Sky Garden by Jenny Schwartz – Book Tour Author Guest Post

Today I am featuring a guest post by author Jenny Schwartz as part of the virtual blog tour for Jenny’s new release romantic suspense novel Sky Garden! For the tour length Sky Garden is on sale for $0.99 cents!


Most Challenging Character to Write in Sky Garden

skygardenWhen I started Sky Garden I thought that the most challenging character to write would be the villain. It’s so hard to write a villain who is credible, and not a cartoon-style moustache-twirling evil mastermind (although evil masterminds can be fun!). But in fact, the shadowy villain of Sky Garden was so chilling and real to me that he lurked effortlessly onto the page for his scenes.

It turned out that the really tricky character would be the owner of the quirky Horry Museum where Lanie, the heroine, works as curator. In a sense, Mrs Smith is Lanie’s fairy godmother. She gives Lanie a place to retreat to (the museum) and rebuild her life, but she also does so much more. Mrs Smith is an elderly Cockney wealthy widow. She emerged with such a strong character that it was difficult to keep her from taking over everything—she’s a kind-hearted meddler. Mrs Smith and I compromised about that! And reading the book, you’ll understand that cryptic comment by the end J

The other difficulty with Mrs Smith was to rein in her Cockney accent. I love reading books with dialect in them, but loads of people don’t. So Mrs Smith could only be allowed the occasional Cockney phrase. If you like reading dialect, and especially Cockney rhyming slang and humour, then look up the novels of Mary Jane Staples set in the East End of London. They are wonderful.

But difficult characters can be the most rewarding, and that is definitely true with Mrs Smith. Her life story was its own love story and one that I felt privileged to write as she recounted it to Lanie. It’s weird, but Mrs Smith really is a personality to me. She’s only a side character in Sky Garden, but that doesn’t lessen her power as a symbol of all the good, caring and brave people who come into our lives at those times when we’re struggling. Angels by another name!

I’m very glad and honoured to have written the character of Mrs Smith.


About Sky Garden by Jenny Schwartz

On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.
skygardenA year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.

Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He’s a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie’s aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.

But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie’s enemy is closing in–because some secrets must go to the grave.

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Head down, he forced his feet up the endless, dizzying stairs.

Abruptly, the wall of the house ended. He swayed, blinking at the transition from shadowed darkness to light. He’d reached the roof. His jetlagged brain bounced between explanations of neon light or moonlight as the source of illumination. Tokyo roofs were seldom dark; London skies seldom cloudless in his memory.

Concentrating on his feet, he negotiated the awkward step up and over a concrete wall edge, and down onto the roof. He looked up.

A woman looked back at him.

Soundless, he watched her mouth open and the plate she held drop. Water and soapsuds fountained up.

The light came from a kitchen window.

His brain kicked into gear. “It’s all right. I’m from the solicitor’s. I have a key.” Ridiculous words, but the fear in her expression demanded reassurance.

She held a phone up, soap suds running down her bare forearm to the pushed-up sleeve of an apple-green pullover. The phone was brandished as a weapon.

“A key,” he mouthed exaggeratedly. “I have a key.”

A stand-off. He didn’t dare move. He must have frightened her when she’d felt safe and alone on this rooftop. He couldn’t understand how she and her kitchen were here at all.

About The Author

jennyschwartzJenny Schwartz is a hopeful romantic with a degree in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past. She lives in Western Australia and is working towards her dream of living by the sea. Jenny writes romantic suspense, as well as contemporary and paranormal romance.

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49 thoughts on “Sky Garden by Jenny Schwartz – Book Tour Author Guest Post

  1. Thank you so much for kicking off the “Sky Garden” tour — and for asking me such a great question. “Who was the most challenging character to write?” got me thinking.

    I didn’t think of it at the time, but I wonder if a smidgen of an author’s hopes and dreams added to a character makes them extra special. With Mrs Smith, I’d adore to be a fairy godmother, so writing one with some of those characteristics was tough. I had to keep her real and not just bippetty-boppetty Disney 🙂

    • Hi Mai

      Currently, I think it might be paranormal romance. I’m re-reading Anne Bishops’ “The Others” series right now. But it depends. Sometimes it’s mysteries. I love the Golden Age mysteries of Margery Allingham and Edmund Crispin (yeah, I’m stretching “Golden Age” into the 1950s). Did you know that Georgette Heyer, the queen of Regency romances, wrote some charming mysteries? I love those! Also, I like contemporary romance, science fiction, pure fantasy (quests with elves, etc) and for non-fiction, history and well-written (easy to understand) science. I’m an enthusiastic reader 🙂

    • Hi Barb

      I really did! Wanting to write seems to have been the theme of my life. I discuss how early it started in a post later in the blog tour, so I don’t want to pre-empt that, but if there’s any truth in reincarnation, then in my previous life I must have been a frustrated writer, someone who jumped into this life determined that nothing would stop me writing!

      I adore storytelling in all forms, even if fiction-writing is the method I use. People who can tell a story with a garden or stage design or something three dimensional leave me in awe. At least all I have to wrangle is words — imagine having to convince plants to grow and snails not to eat them!

  2. This book sounds really interesting, thanks for sharing it!

    I have a question for the author: what other author(s) inspire you to write?

    • Thais, thank you for the kind words!

      The authors who inspired me to write began back in childhood with Enid Blyton. I really, really wanted to live in the Faraway Tree and have adventures with the Famous Five 🙂 Then I started revising the Nancy Drew stories in my mind to feature me as well. And from there… there was no stopping me!

      As an adult, among my inspiration is Terry Pratchett, who with his Discworld series showed that a talented author can be funny, compassionate and wise even as he’s wildly imaginative. I’m so sad that he died last year. Within the romance genre, I find Jayne Ann Krentz’s wonderful stories inspiring. They make me feel better about life, and that’s a great gift to give. I’d hope that my books give people that.

    • Hi Tiago

      Oooh. Great question! I have a couple of options.

      There’s an Australian actress, Jessica Marais, who has a luminescent beauty that would really work for Lanie. (Can I add a link, Talking Books? )


      Daisy Ridley, of Star Wars fame, would be amazing. She’d really show Lanie’s core of inner strength.

  3. I’ve read Sky Garden and Mrs. Smith was a great character. Also, as I was raised in the country, I’d never really given much thought to high rise living, in the city. I loved the book’s setting. A roof garden would be a pretty magical place, minus the creepy serial killer.

    • LOL Mary. Definitely minus the creepy serial killer!

      I’d prefer living in the country, but then I think of how perfectly located Bloomsbury is and … *sigh* I’d love to live there for a year. So close to the British Library!

    • Thank you, Betty 🙂 Comments like yours are a lovely start to a not-so-lovely Tuesday. Here in my corner of Australia it has decided to be tropically warm — when it shouldn’t be! Ugh. Singapore, take back your weather! *melting*

    • Hi Becky! Favourite books … and I’m off and running! I’m a huge re-reader and would chat for hours about old favourites. And then, there’s the new releases I’m waiting for — like Shelly Laurenston’s “The Undoing”.

      I love classic category romances, like those by Penny Jordan, Susan Napier, Sarah Morgan, Cait London, Cara Colter. The books of Jayne Ann Krentz, Michelle Diener, Kay Hooper (though maybe not so much her most recent – but the earlier ones were spooky!).

      Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series is wonderful!

    • Momjame, thank you – yours is a lovely compliment. Have a wonderful day! It’s Australia Day, here, so happy sunshine and holidays from me to you and yours 🙂

    • Thanks, Danielle. I had a lot of fun writing it. Sky Garden became all-engrossing … I really wish I could have gone to Bloomsbury as “research” 🙂

    • Thanks, Roselle 🙂 I hope you enjoy it! I really appreciate the time you — and everyone — has taken to comment. You’ve made the start of this blog tour really joyful.

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