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Today I'm kicking off the blog tour for The One That Got Away! I've got a completely packed post, with a mini-review, guest post from the author and a giveaway! (Details for the giveaway are at the bottom of the post) Thank you so much to Anna for organising the tour, don't forget to check out the rest of the posts this week!
Everyone has one. An ex you still think about. The one who makes you ask ‘what if’?
Fifteen years have passed since Stella and George last saw each other. But something makes Stella click yes’ to the invite to her school reunion.
There’s still a spark between them, and although their relationship ended badly, they begin an affair.
But once someone gets you back, sometimes they’re never going to let you go again...
Author Guest Post
Do you have any particular writing habits? Do you use your psychology degree when you're plotting your novels and creating characters?
Hello Misti, thanks for having me on the blog today. People always want to know how much of myself I put into my books and, with ‘The One That Got Away’, I imagine I’m going to be asked over and over: ‘do you have a one that got away?’ or, worse, ‘who’s your one that got away’?
And I’m sorry to disappoint you but there is no drop-dead gorgeous ex lurking in the wings. The truth is, I don’t put so much of myself into my storylines. I write quite dark fiction and anyone who knows me will tell you how sunny and positive I (usually – ha!) am. But, ever since I studied psychology at university, I’ve been fascinated with the ways in which the mind can go wrong – psychoses, personality disorders, abnormal responses to normal situations and so on, and it’s this fascination that forms the basis for my plots.
The way it often works is that I’ll come across a story in the news that captures my imagination – I think the best plots stem from reality – and I start thinking about it and what the psychological issue is that caused the situation to spiral into something so dire that made the news. I think about how I could take that kernel – that initial psychological problem – and twist it into a novel. I do a lot of research – I still have my psychology text books so I might use those as a starting point – but then I start researching more widely on the internet, looking at academic articles and case studies, reading blogs, dipping into online forums, buying books and so on. I never got around to studying for my Masters in psychology, so this research fills me with joy: it makes me feel like a student again!
‘The One That Got Away’ specifically looks at the ways in which people twist the truth in order to suit their own realities, and the ways in which they manipulate other people in order to maintain that sense of their own reality. It starts off benignly enough with a couple who used to date meeting up at a school reunion, but it soon descends into something else – to say much more would be a spoiler.
So how do I get myself in the mood to write these twisted things? I wish I could say I write in a dark basement lit by flickering candlelight, but I’m a mum. As soon as the children have left for school, I set to work in my study. It’s a bright and sunny room, and I always have an aromatherapy candle burning – I kid myself it sharpens my mind. I write every week day morning, no matter how I feel... most days I manage 1,000 to 2,500 words in a morning, but there are days when all I can drag out of myself is 300 poor words that I know I’ll end up cutting. Those are the days I should probably just give up and go shopping.
When I stop writing each day, I try to leave the story in a good place, or at least write myself a couple of lines of notes on what’s happening next so I can walk in and get straight on with it the next day. I try not to go back and edit what I’ve already written as I’ve learned this can be a waste of time: you might spend weeks polishing material that ultimately gets cut. The main thing to remember when writing is to get words on the page. Without them you have nothing.
Wow! What an unsettling and entertaining read! I raced through this fast-paced and darkly twisted tale, not once wanting to put it down.
The ending was slightly more sudden that I expected but it wrapped things up nicely and I felt that it was a fitting end to an intensely gripping storyline.
Overall, I'm giving this book 4 out of 5. It's well-written, fast-paced and completely absorbing.
The One That Got Away is published by HQ
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Annabel Kantaria is a British journalist who now lives in Dubai with her husband and children. She has edited and contributed to women’s magazines and publications throughout the Middle East and returns regularly to the UK.
Now, on to the giveaway! I have a wonderful 3 copies of the book available! Yes, three! It's really easy to enter too.
I'm giving away two copies via twitter and all you need to do to enter, is follow my Twitter account (@mistimoobooks) and retweet my pinned tweet announcing the giveaway.
To enter to win the final copy on Instagram, head over to my Instagram account (@mistimoo_bookreview) and follow the instructions on the post!
You can enter both draws (which means double the chance to win!) and they are open until October 1st. Open to UK only this time. :) Good Luck!
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