Today is my stop at the blog tour for Deliver Me by Karen Cole and I am very pleased to share a Q&A with the author with you.
ABOUT DELIVER ME
A gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Teresa Driscoll’s I Am Watching You and C.L. Taylor’s The Fear.
THE NIGHT SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER WILL BE THE ONE SHE CAN’T FORGET
When Abby’s doctor tells her she’s two months pregnant she doesn’t believe him. She can’t be – she hasn’t had sex for over a year. But to her astonishment and dismay, multiple tests confirm it’s true.
Desperately searching for an explanation, Abby recalls New Year’s Day – the terrible hangover, the hole in her memory where the night before should have been and the inexplicable sense of unease – and realises that this baby must have been conceived at her best friend Danny’s NYE party.
Horrified that someone would have taken advantage of her intoxicated state, Abby enlists the help of Danny to find out which of the party guests assaulted her. But, when she starts to receive anonymous messages, it seems that while she has been looking into the father of her baby, someone has been watching her…
Published in ebook by Quercus on 1st November, £1.99
Q&A WITH KAREN COLE
First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to answer a few questions for Breathing Through Pages.
Breathing Through Pages: Your novel Deliver Me has such an interesting premise – tell me, what inspired you to write Deliver Me?
Karen Cole: The original premise came to me in embryo form, years ago, when I was pregnant with my first son and I thought, what if…? But I didn’t develop it until much later.
BTP: Has your degree in psychology inspired any part of your novel?
KC: Not directly, no. But I’m fascinated by motivation and memory and I think some of that knowledge and interest has probably seeped in to the book.
BTP: What is your writing process like?
KC: I don’t really have a process. I tend to write early in the morning. I don’t overplan as ideas seem to come to me as I’m writing.
BTP: How long did it take you to write this novel?
KC: Hard to say. The actual writing probably took about a year but as I mentioned the idea had been evolving for some time before that.
BTP: Do you have any strange writing habits?
KC: I don’t think so!
BTP: By reading the synopsis of Deliver Me the reader can see that assault plays a big part in it – Was there a particular scene which you found hard to write (spoiler-free if possible)?
KC: I think writers always have to draw on unpleasant memories and emotions for distressing scenes but there was no one scene that was particularly hard to write.
BTP: Which character in your book do you most relate to?
KC: It has to be Abigail though I don’t think I’m at all like her and I tried to keep my own personality out of the book as much as possible.
BTP: Are you an introverted or an extroverted person?
KC: I’m quite introverted. I think writers have to be happy in their own company as it comes with the territory.
BTP: What authors have influenced you and made you fall in love with reading and eventually writing a novel?
KC: Too many! I’ve read and enjoyed so many psychological thrillers over the years. Some authors that stand out are Gillian Flynn, Nicci French and Rosamund Lupton. But my first love and the deepest is of course the queen of Crime fiction, Agatha Christie.
BTP: If you could only read one book for the rest of your life what book would it be?
KC: Actually, it would probably be a big, thick non- fiction book like Bill Bryson’s ‘A short History of Nearly Everything’ or ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari. Books that make you see the world in a new light and imagine that you understand it a little more.
BTP: I love finding new books so I want to ask you what are your favourite books?
KC: This is an impossible question to answer. I love so many books. Classics would include any Jane Austen, Crime and Punishment andWatership Down. Recently I’ve enjoyed and would recommend ‘Good me bad Me’ by Ali Land,‘Longbourne’ by Jo baker and‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman.
BTP: What are you currently reading?
KC: A book of short stories by Joyce Carol Oates called ‘The Female of the Species.’
BTP: Are you currently working on a new book?
KC: Yes, I’m currently working on a psychological thriller set in Cyprus, where I live.
BTP: Thank you.
KC: That was fun. Thank you!
**I am in no way compensated by this site, I am simply sharing it so people can find this book easier.
Karen Cole grew up in the Cotswolds and got a degree in psychology at Newcastle University. She spent several years teaching English around the world before settling in Cyprus with her husband and two sons, where she works at a British army base as a primary school teacher. She recently completed the Curtis Brown writing course where she found her love of writing psychological thrillers.
Deliver Me is her debut novel.