Philip Womack kindly tagged me in “The Next Big Thing” Blog Meme, so thought I’d introduce my next book:
What is the title of your next book? The Art of Leaving
Where did the idea come from for the book? From Holly Golightly abandoning her cat, Anna Karenina throwing herself under a train, an unhealthy fascination with airport departure lounges, changing schools regularly as a kid, moving cities, leaving relationships… Somehow it’s always the exit scenes that I remember from novels and experiences. I wanted to write about the adrenalin of saying goodbye.
What genre does your book fall under? Fiction.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? I’m not ready for them to exist outside the imagination yet.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? During a rainy summer in Soho when an eagle escapes London Zoo and a secretive stranger starts appearing around the city, Eva realises she’s failing at the only thing she’s ever been very good at: the art of leaving.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? The book is being published in March 2013 by Alma Books. My agent is Charlie Campbell.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? About a year.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It’s a story for anyone whose ever found it difficult to leave…
You can read the first chapter here.
I hereby tag journalist, novelist and best read person I know, Emily Rhodes, as the ‘Next Big Thing’.