Exit Five From Charing Cross By Valerie Keogh
The Real You By Valerie Keogh
Welcome to my blog Valerie, thank you so much for spending a little time here today.
Describe yourself using three words?
Imaginative, persistent, self-doubting
What inspired you to write your first novel?
I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Fear of failure stopped me starting until a few years ago – I haven’t stopped since and I’m now on my 9th novel.
What time of day do you like to write?
I try to do e-mails and promoting in the morning and get down to writing in the early afternoon.
What is your favourite book and why?
I love Kate Atkinson’s novel, Life after Life, a fascinating and challenging read. My all-time favourite novels are EF Benson’s Mapp and Lucia series of novels. Brilliant, witty and beautifully written.
How did you pick the title of your book?
I took the title for, That One May Smile, straight from Hamlet, I liked the sound of it and it seemed appropriate. Shakespeare is always a good one to borrow from.
I was sitting at a coffee shop outside exit five from Charing Cross when I came up with the idea for this novel so it seemed like a good idea to use it as the title for it. When I decide on a title I always check on Amazon to make sure it hasn’t been used already before I become too attached to it.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
The characters aren’t but I often use mannerisms or quirks that people have to add complexity to my characters.
What’s your favourite word?
I don’t have a favourite word but I often overuse words as my editor points out! I’ve stopped my characters ‘nodding’ all the time.
If you were a colour what would it be?
Sometimes bright yellow and sometimes dark grey.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I usually have a vague idea of the plot but definitely go with it once I start and almost allow the characters take over. I knew That One May Smile was going to be a series so the characters needed to be ones that readers related to and cared about.
When I wrote Exit Five from Charing Cross I started with the last chapters and then backfilled the story.
Who is your favourite Author?
There are so many – EF Benson, Kate Atkinson, John Connolly, Steven King – a wide range as you can see!
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Frankenstein’s monster – I think he was hard done by!
Are you working on a new project?
I’m always working on something but at the moment I’m working on three which is crazy! I’ve started the 4th in my Irish crime series plus two different stand-alone novels. I can’t decide which to focus on so hop from one to the other!
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
I’m going to the Dublin Writer’s Conference in Dublin, 23rd-25th June. It should be a great conference for any writers out there
Back Of The Book
A life built on a lie.
Rich investment banker, Jake, has everything he’s ever dreamed about. Money, a beautiful wife, two children.
But nothing in Jake’s world is as it seems. He dislikes his wife, never sees his children and is in so much debt there doesn’t appear to be a way out…unless….?
Faced with the only decision that seems to make sense, he makes a choice that will change all their lives forever.
Huge thanks to Valerie for being on the blog today. Come back soon.
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