Elaine Spires' second novel was Single's Holiday, set on her beloved Antigua... the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful... silver sand, cobalt sky, warm, turquoise sea... and a bunch of complete strangers who only have one thing in common: they’re single!
Some are looking for romance and some for something more... but they've all chosen to spend their holiday with people they have never met before. Pretty soon some become great friends, some enemies and some lovers, but it is perhaps their tour leader Eve who has the biggest shock of all.
Glorious days on the beach, boozy, balmy nights and a pending tropical storm combine in a story to make you laugh and cry with just the right number of twists to keep you turning the pages as you get to know all the members of the group as they, in turn, get to know each other.
Elaine Spires is a diverse novelist as well as an award-winning playwright and actress.
Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine's keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels.
She wrote her first book What's Eating Me in 2010. It was originally a play, a one-woman show performed as a monologue with a child actor - Elena-Beth Carter playing Eileen as a child in the background and Elaine performed it on the London and Edinburgh fringes. She loved the character of loved Eileen so much that she decided to expand the story into a book.
Her second novel was Singles' Holiday, set on her beloved Antigua... the Caribbean at its most luscious, its most beautiful... silver sand, cobalt sky, warm, turquoise sea... and a bunch of complete strangers who only have one thing in common: they're single!
And her third novel Sweet Lady, again set in Antigua, will amaze you with a massive twist which goes to show that nothing is as it seems!
When Elaine is not writing her ideas into her next book or play, she enjoys going to the theatre, visiting the cinema, eating out with her friends and she also loves to read! Elaine spends her time between her homes in Hadleigh, Essex and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.).
Learn more about Elaine at her website www.elainespires.co.uk
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An Interview with Elaine Spires...
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing is the thrill I get writing about the characters that live in my head and bringing them to life for other people to meet, get to know and form an opinion of.
What’s the worst thing about being an author?
The worst thing is when someone doesn't appreciate your work. Lee Childs,
Which authors do you admire and why?
Kathy Reichts, Val McDermid, Peter James, Maeve Binchy, Linwood Barclay.
Which author would you most like to be and why?
It would have to be Maeve Binchy. I absolutely love the way she weaves a story. She's the ultimate storyteller and I strive to be half the storyteller she was.
I hear that Singles’ Holiday has already been adapted into a stage play and a pilot episode for TV series will be filmed later in the year. Congratulations on those two brilliant achievements. If you could cast any actress in the role of Eve, who would you choose and why?
Thank you so much, it is so exciting! I’d have to choose Julie Walters – she could absolutely pull it off, she’s so vivacious.
I believe that you are a writer and actress involved with a production company as well as being an author.
I'm a director of Melabeau Productions (www.melabeauproductions.co.uk)
Their FB page is Melabeau Prods and Twitter is @ melabeauprods. There are very exciting times ahead with the stage play of Singles’ Holiday previewing in Brentford in October and our first Christmas panto also taking take place later this year. Cindarella will be showing in Romford. There will hopefully be lots more to tell too!