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Aurhor Q&A ft @AlicetheWife1 | ALICE, A MEMOIR Book Tour and $50 Amazon/BN GC #Giveaway | #Memoir

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book tour for ALICE, A MEMOIR by Alice Gilmore. The non-fiction is available now. ...



Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book tour for ALICE, A MEMOIR by Alice Gilmore. The non-fiction is available now.

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card in the tour giveaway.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner below.




Alice, a Memoir

by Alice Gilmore



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GENRE: Non-fiction


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BLURB:


Few, if anyone, could have had a life like Alice Gilmore. It was almost unbelievable yet carried on under the cover of a respectable middle-class existence.

You might strongly disapprove of what she did, but Alice was determined. She overcame insurmountable obstacles to keep the love she longed for.

Her single-minded fight to live out her love makes a gripping, riveting story that one eminent literary person called ‘staggeringly readable’. It is shocking. Her methods will upset some, but are you with her or against her? Your decision.


This is no misery memoir. It’s a story told with joy, wit and fervour – the astonishing story of the overwhelming love Alice Gilmour was determined to live out.

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EXCERPT:

And then one day he was gone.

A whey-faced professor and his wife, both good friends, knocked on my door and practically
pushed me back into the house out of sight of anyone (not that anyone could see our front door from the road) to tell me that David had been shot dead while giving a lecture at the university. A student had come into the room waving a gun and looking for some girl he loved who had dumped him in favour of a female and then come out about her lesbianism. The gunman, already clearly unbalanced, had got a lot of ribbing about his inadequacy in causing her to change sides, so he was after both of them. They were in David’s lecture. He wanted to shoot them in front of the whole class, lesbian seducer first, former girlfriend to watch it before getting hers. All this came out later when it emerged that he had told his roommate what he was going to do and the wretched roommate had simply not taken this wimp seriously. He didn’t even own a gun but that was quickly remedied with some dollars and a driver’s licence.
David knew the gunman well and as people dived for cover suggested he sit down if he had come for the lecture. He was reported as saying, ‘Howie, why don’t you give that to me, sit down and pay attention? You could use some of what we’re dealing with here.’ When this failed he stood between the gunman and the students and continued to try to talk him down. He was, apparently, having some success when a female voice shouted in fear, ‘Why don’t you fuck off, you inadequate creep?’

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

First favourite to fifth, Old English toffee. Sixth, coconut, seventh vanilla.


Which mythological creature are you most like?
A centaur, I wish. Or more precisely a centauride, a female centaur, which is not often portrayed. I thought a centaur was a Greek creation and that the myth grew out of the Mongol cavalry riding in from the steppes, but there is evidence that it was Indian in origin, perhaps from the same source. Those Mongols got around on their little ponies. It doesn’t matter. They could have been invented twice in separate cultures, or even more. The Aztecs separately thought the same of the Spanish cavalry that invaded them. Anyway, I love the power that four legs and a horse’s body give you and the beauty and cleverness of the top half being human.


First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.
Various books made deep impressions on me during childhood, but the first adult book that made me actually cry, aged sixteen, was Animal Farm. I was reading it on a train going to Guildford (I have no idea why). When I got to the point when strong, loyal, hard-working, faithful Boxer was tricked into a truck to be sent off to be slaughtered and melted down for glue I found it unbearable.’ Oh, no,’ I cried  as the tears ran down unbidden. Everything good about the theory of animal equality was betrayed in that moment. Boxer on being told to resist kicks against the horsebox, using his immense strength but, too late, he is doomed.


How do you develop your plot and characters?
As what I have written is a memoir I just follow my nose. That is to say, I use my memory. When I’ve written a novel ask me that again.


Describe your writing space.

I have a Victorian knee-hole desk with a desk top computer on it that was set before French windows that looked out at a wild, beautiful bit of the Coachella Valley with the mountains behind, changing all the time as the sun moved. Heaven. Now the same desk and computer is set in a wide window in a bedroom in my house in Brighton, fairly high up and looking out over the sea. The English Channel is as beautiful in a different way as the Coachella Valley and changes even faster and more often. 
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


If you want to know about my life and background read this book. I can scarcely add to what I have written about myself in there. I earnestly hope that the rest of my life is too uneventful to even consider writing anything else, I am no novelist. The life I have described was full enough and rich enough for me. God knows what I would come out with if I had to invent. If you find you need a good chef I shall consider anything not too energetic – which rules out most jobs in the kitchen.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/100110001-alice-gilmore

17 comments

  1. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you, james for the compliments but you should be careful before you give this book to your family. Are they all adults. I’m not sure what age limit I would put on Alice, A Memoir but certainly nobody under sixteen should read it and probably a bit older. You know your family better than I. Read it first and make up your mind. Regards, Alice xxx

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  2. Thanks for hosting my book. Alice xx

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  3. Looks like a compelling read. I love memoirs.

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  4. The book sounds very interesting, and I really like the cover.

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    1. Glad you like it, my publisher insisted on it!

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  5. At which age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

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  6. I never wanted to be a writer. I just realised that my children deserved to know their own story of how they came into being. I wanted them to hear it from me first when they were grown up and not some distorted story from anybody else. So I started this memoir when I was in my forties. Now that I have written this I have found how much I love writing and have already started on another book. Yrs, Alice xxx

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  7. I like the expression on the woman on the cover. It says it all. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. The blurb is excellent. It makes me want to read the book badly. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it, Christine, let us know what you think of it. Alice xx

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