Thursday, 27 March 2014

Interview and giveaway with author Tess Sharpe!

Last month there was only one book on my mind, and that book was Far From You by Tess Sharpe. Beautifully written and utterly perfect in every way, I tried to do the book justice in my review, so I am very pleased to be welcoming the author of the book to The Mile Long Bookshelf today!

Hi Tess! Welcome to The Mile Long Bookshelf! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your new highly-anticipated debut novel, Far From You? I LOVED it by the way.
Thanks so much! I’m so pleased you liked it. Let’s see... about me: I live in the woods with two giant dogs, one looks like a polar bear and the other one just looks like a regular bear. They drool and shed a lot. I'm a writer (obviously) and a former professional baker.

Far From You is my debut. It’s about a young woman fresh out of rehab who is determined to track down her best friend's killer while trying to keep the relationship they shared a secret from their friends and family.

Far From You deals with drug addiction, coming out, and loss of a loved one, amongst other things. I love how you wrote about these – what inspired you to cover these sensitive issues?
My goal was to create a book featuring LGBT characters where their sexuality wasn't the biggest issue in the book. Sophie is a lot of things: Her bisexuality is a large part of her, but she's got a lot of other stuff going on. I'm also obsessed with the aftermath of things and like to examine the differences between the before and after of an event that changes everything, so that definitely played a big part in the themes of the book.

I totally agree. How long did it take Far From You to get from inside your head to retailers, readers and reviewers?
It took about four months to write in total. I was 24 when I wrote it, was offered a book deal a few months after I turned 25, and I just turned 27. So altogether, about two and a half years.

Wow! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
It's okay to be a little clunky when you start out - just write anyway! We all write crummy stuff and sometimes you have to get all the bad stuff out to uncover the good. And the obvious advice: Read as much as you can. Not just in your chosen genre, either. Read widely and broadly.

Are there any certain authors that have inspired you throughout your life?
Laurie Halse Anderson is someone I really admire and look up to. I'm deeply grateful to her because I wouldn't be here right now if I hadn't read Speak when I was 15. That book saved my life and set me on the path I'm on today. And Far From You is deeply inspired by Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia, which is staged simultaneously in the past and present.

What is the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you? Sorry, I had to ask!
I once backed into a date's car with my car. It was pretty excruciating. He was very nice about it, though.

What is your favourite food?
Mac and cheese.

If your characters were real people and you had to live with one, who would you pick and why?
I think I'd go with Mina, because she's not as doom and gloom as Sophie and Trev. Plus, she'd pick out cute outfits for me.

Good point. What is one thing you would like to achieve before the end of 2014?
I'm hard at work on my next book, so finishing it and getting it in good shape for my editors is my big goal.

And finally, why should everyone read Far From You?
I'd say you should read Far From You if you like doomed love stories or LGBT love stories.

GIVEAWAY (UK/IRELAND ONLY)

1x paperback edition of Far From You by Tess Sharpe.

Four months ago her best friend Mina died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered. Forced into rehab for a drug addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer. But can she track them down before they come for her.

Far From You is out in the UK TODAY! If you would rather have a copy of your own right now, skip the giveaway and buy it. Seriously, it will not disappoint. You can see my review of Far From You here. :)

8 comments:

  1. Macaroni & cheese.

    Thanks for the giveaway, I SO want to read Far From You!

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  2. Mac and Cheese!

    Great interview... R x

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  3. Keep hearing how good this is so I have to read it :)

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  4. This book sounds brilliant! I think I've heard about it, but didn't really look into it. Now I've read this post, I really want to read it. :)

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  5. Mac and Cheese! I also love mac and cheese. I wish I knew how to make my own though.

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  6. The book seems very interesting. It sucks that it's only for UK & Ireland. *sigh* :( oh well, I'm adding it to my wishlist!

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  7. REALLY NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

    Her favourite food is Macaroni and Cheese

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  8. Seems really interesting, would love to have a copy!

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