Good morning Abbie and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?
Hello, thank you for having me! Well, I’m 25, a Needs Assessor for students with disabilities. I live in the West Midlands with my husband and two kittens who think swinging off curtains is normal.
When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer and how did you begin that journey?
I never really made the conscious decision really. I have always had a love affair with books and I’ve thought many a time that I’d love to be able to write. I never thought I had the imagination for it, but then I had quite a lot of free time in my previous job and spent a few nights writing a few ideas I had and then it just happened.
What was the inspiration behind The Puppet Master?
The Puppet Master began as a collection of memories I had – then I pondered what message I wanted to send through my writing. I wanted to write a book showing people that even though you may go through something horrific and traumatic – there is light at the end of the tunnel. You can still be happy and not let that ‘event’ define you.
Have you a favourite place to write?
I spent a whole day in Ikea with my poor husband choosing the perfect chair. I got one – but I’ve since discovered I prefer to write in cafes or anywhere there are people!
What are your plans after The Puppet Master has been published? Will you stay in the same genre or write something completely different?
I have a few ideas that I am ruminating on but I haven’t put any significant work into them just yet. I think I probably will stay in this genre but I think once I get more experience I want to branch out into fantasy.
Are you a beach or city girl? Name some of your favourite holiday destinations.
I am neither – I hate sand so the beach is a nightmare for me. And I was brought up in the Lake District so Cities are quite an intimidating place for me! I’m a place in the country type of girl! My favourite places to go are places that have natural beauty. I went to Iceland and it was stunning. I’m going to Croatia soon and I can’t wait for that.
And lastly, if you were able to invite four celebrities to dinner who would they be and why?
Just four! Oh this is hard. I would invite Harlan Coben as he is just a masterful writer and I would love to meet him. I would also invite Sara J Maas, she is the best fantasy writer I’ve ever read and I’m convinced we would get on fabulously. I would also invite Lionel Shriver, I saw her speak at the Hay Festival and she was amazing, inspiring and really funny! My last guest would be J K Rowling, I have so many questions about Harry Potter that I’m desperate to get the answers to so I would love to grill her – over dinner of course.
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Manipulated by fear and love…could you cut the strings and take back control?
Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls her. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain?
Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives she ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him but as unwanted attraction and feelings blossom between them, Adam is forced to realise that all is not as it seems.
Most of their lives have been unknowingly governed by the desires and needs of someone who considers himself their master. He has influenced and shaped them for years, meticulously weaving a web of lies and control around them. Can Billie and Adam survive the betrayals in store and cut the strings that bind them?
One thing is for sure. The master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.
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