Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Westmorland Alone by Ian Sansom

Please welcome Ian Sansom author of Westmoreland.

Ian Sansom will be awarding 3 free e-books to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Westmorland Alone

by Ian Sansom


GENRE: Mystery & Detective



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

There was no one person or one thing that inspired me to start writing. The novelist Flann O’Brien once remarked that writing is simply a form of vocational malfunction – I think that probably comes closer to the truth. I think of writing not so much as a matter of inspiration as a difficulty or disease.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books? What expertise did you bring to your writing?

Alas I have no real expertise in anything. My only real interest is in other people – but that means there’s no shortage of ideas.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

Honestly, I’d prefer my readers to know absolutely nothing about me. Isn’t that part of the fun? They can imagine me however they want.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

Plans, yes. There are always plans. My current books are part of a series, The County Guides. Each book is set in one of England’s historic counties. As every schoolboy knows, there are 39 English historic counties, but if you add London as a separate entity, and divide Yorkshire into the Ridings, and then add the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, that gives you a total of about 44 – so there’ll be 43 or 44 books in total in the series. If I continue to write just one book a year I’ll be an old man by the time I finish. That’s my plan.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I’m all of the characters, and none of them – obviously.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

Alas, I don’t watch enough tv or films to know who I might cast. All I do know is that young, glamorous beautiful people always seem to do well in films so perhaps we could have some of those?

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

Gosh, I don’t even know what a critique group is. I have led a very sheltered life. It’s a group of people who offer analysis and criticism and interpretation of your work? Like an editor? I have an editor. He usually glances at the work and makes one or two suggestions that I entirely ignore. That seems to work OK as a process.

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

No one encouraged me: I decided. And once having decided I continued to submit my work to publishers and agents for about 10 years. In the end my persistence paid off.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

Be persistent.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I outline. And then I ignore the outline and just start writing.

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

My only hobby is reading. That really helps with everything.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

The Bible.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

The next book is set in the county of Sussex. A young girl is found drowned. Was it an accident or could it be … murder?

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

I have always admired Joan Bennett – she was wonderful. The Reckless Moment. Do you know it? G*d, that’s a great film. And Paul Scofield – he was very good.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

The black moment? The moment when things are darkest? I do my best to resist the darkness but it keeps coming through everywhere.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

Does The Great British Bake-Off count as a reality show?

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

All I can say is that it seemed like a good idea when I started.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

Thank you for asking for such interesting questions. It’s much appreciated.





Welcome to Westmorland. Perhaps the most scenic county in England! Home of the poets! Land of the great artists! District of the Great lakes! And the scene of a mysterious crime…

Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, once again sets off in his Lagonda to continue his history of England, The County Guides.

Stranded in the market town of Appleby after a tragic rail crash, Morley, his daughter Miriam and his assistant, Stephen Sefton, find themselves drawn into a world of country fairs, gypsy lore and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling. When a woman’s body is discovered at an archaeological dig, for Morley there’s only one possible question: could it be murder?

Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton as they journey along the Great North road and the Settle-Carlisle Line into the dark heart of 1930s England.








Delaney’s places were famous for their wide range of entertainments and refreshments, and for the clientele. It used to be said that to meet everyone in England who really mattered one had only to stand for long enough at the foot of the stairs of the Athenaeum on Pall Mall: the same might just as truly be said of Delaney’s basement bars and bottle parties. Poets, artists, lawyers, politicians, doctors, bishops and blackmailers, safebreakers and swindlers: in the end, everyone ended up at Delaney’s.


I’d started out drinking champagne with one of Delaney’s very friendly hostesses, a petite redhead with warm hands, cold blue eyes, sheer stockings and silk knickers, who seemed very keen for us to get to know one another better –but then they always do. She told me her name was Athena, which I rather doubted. Sitting on my lap, and several drinks in, she persuaded me into a card game where I soon found myself out of my depth and drinking a very particular kind of gin fizz, with a very particular kind of kick – a speciality of the house. My head was swimming, the room was thick with the scent of perfumes, smoke and powders, I had spent every penny of the money that Morley had paid me for our Devon adventure, I was in for money I didn’t have – and Athena, needless to say, had disappeared. My old Brigade chums Gleason and MacDonald were watching me closely.


Even through the haze I realised that if I didn’t act soon I was going to be in serious trouble: Delaney was renowned for calling in his debts with terrible persuasion. I excused myself and wandered through to the tiny courtyard out back. There were men and women in dark corners doing what men and women do in dark corners, while several of the hostesses stood around listlessly smoking and chatting, including Athena, who glanced coolly in my direction and ignored me. She was off-duty. Out here, there was no need to pretend.





AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Ian Sansom is the author of the Mobile Library Mystery Series. As of 2016, he has written three books in a series that will comprise a projected forty-four novels.

He is a frequent contributor to, and critic for, The Guardian and the London Review of Books.

He studied at both Oxford and Cambridge, where he was a fellow of Emmanuel College. He is a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick and teaches in its Writing Program.





Ian Sansom will be awarding 3 free e-books to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




3 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Westmorland Alone by Ian Sansom

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. achristay
    November 7, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  3. mshogrider67
    November 7, 2016

    I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book.

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