I’m thrilled to be able to share an interview with fellow Legend Press author, Linda Huber, today. Linda released her second title, The Cold Cold Sea on the 1st of August and I am expecting my copy to arrive any day now. If it’s as good as her first then we are all in for a real treat!
Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?
The Cold Cold Sea is a story of loss – two families each lose a child, a father loses his self-respect, and a little girl loses everything she has ever known.
Who is your favourite character and why?
Phillip, the father who loses his self-respect. He is faced with a huge dilemma, and while we see why he acts as he does, we find ourselves wondering, ‘Would I have done the same, in his shoes?’ And – he’s a thoroughly nice guy.
My other favourites are the children. There are eighteen children and five babies/toddlers in The Cold Cold Sea. (Writing this book was an absolute orgy of name-finding…) They bring the lighter moments, the moments of humour to contrast with the darkness of the main story.
Which authors have been your main inspirations?
I’m a huge Mary Higgins Clark fan. What I love about her books is the way her main characters are strong women. Horrible things happen, but her characters cope without relying on any Superman figures. Good role models for the rest of us, in fact!
Others are Val McDermid, Elizabeth George, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh… I could go on and on here!
How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?
No paper as I do everything on a pc. When I have an idea for a book, I leave it in my head for a few weeks till I’ve sorted out who my main characters are and what makes them tick. Then I go to the keyboard, and the process is a little different each time. Sometimes I make chapter notes, sometimes I just write. If it’s going well, I carry on with the new stuff, if not, I edit what I’ve already written. If I get completely stuck I leave it and go on with something else. I always have several projects on the go at any one time.
What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)
Coffee and biscuits, though the guilt has been so great that recently I’ve been trying to replace the biscuits with fruit. The problem is, it’s quite difficult to find fruit that goes well with coffee (which is a must). All suggestions welcome here!
Blurb for The Cold Cold Sea:
They stared at each other, and Maggie felt the tightness in her middle expand as it shifted, burning its way up… Painful sobs rose from her throat as Colin, his face expressionless now, reached for his mobile and dialled 999.
When three-year-old Olivia disappears, her parents are overwhelmed with grief. Weeks go by and Olivia’s mother refuses to leave the cottage, staring out at the turbulent sea and praying it didn’t claim her precious daughter’s life.
Not far away, another mother watches proudly as her daughter starts school. Jennifer has loved Hailey for five years, but the child is suddenly moody and difficult, and there’s a niggling worry of doubt that Jennifer cannot shake off. As she struggles to maintain control there are gaps in her story that even she can’t explain.
Time is running out for Maggie at the cottage, and also for Jennifer and Hailey. No-one can underestimate a mother’s love for her child, and no-one can predict the lengths one will go to, to protect her family.
Thanks, Linda. I can’t wait to start it! Here are the links:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0