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Meet Thorne Moore – Author Of ‘Motherlove’

Today marks the publication of the new psychological thriller from author, Thorne Moore and as promised, Thorne has stopped by with a great guest post, to kick off the celebrations!

First of all, a little reminder about the new book, then I’ll hand you straight over to Thorne, to introduce herself …


Three mothers – 1990

Heather is horrified to be pregnant again.

Gillian is desperate to adopt.

Lindy is terrified her baby will be taken from her.

In the midst of all this longing and pain, a child disappears.

Two babies – Now

Vicky finds out she’s not who she thought she was.

Kelly loves her mother. Wanting to help her, she innocently reveals deeply buried secrets.

One desperate woman

Every day a woman goes to a park, still trying to understand an event 22 years earlier that tore her life apart.

But all these stories are connected. Can one of them learn the truth without tearing apart the lives of everyone else?


Image Of Author Thorne MooreI grew up in Luton, in a very politically aware family (i.e. left-wing) and was firmly advised to study law. This would have implied a career in law, so since I intended to be a writer, not a lawyer, I read history at Aberystwyth university instead.

Much much later, and far more impressively, with much blood, sweat and tears, I gained my law degree from the Open University, when it was far too late to be tempted to put it to any use.

I worked in a busy reference library for some years, then moved to West Wales to set up a restaurant with my sister and I now live just outside a North Pembrokeshire village, where I run a craft business and occasionally teach family history – but mostly write.

If I want to write, I write. So just do it. If you think that making time for writing is a problem, just wait until you finish a book, and find a great aching desert of emptiness stretching before you.

My interest in genealogy, and my present home, a Victorian farmhouse that stands on the site of a Mediaeval manor, might explain some of the themes in my books, which are rooted in a sense of history, sometimes distant, sometimes recent. My books are largely set in Pembrokeshire, the county from which my mother’s family comes and which is an endless resource of history, mystery and magic.
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The Question Is…

I write novels which are more concerned with motivation and effect than with who, when and where; because, for me, characters provide the central element of a good story. Just to be conventional, I am willing to concede that a novel also needs a plot, to carry the reader from A to B, preferably by a rollercoaster of hills and troughs. But I like to start with an underlying question that triggers the enterprise and gets me wondering.

In my first novel, A Time For Silence, the plot involves a young woman, in the 21st century, discovering a family secret from the middle of the 20th century, and her investigations, discoveries and misconceptions are contrasted with the story of what really happened, back in the 1930s and 40s.

The Question Is Is it ever possible to understand a historical event, whether it’s the court of the Tudors, the mean streets of Victorian London, or your own grandparent’s lives, if you can only see it through your own imagination, shaped by your own education, economics, class, religion, expectation, social mores and language? I’ve read many historical novels where the characters cannot help having modern views and attitudes, no matter what velvets and brocades they wear.

In my second novel, Motherlove (to be published by Honno Press on February 19th), the question that got me going was raised by the case of María Eugenia Sampallo Barragán. Maria Eugenia is an Argentinian. She’d known from childhood that she was adopted, but finally she discovered that she had been taken, at birth, from a clandestine torture centre, where her Communist birth parents, were ‘disappeared’ by the military government. She had been handed over as a prize to a couple who were supporters of the regime. Maria Eugenia made the world news because she was taking her adoptive parents to court.
The interest, for me, had nothing to do with gory Argentinian politics. I wondered what her relationship with her adoptive parents had been like. Surely, I thought, it must have been unhappy, because if she had grown up secure, as their loving and beloved daughter, she would have been torn to shreds by the idea of taking them to court, no matter how awful the truth turned out to be.
My assumption turned out to be correct: Maria Eugenia had had an unhappy childhood and had left home resenting her adoptive parents. By contrast, some of the other adopted children of the ‘disappeared,’ who loved their adoptive parents, didn’t even want to know who their birth parents were.

My book, Motherlove, has nothing whatsoever to do with Argentina, or Maria Eugenia’s story, but it does concern two girls who find they are not the natural daughters of the women they call mother. One is happy with the family she has, and couldn’t give a toss about the truth. The other finds that the genetic confusion merely reinforces a sense of alienation that she already feels.


The Question Is … Does the love of a child for a mother have anything at all to do with genetic bonds, and can it simply be snapped in two if those bonds turn out to be an illusion?

I hope that readers manage to unearth the underlying questions in my novels. I am always delighted to read comments from people who like my work, but the comments which give me the greatest satisfaction are the ones that tell me the reader was left thinking.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, it was great to meet you all and I hope that you enjoy Motherlove.

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Thorne Moore

Thanks for stopping by Thorne. I look forward to reading Motherlove myself and would like to wish you every success with both this book and any future projects. It was a pleasure to meet you 🙂

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Excellent questions set forth for consideration! I enjoyed this “chat” with Thorne Moore and find the premise of both her novels intriguing. I’ll have to look into them a little more closely. Thank you for hosting the visit, Yvonne and good luck to Ms. Moore on the new release.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I was particularly intrigued by the question Thorne posed and the perfectly vaild observations she made, about the opinions we all have about historical events and therefore historical writing, both fiction and non-fiction.

      Although Thorne manages to articulate her words and thoughts much more fluently than I, I can still liken and associate her comments to my own, concerning the validity of writing a review. I think the phrase … “if you can only see it through your own imagination”, sums up where I am coming from on the issue most succinctly.

      I guess so long as one of my reviews is only used to glean a few additional facts to the synopsis that’s okay, but I would be horrified to think that I sang the praises of a book, only to have someone go out and spend good money obtaining a copy, only to be bitterly disappointed by it and wondering what planet I was on when I recommended it!

      I also want to get hold of a copy of ‘A Time For Silence’, as this one sounds intriguing and obviously builds on the interest Thorne has in genealogy. My mother-in-law helped in starting me off on a family tree, after she successfully traced both her own and my father-in-law’s back to some far point in history. What I discovered had me intrigued and questioning relatives still alive who might remember any of the links she discovered.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by for a chat, we both really appreciate your interest and the time you have taken to comment.

  • Fantastic post. I like the point the author makes about the characters in historical novels not being able to help having modern views and attitudes.
    The books sound good, especially Motherlove.
    I think that a bond between mother and child does not have to be genetic, you see adopted children love their adoptive families and vice versa, just as if they were connected through flesh and blood. Then you see some parents and children who are not close at all, being genetically related. DNA does not make parents, things like love, compassion, respect and commitment do. The bonds we develop are truly amazing and intricate aren’t they?
    Happy reading Yvonne and thanks for featuring this author.

    • Hi Naida,

      I already have my shiny paperback copy of ‘Motherlove’, however ‘A Time For Silence’ is definitely hitting my ‘Want To Read’ list, without a doubt..

      I totally agree with your analysis about the genetic bonding between a mother and her child. I know a couple of instances where adopted children have built an instant and unshakeable bond to their adoptive parents and vice versa. I do have to say however, that in both cases there are no other parentally biological children in the family, so I wonder if that would have made any difference? Also, as all the children I know are still very young and despite the fact they are fully aware that they are adopted, I wonder if, when they are old enough to start asking questions about their own biologocal parents, this will affect the strength of the bond in any way?

      There are plenty of dysfunctional biologically related families out there and although I fully accept and applaud your values of love, respect and committment, how many times do we see in the media, instances where perfectly well adjusted families, still end up with a significant member ‘going off the rails’ and no-one can understand why.

      The human brain really is a complex piece of machinery, isn’t it? And it doesn’t seem to take much for it all to go horribly wrong!

      What an interesting conversation, thanks for that Naida 🙂

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