Sophie Claire – A Forget-Me-Not Summer

Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming Sophie Claire to my blog to answer a few questions and tell us about her book A Forget-Me-Not Summer.

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If you could only read one more book before reading became illegal what would it be and why?

Crikey. The thought of not being allowed to read makes me shiver! I usually have three books on the go at once (one for pleasure, one for research and an audiobook when I’m out and about) so to go without would leave a huge hole in my life. But if I had to choose one it would be The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger for its unique and gripping plot and beautiful writing.

If you could be a character in any book, who would it be?

Lyra (from Philip Pulman’s Northern Lights trilogy). She’s so brave and adventurous – everything I’m not.

What is the title of the book that you are going to tell us about?

A Forget-Me-Not Summer (originally published as Her Forget-Me-Not Ex) and re-released in December 2019. My new publisher, Hodder, asked me to extend the book and this gave me the opportunity to add more depth and twists to the story, which I really enjoyed. It was like revisiting old friends.

How did you come up with the title?

The heroine, Natasha, is a florist, and the story is about a second chance relationship, so I was thrilled when I managed to tie up the two with forget-me-nots.

Where did the idea for this book come from?

I’d had the back story for two characters, Luc and Natasha, in my head for while and I knew they’d had a passionate affair followed by an accidental pregnancy, shotgun wedding, then a miscarriage and a hasty divorce. But I couldn’t think of a reason to bring them back together again and start the story in the present day. Yet I knew that fundamentally, they were meant for each other. Then I went to a workshop about conflict and we were asked to write a scene in which two people wanted opposite things. The opening scene of A Forget-Me-Not Summer landed in my head and wrote itself: Luc walks into Natasha’s shop desperate for her help, whilst she is horrified and certain that she will never, under any circumstances, become entangled in his life again. The scene I wrote raised so many questions – why hadn’t Luc told his family about the divorce? Why was his father so adamant he wanted to meet Natasha? What would persuade her to go?

I came away from the workshop buzzing and desperate to get started on the story.

Which character in this book is your favourite and why?

Jean-Pierre, the hero’s father, is a mischievous and complex character, but you’llave to read the book to find out why!

Where can we buy the book?

The ebook is out now (getbook.at/Forgetmenotsummer) and the paperback will be out in June 2020.

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How can your readers keep in touch with you?

My website sophieclaire.co.uk has links to all my social media accounts. You’ll find me on Twitter (@SClairewriter), Facebook (sophieclairewriter) and Instagram (sophieclairewrites) most days, and Pinterest too. I love connecting with readers and swapping book recommendations.

Thank you so much for stopping by, come back again soon.

It’s been a pleasure. Thanks for having me, Colette.x

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