Ask the Author: Laura Pearson

What would you like readers to know about you? 

That’s a hard one! I guess I’d like them to know that writing books is all I’ve ever wanted to do and I’m grateful to each and every person who buys and reads a copy. 

What is Nobody’s Wife about for those who haven’t read it? 

Nobody’s Wife is about two adult sisters and their relationships with each other and the men in their lives. It’s about betrayal and secrets, and what people will do for love. 

What has been your inspiration for writing Nobody’s Wife? 

I originally wrote a short story, years and years ago, when I was doing a Creative Writing MA, that was based on the Leonard Cohen song Famous Blue Raincoat. My tutor said that the story read like the end of a novel, so when I decided to go for it and write a novel, I thought I might as well write that one. I already had a cast of characters and an ending. Of course, by the time I got to the end, everything had completely changed. But it did help me to get started.  

What was your favorite scene or part of Nobody’s Wife to write? 

There’s a scene quite near the end of the book in which all the secrets come out and everything comes crashing down around the four characters. I wrote that furiously, and it was so much fun. There were hardly any edits on it. It just came to the surface, fully formed. But that was during edits, years after I originally wrote the book. 

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

I think every book you fall in love with plays its part in you becoming a writer. As a child, I loved Roald Dahl, and then as a teenager, I devoured Point Horror and Christopher Pike books. I think the first adult book I really loved was The Catcher in the Rye, when I was about fourteen. And then when I was fifteen, I studied To Kill a Mockingbird at school, and that remains one of my favourite books.  

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

Don’t give up. Don’t think that rejections mean you’re not good enough. Find other writers to talk to – it’s a lonely business, and everyone’s going through the same thing. If you’re into social media, get involved with the writing community on Twitter. It’s so friendly and supportive.  

You can buy Nobody’s Wife here:

and my first novel Missing Pieces here: 

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