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Today on the ‘What I Couldn’t Tell You’ Blog Tour I have a guest post from author Faye Bird on Where She Writes, but first up let’s find out a little about the book itself.
When love turns to jealousy, when jealousy turns to rage, when rage turns to destruction…
Laura was head over heels in love with Joe. But now Laura lies in a coma and Joe has gone missing. Was he the one who attacked her?
Laura’s sister Tessie is selectively mute. She can’t talk but she can listen. And as people tell her their secrets, she thinks she’s getting close to understanding what happened on that fateful night.
If that has whet your appetite you’ll be pleased to know that the book is OUT NOW.
Do purchase from your favourite retailer and add it to your Goodreads shelf here.
Faye writes fiction for young adults. Before becoming a writer she worked as a literary agent representing screenwriters in film and TV. She studied Philosophy and Literature at Warwick University, but has otherwise always lived in London, and still does now.
Where I Write by Faye Bird
One of the things that I love most about writing is that you can do it anywhere.
I always have a pen or pencil and notepad with me so if I’m sitting down somewhere, anywhere, anytime I can write. And just like the rest of the world, I pretty much have my phone with me 24/7 so if I’m on the move – on the bus or the tube – I’ll write that way. That’s the peculiar, skittish nature of writing; sometimes you’ll sit down to write and nothing will come very easily and other times you’ll think you’re doing something completely unrelated and you’ll realize that a little bit of something useful has struck. I love that. But what I don’t love is that if you don’t get it down there and then, it usually vanishes and it doesn’t always come back again. So a way to make a note is what you need!
Where I sit to write – in the traditional sense – mostly comes down to three places…
Home: I don’t have a room of my own. I have the table that we, as a family, sit around to eat, talk, do homework, play games – the table that is the heart of the house, I guess. When my kids are at school I make it my own. And when I pause in getting the words down I’ll gaze out at the trees and the occasional dog walker, the passersby, because I’m lucky enough to have a huge tree and a little patch of green just in front of the house. If the house is full and I have a deadline then I will be found writing in bed. It’s the only place I can go in the house and shut the door and get away from it all. And it works!
Generally I will write in any cafe that will have me where the music isn’t too loud or the babies too grizzly. Since January this year I have been going regularly to a local cafe to write one day a week with a friend. We keep each other inspired and on track, and it’s great to have company with the coffee when we break. Current favourite haunts are The Fields in Northfields, the Cafe in Waterstone’s in Richmond (so lovely to be amongst the books!) and the Clocktower Cafe in Hanwell.
The British Library:
This is THE place to write. It takes some commitment to get me up to Kings Cross, put my stuff in a locker, syphoning off the things I need into a clear plastic bag, and forgo a pen for a pencil in the process, but the number of words I can get down in the Reading Rooms is absolutely worth the fuss required. As soon as I walk through the doors at the BL I can feel something change; it’s like a little bit of space opens up in my brain, and there’s a twinge of expectation, excitement. I think it’s a sense of possibility, and a sense of being amongst clever minds, but at the same time being completely undisturbed, completely alone. In this place whole hours can go by that feel like minutes, and I think without doubt my best work is done here. I aim to go one day a week and if I make it, it tends to be the best day of all.
Hope that has given the aspiring authors out there some inspiration on where to get those words down. Where do you guys write?
Do check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour – you can find links to them all here.