The Authors Bookshelf – Janet Gogerty

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

I’m pleased to welcome Janet Gogerty to the blog today…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?

Probably a pony book, I read nothing but pony books for a while, but never got the pony. The earliest books I remember being read to me were Noddy and Rupert Bear.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?

Life, Death and Vanilla Slices’ by Jenny Eclair. A friend passed it on to me, it promises to be very dark and funny.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?

From my Kindle bookshelf ‘Love Set in Stone’ by Staci Trolio. A romantic, sexy fun thriller with the most unlikely hero; a stone gargoyle who was once a knight…

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?

We had a total rearrangement of the house recently and I now have my own little office with a bookshelf and very bright Ikea units. I had great fun sorting and dusting all the books, parting with some to the charity shop and apologising to the ones I would never part with. I have been neglecting them for my Kindle and the internet. I love non-fiction books with lots of illustrations to dip into for ideas and also enjoy a variety of writers from Alan Bennett to Bill Bryson.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?

A book I don’t know about yet, fiction or non-fiction. I love hearing about a new book. Then I will go to Waterstones, not ask straight away if they have it, but enjoy searching for it.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?

A Penguin pocket  writers’ handbook free with ‘Writers’ Magazine’.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?

Three Ages of Man’. I have been working my way through my books published only as E-books on Amazon Kindle and publishing them as paperbacks – through Amazon.  Three Ages of Man is the middle book of my Brief Encounters Trilogy, but can also be read as a stand alone novel. It is a long novel so I wondered if the Amazon Elves would be up to the task, but it looks good and weighs in at nearly three pounds.

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?

That is hard to answer, so many. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is one of my favourites and to create a story with humour, that stands the test of time, has proved so adaptable for television and the big screen and brought so much enjoyment,  is a great achievement.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?

Yes, my next novel will be different from the previous ones. A young private detective lives and works from a camper van, travelling the country hoping to find his missing girlfriend and taking on other missing person cases. The novel is a series of short stories within the main story.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

Janet Gogerty’s Bookshelf

To see Janet Gogerty’s full bookshelf head to her Goodreads Page.

About Janet Gogerty

I have been writing frantically for over ten years; taking it seriously when I joined a weekly writing group. One of my short stories, Emma, turned into my first novel Brief Encounters of the Third Kind. Writing propelled me into the ether and gradually into the world of Indie Authors; self publishing is a steep learning curve for most of us.

Brief Encounters became a trilogy, my other novel ‘Quarter Acre Block’ is very different, inspired by my family’s emigration to Australia. I love writing any kind of fiction and have published four story collections. My website long ago took on a life of its own and ties in with my love of photography. I also write blogs and book reviews.

I have lived and worked in some very different places, but all providing plenty of ideas for writing. At present I have family on three different continents and borrow shamelessly from their lives for some of my characters.

The Bookshelf


Janet thank you so very much for stopping by I wish you all the luck in the world with your books.

Taking Part in The Bookshelf
I’ve currently put a pause on taking new applications for The Bookshelf. I recently put a call-out for participants on Facebook and am currently booked up into July. I would like to get through most of these lovely people before I open the floodgates again. If you already have a form to return to me, feel free to do so, just be aware there is a quite a wait for spots right n

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I'm BrizzleLass, I am a bookworm and my book blog BrizzleLass Books is where I share my love of books by writing reviews, sharing guest posts from authors, interviews and even the odd bookish giveaway! I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. My personal blog is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me.

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