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#BlogTour : #AuthorInterview – The Water and the Wine by Tamar Hodes @HodesTamar @HooklineBooks #LoveBooksGroupTours

Author Interview


 

Today on my blog I have a first! My very first Author Interview. There was certainly some nail biting whilst I was writing these questions. But here goes.

A little extra note! This book is currently 99p on Amazon so go and check it out, the link is below! 

 


 

The Blurb! thewaterandwine_v4

It is the 1960s and a group of young writers and artists gather on the Greek island of Hydra. Leonard Cohen is at the start of his career and in love with Marianne, who is also muse to her ex-husband, Axel. Australian authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift write, drink and fight. It is a hedonistic time of love, sex and new ideas. As the island hums with excitement, Jack and Frieda Silver join the community, hoping to mend their broken marriage. However, Greece is overtaken by a military junta and the artistic idyll is threatened. 

 

 

 


Purchase Link

https://amzn.to/2OtOgUw

 


 

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Growing up, Tamar Hodes’ neighbours were Leonard Cohen, his girlfriend Marianne, and other writers and artists on the Greek island of Hydra. Her parents took her to the island to pursue their own art and writing. However, the bohemian nature of Hydra destroyed their marriage. The Water and the Wine is a fictional account of those days.; Tamar Hodes’ first novel Raffy’s Shapes was published in 2006. She has had stories on Radio 4 and others in anthologies including Salt’s The Best British Short Stories 2015, The Pigeonhole, Your One Phone Call, the Ofi Press, MIR online and Fictive Dream. Tamar was born in Israel and lived in Greece and South Africa before settling in the UK. She read English and Education at Homerton College, Cambridge. For the past thirty-three years she has taught English in schools, universities and prisons.

 


 

Social Media Link

@HodesTamar 

 


 

Author Interview

I’d like to take the time and thank Tamar for answering my questions and welcome to my blog.

  1. Where did you find the inspiration for The Water and the Wine?

I lived on Hydra as a child (see photo) as my parents were part of the artistic community which included Leonard Cohen and Marianne. Many years later, as a writer, I thought the events of that time would make a great novel. I also read a quotation from Cohen in an interview when he said that it would take a novel to try to to capture his and Marianne’s relationship. That gave me a challenge! I did a lot of reading around the subject and when they both passed away within four months of each other in 2016, I thought that I had better write this book.

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  1. If your book came with a theme song, what would it be and why?

Dance Me to the End of Love. It is my favourite Leonard Cohen song and seems to me to encapsulate a wonderful message – try to keep the magic alive even when life is tough.

  1. Who is your favourite character and why?

I became very fascinated by Marianne. She never found her own artistic voice which is a shame but she acted as a muse to her ex-husband and to Cohen. Some readers have felt that she was too subservient to the men but I think that to inspire others is a great gift. She was a devoted mother, too, which I prise highly. I also dedicated the novel to the maids and nannies who care for children and give comfort and are often poorly paid and unacknowledged.

  1. What is your favourite genre/author to read?

I read a lot of literary fiction. Favourite authors include Alice Munro, Tessa Hadley, William Trevor, Anita Shreve, Patrick Gale and from past authors, Virginia Woolf, George Eliot and one of my favourite novels is Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

  1. Do you have any tips on the process of getting published.

Getting published is hard. You have to persevere in spite of the many rejections.

  1. When you’re not writing, what other hobbies do you have?

Nature, reading, cinema, theatre, art galleries, eating (too) well.  Family is at the centre of my life and we are very much enjoying being grandparents to our first grandchild, Hugo.

  1. Just for fun, if it came down to it, who would win in a fight? Gomora (guardians of the Galaxy) or Wonder Woman?

I just don’t know these characters. I prefer real women – like Marianne.

  1. What are you working on at the moment?

I have another idea for a novel but I think I will allow myself a slight break before I plunge into that novel-pool again. I always have a short story on the boil.

 


Please do go along to the other blogs that are contributing to this tour, they’re listed below 

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