I’m delighted to welcome fellow Legend Press author Joanne Graham to the blog on the day that her second novel, To the Edge of Shadows, is published. I really enjoyed Joanne’s first book, Lacey’s House, and can’t wait to get stuck into this one. Here she is to tell us more about it.
Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?
To the Edge of shadows is a dance between light and dark, the tale of two characters motivated in very different ways by their own distinct tragedies.
Who is your favourite character and why?
I love the character of Ellie, the girl who stalks Sarah. She is capable of cruel and malicious acts yet exploration of the abuse she has suffered will (hopefully) enable the reader to have sympathy for her. I found writing the scenes involving Ellie’s mother particularly poignant.
Which authors have been your main inspirations?
I think there may just be too many to name! I think that Stephen King and Margaret Atwood are great wordsmiths but I am also moved by the poetry of Rumi and that of Rabindranath Tagore. For me it is not so much a genre that I love but the flow of words on a page, even in the most bleak of stories, light can be found.
How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?
Calm and ordered in my dreams but sadly, not in reality. When I am in the middle of a writing period, ideas will come to me at the most random times, usually when I have forgotten my notebook. I tend to write on anything I can get my hands on…the back of paperbacks, in text message, on magazines and then I promptly misplace them. I am getting better at organising things but it has been a slow skill for me to learn.
What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)
I think that taking time for myself is probably the biggest guilty pleasure as I will often put in 14+ hours a day when I’m in the middle of something. On times tail though are the guilty delights of wine and cream cakes.
Blurb for To the Edge of Shadows:
Sarah Phillips longs for the simple life – a job to fill her days, a home to return to and a small amount of steps to count between the two. Seriously injured in a car crash when she was thirteen, Sarah has no memory of her childhood or the family she lost.
Ellie Wilson remembers her own past only too well, the cruelty she suffered at the hands of a mother that abused her and a father who couldn’t protect her. She finds Sarah fascinating, a mirror to the life she never had. But as curiosity spills over into obsession, and as Sarah’s world begins to unravel, Ellie moves ever closer.
You can buy the book here.
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