If it hadn’t been for my sister buying a Victorian garden and building a house there, looking over at Pennine Valley, I would probably never have written Dreams of the Blue Poppy, my novel originally published by Robert Hale. It was there, in that garden, that my sister showed me meconopsis grandis, the Tibetan Blue Poppy, growing against a sandstone wall. I had never seen a flower so beautiful and such an amazing blue, and despite never having really taken an interest in gardening before, I set out on a quest to find out about this incredible flower. I was already very interested in Tibet, and when I began researching the book, I felt I had to go to the Himalayas to see where the Blue Poppy grew naturally on the mountainsides….
Now, Dreams of the Blue Poppy is coming out as an e-book, with innovative new publishers The Book Mill, masterminded by Neil Ferber and author Kathleen Jones. Available on Kindle, Kobo and Smashwords.
Click here for further details at Amazon.
Kathleen Jones has written a great review of the book, with a very insightful resume which you can read on her review blog – one of the best around – at http://www.kathleenjonesdiary.blogspot.co.uk/
And there’s an interview on Kathleen’s blog which you can find at http://www.kathleenjonesauthor.blogspot.com
The Book Mill have done some beautiful artwork on the book, which I’m really thrilled about – especially the cover. It’s really a work of art!
I originally went to Nepal and worked with the Tibetans as part of my research for the book, and this led to the publication of my travel book about Nepal and the Himalayas On Juniper Mountain which came out in 2009 with O – Books. Dreams of the Blue Poppy also led to the foundation of Juniper Trust our international charity which works sustainably with communities across the world, which I began in Nepal, and which now works in partnership with travel specialists KE Adventure Travel and a group of fantastic volunteers to build schools and improve health across the world.