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.
Pic by worleygig.com
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.
Am I a morning writer? Or do I prefer afternoons or evenings?
Day seven of #Meettheauthor is my favourite book cover.
The only way out is through! That’s how I tackle writer’s block – the theme of today’s #meettheauthor. Continue reading
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?
I’m really pleased to be able to share with you the cover for my next novel, Keep Him Close.
I’m taking part in two events at the Bristol Literature Festival this October.
The first, on October 22 at Redland Library, is with three other authors (Jane Shemilt, A.A. Abbott and Sarah Hilary) – we’ll be discussing the books that made us writers. More info and tickets for that event here.
I can finally tell you a little bit more about my second novel, a dark domestic drama called Keep Him Close, which will be out in 2020.
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?
The French translation of If I Die Before I Wake, called Il était une fois mon meurtre, is published today – and look at this awesome video my publishers have made!