Welcome, Joanna Lambert, to the Summer Ice Cream Social at Avalon Graphics!!

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Welcome, Joanna Lambert, to Avalon Graphics’
Summer Ice Cream Social!!

Jo Lambert

[Cathy of Avalon Graphics] First things first – I have to ask what your
favorite ice cream flavor is:

[Jo] It’s got to be Honeycomb. It’s great now that ice cream no longer means strawberry, vanilla and chocolate as it did when I was a child. There are so many flavours to choose from but whenever we are in an ice cream parlour and I’m asked what I’d like it has to be honeycomb.

[Cathy of Avalon Graphics] Jo, please tell me a little bit about yourself!

I was raised in the country in a very small village on the edge of Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire where winter snow could see us cut off for nearly a week. I had a great childhood, growing up at a time when we had freedom and were allowed to explore the great outdoors. Now I live in a village just outside the beautiful city of Bath in Somerset with my husband, small grey cat Mollie and my husband’s other love, his 1967 MG Midget. I hung up my work keyboard this year to concentrate on full time writing. To date I have four published novels , my fifth is due out later this year.

Between Today and Yesterday

Just a few curious questions I’m putting to my guests
while we are enjoying our ice cream today:

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’m quite tempted to say somewhere hot and sunny – that would be quite wonderful. However, the place which really has a pull for me is in the UK in South Devon (known as South Hams). I would love to have a house either overlooking the river Dart between Dartmouth and Totnes or somewhere along the estuary between Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Not only is it great place to watch the movement of the tide, wildlife and boating activity it is also a very inspirational environment. I would have a writing room overlooking the river and a wonderful deck where I could sit in the sun enjoying a chilled glass of wine as I watched the world go by. A fabulous place!

What inspires you every day and why?

The answer to that is living life well. My father was killed in an accident a few months before I was born. He was twenty four years old. I’ve always imagined what would have happened had his life not been ended so tragically at such a young age. What he would have done; what he would have become. It’s made me realise how precious life is and how it is important to get as much as you can out of each day; to live your life to the full and make the most of every opportunity.

What is your favorite food?

I love salt baked sea bass. My first taste of this was in the early nineties when we were staying just outside Marbella in Southern Spain. A friend who lived locally took us to a restaurant down by the fishing port. It was a no-frills place but we were told it was where the Spanish ate and the food was good. We chose our fish and had quite a long wait until it was cooked but when it arrived the waiter broke the salt crust and filleted it at the table. It was very basic fare with green beans and new potatoes but it was absolutely wonderful! It’s great that you can now find this on the menu in restaurants in the UK.

What is your fondest memory?

I think it has to be my fortieth birthday. There was so much going on that week; I started a brand new job working for the Managing Director of an international building company. I had no idea at the time but it turned out to be one of the best jobs I ever had– a brilliant boss and a great team. I had five different birthday get-togethers with friends and relatives. It was non-stop partying for nearly two weeks!

Jo's Books

What is your pet peeve and why?

I get really cross with people on mobiles who seem to think it’s OK to continue their conversation while being served in a shop or buying a ticket on public transport. It’s so rude and so unnecessary . I think manners in the UK have been on the slide for a long time; I now find myself surprised when someone opens a door for you or gives up their seat on a bus to an elderly person. I grew up in an era where this was the norm, now sadly it appears to be very much a thing of the past.

Favorite book in the world?

It’s got to be Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. There are so many emotions poured into that one tragic story. I find it very interesting to see how the movie makers of each decade have subtly fine-tuned the characters so that the audience of the day is receptive to them. We’ve come a long way since the 1939 version with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon.

Wuthering Heights








Favorite scent?

I tend to move around with my perfume choices. At the moment it’s Estee Lauder’s Sensuous Noir but I also love Rochas Alchimie. I also had a friend who stayed at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai where at the time all the complimentary toiletries were Hermes 24 Faubourg. She brought back a sample soap for me and that was it, I just had to have the perfume!


How did we meet?

It was on line. I knew of you via my friend, writer Pauline Barclay who you design covers for. I saw one of your posters and e-mailed to ask whether you could personalise it for me by adding an image. And that, as they say, was the start of it all as from that one e-mail came the discovery that we both share a love of fantasy – be it Merlin, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings to name but a few – anything with attractive men in boiled leather or armour brandishing swords!


Jo, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us! I certainly agree with you in that life is very precious – I never knew my own father (another similarity between us), and often wonder what life would have been like had he been a part of my life and lived to see today. And yes, our mutual love of men in medieval garb with swords! I relish our continued ‘historical’ discussions on all things in that realm. Cheers to Sir Launcelot and dear Pauline for bringing us together!

Check out Joanna’s books and more information on her website, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and other places too:

Joanna’s Official Website: ladywriter.moonfruit.com
Blog: jolambertsblog.blogspot.com
Email: taurusgirl185@gmail.com
On Twitter @jolambertwriter

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