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in the fast lane
Two women. Two villages. Different destinies.
ABOUT: In the Fast Lane is a story for those of us trying - sometimes failing - to keep all the juggling balls in the air! A complex web of family relationships and life challenges is vividly weaved by Octogenarian author Lotte Moore, who exposes the craziness and triviality of life 'in the fast lane.' Marriage breakdowns and corruption, catastrophe and chaos, romance and relationships, this is an emotional, moving portrait of the ups and downs of family life, and poses the question - can we ever be truly happy living in the fast lane?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: As a child, Lotte lived in Kent with her parents who enjoyed entertaining, political debate and literary discussion with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, H E Bates, W H Auden and Benjamin Britten. She was often lonely and turned to writing (stories, diary, poems and letters) to express her feelings of isolation. In her early teens her commitment turned to ballet, point shoes replaced the pen. She was selected by the Royal Ballet School to dance in the Opera Ballet. When rejected for growing ‘too tall’ Lotte turned to acting and intermittently to writing.She finally married aged 38 to her loyal husband Chris (who continues to support Lotte by typing out her hand-written stories). Lotte became immersed in her stepchildren and then her own two girls. When her daughters left home she describes “empty years” filled by illness and family problems. Sadly her parents died before her writing career flourished. Lotte lives in London and has published more than 25 books including short stories, poetry, children’s books and the best-selling Lotte’s War, which has since enjoyed two runs at the Tabard Theatre in London - ‘A Child’s War.’
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1. What’s your ‘elevator pitch’ for your book?
In the Fast Lane is a story about what I see happening all around me – family life is quite different to when I was a young girl. I’m 82 years old now. Life is just too fast-paced. People are connected to technology all the time and there is no time for relationships and human interactions. We all need to slow down a little!
In the Fast Lane is a tale of a gay love triangle, bankruptcy and fraud, murder and death...all set in the well-to-do West London world of au pairs and nannies, classical music and piano concertos, jaunts to the countryside and Royal connections...
2. Who is your target reader?
It’s for anyone who lives in today’s fast-paced world but I think most readers are Mums or Grandmothers. In the Fast Lane is a story about what I see happening all around me – family life is quite different to when I was a young girl. I’m 82 years old now. Life is just too fast-paced. People are connected to technology all the time and there is no time for relationships and human interactions. We all need to slow down a little!
3. When did you start writing your book and how long did it take?
I started writing properly when I turned 70 and have been working on this book on and off for a few years. The second edition, published by Hashtag Press, took quite some editing and work to put together. I had self-published it previously and we spent a lot of time creating a better cover, polishing the plot and making it sing from the pages!
4. What was the top challenge that you faced during the creation of your book?
Self-publishing is such a challenge. Some of my books have been self-published, others traditionally published and now this one is by a ‘hybrid publisher’. It’s really good to be part of a team.
5. What publishing route did you opt for and why? (i.e. self-publishing, indie publishing, traditionally published with an agent etc).
In the Fast Lane was first self published, but it’s difficult to market and sell a self published book these days. So, when Hashtag Press agreed to publish the second edition I was over the moon.
6. Is this your first book? If not, please provide details of your others.
I’ve written more than 25 books including my life story, Snippets of a Lifetime, which I self-published, as well as a number of poetry and short story collections, and a novella called Marvellous Mavis. I am probably best known for my children’s books though as I spend a lot of time reading to children in schools all around the country and also host story time sessions in places such as the Royal Albert Hall during the school holidays. I love reading to the children and answering their questions. I particularly focus on Lotte’s War, as I want to pass on my experience as a young child and evacuee during World War Two, to the young children today who have all heard of the word ‘war’ but really have no idea what it really meant for us back in the 1940s being away from our family for so long, unable to speak to them on the telephone or see them for months, sometimes years.
7. Do you plan to write another book(s) in the future? Do you have details you can share?
I’m always writing. I’m working on the second part of my novella – Marvellous Mavis – at the moment. I hope to release it as a full-length novel in 2019. It’s all about a lady in her 80s, like me, but she’s had to go into a care home for respite care. She manages to flee and gets into all kinds of fun and scrapes, ending up as an MP no less! Just like my grandfather, AP Herbert (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._P._Herbert).
8. What/who inspired you to become an author?
Writing is in my blood. My grandfather, AP Herbert wrote eight novels, including The Water Gipsies (1930), and 15 plays, including the light operas Tantivy Towers (1931) and Big Ben (1946), and the comedy Bless the Bride (1947), which ran for two-and-a-quarter years in London. In addition to his fiction, Herbert wrote What a Word! in 1935, continuing his campaign in Punch for better use of English, including a section on "Plain English", more than a decade ahead of Sir Ernest Gowers's more celebrated work. He was the author of the lyrics of the patriotic song Song of Liberty, set in 1940 to the music of Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4. In 1944, a set of posters by Eric Kennington, a personal friend, called Seeing It Through, were accompanied by poems by Herbert. They describe the work of certain professionals in London in the war. After the war he wrote a small booklet called 'The War Story of Southend Pier' detailing an account of when the pier was taken over by the Royal Navy in World War II.
My father John Pudney is a celebrated war poet.
He wrote ‘For Johnny’ while serving as squadron intelligence officer at St Eval in Cornwall – it is now one of the best-known poems of the war. ‘For Johnny’ evoked popular fellow-feeling in the London of 1941. Written during an air raid, it was published first in the Daily Chronicle, and featured significantly in the film The Way to the Stars.
9. Do you have a ‘day job’ or do you work solely as an author?
I am 82 years old now but still work every day. I teach music to school children. I write. I spend much of my time visiting schools for free to share my love of reading, writing and storytelling.
10. What’s next for you?
I have had two of my books adapted to the stage so far and hope to see those plays travel the country. Teaspoon Family is such fun and suitable for all ages. We saw a grandfather in his 70s laughing along with his granddaughter who was three. A Child’s War, adapted from my book, Lotte’s War, is vitally important and needs to be shared with all children aged 7-11. I hope it will go on tour around the country.
Thank you lotte!
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