engl. Interview

Interview mam Sarah Hilary

Foto: Linda Nylind

Can you tell us a bit more about how you became a writer?
I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember. As a child, I wrote little stories for my sister and friends. I turned my hand to writing crime novels only quite recently, about six years ago. At one time, I thought I wanted to write for film or television, but my first love was always books. I’m very happy to be writing a crime series, and delighted to have so many readers who love what I do.

Was it difficult for the first book to find a publisher?
I think it’s always difficult for a writer’s first book to find a publisher. The process of submitting manuscripts and being rejected, and getting better and trying again – that’s a vital part of any writer’s journey. It teaches you stamina, and patience, and perseverance. In my case, it was my fourth full-length manuscript that caught the attention of several publishers. My agent then sold the rights in an auction, and I was thrilled to know my book – Someone Else’s Skin – was finally going to be in the hands of readers.

Could you describe literature in three words?
Vital, exciting, eclectic.

Is there a book you would never read? Why?
I like to think not. It’s important not to shut ourselves off from new experiences.

What’s your favorite book?
I have so many! I recently read three cracking new books by favourite writers of mine: Skin Deep by Liz Nugent; Take Me In by Sabine Durrant; The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings. Everyone should hunt those books down and read them.

Favorite quote?
‚The job of the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget.‘ (Arthur Miller)

EBooks or paper print?
Both! Whatever works to get you – and keep you – reading.

What inspires you?
The sea. Travel. My family.

Imagine you were given the opportunity to meet a book character in real life. Who would that be?
I’d like to hang out with Tom Ripley for a day. We’d have a great meal, maybe travel around Venice, take a boat out …

What’s your worst nightmare?
Losing loved ones.

The best decision of your life was?
To start taking risks. I came to this late in life, but like to think I’ve only just got started.

I can’t wait to read your next book. Are you currently working on a project? Is there any release date to reveal?

Thanks! The fifth book in the Marnie Rome series, Come and Find Me, is out in the UK in March this year. I’m currently working on book six, and also a top secret project which I can’t talk about just yet.


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