The Next Big Thing

I’ve been asked by the lovely Kate Furnivall – author of (among other titles) The Russian Concubine – to take part in The Next Big Thing, where writers answer a few questions about their work, then tag a couple of other authors whose work they admire. So – here goes…….


What is the working title of your next book?

It’s the actual title, in fact – Eden Falls: still unfinished, but already available for pre-order on Amazon, which is terrifying!


 • Where did the idea come from for the book?

From my previous two novels: Netherwood and Ravenscliffe. Eden Falls will be a stand-alone novel, but is still the third in the series, so continues the story of Eve, Daniel, Anna, Amos, Henrietta, Silas, Clarissa……the list goes on.


 • What genre does your book fall under?

Historical fiction, like the others.

 • What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a screen rendition?

Impossible question. I hate to put a face to the name – that’s the reader’s job, not mine.


• What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

The lives, loves and loathings of ordinary people in extraordinary times.


 • Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Eden Falls will be published by Sphere at Little,Brown, in September this year.

• How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I write like the journalist I once was, and the first draft tends to be the best draft. I do aim not to have to make too many changes, although the copy editor always finds plenty of continuity errors! I started Eden Falls at the beginning of March 2012, and have to deliver it as soon after the end of February 2013 as I possibly can. Which reminds me – I have work to do!

• What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I don’t really know what to say. My publishers sometimes mention Kate Morton, but I honestly think every author’s voice is different.


• Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Much of my writing has been inspired by my own family’s background, and the corner of industrial Yorkshire in which I grew up. Eden Falls moves away from my mining heritage – necessarily, since characters develop and grow – but I still consider my dad, my grandma and my home town to be key to the books. Thinking about my family helps keep my writing authentic.


 • What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Eden Falls is set partly in Jamaica (if you’ve read Ravenscliffe, you’ll understand why) and this adds a bit of tropical spice to the mix!


That’s it for the Q&A. Now, can I recommend the following authors and their books? I know you’re going to love them.

Shelley Harris: – her debut novel, Jubilee, is moving, charming, nostalgic, entertaining and beautifully written.

Laurie Graham: – her latest novel is A Humble Companion, which is set in the court of King George III, and is as funny as it is insightful. Then, when you’ve read this, read everything else she has written.

Finally,  if anyone is reading this who wasn’t directed here by Kate Furnival’s blog, then here’s a link to her site, and her catalogue of lovely titles:

Happy reading!