Sonia Bellhouse
Reviews for Fire and Ice

'I have only just finished your book, 'Fire and Ice'. I found it a very well told story with interesting and believable characters and an intriguing and unique storyline. As it's genre was one I rarely read it took me a while to get into the story - but then I was pleasantly entertained. Ultimately, I enjoyed reading, 'Fire and Ice.'

Daisy Lane warmly welcomes romance writer Sonia Bellhouse to our team. Sonia’s first novella,  Fire and Ice, will be published February, 2019.

About Sonia

Sonia Bellhouse lives in Australia after spending her formative years in England. Her passion for writing was inspired by Enid Blyton’s comment – ‘One day you might write a book.’ Sonia completed a BA in English as a mature student. Published in multiple magazines both in Australia and the UK, Sonia has won two major awards in short fiction contests. A lifelong reader, Sonia shares her love of books and her interest in writing on her blog – Sonia Bellhouse’s Creative Pathways. https://soniabellhouse.blog. Her journey to publication is included in the anthology Writing the Dream published by Serenity Press. A long time member of Armadale Writers’ Group, she organizes events and speakers for them. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s busy ignoring the ironing pile in favour of spending time with her cats. Sonia answered the following questions for us.

Describe yourself in a 5-word sentence.

Friendly, optimistic, creative, a storyteller.

​How did you become an author/writer?

I wrote my first ’book’ at about age six and before that I had imaginary friends. It feels like I have always written. In my teens I wrote and illustrated a satirical take on school and teachers. In my twenties I started a historical novel about Richard 111. I got married, life got busy and I contented myself with writing letters to magazines. It is only since I have been brave enough to submit my work that I have felt like a ‘real’ writer.

Who is the most influential person that has contributed to you becoming a writer?

I credit my parents for instilling in me a love of reading from an early age. I think that reading fosters the ambition to write, or it did in me. Enid Blyton inspired me when I sent her an illustrated story that I had written Her reply, written on a postcard from Green Hedges suggested that ‘one day you might write a book’. Otherwise, I think it has been my own need to write that has pushed me on.

What inspires you?

The wonderful writers who continually use words to make new stories to engage us, making us laugh or cry. Art, nature, music. I cannot predict what will trigger a story idea.

How do you capture your ideas?

I journal daily but ideas can crop up at any time. I usually have a pen and paper to record an idea. Sometime one idea will spark another I rarely ‘dream’ ideas as some are lucky enough to do, although recently one of my characters let me know that I’d named him wrongly.

What are you working on right now?

A novella about things that fascinate me, ice dancing, Vikings, Norway and love that last through time, and spans centuries. These combine into a paranormal romance. I have fallen in love with the major characters and I hope that readers will too. Apart from that I’m compiling all my best short stories into one folder. Also, I’m working on couple of long short stories, one which is animal related and one about new beginnings.

Other than your books, what are your favourite books or authors to read?

Childhood favourites that I still love Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. Little Women by Louisa M Alcott. Peter Pan by J.M Barrie Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Tom’s Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Adult choices- Oh so many!   I am sure to have missed some out.

Kate Atkinson’s   Life after Life just so brilliant.

Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden A mystery and a nostalgia trip

Almost all of Maeve Binchy’s books she writes deceptively simply but with a deep understanding of human nature.

Natasha Lester’s The Paris Seamstress, such a great story beautifully told.

J.K Rowling Harry Potter series-because you are never too old for magic.

Tess Wood’s second book Beautiful Messy Love, a compelling story and well-drawn characters.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier- a fascinating story- the absent Rebecca of the title is ever present in this tale

Mary Stewarts Arthurian trilogy The Crystal Cave. The Hollow Hills .The Last Enchantment

T H White’s The Once and Future King.  is also about King Arthur

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, The Arthurian story told from a female perspective.

Joanne Harris’s Chocolat, The Lollipop Shoes and Peached for Monsieur Le Cure

Diane Satterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale is the book I wished I had written, atmospheric, mysterious, and with so many references to other books and literature all combined in a wonderful Gothic story

I also read cosy mysteries and crime and could give you another list!

I post book  reviews monthly on my blog.

Apart from writing, what else is of interest to you?

Reading of course, just for pleasure. I usually manage to read between six or eight books a month, I read mostly fiction but some non -fiction too. Sketching and painting for my own pleasure, which can be quite frustrating as I try to capture a picture of one of my cats. I have lots of half-finished sketches as they move at a crucial moment. Attending author talks to learn about their writing process and journey. I am fascinated by several periods of history, and of course I am currently researching Viking lives and customs. The part of England that I come from Lancashire was conquered and inhabited by Vikings so I like to think that I have some Viking ancestry.

I’m a long-time member of Armadale Writers’ Group, coordinating events and booking speakers. for the group.

I blog at https://soniabellhouse.blog  where I talk about writing and other topics and post book reviews of my month’s reading. You can also check my writer Facebook page at Sonia Bellhouse.Writer.