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Date uploaded May 25, Did you find this document useful? Is this content inappropriate? Report this Document. Download Now. What's your proudest moment as a writer? Some of the emails I have had from readers have made me properly well up. It's amazing when someone says that your work has helped them through tough times, or got them back into reading and enjoying books.
Lo in The Woman in Cabin 10 struggles with anxiety and I get a lot of emails from readers saying how important that aspect was to them. We'll be publishing The Lying Game in large print next year. How would you describe the novel to new readers? It's a little bit different to my previous books - slightly slower, perhaps, and more meditative. It's about four women who are tethered together by something they did years ago at boarding school. Now, after seventeen years of lying and covering up, a bone has surfaced and they have to return to their old stamping ground to face up to the truth of what really happened.
I'm terrible at casting my novels - I think it's because my characters are so real to me, it's like being asked who should play your dad - and of course the answer is, well, my dad's my dad! We've released a number of your novels as audiobooks.
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What's your opinion on audiobooks? I love them. I listen to them while cooking and on long car journeys! You need a good narrator though - there's nothing worse than someone mangling an accent or putting stresses in the wrong place. I think I've been very lucky with mine. Have you heard any of your audiobooks? I listened to little bits - just to check that the narrator was a good match for my characters she is!
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But I can't listen to them cover to cover - it's too weird hearing my own words. A bit like when you phone up your own house and get your voice on the answerphone. Our uLIBRARY service allows you to listen to your local library's audiobook collection anywhere, where would you recommend listening to your audiobooks? Ooh, with The Lying Game I would recommend listening to it on a long drive around somewhere bleak and coastal. Romney Marsh or the Norfolk coast would be ideal. In a Dark, Dark would should probably be on a long forest walk! The Woman in Cabin Maybe safely on dry land!
With libraries across the UK facing closures they're now seen by some as not being important anymore. Do you have any fond memories of using libraries and do you think they're an important service? I think libraries are incredibly important. People who say ebooks have made libraries redundant are, I think, completely missing the importance of a physical space filled with free books, staffed by people knowledgeable enough to advise you on them. I know from the Public Lending stats how many people borrow my books every year, and it's tens of thousands and rising.
With schools increasingly unable to fund their own libraries, for many children a public library is their only chance to explore books free of charge and at their own pace. My mum worked in the library service so we went every week, sometimes twice, and I still remember the excitement of being able to browse the shelves and pick out exactly what I wanted, with no worries about cost or whether I would enjoy the book at the end of it.
I love bookshops too - but a library is a completely different kind of freedom and we will be immensely poorer as a society, and failing a generation of children, if we don't maintain our library network. She worked as a newspaper reporter for two decades before becoming a novelist. Originally from the Tyne and Wear, she recently returned and now lives a few streets away from where the stories are set. You worked as a newspaper reporter and journalist for many years before turning to fiction. Was it difficult to make the switch? I wouldn't say I found the transition difficult - but it has been a massive learning curve, that's for sure!
How does writing fiction compare to writing news stories? That's a huge question and a subject I now do talks on. In a nutshell, I believe journalism and writing fiction are incredibly similar, and at the same time polar opposites. As a journalist you're writing 1, words per feature maximum while a novel is roughly , words in length.
But the skills you learn as a journalist are akin to those of a storyteller - with both you have to know how to engage your reader and draw them in within the first couple of paragraphs. Grab them from the off and don't let them go until the last page! Why did you decide to write historical fiction and family sagas rather than contemporary fiction?
I have always loved family sagas set in any period in history and I was fascinated by the Second World War from a young age. I had a natural yearning to learn more and a genuine enthusiasm for immersing myself in that period. You descend from a long line of shipbuilders so are the books based on family history? I only discovered that I came from such a long line of shipbuilders platers on my maternal side after I started putting together the proposal for book one in the Shipyard Girls series. I suppose it all happened rather back to front. I decided to write the saga series on women shipbuilders in the Second World War in Sunderland, only to then find how deeply enmeshed my own family was in the industry.
You relocated to Sunderland and now live a short distance away from where the books are set, how important is it to live in the location? I knew as soon as I signed the publishing deal for the first three books that I had to move back up north. There was no hesitation. If I were to write a novel that was set in Sunderland - regardless of the period or subject matter - I had to be here. The language, the landscape, the weather, the dialogue and the culture are things you can't just look up on Google!
Had you always wanted to work as a novelist? What do you enjoy about it? I always wanted to be a novelist. It has been my dream for as long as I can remember. If I'm honest I think I enjoy the escapism of it all the most - losing myself in another world, in character's minds and lives. I also enjoy the cathartic experience of writing, as well as mulling over what's going to happen next, and thinking through the intricacies of the plot.
I start writing from 8am onwards. If I could push my husband out to work sooner I would probably start earlier! Do you know the ending of a book before you start writing? When I first started The Shipyard Girls I didn't really have an ending in mind - perhaps just a vague one. I wrote and hoped for the best!
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Now that I'm writing book five my characters are so well formed in my head that it feels like they are dictating to me what should happen, so I'd say that nowadays I have a pretty good vision of each ending, although sometimes something can come along and take me by surprise and change everything completely! Magazine, where you wrote about IVF treatment as well as your husband's battle with head and neck cancer. Do you think these experiences have influenced your storytelling?
Yes, probably in the way I endeavour to give my characters emotional depth. I think most people these days - and certainly most people I've known, or have met, or have interviewed during my years as a journalist - have been through something that has caused them great heartache or sadness. It's what makes us human, and I want my characters to be as human and as multi-faceted as possible. Are you going to use these themes in future books?
I don't know if I would use either as themes as such but I think it's inevitable that they will both feature in the books in some shape or form, and will touch the lives of some of the characters.
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Both cancer and infertility are far from uncommon, not just nowadays, but also back in the s. W hat's the best writing advice anyone's ever given you? Just do it! What are you planning to do next? I'm presently writing book five in the Shipyard Girls series and have just signed another deal with Arrow to write book six and seven - with more on the horizon The Shipyward Girls is now available in large print. Martin Edwards is a renowned name in the world of crime fiction.