With or Without You by Shari Low
- Literature and Fiction
| Synopsis |
Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one…? A clever, captivating and bittersweet story of what might have been. Perfect for the fans of Jojo Moyes and Marian Keyes.
When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend.
Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love?
In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate decide to go their separate ways, but at the last minute, Liv wavers. Should she stay or should she go?
Over the next twenty years we follow the parallel stories to discover if Liv’s life, heart and future have been better with Nate… Or without him?
| Author Interview |
About the author
Shari Low has published twenty novels over the last two decades. She also writes for newspapers, magazines and television. Once upon a time, she got engaged to a guy she’d known for a week, and twenty-something years later, they live in Glasgow with their two teenage sons and a labradoodle.
- What book from your childhood still has a place in your heart today?
The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank. It has stayed with me since the day I read it and I still think it’s one of the most important books ever written.
- Which fictional character stayed with you long after you finished the book?
Is it ok to say one of my own? A character who recurs in my novels is Josie, a septuagenarian who is frank, bold, fiercely loyal and cuttingly funny. She is based on someone I loved very much and I feel like she lives with me constantly, just always around, telling me when I need my roots done.
- Can you tell us a little about your journey with your new release?
The book came about after a discussion with my husband one-night last summer. We were chatting about a time, almost 20 years ago, when we decided to go our separate ways. In the end, the parting was brief and we went on to have children and a great life together. But what would have happened if we’d chosen to stay apart? How would our lives have turned out? This kept us speculating long into the night, and it became the premise for With Or Without You.
In the book, Liv and Nate have agreed to end their marriage on the final day of 1999, but at the last minute, he changes his mind. This is where the story splits. One narrative follows their lives over the next 18 years if they stay together, and in the other strand, we learn what happens if they part.
- Do you get an emotional connection to your characters?
Absolutely! Not to sound too sentimental, but I miss them when I finish the book because they’re real to me and I care about them. This is why you often see my characters pop up in more than one book. With Or Without You has at least a dozen characters that have featured in some way in previous novels. Clearly, I’m rubbish at goodbyes.
- Can you please, share a photo with us that tells a story.
My wedding pic… My husband and I got engaged a week after we met and on our wedding day we took 40 friends and family on a bus to the registry office in Gretna Green and then to a beautiful old mill for a pub lunch. We sang all the way there and back, didn’t stop laughing and I changed into my dress in the registry office toilets. I loved every single crazy, happy, hilarious minute of it.
- What was your favourite read of 2017?
What Happened by Hilary Rodham Clinton – it’s shocking, fascinating, infuriating and inspiring, and I was gripped from beginning to end.
- If your book came with a theme song what would it be?
Ooh that’s a tough one. There’s a real musical theme in the book as one of the characters embraces any excuse to climb on a stage and belt out a song… I think the one that I heard most in my head while I was writing it was Diana Ross’s version of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
- Is the genre you write your favourite to read?
I read great books in all genres – crime, psychological thrillers, epic sagas, historical fiction, and when I’m on holiday, there’s always an eighties bonkbuster in my beach bag.
- If you could ask your readers anything, what would you want to know?
I’m always intrigued to know which characters or storylines my readers relate to, and of course, which characters they would like to see returning in future books.
- What are you working on now?
I’m already on to the next novel – it’ll be my 22nd book, but I still get every bit as excited and terrified as when I started the first one.
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