I’m excited to be on the blog tour for What She Left by Rosie Fiore. Unfortunately due to a busy schedule and having a new baby I have been unable to read this book yet, but the author and Rachel have kindly given me a copy and I hope to read it soon as I have a spare moment as I have heard some great things. Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
What She Left is available now in Kindle & paperback now here.
I have an exclusive guest post from the author but first here is a bit of information about the book.
Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.
But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.
Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.
He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.
But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees…
Exclusive Guest Post:
A happy and exciting 2018 to come
I’m writing this post at my desk at home, at 3pm on a Thursday afternoon. That may not sound like an important detail, but I note it with guilty pleasure. You see, it feels like I should be at work, at the desk in the university where I was employed for some years. Instead, this is my second full day as a fulltime author so while I type this, I AM at work!
I began writing my first novel, This Year’s Black, almost exactly 15 years ago, in January 2003. Since then I have completed nine books, all of them written in stolen moments. I have always worked full-time as a copywriter, and the novels have had to fit in around my job, my home and family. But a series of happy events have brought me to this moment, when writing books will become my main job. For 15 years, when someone has asked me what I do a living, I’ve said, “I’m a copywriter, and (mumble) I also write books.” Now, although it’s really difficult for me to pluck up the courage to say it, I have to say, “I… am… a novelist.”
Now don’t get me wrong, being a novelist won’t all be staring into the distance, chewing on my pencil and thinking up lovely ideas. There’s a lot more to it than that. My to-do list for the first few months will be largely administrative: I need to revamp my largely out-of-date website. I need to create a new website for my pseudonym, Cass Hunter (The After Wife, by Cass Hunter, will be out in e-book in March 2018. I am wildly excited about it!). I need to work to build social media followings for both writing personas. I have to create blog posts and write responses to interviews (like this one). When I am deep in a book, there are other things to be done as well – research, edits, responding to queries from my agent and editor, not to mention actually writing and refining the words!
And of course, there is now time to do other things that I enjoy, which I feel will add to my practice as a writer. So I am signing up FINALLY to learn to touch-type properly. After nine books, my two forefingers have typed close on a million words… I am amazed I haven’t worn them away! I also want to learn other artistic skills, both to add new elements to my life and to be sociable… writing can be a lonely business! I have begun a beginner’s drawing and painting course this term. In the months to come, I would like to do some ballet (don’t laugh… I don’t have to be good, I just have to enjoy it!), to learn Italian, and to study piano and singing. I’m going to keep it to one class at a time, both so I don’t fritter away too much money, and also because there’s no one so good at procrastination and displacement activity as a writer on deadline!
One of my biggest concerns has been the loneliness of my new life, so I have signed up for some hot-desking space in Camden Town. I won’t go there all the time, but it’s a buzzy, friendly space with good coffee and other people. It’ll make a great change of pace!
What She Left was one of the most complex, difficult books I have ever written, a tangled story written from multiple perspectives. I wrote much of it in my lunch hour at the university, sitting in the refectory with my laptop. I am so proud of it, and I hope readers will enjoy it. And as I go into 2018, my mind buzzing with ideas, I wonder what exciting stories I will be able to spin now I have a lifetime to write them.
About The Author:
Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market. Her first two novels, This Year’s Black and Lame Angel were published by Struik in South Africa. This Year’s Black was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award and has subsequently been re-released as an e-book. Babies in Waiting, Wonder Women and Holly at Christmas were published by Quercus. She is the author of After Isabella, also published by Allen & Unwin.
Rosie’s next book, The After Wife (written as Cass Hunter), will be published by Trapeze in 2018, and in translation is seven countries around the world. Rosie lives in London with her husband and two sons.
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