The Drumbeats Trilogy by Julia Ibbotson @JuliaIbbotson #BlogTour @rararesources #Giveaway Q&A

I’m delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Drumbeats Trilogy and Julia Ibbotson has kindly taken part in a Q&A. There is also a brilliant giveaway to enter but first of all let’s take a look at the descriptions for this trilogy of books…


The love of a woman and the story of a country.

It’s 1965 and 18 year old Jess escapes her stifling English background for a gap year in Ghana, West Africa. Over the next three evocative novels, follow her journey as she encounters new cultures and loves in this stirring series.

The Drumbeats Trilogy is a passionate saga of love, betrayal and second chances – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust. A feel-good up-lit story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity. 

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Thank you for taking part in the Q&A, so let’s get started…

Lovely to be here today, Rae! Except this is HARD!! I’ll try my best, and hope it makes sense!

Which three words best describe your personality?

  1. Independent (I’ve had to be, as a single parent for 10 years and the bread-winner in a very demanding professional job!)
  2. Persevering (I don’t give up despite difficulties)
  3. Loving and loyal (yes, I know that’s two!)

Which three vacation spots are your favourite?

1.Madeira (it has to be, as we have an apartment there and spend every summer on the island, away from the UK rain – except that summer 2018 in the UK was probably hotter than Madeira!)

2. Florence, Italy (I am in love with Florence, the terracotta hues of the stone and red roofs of the buildings – and Italian food)

3. Norwegian fjords (I love the majesty of the towering cliffs, the peace of the waters, and the awe-inspiring glaciers)

Which three things do you enjoy doing when you aren’t writing?

1.I love swimming (I was doing 25-30 lengths most days until I tore tendons in my left shoulder/upper arm that now need an operation in early 2019!)

2. Walking in the countryside in England and Madeira (it helps my inspiration and I think about my WIP as I stroll; and I love being in touch with nature)

3. Choral singing (I sing in our church choir currently but have also sung with a large community choir and also the national Rock Choir)

Which three books would you want if you were stuck on a desert island?

  1. Bear Grylls Survival Skills Handbook! (is that cheating?)
  2. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (I could read it over and over and still find something new! And its gentle humour would make me laugh.)
  3. Kate Mosse’s Languedoc Trilogy (I know that’s three, but maybe I can get away with it as a box set?!)

Which three books were your favourite as a child?

  1. Anne of Green Gables series by L M Montgomery (my late mother used to read them to me when I was quite little and I wanted to be Anne – well, actually I thought I WAS Anne and my parents were Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert – although they, of course, were brother and sister!)
  2. Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne (and when I grew up and had my own children, I recorded my reading of the stories onto cassette tapes for them to listen to in the car – oh, why didn’t I think to patent them, the precursors of audio books)
  3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (I read the full version when I was about 8 and loved Dickens’s wonderful characters: Betsy Trotwood, Mr Micawber and David himself lived in my mind, and oh, how awful those descriptions of the Victorian factories and the workhouse)

Which three characters from any book would you have around for dinner?

  1. Rev Sidney Chambers from the Grantchester Chronicles by James Runcie (well, James Norton really, who played him in the TV version) because I love his complex character as a sometimes doubting priest and part-time detective, and think he would be wonderfully interesting company, and also because he was the inspiration for my Rev Rory Netherbridge in A Shape on the Air. Oh and because he’s gorgeous.
  2. Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, because I would like to talk to him about his motivations throughout the novel.
  3. Jim Kennedy from my own Drumbeats Trilogy (sorry, is that allowed?) because he is such a complicated character, dark and mysterious but also responsible and caring.

Which three things most inspired this book?

The Drumbeats Trilogy was inspired by:

  1. Ghana, West Africa
  2. The strength and spirit of women who rise above adversity
  3. The power of love, for good and bad

Which three emotions do you think your readers will experience while reading your book?

  1. Empathy with Jess (I hope!)
  2. Many conflicting emotions and ups and downs as Jess’s story develops (readers have said it’s an emotional roller-coaster)
  3. Ultimately, uplifted by the end

Last question I promise 😉

Which three words would you use to describe your book?

  1. Evocative of time and place
  2. Powerful
  3. Passionate

Thank you again!

And thank you for having me today, Rae; it’s been a pleasure to be here with you and your readers.


Award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She read English at Keele University, England (after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa) specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a school teacher, then a university lecturer and researcher. Finding Jess (2018) is her sixth book and the last of the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins and ends in Ghana). Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countryside in England and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time.

Acclaimed author of:

Drumbeats (2015), the first of the trilogy set in 1960s Ghana: sometimes you have to escape to find yourself.

Walking in the Rain (2016), the second in the trilogy set in 1970s and 1980s England: never give up on your dreams.

Finding Jess (2018), the last of the trilogy set in 1990s England and Ghana: can the past ever be left behind?

Also by Julia Ibbotson:

A Shape on the Air (2017): historical (Dark Ages/early medieval) time-slip romance. Two women 1,500 years apart, with one aim: to reclaim their dreams and fight the dangers that threaten them both across the ages …

The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen, (first published 2011, rereleased 2017) a feel-good story of the renovation of a Victorian rectory interwoven with period recipes to feed the soul, all from the rectory kitchen.

S.C.A.R.S (first published 2012, rereleased 2016) (children’s novel): a troubled boy slips through a tear in the fabric of the universe into a parallel medieval fantasy world of knights, dragons, and a quest for the triumph of Good over Evil. But can he save himself?

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Win a PB copy of Drumbeats (book 1), book marks, post cards, key ring and handbag fob

(UK Only)

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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