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.
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.
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