely people at Samhain have just given me a contract on my second book 'Slightly Foxed', which will be out in August '08. It's about love and a second hand bookshop. Oh, and horses. Slightly Foxed was a runner-up in the Lit Idol competition a few years ago, so it's been around a while. But this time, with the help of my lovely editor Anne who poked it with a stick to make sure it had stopped moving, it's a much better story. I'm thinking of advertising it with the slogan 'Slightly Foxed - Now with Added Sex!'