If you could only read one more book before reading became illegal what would it be and why?
It would be a very hard choice to make, but I’d go for a book I’ve read before, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, because it’s my all-time favourite book since I first read it as a teenager. It’s beautifully written, the characters are so well portrayed, and the strands of the plot are very cleverly drawn together. I wish I’d written it!
If you could be a character in any book, who would it be?
I’d choose to be Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Who wouldn’t want to be the heroine of the quintessential romantic novel and marry Mr Darcy?
What is the title of the book that you are going to tell us about?
The title of the book is There She Goes.
How did you come up with the title?
I’d thought of several titles for the book, but none of them seemed quite right. I was editing the book, when I overheard the lyric ‘there she goes’ in a song playing on the radio in the next room, and knew at once that these three words made a title that fitted my story.
Where did the idea for this book come from?
I love visiting the theatre, especially to see a West End musical, and while I’ve never wanted to act professionally, I seem to be surrounded by relatives and friends who work as musical theatre actors. I know from their experiences that while acting is seen as a glamorous profession, it can also be an extremely tough way to earn a living, both physically demanding and competitive, with literally hundreds of girls auditioning for one role when an actress leaves a long-running show. There She Goes is a love story about an aspiring actress and an actor who meet at an audition, but it also shows the reality of the hard work that lies behind the seemingly effortless performances that theatre audiences see on stage.
Which character in this book is your favourite and why?
My favourite character in There She Goes is the heroine, Julie Farrell. An aspiring musical theatre actress, Julie has yet to land her first professional acting role, and has to cope with rejection at auditions while doing a tedious ‘day job’ so that she can eat and keep a roof over her head. I admire Julie’s grit and determination to never give up her dream of becoming an actress – and I can quite understand why there are times she can’t help wishing that her life was more like a musical and she’d meet a handsome man who would tap-dance her along the street.
Where can we buy the book?
There She Goes is available on Amazon and via bookshops.
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