Hello, people and welcome to another blog tour!
I am honoured to be a part of this, and finishing it off!
In today's tour we will be discussing the book Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman, and I also have a guest post from the author herself.
I recently went to Scholastic's blogger brunch where I met this author and heard her speak about her book.
I haven't had the chance to read the book yet, though I just got a copy and I'm super excited to dive into it!
Also, she was first to receive a finished copy of her book.
It's totally stunning right?
So first of all, let's say what the book's about for those of you who don't know...
The story centres around a girl called Skye, who is sent to a camp for troubled teenagers
after her sister dies in an accident. However, once she is at the camp she starts receiving
text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister.
Information about the Book:
Title: Lying about Last Summer
Author: Sue Wallman
Release Date: 5th May 2016
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Sue Wallman is a journalist who lives in London with her husband and three
teenage daughters. In 2013 she won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize first chapter
award judged by Rachel Joyce and Kate Mosse. LYING ABOUT LAST SUMMER
is her first novel.
Sue Wallman: My Top Ten Places for Writerly Inspiration
The part of writing I find hardest is plotting.
From coming up with an initial idea that’s gripping enough, to working out the intricate
ins and outs of what’s going to happen next, I have to do a lot of doodling and thinking.
Whenever I’m doing things other than writing, my brain is still chugging away, working
on plot problems and trying to understand more about my characters. In fact this is my
favourite thing about writing fiction – having another world in my head. I’ve been to
some mind-popping landscapes, from the jungle in South America to the desert of Oman,
but I have the best break-through writing moments in ordinary places. Here they are:
1) Swimming pools
I hold my breath for the first length and all I can think about is whether my lungs
will explode, then afterwards I have a rhythm of three arm pulls to one breath.
Gliding along doing front crawl is the ideal time to focus and let the problem-solving begin.
2) The bath
Yep, water again. Hot, preferably scented, and with no interruptions from anybody
There’s plenty about trains to aid inspiration – looking into people’s back gardens,
conversations to listen in to, and reading news stories that lodge in my head.
But trains can also make me fall asleep so it’s a fine line.
So much people-watching to be done in airports. I’m a psychiatrist’s daughter, so observing others was
a family hobby when I was growing up.
Occasionally if I drift off to sleep thinking about something that’s not going well with my
writing, I can wake up with new ideas of how to continue. When I’m at my parents’ house,
I write in bed, under the duvet and patchwork quilt, with a hot-water bottle.
6) Utility room
When I was an au pair I was taught how to hang up washing so it needs the minimum
of ironing – basically stretching it out rather than flinging it haphazardly on the line.
I’m not a fan of domestic chores, but I find hanging out washing and folding it up weirdly
conducive for concentrating on plot niggles.
7) Waiting in the car for a teenager to emerge from somewhere
After I’ve texted Am outside, there’s a period of dead time when I write notes in my notebook
or on my phone before I text the next message: WHERE ARE YOU??
8) Top floor of my house
My other half and I have desks in a room at the top of the house. We can work together
companionably as long as neither of us is on the phone. On the wall in front of me is a
crammed noticeboard, photos, my Moonwalk and Race for Life medals, a pottery wallhanging
I made (yes really!), and a postcard I bought myself that says DON’T GIVE UP. I stare at all
these things on a regular basis while my mind searches for the right word or phrase.
Apart from the obvious eavesdropping opportunities, I find my writing is always improved
with an extra-hot, single-shot skinny latte by my side.
10) The Tow Path
I walk regularly with a friend but I can’t think when I’m talking. Sometimes I march along
the tow path to Kingston on my own, trying not to inhale the clouds of insects, and hope
that I can make sense of some writerly muddle.
These are all great places to write.
I know J K Rowling used to like writing on train journeys too.
Personally people annoy me too much on trains and make me lose my concentration, so I don't think it's a place for me.
Cafes are in general just great places to do anything like reading or writing in.
Well guys that's all from me.
I hope you guys have enjoyed the tour.
Until next time!
Here's a tour schedule so you can view the other stops!
(links to other stops are below picture)
Monday 2nd May
Tuesday 3rd May
Wednesday 4th May
Thursday 5th May
Friday 6th May
Saturday 7th May
Sunday 8th May
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Thank you for taking the time to read this =)