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Book Title: Cecilia House by Simon Gandossi
Category: Adult Fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release date: September, 2019
Tour dates: Nov 18 to Dec 6, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: Mature Themes. This book does contain abuse by the church of children.
Life is a precious gift and it can change within the blink of an eye,
something Patricia discovered at a young age. After an extremely tragic
event her loving family, good friends and many dreams and aspirations
were all gone. An unwanted child was sent to what was supposed to be a
place of lovingness and warmth. Instead she soon discovered that those
responsible for her care added so much more pain and sadness to many
lives. What occurred within the walls of Cecilia House was one of the
most despicable and unimaginable acts to ever happen within an
organization whose duty it was to protect innocent children.
Born and raised in Western Australia, author Simon Gandossi grew up on a
small quiet farm. Very early on in his life he began to visit museums.
As he looked at the various antiques, he created stories about each of
them in his mind. When his father bought him his first computer, those
stories came to life. That passion for history grew over the years
making him one of the best up-and-coming historical fiction writers.
His first two books Elsa and For Beau – The Sarah Ashdown Story
have gained outstanding reviews from several major bookstores and
critics. His unique perspective shocks and inspires those who read them.
This has carried over into his newest novel Cecilia House when yet again Simon has created a confronting and powerful story.
Simon will continue to write on that same peaceful farm from which he
wrote his first story so that for a long time to come we all will be
captivated by his work.
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Enter the Giveaway:
How did you do research for your book?
I do my research in various ways, of course using technology and utilizing the internet but also I interview survivors and or their families of the historical event I am writing about. This is done either in person if I can or on programs such as skype and facetime. Hearing firsthand the stories told to me really does help add more feeling to every word I write.
Where do you get inspiration for you stories?
Of course history inspires me to write but even more so my does my family. I remember when I started my first book. I kept sitting at my desk trying to workout out how to begin my research. My parents and many other family members each bought me a nonfiction book on the holocaust which was the story I wrote about. They also purchased a concentrate camp letter and various items from the period to inspire me to start. I began very soon after they did that for me.
What advice would you give budding writers?
There are 3 things to remember for any person wanting to become a writer. The first is be prepared to be in it for the long haul, nothing happens overnight. The second is be able to take a certain amount of criticism and use it to make yourself a better writer. The third is believe in yourself, the moment doubts start entering your mind it can affect your writing.
What genre do you write and why?
I write historical fiction because history is my passion. It started early on in school during a class trip to our state museum and I was so overwhelmed with what I saw, I almost missed the bus back to school. I collect antiques and just cleaning or looking at them inspires me to write. History means so much to me and there is no greater pleasure for me to bring it to life for my readers.
Where do you write?
I live on a farm and although most of my writing is done in my office at home, I have several places on the property where I sit and either write or do research. I have my grandmother’s old wooden table and chair. I put them under one of the oldest trees not just on the property but the entire suburb. The views I see always put me in a relaxed mood and that helps my writing immensely.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
That is a question that for me would require a very long answer. I would go back to as far back as the Tudor period in England to the 1950s and 1960s. I love hearing my dad talk about growing up in the 1960s and I love the music of that era. I would also go back to various historical events including being in London during The Blitz, Pearl Harbour and watching the moon landing live. My fascination for history spans many centuries.
If you were stuck on an island, which 3 books would you want with you?
Anne Frank’s Diary, one of my all-time favourites and the very first book I read. On Radji Beach, one of the best true stories I have ever read. Burt Monro, The World’s Fastest Indian, a book about a man who never gave up on his dream, which describes me.