Oliver Molloy never meant to hurt his wife. It was an accident, not his fault. A respected lawyer, he needs to make sure no one finds out the truth. But there’s someone watching him, waiting for him to slip up.
Photography student Joanna Lacey has always been close to her mother. But when Rachel Arnold turns up on her doorstep, Joanna’s world falls apart. The father she never knew has been found in the canal – a married man, now dead.
Joanna and Oliver’s paths cross when they meet at the funeral. Convinced everyone she loves is lying to her, Joanna turns to him for help. But Oliver is a far more dangerous liar than Joanna knows…
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My Q&A with Tanya Farrelly
Describe yourself using three words?
Passionate Creative Determined
What inspired you to write your first novel?
Last year I had two books published within six weeks of each other. The first: When Black Dogs Sing is a collection of my short stories, while The Girl Behind the Lens is a domestic noir novel. Both are debuts. I’ve been writing since I was very young and can’t remember ever not wanting to become a writer, it just took longer than I expected. My mother and step-father bought books for me every week growing up, so I guess I could say that writing is a natural progression from all the reading I did – and still do!
What time of day do you like to write?
There isn’t a special time of day for me, but I do most of my writing these days on the commute to work, which is a forty-minute train journey.
What is your favourite book and why? Enduring Love by Ian McEwan. It’s a wonderful psychological novel. The opening scene depicting the ballooning accident is stunning, and the reader is unsure of the events that unfold and of the reliability of the narrator right up until the end.
How did you pick the title of your book?
When Black Dogs Sing is the title of one of the stories in my collection. It’s a story about a woman whose teenage son goes missing on the way to his friend’s house one evening. The black dog was a stray that they’d adopted before the son’s disappearance; the black dog, mythologically, is the harbinger of death. The Girl Behind the Lens came about as a compromise with my Harper editor. She thought The Girl in the Window would be a good title. However, this would have changed the focus to a secondary character in the book, so I met her halfway … keeping “The Girl” but making sure that the focus was on Joanna, one of the two protagonist’s who is a photography student. This is crucial to the plot!
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
Not at all.
What’s your favourite word?
If you were a colour what would it be?
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I always go with the flow. If I knew how the story would end, I’d get bored. The plot should evolve through the characters actions, and it can take the time to get to know them.
Who is your favourite Author?
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Are you working on a new project?
Yes, I’m working on a second novel and also on some stories for a second collection. I now seemed destined to do these things in twos!
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? My husband (David Butler) and I run a monthly spoken word event in Dublin called Staccato. We invite six readers and a featured musician to read/per
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