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Annette Creswell
Annette Creswell Author Interview

The Lodgers introduces readers to a wonderful variety of characters that come together in a boarding house in the 50’s. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

My inspiration for The Lodgers came from a discussion with a friend of mine who had resided in a similar establishment in London in 1960. He regaled me with the creaking stairs, the shared bathroom and a basin which had a constantly dripping tap. Also living in the lodging house as a permanent resident was an aged army major and also a lady who had been a dancer in the vaudeville shows. Hence the landlady Mabel was created and Arthur became the old army major.

Your characters are intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I have always been interested in the plights of unmarried mothers especially the girls spirited away from Ireland so Therese came into being. My interest extends to the World Wars and the terrible repercussions resulting from them. This led to the creation of Ned, his mother and also Judy who is admirably cared for by her recovering alcoholic sister, Irene.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I included the south of France where I have travelled and my own beloved country, the wide brown land of Australia.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I have two more novels due for release: 79 Uxbridge Road and Margaret’s Story.

Author Links: GoodReads | Amazon

When Mabel, a former Vaudeville performer, lands a job managing a boarding house on the ocean, she appears to attract a disparate cast of lodgers, all with unfortunate and dark lives.The lodgers include:Two queens, old thespian friends of Mabel’s who live in the basement with a peppercorn rent.Therese, a pregnant Irish girl banished to England by her mother who assumes she is in an unmarried mothers’ home in the care of the nuns.Irene, a recovering alcoholic who has a sister Judy who, due to a trauma experienced during the war is unable to speak.Arthur, an aged army major, had a son Ned who was shot for desertion.Harry, alias Percy, a con man and felon who befriends the landlady, Mabel.When Therese moves to the Outback to get married, Judy follows and one day Judy spots a Kookaburra in a nearby tree. When the bird laughs, an unexpected, wondrous miracle happens.

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