ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The story of Hiding grew from one unique premise; a huge twist which obviously I cannot name here. But from that springboard point, I knew I had a family drama/thriller on my hands. The twist itself already demanded a certain set of characters: parents, grandparents, children. So I already had the sketched cast on the one side of the Atlantic. On the other side of ‘The Pond’, I had open season, in terms of relationships and crime plot. And so whilst this layout took longer to put into place in the United States, it was incredibly exciting. But it was also daunting since I was going to have to describe some very upsetting scenes and I wanted to do this without any sensationalism, though neither did I want to shy away.
For me, characterization is the greatest factor in any story. Some thriller writers will argue that characterization is less important in this genre because plot is king. But this isn’t true for me or my books. I have a coalition reign, where plot can still be king but characterization is the equally powerful queen. The ‘why’ is always as important as the ‘what.’
In my work, setting is very significant too. In ‘Hiding’, there is a grand scale – the huge austere mansion of ‘Taransay’ in the idyllic Scottish Highlands but there is also command in the small scale – Aunt Joya’s deathly porch in a small town Southern State. In the Highlands, the grand setting was purposefully overwhelming and fracturing for the Brown family. They were English. They did not fit in and made no attempt to. Why? Keller Baye’s experience was quite the opposite. His background fitted the community but a specific event, which was in no way his responsibility, pushed him outside of it.
Apart from my main settings, I tend to take characters to interesting places or lead them into unusual subplot situations. En route, I’m always aiming to take the reader somewhere unexpected. I want them to feel that they have been somewhere new with me. I have their feelings in mind the entire time. In my new thriller, ‘Just’, I have a doctor treating overweight coma patients, hoping to wake up to the world once more, svelte. I’m compelled to write scenes hitherto unseen.
I always say to reviewers before they take on ‘Hiding’: ‘Hopefully this novel will be quite unlike any thriller you have read before.’ And so far, they agree. Before making this proviso about originality, I had a reviewer mark me down to three stars, because she’d been hoping for a ‘good old fashioned thriller.’ You’ll never get same–old from me. Where would be the fun in that?
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MAY 1 – JUNE 2, 2018
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