SH: In The Fantastic Book of Everybody’s Secrets? The narrator of the title story. She’s so screwed up and eccentric, and I totally identify wit her! My favourite character from fiction in general is the narrator of Herman Melville’s short story Bartleby the Scrivener. He has to work with someone who makes no sense — I’ve been there! — and deal with other people’s insoluble mysteries. I identify with the narrator’s bafflement.
Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?
SH: For me, writing is about communication. So I don’t see the point in writing and not publishing!
Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
SH: Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, Daphne du Maurier and Enid Blyton. They’d make a fascinating combination. It would be the best dinner party ever...as long as they're all okay with Chinese takeaway. I'm usually too busy/exhausted to contemplate actual cooking!
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
SH: The Essence of Enlightenment by James Swartz. It’s a book about Vendanta philosophy. It's fascinating and very calming and comforting when life is difficult. I'd strongly recommend it to anyone.
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
SH: I love swimming, and walking my dog - a gorgeous Welsh Terrier called Brewster. I'm also addicted to political gossip!
Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
SH: Prawn dim sum, taramasalata, Tobasco sauce and pink (rosé) wine or champagne.
Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?
SH: Being able to choose what I wish to communicate. It’s the opposite to talking, when any old nonsense might come out!
The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets
by Sophie Hannah
on Tour November 1 - December 17, 2016
A collection of ingenious suspense stories from one of today's most acclaimed novelists in the genre. Everybody has their secrets, and in Sophie Hannah's fantastic stories the curtains positively twitch with them. Who, for instance, is the hooded figure hiding in the bushes outside a young man's house? Why does the same stranger keep appearing in the background of a family's holiday photographs? What makes a woman stand mesmerised by two children in a school playground, children she's never met but whose names she knows well? And which secret results in a former literary festival director sorting soiled laundry in a shabby hotel? All will be revealed…but at a cost. As Sophie Hannah uncovers the dark obsessions and strange longings behind the most ordinary relationships, life will never seem quite the same again.
Book Details:Genre: Short Stories, Thriller
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: October 11th 2016
Number of Pages: 120
ISBN: 0062562096 (ISBN13: 9780062562098)
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