Today I am delighted to join the blogtour with author K.L. Loveley
K.L. Loveley tackles alcoholism head-on in her debut novel Alice, described as ‘an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into‘.
I am delighted to shine a light on the author herself today as my stop on the tour so I’ll hand you over to K.L. now….
‘I was born in 1953 when the nation was still recovering from the ravages of the Second World War. I clearly remember there were lots of new homes being built around where I lived, with my parents, elder brother and younger sister. The building sites were fun places to play, among the piles of sand and bricks. There were no safety regulations in those days, so we got into a few scrapes.
Our home was very cold and damp in the winter, especially on Monday, wash day when damp clothes were hung around the house and we could not get close to the coal fire to get warm. It must have taken mum all week to dry and iron the Monday wash, when she repeated the whole process the following week.
Because everyone was in the same position, we didn’t feel hard done to. In fact, I always considered myself as having a happy childhood, I was loved and well cared for and although money was tight at times, we always had a nice Christmas, a week’s holiday at the seaside every summer and books to read.
I have been fortunate to have a brother and two sisters and a large extended family in terms of aunties, uncles and lots of cousins. In addition to this I clearly remember meeting my maternal great grandparents and great aunties and my grandparents who I often spent time with. My paternal grandfather I sadly never met, but my grandmother I had the pleasure of her company until I was a young woman myself. My author pen name is taken from my female ancestors.
I live with my husband in a quaint Nottinghamshire village, and we enjoy a wide variety of hobbies together. We have grown-up children, and we enjoy spending time with them, it’s fantastic when we are all together. My mum, and my siblings live close by, so I spend quality time with them too. We have an amazing four-year-old grandson, a cute baby granddaughter and another grandson on the way!
I started working as a student nurse in 1972 and plan to retire June 2017. I worked for over twenty years in the local hospital on a variety of wards and departments and the last twenty years in primary care working as a nurse in general practice. I have the utmost passion and respect for our wonderful NHS.
As well as reading and writing, I enjoy, sewing, gardening, travelling, swimming, cycling and spending time with my family and friends. I am always open to trying new and interesting pursuits having achieved my first tandem parachute jump at the tender age of sixty. Watch this space.
To continue writing of course and in addition, to visit places of interest, take up new pursuits, have lots of adventures, learn new skills, meet interesting people and to spend as much time as possible with the people I love.
Alice is near breaking point. Floods have left her beautiful dream home a damaged mess, her step children’s lack of respect is giving her migraines and, worst of all, her husband is giving her no support to lean on. Her life is slowly spiralling out of control.
When Alice’s daughter, Anne Marie, repeatedly falls victim to aggressive vandals, Alice finally can take no more. She decides to take control of the mess that has become her life, and finally frees herself from the chaos that has been bringing her down.
Freedom, however, isn’t as sweet as Alice first thought it might be. She finds herself yearning for something she can’t quite put her finger on. In her quest to find it, Alice finds herself turning to drink…
Purchase Link ~ Alice
About the author:
K.L Loveley is a contemporary fiction author from Nottinghamshire, who writes gritty, realistic novels which tackle medical and social issues.
The author has enjoyed a successful 47-year nursing career with the NHS, during which she acquired vast skills. She has transferred her medical knowledge, and incorporated her excellent human observation skills into writing interesting stories about people affected by social and medical issues.
Her debut novel, ‘Alice’ tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into.
Find out more about K.L. Loveley at www.klloveley.com
and on Twitter @K_L_Loveley