BEFORE I LET YOU IN JENNY BLACKHURST BLOG TOUR/ Q&A
I am very happy to host the blog tour for Before I let You In as Jenny Blackhurst is one my favourite authors.
Before I Let You In published in paperback 3rd November by Headline
How long did it take you to write?
This is tricky to say, I wrote the first draft in 5 months – although my Father in Law passed away in one of those months and I did no writing whatsoever so it was probably more like four. Then I wrote the last chapter, realised the whole thing was wrong and spent the next 6 months pulling the entire thing apart and putting it back together.
Where do you sit comfortably and plan and write your books?
Anywhere I can be stationary for 5 minutes! I’d love to say I have a beautiful office/reading room in the loft where sun streams through a skylight and no one disturbs me while I ‘create’ but unfortunately I have two very small children, a husband who can’t cook and a day job. So at the moment I write on the bus, in Tesco café, in the staffroom at work, pretty much anywhere my boys aren’t.
How Long do you write for before allowing yourself a break for a cup of tea or Coffee?
I try to write in sprints of about half an hour to 45 minutes if I can, but even if I only have 10 minutes to spare I make sure that for those 10 minutes I won’t be disturbed, make tea before I start and go to the loo. Then I’m not allowed to stop until the timer goes off. I can get about 250 words done in 10 minutes.
What did you find the easiest to write How I Lost You or Before I Let You In?
This is a tricky one! How I Lost You was easier in a way because I had no contract, no deadline, I wasn’t worried about what readers thought or if people would like it – I never thought it would see the light of day. With the success of HILY came a lot of pressure and Before I Let You In was much harder because of that pressure, also I was under contract and on a deadline – not finishing wasn’t an option. Having said that I have learned so much about writing since How I Lost You that I found the actual writing, planning and structure much easier the second time around.
If your book Before I Let You In was made into a film who would you like to play psychiatrist Karen and who would play the role of Jessica Hamilton?
Love this. Definitely Suranne Jones for Karen, I love her and had her in mind while I was writing. Jessica is harder, it would need to be someone fragile but ultimately dangerous. Maybe Anne Marie Duff or Leelee Sobieski.
As I am a huge fan of yours can you tell us what you are working on now and what your new novel will be about?
I’m really sorry but I can’t! I’m definitely working on book three but as I haven’t said much about it to my editor or agent yet I honestly can’t reveal too much here. But I promise it’s going to be even darker than the last one.
I am so excited for your next book when can we expect it in the book shops?
*nervous cough. Looks at editor* Next year. Probably. Definitely. Next year J
Thank you Jenny so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Until next time Suzanne Marsh
|Your stomach will twists in knots reading this so much that it is one of those novels you will never forget. I read and reviewed How I Lost You and enjoyed that so much that is why I made sure that I read Before I Let You In. I am now following Jenny Blackhurst and will make sure that I read her next thriller.|