You don’t know what is going on in Sara’s house… or in her head.
Sara is lonely. No one talks to her – not even her bad-tempered workaholic husband or her two beloved sons. Her solace is her house, the biggest in the village, hidden away behind high hedges.
Then she strikes up a friendship with Katie, a college student living nearby, and a new world opens up. Her neighbours have been dying to get to know her, and they rush to help when Sara is devastated by a terrible accident.
But nothing is quite what it seems. And when new betrayals and shocking revelations disturb her peace, Sara realises she has no choice: she must act to protect the safety of those she loves.
I’m really thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour today for Disturbance by Marianne Kavanagh. My thanks to Kate Keehan at Hodder & Stoughton for asking me to be on the tour and for my copy of the book, which I will be reviewing on the blog at a later date.
For now, Marianne has very kindly agreed to be my guinea pig for a new feature I am considering introducing to the blog called 5W1H, where I will be asking authors a series of what, when, why, who, where and how questions about their writing process. Let’s see what Marianne made of my questions!
What inspired the plot for this book?
It’s difficult to answer this without giving too much away – Disturbance is full of twists and turns, and I hope you don’t realise what’s really going on until the very end of the book. But I was reading a lot of Patricia Highsmith, and thinking about how she makes you have sympathy for people who are behaving badly. I was also thinking about how the seven deadly sins are seen as normal pleasures these days – you’re encouraged to be full of pride, to envy other people, to laze about and eat too much. None of this is very apparent in the final novel – they were just ideas about good and evil that were running beneath the surface when I began.
When did you start writing this novel?
I just looked that up – August 2016.
Why do you choose Sara as the central character to carry the story?
It wasn’t Sara originally. In the first few drafts, everything was seen through Katie’s eyes. After about a year of struggling, I switched to Sara’s point of view. It was very hard, being inside Sara’s head, but the story came together for the first time, so it was the right decision.
Who is the first person who gets to read your work when you’ve finished it?
My husband Matt reads the very first draft, which is usually rubbish. Friends read later drafts, and my daughter Alice reads the final draft before I send it to my agent.
Where do you do most of your writing?
At home, in a room downstairs next to the kitchen. I used to find it really difficult to write if there was anyone in the house at all, because I got so distracted by noise. But nowadays I can blank out everything except for my tabby cat Mo wanting his dinner.
How did you set about writing the book? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Usually I’m a plotter. I write a few key scenes to get going, and then plan the whole novel. But that didn’t happen with Disturbance – I kept having to throw it all away and start again. But maybe that’s the point. So much of writing is re-writing. Sometimes you have to do everything the wrong way before you can work out the right way.
Thank you, Marianne, for answering my questions. As an aspiring writer myself, i find glimpses into other author’s processes absolutely fascinating.
Disturbance is out now and you can buy a copy here.
Watch out for my review of the book coming soon but, if you can’t wait that long, please check out the other stops on the blog tour as detailed below to read some reviews from my fabulous fellow bloggers.
About the Author
Marianne Kavanagh is an author and journalist.
She has worked for Woman, the Tatler, the Sunday Telegraph magazine and British Marie Claire, and has contributed features to a wide variety of national newspapers, magazines and websites.
She has three grown-up children in their twenties – a journalist, a stand-up comic and a textiles designer.
She lives in south-east London with her husband Matt and two extraordinarily annoying cats.
Marianne’s first two novels have been translated into eight languages. Her third and fourth novels are published by Hodder & Stoughton – SHOULD YOU ASK ME is out now (hardback, paperback, ebook and audio) and DISTURBANCE will be published in March 2019.
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