Thursday, 3 June 2010

Blog Tour - The Moonstone Legacy

Blog Tour: The Moonstone Legacy

So today I'm hosting the fifth stop on the blog tour for The Moonstone Legacy by Diana de Gunzburg and Tony Wild. Please see below for a little bit more about the book and the interview I carried out with the two authors. I hope you enjoy it and make sure you check out the other stops on the tour!

Published: July 2010, Pushkin Press

Synopsis: In a sacred cave high in the mountains of northern India, a white-haired hermit sits cross-legged, and signs his final testament: "George Abercrombie, 1874 . . . ." In present-day England, 14 year old Lizzy Abercrombie’s mother dies in a tragic accident on the full moon. But was it really an accident? Lizzy discovers that her death may be linked to a mysterious family curse. Determined to solve the mystery, her quest takes her from a doomed Anglo-Indian mansion on the Yorkshire moors to India where she uncovers the terrible truth about her ancestor and a stolen inheritance—but her discoveries put her in mortal danger from a ruthless enemy.

1. Could you start off by telling me a little bit about The Moonstone Legacy?

It picks up where the Wilkie Collins classic left off, but in the present day and with a young heroine who quickly finds herself embroiled in murder, mystery and mayhem.

2. What motivated you to write the book?

The Moon.

3. How did you become writing partners and is it the first time you've both collaborated on a book? Did you run into any problems working together and do you have any tips for other writers who are planning on collaborating on a novel?

A process of evolution, and yes it is our first book collaboration. It required total honesty and no ego - obviously impossible, so be prepared to fight...but remember, it's the book that matters.

4. The Moonstone Legacy is quite a complicated story - talk me through the research you had to carry out and how you did it.

There was indeed loads to do, achieved by all means fair and foul.

5. What inspired you while you were writing The Moonstone Legacy?

The fun of inhabiting the universe we were creating

6. Do you have any writing rituals you follow?


7. India is important in this story; do you spend much time over there and did you visit at all while you were writing the book?

Yes and yes.

8. Describe a typical day while you were working on The Moonstone Legacy.

There wasn't a typical day.

9. Which character was the most difficult to write and which character was your favourite to write?

Lizzy was the most difficult, and is our favourite.

10. Are there any other projects you're working on that you can tell me about today?

The second and third of the trilogy.

So there you have it - thanks Tony and Diana!

Make sure you check out the next stop on the book tour on June 5th at


  1. I read The Moonstone at Uni but to be totally honest, I don't remember a whole lot of it now. I'm one of these people who crams everything in for exams, and then forgets it afterwards.

    I like the sound of this, though. Can it be read independently of The Moonstone, or would you need to have some background info do you think?

  2. Hi Leanna. It is an interesting read so I would recommend it - I hadn't read The Moonstone and I enjoyed it nonetheless so I think it stands alone well. :) x

  3. Cool, thanks Carly. I'll check it out. x

  4. I enjoyed the book, so I'm looking forward to my stop next week.


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