We happily welcome Deborah McKinlay to Novel Kicks and we’re pleased to be a part of the blog tour for her latest release, That Part Was True (published by Orion).
Welcome Deborah. Can you tell us a little about That Part Was True and the inspiration behind it?
I started with a seed of an idea – a woman who was profoundly isolated. That grew into the character of Eve, and the story developed from there.
Who would you invite to fantasy dinner party and what food would you serve?
Paddington Bear. Marmalade sandwiches (natch).
Which fictional character (books, TV or film,) would you like to swap places with for a day and why?
Holly Golightly. New York. The wit. The waistline.
Which three novels (out of all the ones you’ve read,) have impacted you most?
I always find this question difficult – even with a choice of three it is impossible to narrow them down- so I am going to choose, instead, three that made me cry.
Across the River and into the Trees. Hemingway.
When She Was Good. Roth
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. McCullers
I would stick with the Read, Read, Read, Write, Write advice that has been given so often (by more qualified voices than mine) to new writers. But to writers who’ve been in the trenches for a while – for whom there is precious little advice, or encouragement – I would say that reading Hugh MacLeod’s Ignore Everybody when your mojo is low is a tonic.
‘Susurrus’. I first came across it in Updike. I’ve never had the nerve to use it.
The paperback edition of That Part was True was released by Orion on 15th January 2015 and is available in most bookshops. It’s also available in e-book format. Click here to view on Amazon.
Deborah McKinlay has published half a dozen non-fiction titles in the UK, and her books have been translated into numerous languages. Her work has appeared in British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire. She lives in South West England. Her other novels include Man Handling and The View From Here.
To find out more about Deborah, visit her website: http://www.deborahmckinlay.com/
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