An emotional and evocative story about the deepest bonds of friendship.
Abandoned as children, Kat and Jamie were inseparable growing up in foster care. But their bond couldn’t protect them forever.
From a troubled upbringing to working in a London greasy spoon, Kat’s life has never been easy. On the surface Jamie s living the high-life, but appearances can be deceiving.
When they unexpectedly reunite, their feelings become too intense to ignore. But as secrets come back to haunt them, are they destined to be separated once more?
Perfect for fans of Hilary Boyd and Nicholas Sparks.
My Q&A with Grace Lowrie
Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey before the questions that would be super.
Hello *waves* I’m thrilled to be here despite being rather shy. My debut novel Kindred Hearts was published by Accent Press in 2015 and Safe With Me, the first in a series of three contemporary women’s fiction novels, is due out on the 22nd June 2017. It’s available to pre-order here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071F2QZB7 – I still have to pinch myself.
Describe yourself using three words?
Creative, romantic, practical. (Those last two sound contradictory don’t they?)
What inspired you to write your first novel?
Once I had the idea for the story the characters started talking to each other in my head – it was a case of start writing it down or go slightly mad.
What time of day do you like to write?
First thing in the morning is preferable but usually not practical with my day job, and writing in the evening is dangerous because it’s sometimes hard to stop and I need my sleep. I tend to cram most of my writing into my weekends.
What is your favourite book and why?
Ahh! It’s almost impossible to pick just one book, but for today I’ll go with If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor. The way it’s written is amazingly clever and poetic with many layers, and yet it’s easy to read and quietly accessible – everybody I’ve recommended it to loves it.
How did you pick the title of your book?
Safe With Me is part of a line of dialogue that is significant in the book – but I can’t say why without giving too much away.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No they are fictional – although I sometimes incorporate the quirks, traits and foibles of people I’ve observed, into my characters.
What’s your favourite word?
If you were a colour what would it be?
Forest green – calm, natural and soothing with a hidden energy.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I plan out a structured beginning, middle and end – with a twist (that’s the best bit) – and then I try to go with the flow as much as possible while writing the first draft; allowing my characters to take me where they will.
Who is your favourite Author?
My favourite changes all the time but I recently devoured all eight of Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander books in the space of about three months. I’m in awe of her.
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Lisbeth Salander the computer hacker from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series; Matt Sky the unstable writer from M. Pierce’s The Night Owl Trilogy; Arya Stark the brave girl from George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books; and Frank the psychopathic teenager from Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory. I suspect dinner would be a total disaster with a mix of such strong personalities, but it would certainly be interesting!
What book are you reading at the moment?
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. He’s another of my favourite authors – his writing always inspires.
Where in the world is your happy place?
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. I’m not a religious person but I truly feel at peace there.
If you had one superpower what would it be?
Teleportation. To be able to write in an exotic far-flung location, at a moments notice – without the time, hassle, expense and environmental cost of air travel – would be wonderful.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
I can’t think of a literary villain who deserves a happy ending, but I do wish that Paul Marshall, a character in Ian McEwan’s wonderful novel Atonement, met a sticky end. That he gets away with what he did is entirely probable, but it still rankles.
Are you working on a new project?
I’m currently editing the next two books in The Wildham Series – each standalone novel is connected by its characters and the fictional town of Wildham – but I’m also writing the first draft of a new book and toying with a few short story ideas…
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
I’m hoping to attend an author event in March, but the details aren’t yet confirmed.
Huge thanks to Grace Lowrie and Accent Press for having Lovebooksgroup on the Blog Tour.
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