Congratulations of the publication of your second book, Tell Me no Secrets
and thanks for dropping by.
Thank you for having me, you know how much I love to visit.
1) Firstly, everyone says that writing the second is harder that the
first have you found that to be true?
Not with this one. Because this novel was the first book I ever wrote. It was altered, edited, re-written and then parked for a while, until I’d finished writing House of Secrets. I then went back to this one and rewrote it all again.
2) How has your experiences of launching you first published novel
influenced the way you’ve gone about publicising the second?
They were both launched in very different ways. HOUSE OF SECRETS won the Choc Lit Search for a Star, so there was a lot of publicity behind it. Everyone was waiting for the launch and I spoke a lot about it on social media. However, with TELL ME NO SECRETS, my publisher, Choc Lit, decided to do a secret reveal. The cover and the blurb was kept a secret until the day of release. So, of course my approach had to be very different.
3) Are House of Secrets and Tell Me no Secrets linked in any way? No, they are both stand alone books, albeit by request I am now writing a sequel to House of Secrets.
4) Are you a plotter or do you just let the story unfold? I’m not a plotter at all. I can’t imagine trying to write a brief for every chapter before I start. The story unfolds, as I go through I make changes, then I go back through and add in what’s needed, especially when the characters begin to do their own thing.
5) What’s the best thing about writing a second novel and what’s the worst? With writing any novel it’s the discipline. I work full time, so I have to literally get home from the day job, do the tea and then get the laptop out. I aim to do around a thousand words a day, but some days I pour the wine and then tell myself off for the whole of the next day.
6) I know like many authors you still work at a day-job so have you got any tips or advise about juggling a full-time job and a writing career.
Just keep going and don’t give yourself too much to do or agree to too tight a deadline. The last thing you need whilst working full time is the extra pressure. I tend to write a book a year and edit one of the previous. It’s enough and I really wouldn’t want to even try and do more.
7) Secrets seems to becoming a bit of a theme so are you writing more revelations for your next book?
I like themes and I love branding. The ‘secrets’ was decided on when I first signed with Choc Lit. It seems to work, so I wouldn’t want to change it. I’m hoping the sequel to House of Secrets will be called House of Christmas Secrets, and the one after which is already written will be Twisted Secrets. Maybe after those four, we’ll choose something else, but for now we’re sticking with what works.
But before we run ahead of ourselves can you tell us about Tell Me no Secrets…
Tell me no secrets is a story about family, about interaction and about trust. Kate Duggan is a strong character who is trying her best to move on with her life, but she soon finds out that the man she loves, is actually the person she should fear the most.
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Can a secret be worse than a lie?
Every time Kate Duggan looks in a mirror she is confronted by her guilt; a long, red scar reminding her that she was ‘the one to walk away’ from the car accident. Not everyone was so lucky …
On the surface her fiancé Rob is supportive – but the reality is different. He’s controlling, manipulative and, if the phone call Kate overhears is anything to go by, he has a secret. But just how dangerous is that secret?
When Kate begins work at a firm of private investigators, she meets Ben Parker. His strong and silent persona is intriguing but it’s also a cover – because something devastating happened to Ben, something he can’t get over.
As Kate and Ben begin their first assignment, they become close. But, what they don’t realise is how close to home the investigation will bring them, or who will be hurt in the process …
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