Totally honoured today to be on the blog tour for Dorothy Koomson’s The Friend. I’ve a number of Dorothy’s books in the past and have loved them to bits and am about to start this one and very much looking forward to it. I’m therefore delighted that Dorothy agreed to answer some questions for me as my stop on the blog tour.
So it’s over to Dorothy:
If you could sum up The Friend in one sentence, what would you say?
When Cece puts her children into their new school, she discovers that it was the recent scene of a hideous attempted murder – and that her new best friends are the main suspects.
What was the inspiration behind The Friend?
I think the inspiration for it came from the idea of not really knowing those closest to you. Most of us have friends, and a lot of us have secrets that we would not want to share with anyone. That doesn’t diminish our friendship or love for them, but we have stuff we want to keep to ourselves. I wanted to explore what would happen if one friend found out your deepest darkest secrets and potentially used them against you. How would you respond? How far would you go to protect that secret?
If The Friend were made into a film and you could choose a cast, who would you choose for the leading parts and why?
Well, the audiobook of The Friend has got a pretty fantastic cast so I’ll say them: Jennifer Saayeng as Cece, Angela Griffin as Maxie, Shelley Conn as Anaya and Susy Kane as Hazel. If you listen to the audiobook, they all seem to suit the roles really well.
Can you tell me about your writing space?
I don’t really have a writing space as such. I have my office, which has a sooper-dooper ergonomic writing chair and a sit-stand desk, but my office can sometimes be too cold so I often end up working at the kitchen table. I used to write in bed but that’s REALLY bad for my back so I have to work at my desk or the table. I can, generally work anywhere, though. When I used to work in central London, I used to write on the train. I totally respect anyone who needs special conditions to write, but that’s never been me.
Do you plot your books? If so, how?
I don’t sit down and plot, plot, plot before I start writing, but Post-its and stickies feature a lot in the plotting process. I rarely start with a full plot already laid out and the stickies are good for writing down scenes for my noticeboard then move bits of the plot around. I don’t write in sequence so it’s helpful to have a moveable plot board.
What do you do outside of writing? Do you have any hobbies?
I like to ‘method write’ as far as possible so do take up different activities as part of my research for my books. These become my hobbies for a while. With The Friend, I took up cocktail making and knitting. Other than that, I like to read when I get the chance, watch television and cook.
Does a publication day still mean the same to you, now you are on your 14th book?
Publication day is always exciting to me. After fifteen years, there is still such a thrill seeing my book on the shelves, the posters on the train lines, reading (nice) comments from people. I don’t think that sense of joy will ever go away.
How do you celebrate/mark the occasion?
I sometimes open a bottle of bubbles with my husband, go up to London to have lunch with my agent and publishers, or sometimes, just take a wander down to my local bookshop and take a picture. No matter what I do, it still feels incredible.
Do you still have loads of ideas for new books swimming around in your head?
I have LOADS of ideas for my next books and I always want to write them all at once. I’d think there was something wrong with me if I didn’t have at least a five ideas that needed to be written!
What’s next for you?
Another book, of course, and a couple of other projects I’m very excited to be working on.
The Friend by Dorothy Koomson is out now in paperback. Priced £7.99 (Arrow).
All these fabulous other bloggers are taking part in the blog tour this week, so do pop over to their sites to read their blog posts too!
Praise for The Friend:
‘Gripping, twisty and written with Koomson’s trademark brilliance, this is pure class’ – Heat
‘Gripping stuff’ – S Magazine ‘A satisfying page-turner’ – Closer
‘Simmering with tension and fraught with tales of failed friendship and broken relationships’ – My Weekly
About the book:
What secrets would you kill to keep?
After her husband’s big promotion, Cece Solarin arrives in Brighton with their three children, ready to start afresh. But their new neighbourhood has a deadly secret.
Three weeks earlier, Yvonne, a very popular parent, was almost murdered in the grounds of the local school – the same school where Cece has unwittingly enrolled her children. Already anxious about making friends when the parents seem so cliquey,
Cece is now also worried about her children’s safety. By chance she meets Maxie, Anaya and Hazel, three very different school mothers who make her feel welcome and reassure her about her new life.
That is until Cece discovers the police believe one of her new friends tried to kill Yvonne. Reluctant to spy on her friends but determined to discover the truth, Cece must uncover the potential murderer before they strike again . . .
About the author:
Dorothy Koomson is the author of twelve novels including That Girl From Nowhere, The Chocolate Run, The Woman He Loved Before, The Ice Cream Girls and My Best Friend’s Girl. While writing The Friend she took up, in the name of research, knitting and cocktail mixing – two things that are oddly compatible. Give it a try.
Find out more about Dorothy over at her website: www.dorothykoomson.co.uk