I’m delighted to welcome Caroline England to the blog today to celebrate her new book, My Husband’s Lies, which was released by Harper Collins on 17th May! I was lucky to get an early read of this one and if you enjoy a compellingly atmospheric psychological thriller, then this is the book for you! Here’s Caroline to tell us a bit more about it.
Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?
A bitter sweet story of friendship and deep love, betrayal and lies, between friends and lovers, husband and wife, parent and child, man and man.
Who is your favourite character and why?
This is a tricky question as I love all my flawed but endearing characters – I’m their mum after all! But if I had to choose one it would be Dan. Despite a deeply damaging incident in his childhood, he’s a loyal and decent man who finds himself hurtling along an unexpected journey of confusing love, lust and conflict.
Which authors have been your main inspirations?
Roald Dahl – I loved his adult short stories in books such as Switch Bitch, Kiss Kiss and Over to You. I loved their naughtiness and the brilliant twists.
Mary Wesley – I gobbled up every one of her novels – The Camomile Lawn et al. I liked her characterisation and quirkiness and the surprisingly shocking things some of her nice characters did!
Kate Atkinson – Her writing is so easy and so deep and so clever all at once. She digs beneath the skin of her characters, which I love.
Maggie O’Farrell – Like Kate, her writing appears effortless, but with a few deft strokes, she says everything another writer would say in several pages.
How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?
I’m a pantser rather than a plotter, so I’d say calmish and orderedish. I have a few character ideas or vague plans of where I want the novel to go my head. When I start to type the cast and plot take on a life of their own. I try to make a few notes on scraps of paper when ideas occur, but that always seems to happen when I’m in the bath or just dropping off at midnight, so they don’t always get there…
What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)
Yorkshire Tea! Too many, I expect, from the trips to the loo! I love nuts too – pecan, almonds, cashews, brazils, hazelnuts, macadamia, pine… oh no! Now you’ve got me going and once I start, I can’t stop! Good oils, I know, but perhaps not in THOSE quantities.
Please share your blurb with us
On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump.
As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think.
And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything.
Tense, disturbing and clever, My Husband’s Lies is a breath-taking read, perfect for fans of Lucy Clarke and Erin Kelly.
Thanks, Caroline! You can purchase your copy of My Husband’s Lies here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer and instigated her jottings when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. In addition to the publication of her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses by ACHUKAbooks, Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary publications and anthologies.
Her debut novel, Beneath the Skin, was published by Avon HarperCollins in October 2017. Her second novel My Husband’s Lies follows on 17 May 2018.
Catch up with Caroline at www.carolineenglandauthor.co.uk