Monday, December 9, 2013

A Heart That Breaks the Soil by Monica Lee: Interview and Excerpt


Title:   A Heart That Breaks the Soil

Author: Monica Lee

Published:  September 2013

Word Count:  95,000

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction


Mandy held on to hope that her husband and her situation would change as she tried to honour her commitment despite all signs pointing to this being an unworkable marriage.  A Heart That Breaks the Soil takes you across the vast expanses of Africa and into the insecure realm of the human psyche.

This is the story of how one woman struggled to find her way in the search for that one coveted destination: a happy life.  It is Mandy’s story but it will become yours as well as you enter her world of trials and deep sadness, mixed in with humour, friendship and love.



Mandy could hear Winston in the background saying good- bye to his relatives. He then turned to Mandy. “Are you coming or would you like to stay behind?” he asked in a very pleasant voice. The relatives around him burst into laughter at hearing him joke so lightly. Mandy hastily fell into step and together they walked back to the car, and she was the only one who knew he wasn’t joking.

Mandy’s sisters said she looked stunning that afternoon at the registration office. She wore a lilac skirt with a well-fitting silk band, which enhanced her slender waist; the skirt fell elegantly to the floor. A snow-white bodice to accent the lilac skirt showed off her full bust. Her hat was a deeper purple with white and lilac ribbons that gave her an enchanting look.

Driving back in silence after tying the knot was something you don’t see in movies because movies are a fairy tale fantasy; this was real. Mandy could tell by his breathing that he was still very tense. When they got home, he jumped out of the car before it ground to a halt and rushed into the house. Just as he was throw- ing the wedding ring into the kitchen bin, Mandy walked in.

Was that where their symbol of marriage would lie? Looking at the ring lying on top of the rubbish, she reached to pick it up but a second thought overrode her instinct to retrieve it.

Welcome! Thanks for this chance to find out a little about you.  How did you start your writing career? 

I am interested in family relationships. Coming from an African society this is important to me. I also, during my life, have been exposed to many other cultures and look for common themes and behaviours. A few years ago I was talking to me father in law about how I grew up and everything I had experienced. He encouraged me to write a book and that is why I dedicated my first book to him.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

Jason Bourne. The action in the book is not what stands out for me, it’s more the aspect of survival at whatever cost.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

I dream of travelling to Peru, I’m just drawn to that place and still don’t understand why.

Does travel play in the writing of your books? 

Yes. If I decide to write a sequel to ‘A heart that breaks the soil.’ My experience in India will be a big part of that book.

Tell us about your next release.

My next book is called ‘Face of a Harlot’. Chile ends up on the street after being abused by her teacher. Ruth a former prostitute rescues her. A dark spell is cast on Maggie when she travels to Malaysia.


Who is your favorite author? 

Wilbur Smith I enjoy adventure.

The author was born in Zambia. She spent years in England and Sweden as a young woman. For the last 20 year she has taught in an international school in Africa. Monica enjoys writing, cooking and reading. A Heart That Breaks the Soil - is her first contemporary fiction novel. She now lives and works in Asia with her husband and children. Monica is now writing her second book.

Giveaway Details:
There is an international tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • 4 Kindle ebooks of A Heart That Breaks the Soil

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