I’m delighted to share an interview with Betsy Reavley today, author of the newly published The Optician’s Wife. With almost 50 reviews already posted on Amazon, and an average of 4.4 stars overall, this looks to be a fabulous read. Love that cover!
Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?
A book that examines the darkness that can lurk behind closed doors, on a normal, provincial street.
Who is your favourite character and why?
My favourite character, although he doesn’t appear that much in the book, is Detective Small. He is a determined and clever officer who trusts his gut and follows it through to the end.
Which authors have been your main inspirations?
I love Stephen King, Daphne Du Maurier, Rosamund Lupton, Dennis Lehane and Alice Sebold.
How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?
I never plot a book. When I start writing I have a vague idea of a story but no idea about the characters of even what the ending will be. After the first few pages the book starts to write itself. The characters take over and dictate where the story leads. I am sometimes quite surprised by the ending myself.
What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)
I wish I had a really original answer to this question, like I chew wheat as I write, but I don’t. Before 6pm it’s coffee, coffee and more coffee. After 6pm it’s wine or vodka and tonic – sometimes both, though rarely at the same time.
Please share your blurb with us
Can you ever really know someone?
When Deborah, an unpopular seventeen-year-old, meets the charming and handsome Larry, he sweeps her off her feet. The trouble is Larry has a secret.
Then a series of grisly murders cast a shadow over everything.
As Deborah’s world starts to fall apart she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal. And to keep their marriage alive, sacrifices must be made.
A compelling, psychological thriller that unpicks what goes on behind closed doors and reminds us that sometimes the worst crimes can take place closer to home than you think.
Thanks Betsy! You can buy The Optician’s Wife here.
About the Author
She was born in Hammersmith, London. As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.
She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.
In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.
Beneath the Watery Moon is Betsy Reavley’s beautifully written first release and tells the macabre story of a young woman battling against mental illness.
Beneath the Watery Moon is published by Not So Noble Books and Joffe Books. It is available as an eBook from Amazon.
Betsy Reavley’s second novel Carrion is a psychological chiller that address the link between grief and fear. Carrion was published in 2014 by Bloodhound Books.
The Quiet Ones, published in February 2016 and is a kindle top 100 bestseller, carries on Reavley’s tradition of writing psychological thrillers in her own unique way.
Her latest release, The Optician’s Wife, is available from June 2016.
Reavley says “I think people are at their most fascinating when they are faced with life’s real horrors. This is what I love to write about.”
Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge, with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail. She is working on her fifth novel.
You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley