Why should the world read STOLEN?
The world should read STOLEN for three reasons. Firstly, to think more deeply about the influence of a really wild and isolated space on the development of self and the development of a relationship. Secondly, to think about the dilemma of being trapped in a relationship that is not necessarily the best one for you, and to think about how you might deal with this. And thirdly, because there is a nice moment with a camel in this book!
I also would hope that STOLEN is a good and interesting read too!
Is there a certain time, place, or atmosphere that simply inspires you to write?
Pressure, or when under the threat of a looming deadline, is normally the certain time or atmosphere that inspires me to write! But seriously, I have loads of places that inspire me to write. Traveling to anywhere really wild or remote or unique always makes me want to pick up a pen, and I’m generally more creative towards the end of the day (though I wish I were the other way round!).
What do you think is most unique about your writing?
Gosh, what a tricky question. Lots of other people have said that it is the emotional empathy that readers feel for my characters that really sets my work apart. Personally I like to think it’s the presence of nature in my work. But, who knows! Perhaps this is more a question for the readers!?
How do you choose the names for characters in your books?
Yes, I do actually think about this in depth, although when the right name pops into my head it seems to arrive from nowhere. I chose Ty as a name for a few reasons. I liked the connotation of being “tied”, whether it’s being tied to land (or feeling connected to it) or tied up (as Gemma is). I also wanted a name that was unusual and that looked good on the page. Ty seemed to work perfectly. I’m currently thinking hard about the right name for my protagonist in my third book. This process involves me looking at baby name books, and also thinking about the connotations of what a name actually can mean.
Outside of the wonderful world of literature, what do you do?
I do loads of stuff! I lecture in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, I do lots of school visits about being an author, and I’m doing a PhD in Creative Writing. I also take time out to ride a grumpy chestnut mare called Topaz and to go traveling!
If you could have dinner with any person (alive or dead) or book character, who would you choose?
That’s too hard just to pick one! I know it sounds rather cliched, but I would love to meet Nelson Mandela. I’d love to talk to him about strength and humility; how he manages to have both of these things in such abundance. I’d also love to have dinner with Edward Cullen (though he might not eat much!), just to see what all the fuss is about in real life!
You saw me before I saw you.
A girl: Gemma, at the airport, on her way to a family vacation.
You had that look in your eyes.
A guy: Ty, rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar, eyes blue as ice.
Like you wanted me.
She steps away. For just a second. He pays for her drink. And drugs it.
Wanted me for a long time.
He takes her, before she even knows what's happening. To sand and heat. To emptiness and isolation. To nowhere. And expects her to love him.
Written as a letter from a victim to her captor, this is Gemma's desperate story of survival. Ty has Stolen her body. Against every instinct screaming inside her, will he also steal Gemma's heart?
(Synopsis from ARC)