Lola Jaye and the Orphan Sisters

Today I give a huge pub day and blog tour welcome to Lola Jaye, author of Orphan Sisters. Lola has written four other books; By the Time You Read This, While You Were Dreaming, Reaching for the Stars and Being Lara.  Orphan Sisters is her fifth release and she’s here to tell us all about this touching and poignant novel that has got everyone talking.

“As the book spans thirty years, I was eager to research just what was going on during each period.”


What is your book about?

Orphan Sisters is a saga spanning thirty years but primarily set in 1960’s Britain where three little girls were supposed to be living the dream of their immigrant parents. However, they end up living a nightmare many migrants, even today, often face.

What inspired the storyline your?

My parents, aunties, uncles and all those who came to the UK from the former colonies in the hopes of a better life. I wanted to tell their story.

How long did it take you to write your novel?

The first draft of my novel will usually take around six months.  However, the first draft is only the beginning…

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I enjoyed teasing out the personalities of each character. This may have something to do with me being a psychotherapist!  

What did you research the most while writing this book?

As the book spans thirty years, I was eager to research just what was going on during each period. Technology has obviously changed rapidly over the years but unfortunately, negative ideas about race haven’t shifted as much as we’d like.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?

At the moment I’m working on book six. All I can say for now is that it’s a saga that begins as far back as the 1940’s and is set in both America and the UK. I’m in that exciting stage when everything flows. In a few thousand words time, I will be in the “I can’t do this anymore!” stage. It’s a process!

What is the theme or take home message of your book?


Let me explain. Whilst I adored each of my characters, I really enjoyed writing about the middle sister, May.  She’s a very complex individual and a product of her upbringing and environment, yet she never lets this deter her quest for greatness. When life had almost beaten her to a pulp, she never lost hope. We should all have that attitude!

Thank you for the questions, Anne!

Interviewed by Anne John-Ligali



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