Alice May joins me today to talk books in Author Influences. Alice’s debut novel Accidental Damage is out now and I will tell you more about it later. Right now I’m going to hand over to Alice…
Which Authors/books did you like as a child?
As a child I would read anything I could get my hands on. I wasn’t particularly fussy. I read so fast that my parents had trouble keeping up with my need to read, even with a local library membership. I was always to be found curled up in a corner reading and re-reading books, often with several different ones on the go at once.
Were you good at English at school? Did you like it?
I wasn’t outstandingly good at English at school but I really enjoyed the literature classes. I eventually followed a science and maths route but never stopped reading.
What genres do you like to read? Have they had an impact on the genre you write?
I enjoy a wide variety of genres from science fiction to murder mysteries to romance. I wouldn’t say any one has influenced the genre I write but I have learned a great deal about the different styles of story-telling from every book I have ever read.
Did any author’s work encourage you to pick up your pen and write and if so who, what and why?
I think reading work from authors like Trisha Ashley, Katie Fforde and Jenny Colgan has definitely encouraged me to write. I love Trisha Ashley’s quirky but very believable characters and I really enjoy how approachable the heroines are in both Katie Fforde and Jenny Colgan’s books.
Are there any authors who, as soon as they publish a new book, you have to get it?
All of the authors mentioned above of course and also H. T. King who writes the Victoria Institute Series ‘Undercover Thief’ and ‘Thief Underground’. These are teen fiction but the main character is so sassy and go-get-em that I absolutely adore her. Can’t wait for the next in the series!
Which books have you read that have made you think ‘Wow, I wish I had written that?’
I frequently come across books that make me think ‘Wow, I wish I had written that!’ I feel so lucky that there are so many talented authors out there who can transport you into another world for a little while.
Have any of your plots/characters been influenced by real life events/people?
Yes, my first novel ‘Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down!’ was inspired by true life events. It is the tale of a family of six (mum, dad and four kids) who suddenly find themselves homeless after their old cottage falls down completely out of the blue one day. With nowhere to go they are forced to move into a tent in the garden.
Told retrospectively from the mother’s point of view, ‘Accidental Damage’ is packed with both humorous anecdotes and brutally honest emotional reactions to what it is like to live in your garden whilst working out how you are going to rebuild your home. It is a tale of family love and loyalty, proving that if you pull together as a team and look after each other you can survive anything.
The characters of the family in ‘Accidental Damage’ are based (loosely) on my own family. I wanted to convey to the reader the complex interactions of a large family under such uniquely stressful circumstances. (Don’t worry my husband and kids have all read the book and approve.)
No other characters in the book are actually based on real people.
Alice’s debut novel Accidental Damage is out now and here is the blurb:
If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden surrounded by the jumbled up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting.
Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she?
Certain events two and a half years ago led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it ever existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it?
Does she really deserve to be whole again?
Inspired by a true story, this is an account of one woman’s secret guilt and her journey in search of forgiveness!
Published on 3 August 2016 you can purchase a copy HERE.
About Alice May
Alice May is a multi-tasking mother with four not-so-small children and she is fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet. They live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Her conservatory is always festooned with wet washing and her kitchen full of cake.
Following many years exhibiting as a mixed media artist, Alice decided that 2016 was the year she would write her first fictional novel. ‘Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down’ simply wouldn’t leave her alone until it was written.
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