Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Silence! Today I have a Q&A with author Katharine Johnson for you but first, here’s the brilliant cover and a little something about the book.
Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle – and a secret that could destroy everything.
When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992. A summer that ended in tragedy. The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity.
In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open.
How important are the names in your book? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you can recommend?
I just choose the names on the basis of what sounds right in my head. I changed some of the names at second draft stage because I had too many starting with the same letter which I find confusing as a reader. I worried most about the foreign names in case I inadvertently picked ones that sounded ridiculous – like someone from another country calling the chief of police Rod Stewart or Robbie Williams. I spent longest choosing the name of the villa – I went through a lot of traditional girls’ names before settling on Leonida.
Are you a plotter or pantster?
A bit of both. I love plotting out my stories but rarely stick to the plan.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them if they are particularly good or bad?
I always read, never respond to bad ones although it’s tempting!
What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process?
Too much screen work makes my eyes red and scratchy.
What are your favourite and least favourite types of scenes to write?
Favourite would involve honest dialogue between two people. Least favourite would be a romantic scene – so easy to get wrong!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would love to fly but my son says that isn’t a superpower so I will say telekinesis – I’d love to be able to move things around using the power of my mind like Matilda.
Thank you so much, Katharine, for taking the time to answer these questions! And thank you, Emma, for inviting me on the tour!
The Silence was published in paperback in April with the ebook coming on June 8th.
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