I’ve been tagged by Irish-Indian author RJ Samuel for the 25th week of The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.
The idea is to hop from blog to blog to discover exciting books we might not have heard about or that are still works in progress. Each author will answer the same ten questions, then list authors who will answer the questions on their blogs next Wednesday.
What is the working title of your book?
I’ll be talking about my just-published novel After Mrs Hamilton.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
From random late-night drunken conversations, mainly with a friend who used to visit prostitutes. Then mix in my love of twisting British tales, a weakness for older women and love of French actresses.
What genre does your book fall under?
I think intrigue-romance is probably the closest genre. I set out just to write a story and like to have elements of intrigue, suspense, a good dollop of romance as well as some dark moments too. I definitely aimed at a twisting page-turner for this novel though, and although readers may suspect some of the plot I don’t think (hope) they’ll spot every twist.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Now I know I never missed a vocation as a casting director because I find this one very difficult. The character of Fran was definitely inspired by French actresses Catherine Deneuve and Fanny Ardant. Who wouldn’t be inspired by these two:
Catherine Deneuve and Fanny Ardant in 8 Women
But after a while, no matter who the starting point may have been, my main characters become individuals in look, behaviour and background and I find it difficult to see them in any other way. Clo is very much just Clo.
Minor characters are easier. Judi Dench or Eileen Atkins as Clo’s grandmother Amelia. Perhaps Famke Janssen as the madam Marella. Miranda Richardson for Clo’s mother (I think she could pull off being unpleasant enough). John Hurt as Clo’s father. Kristin Scott Thomas as Susan’s aunt Anna (because why wouldn’t you want her in a film). Continue reading