Virtual Book Tour: Island of Dreams by Harry Duffin #blogtour #interview #giveaway #historical #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @duffin26 - A Life Through Books

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Virtual Book Tour: Island of Dreams by Harry Duffin #blogtour #interview #giveaway #historical #fiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @duffin26



Historical Fiction

Date Published: December 1, 2022

Publisher:  Cumulus Publishing


In May 1939, when Professor Carl Mueller, his wife, Esther, and their three children flee Nazi Germany, and find refuge on the paradise island of Cuba, they are all full of hopes and dreams for a safe and happy future.

But those dreams are shattered when Carl and Esther are confronted by a ghost from their past, and old betrayals return to haunt them.

The turbulent years of political corruption leading to Batista’s dictatorship, forces the older children to take very different paths to pursue their own dangerous dreams.

And - among the chaos and the conflict that finally leads to Castro’s revolution and victory in 1959, an unlikely love begins to grow - a love that threatens the whole family.

Having escaped a war-torn Europe, their Island of Dreams is to tear them apart forever.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Marketing and selling it. The fun part is the writing, which I have always enjoyed. It is also hard cutting out parts that you really like, but don’t really work with the rest. I think one writer once said “Kill the part you like the most.” That can be very true.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?


The Eagles and traditional jazz.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?


Yes. I send out online copies to about six people, some of whom I know, some I don’t know it all. Their comments can be very valuable.


What book are you reading now?


The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop.


How did you start your writing career?


By blagging my way into the first writing team of EASTENDERS in 1985.



Tell us about your next release.


I am writing the sequel to my first novel CHICAGO MAY. It is called L.A MAY and is set in Los Angeles in the 1920’s at the time of prohibition and the start of the film industry. A fascinating time.


About the Author

I am an award-winning British screenwriter, who was on the first writing team of the BBC’s EASTENDERS, and won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best TV serial for CORONATION STREET. I was Head of Development at Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group, producing seven major television series, including ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ starring Richard ‘John Boy’ Thomas, and ‘Twist in the Tale’, featuring William Shatner. I was co-creator of the UK Channel Five teen-cult drama series ‘THE TRIBE’, which ran for five series.

I have written three novels, CHICAGO MAY, BIRTH OF THE MALL RATS [an intro to the TV series THE TRIBE], and ISLAND OF DREAMS which will be published in December 2022.

CHICAGO MAY is the first book of a two-part series.

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