Inheritance Books – Cara Cooper

This week’s Inheritance Books are from Cara Cooper.

Hi Cara, Welcome to Inheritance Books. Tell us a bit about yourself.

CaraThank you so much for inviting me on your blog. I write sweet romance pocket novels for My Weekly and People’s Friend. These are bite-size novellas, the sort you can read just in an afternoon on the sofa or a morning in the garden. I also have a serial in progress that I am writing for People’s Friend. My beautiful daughter, pictured with me (left) often helps me at the proof reading stage and is invaluable in going through the manuscript to help me make corrections. I hope one day she might become a writer too although I think she’s more likely to turn to crime as Tess Gerritsen is one of her favourite authors. As in many of my pocket novels, my serial was initially inspired by a place – Sorrento in Italy. Like most of us when we go on holiday, I tend to fall in love with the destination and think how much more interesting and exciting it would be to live there. Writing a novella about places helps me to live in them, if only in my head! One childhood holiday destination I’ve always loved is the Isle of Wight which featured in my book ‘The Sanctuary’ available as an e-book from Astreaea Press via this link  ‘The Sanctuary’ first came out as a pocket novel and the large print version from Ulverscroft can be found in UK libraries.

 Which book did you inherit from the generation above? Why is it special?

the naked islandThe book I have inherited from my father is Russell Braddon’s ‘The Naked Island’. An extraordinary book detailing Braddon’s four years spent in a POW camp. It might at first seem a strange book to recommend to a teenager but as a fifteen year old as soon as my father leant me his battered old paperback I was hooked. For this is a true tale of horrendous privation which Braddon told with such wry good humour it turned out as a positive reaffirmation of life and friendship under the most difficult of circumstances. The book is illustrated by fellow prisoner, Ronald Searle. In the days well before the internet, ‘The Naked Island’ often regarded as the best war book of all time became a bestseller simply by word of mouth. The fact that it is a far from miserable book says everything about Russell Braddon’s abilities as a writer, and his abilities as a man to turn a negative experience into a positive one.

 Which book would you leave to later generations? Why?

The books I would leave to future generations are any of P G Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster books. Another of my father’s favourite authors, reading Wodehouse is like drinking a fizzy tonic. His books are set in an innocent world of eccentric buffoons with ridiculous names like Gussy Finknottle. The scrapes which Bertie Wooster gets himself into are absurd and convoluted but the stories are beautifully crafted. All comes well in the end, with the help of the infinitely superior manservant Jeeves. If you ever feel like a short story with a real feelgood factor, turn to Wooster.

I hadn’t heard of The Naked Island before. I shall check it out. As for Wodehouse, I couldn’t agree more. Thank you so much for sharing your favourite books, Cara. Take care. Toodle pip.

Cara Cooper can be found on Facebook and The SanctuaryTwitter @caracooper1 and at her blog. The Sanctuary’ available as an e-book from Astreaea Press. The Sanctuary’ first came out as a pocket novel and the large print version from Ulverscroft can be found in UK libraries.

Inheritance Books – Toni Sands

Children Reading by Valerie Everett

This week’s Inheritance Books are from Toni Sands, who is a fellow RNA member.

Hi Toni, welcome to Inheritance Books. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I enjoyed a boringly happy childhood in the Vale of Glamorgan. SandraMay12 031There were many hours of fun on the nearby beaches and I also spent time hand writing my own magazines, creating secret worlds and improbable characters. A secretarial course proved a springboard to jobs in hotels and in aviation as an airline receptionist and airhostess. Back on the ground I became a PA, then a wife and mother while running a guesthouse with my husband in a ‘chocolate box’ Wiltshire village. The writing bug struck again and some of my short stories were broadcast on BBC local radio. After being widowed then moving to mid Wales in December 2000, I began submitting stories to women’s magazines while also working as a minute taker. This was when I followed the advice of a famous author and wrote my first erotic romances! These stories, novellas and one novel are published by Xcite Books.

But there are two sides to me – the winceyette nightie and cocoa one as opposed to the black satin and bubbly side! I have two contemporary romances under consideration by publishers and have just had a WW2 sweet romance accepted as a D C Thomson pocket novel.


I love visiting the theatre, especially for a good musical or absorbing drama. Obviously reading is still important to me, including keeping up with my friends’ novels. They’re all such good writers, dang it! I enjoy cooking supper while listening to the radio and maybe with a glass of wine to hand. The Welsh countryside is perfect for walking in and that’s when I do a lot of my thinking. Sometimes I can hear my characters talking to one another and have to hurry home to write down the dialogue.

Which book have you inherited from generations above? Why is it special?

The Children of Wilton Chase, by L T Meade, was presented to my late mother as a prize for being an excellent school pupil. Mum didn’t have many books of her own, preferring to use the public library, so this one’s very precious to me. It has a real old school cover too.
Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?

Well this is extremely challenging! Sadly, my childhood set of Golden Pathway hardbacks must have vanished during one of our ChildrenOfWiltonChasemoves. These books provided a feast of information, fiction and fabulous pictures. I’m afraid of choosing one of my favourite novels for fear future generations might consider it yawn-inducing and my ghost would have to come back and haunt them. Food will always be a great leveller so I’m choosing a cookbook. No, it’s not by Nigella or Jamie or any other celebrity chef. I’m selecting ‘Tasty Dishes’ which belonged to my mother in law and which cost one shilling. Future generations will find that coin about as relevant to them as a groat is to us but the recipes are a delight. We’re talking one hundred year old instructions here and the dishes have great names like Palestine Soup, Camp Pie and Agra Pudding. On a literary note, the book catalogue included at the end of ‘Tasty Dishes’ makes fascinating reading. So a slice of social history to send into the future then!

It makes a nice change having a cookbook as an Inheritance Book. I like the idea. It sounds like a fascinating book too. Great choice!

51-wx2dVqQL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-67,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_Toni’s historical erotic romance, Orchid Pink, is available for pre-order in paperback form from Xcite Books. Or for your Kindle from Amazon UK. You can learn more about Toni on her website (, or you can follow her on Twitter (@tonisands) or find her on Facebook

Inheritance Books – Sue Moorcroft

Children Reading by Valerie Everett

I’m delighted to welcome Sue Moorcroft to Inheritance Books. I once had a critique from Sue which was probably the most helpful piece of feedback I have ever had. I’ve met her at RNA events since and still regard her with a hint of awe.

Hi Sue, welcome to Inheritance Books.Tell me a bit about yourself. 

Portrait of Sue MoorcroftI’m an English person who was born in Germany and lived in Cyprus and Malta, too, until my parents left the army when I was ten. Since then I’ve lived in Northamptonshire. I like reading, Formula 1 racing, Zumba, yoga and learning the piano.

I write romantic novels of dauntless heroines and irresistible heroes. My last book, Dream a Little Dream has been nominated for a RoNA in the Contemporary Romantic Novel category (very excited) and Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011. I also write short stories, serials, courses, columns, writing ‘how to’, and I’m a creative writing tutor and Writers’ Forum’s head fiction competition judge. (I like to keep busy.)

Goodness, you’re not kidding when you say you keep busy! Which book have you inherited from your parents/grandparents? Why is it special?

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute is one of first adult books I read, when I was about nine years old. Dad had a copy from a book club, bound in red, which I added to my collection when he died. We’d watched the film together and so I wanted to read the book. It’s based on a true story of a group of women and children prisoners of war who were marched all over Malaya in the Second World War because nobody could find them a camp. A young woman emerged as a leader amongst them, Jean, and when she met an Australian soldier, Joe, outraged by the plight of the group, he stole them some chickens. Unfortunately, he stole the chickens from the Japanese and was crucified for his crime. Believing him dead, Jean returned to England after the war. But when she learned that he had eventually been cut down and nursed back to health, she set off to Australia to find him.

photo(4)Of course, what she found wasn’t what she expected to find and the course of love never did run true, but that’s what great novels are made of.

It’s a sweeping love story in the setting of world events, and it completely gripped me. I still read it every few years.

My dad used to let me have the run of his bookcase but liked to keep an eye on what I chose. He wouldn’t let me read Lolita and I thought it had such a pretty title …

My Dad did the same. He took Anna Karenina off me when I chose to read that. I still haven’t got round to picking it up again.

Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?

This is weird – I’m going to choose another Nevil Shute book. This time it’s On the Beach. It’s a story about what might happen in the event of nuclear war. Everything’s out of control and the planet is gradually being consumed by radioactivity. The last pocket of life is in Australia and the book is about how those people spend their last months. (One gets himself a racing car – I support that idea!) The premise is thought through brilliantly. Some characters enjoy what they have, some refuse to believe it’ll happen to them, some crack under the strain. I’d like to leave it to future generations as a warning of what war can bring.

I saw the TV adaptation of A Town Like Alice when I was a teenager and read the book a good ten years after that. I enjoyed both versions. I haven’t read On the Beach, but I shall look out for it. It sounds really good.


Sue’s latest book Dream a Little Dream is published by Choc Lit. Check out Sue’s website at and her blog at for news and writing tips. You’re welcome to befriend Sue on Facebook (sue.moorcroft.3) or follow Sue on Twitter (@suemoorcroft).