It’s the final day of this Meet the Author series and today’s topic is: what I want my readers to know about me.
This is a tough one! But here’s one thing that I’d really like you to know – something that I hope, if you’ve read my debut novel If I Die Before I Wake, you will have already worked out.
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I care how my writing, and my stories, make you feel. That’s the biggest thing that matters to me. I’d like you to think that I write some beautiful sentences. I’d like you to stay up all night because you can’t wait to find out the truth of what happened in that story you are reading. But mostly, I want you to laugh. I want you to cry. I want your heart to swell, I want your mouth to go dry, I want your eyes to widen. I want you to put the book down and remember it because it made you FEEL SOMETHING. Because that is what I love about the best books I have ever read.
If you don’t, then I’m sorry – I didn’t do my job well enough. But that’s ok, too. Because I’m sure you’ll find another writer whose writing will do it… keep looking if you’ve not found it yet! Search through the other writers doing #meettheauthor on Instagram and try their books.
Meet the author day 14 – my first book.
The first book I was published in was a Lonely Planet anthology with a piece about learning to scuba dive. Continue reading
Meet the author day 13… what’s my inspiration?
Day twelve of #meettheauthor … which of my books is my readers’ favourite? Continue reading
Day eight of #meettheauthor – what’s the hardest part of my writing journey been?
For me, it’s the start of the journey that was toughest. Or, more specifically, the bit right before the journey started.
Day seven of #Meettheauthor is my favourite book cover.
Today’s #meettheauthor is about my writing routine.
I’m on a kind of maternity leave at the moment so not writing very much if at all. And my routine is not very regimented even when I am working!
Day three of #meettheauthor is all about your proudest writing achievement.
There’s been a few… leaving a very good job to pursue this dream, getting my awesome agent, being shortlisted for awards with If I Die Before I Wake and being chosen as Waterstones’ Thriller of the Month back in March.
I’m doing something over on Instagram (find my account here) called #meettheauthor and I thought I’d bring it on over to my website too.
Authors are posting images to fit with a theme each day. Day one was where do you write?
Over the last few months my second novel has been back and forth between me and my editor – we’ve taken it in turns to polish away at it and make suggestions of changes. It has really come together, and I can’t wait to share it with you all next year (probably around April or May).
I’ve just sent draft four off to her, and once she’s had a look the next step is for it to hit the desk of a copy-editor. But what do they do?