Sunday 31 March 2019

Blog Tour: Nobody's Wife by Laura Pearson

Having read and loved Laura Pearson's debut Missing Pieces not so very long ago, I jumped at the chance to read her next book, Nobody's Wife. I am a quarter of the way in and it's as impeccable as her last book, if dare I say it better. Laura's writing really draws you in and in a world where there is so much going on, when you do sit down to read it, it keeps your attention. As part of the tour today I am delighted to share with you a Q&A with the author.

author q&a

I adored your debut Missing Pieces, which was heartfelt and raw. What was the inspiration behind Nobody’s Wife?

Thank you so much! Nobody’s Wife started life as a short story, and it was inspired by the Leonard Cohen song Famous Blue Raincoat. The song is a letter from one man to another, and the implication is that they have loved the same woman. I became fascinated by that relationship first, so the relationship between the characters of Michael and Jack. And it just all went from there.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

It’s nice to make up stories all day. I’ve always worked as a writer of one sort or another, but it’s wonderful to have the freedom to express yourself creatively and call it work. It is hard work, of course, but it’s the best kind, as far as I’m concerned.

Where do you tend to get your inspiration from?

I think, after writing for so many years, my brain is just wired a certain way. So every conversation I overhear or every song I listen to or every story I read online or in a newspaper, I’m always looking for a way in to a story. How I would tell it, whose perspective it would be from, and what I’d leave out. I do it without thinking.

What was your favourite part of writing your book?

Finishing it, probably. Writing a book is wonderful but it’s also hard and frustrating and lonely and there are so many stumbling blocks. Nobody’s Wife was actually the first novel I wrote, so it was lovely to get to the end and know I could do it.

What was the most difficult part?

Just keeping going, as before you have a publishing contract, you can feel a bit like you’re writing into an abyss. There’s no guarantee you’ll ever be published, so it’s hard to sacrifice things to write. It’s worth it in the end, though.

Where can readers connect with you?

I’m very active on Twitter because it’s a great place to procrastinate, drool over other authors’ upcoming books and moan about how hard writing is (@laurapauthor). I’m also on Instagram but I really haven’t got the hang of it yet (@laurapauthor). And I have an author page on Facebook (Laura Pearson).

Thank you so much to Laura for taking the time to answer my questions and in such a short space of time too. 

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