In the second of our series giving you the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the people who own or run some of the fabulous local independent businesses which we are proud to feature on All Things Norfolk, we feature Martin Wanger of Madeline Dando Books.
Madeline Dando Books is based in Wymondham and titles include "Amber Sands" and "Leaving Her Tears Behind" .
"Amber Sands" is a true love story with bags of courage, resilience and triumph over adversity.The author wants the book to warm your heart, break your heart and to inspire each and every reader. "Leaving Her Tears Behind" is a story of love, desire, greed, hate and revenge, that the Author thinks will keep you on the edge of your seat right till the very end.
Martin said "When you read my books I hope you will gain a sense of everything that I love around me, including the wonderful county of Norfolk and the incredible people that live here. Two thirds of "Leaving her Tears Behind" is set in North Norfolk in a fictitious place called Cleybourne. Of coiurse I had Weybourne in mind and there are reference to Sheringham, Sheringham Park, Aylsham, Holt, Holkham Beach, Swaffham and the North Norfolk Railway (which is a particular love of mine as well as Sheringham Golf course) .
We hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about the man behind Madeline Dando Books
Tell us a little bit about the history of Madeline Dando Books
Madeline Books seemed like an ideal company name as I write in the name of my mother, Madeline Dando.
What made you decide to write your first book, Amber Sands and where did you get your inspiration from in respect of the story?
A very long time ago I wrote a poem, entitled AMBER SANDS. I have no idea where the words came from, but sometimes they flow from my mind in waves. Many years later, I decided the poem would be a good basis for a book as it is a story in itself.
What were the challenges of getting your first book published and what advice would you give to budding Norfolk Authors?
Getting a book published is a massive challenge. It can also be soul destroying when agent rejections mount up. At best they provide snippets of feedback and without words of wisdom from friends and family, I may well have stopped writing. All budding authors would do well to research the latest 'Writers & Artists Year Book' for appropriate agents to send their manuscripts to and take particular note of the agent's submission requirements.
Tell us a little bit about how Norfolk inspired your second Book "Leaving Her Tears Behind"
For my second novel, I wanted to combine my upbringing in the East End of London with my life in Norfolk and my love of the North Norfolk coast. I was reading about a terrible incident in the Second World War when a large bomb dropped on the Bank tube station in London causing many casualties. My mind started racing with ideas and I settled on two people meeting on the Central Line platform and the carnage going on around them.
Were there any differences in your approach to writing your second book to your first book from what you learnt from your debut novel?
Since writing for the first time I have learned so much. I have taken creative writing courses and have been given help and advice from other authors. I now like to write through the eyes of no more than three characters so that my readers can really get close to them. This approach creates much more dialogue and I think it makes my writing more dynamic.
Madeline Dando Books is based in Wymondham, what do you love about the Town?
I have lived in Wymondham since 1994. when I moved with my family from Brentwood in Essex because of my banking employment. We were immediately attracted to the town by its old houses, the stone cobbled market place and the ancient Abbey. Sadly it has expanded substantially and is much busier, but it retains its beauty and I certainly would not want to live anywhere else.
If you could have your perfect Norfolk day out what would be the itinerary?
My perfect Norfolk day out is to ride out to Sheringham through the lovely villages, play golf on the magnificent golf course, take a steam train ride to Holt and back and enjoy fish & chips sitting on the coastal wall looking out to sea.
Which Authors inspire you and what are your top 5 favourite books?
No particular author inspires me and I do not have a favourite book. I want to be inspired by whatever means. It can be 'rags to riches' story, a life-changing operation or a maybe someone leaving a legacy for a generation.
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