So excited to have Kerry Fisher pop by today for an interview. In it Kerry shares with us some incredible tough life moments about her son that moved me to tears.
Kerry also has some questions for YOU. Pop your answers below in the comments. I will be sure to pass them onto Kerry for you.
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The Women I Was Before by Kerry Fisher
Back of the Book
A new home can be a happy ending. Or a fresh start. Or a hiding place…
Of all the emotions single mother Kate Jones feels as she walks into her brand new house on Parkview Road, hope is the most unexpected. She has changed her name and her daughter’s, and moved across the country to escape the single mistake that destroyed their lives.
Kate isn’t the only woman on the street starting afresh. Warm, whirlwind Gisela with her busy life and confident children, and sharp, composed Sally, with her spontaneous marriage and high-flying career, are the first new friends Kate has allowed herself in years. Whilst part of her envies their seemingly perfect lives, their friendship might help Kate to leave her guilt behind.
Until one day, everything changes. Kate is called to the scene of a devastating car accident, the consequences of which will test everything the women thought they knew about each other, and themselves.
Can Kate stop her own secrets from unravelling, or was her hope for a new life in vain?
From the bestselling author of The Silent Wife, The Woman I Was Before is a book about the things we hide from those closest to us – and the terrible consequences that keeping those secrets can have. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.
‘For fans of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty, this book is an intense page-turner… a book that you won’t be able to put down until the very last page. It’s awesome, read it!’ Our Grand Life
Kerry Fisher is an internationally bestselling author. Her novels include The Woman I Was Before, The Silent Wife and The Secret Child. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, two teenage children and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy.
Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
THE WOMAN I WAS BEFORE is about three different women who live totally different lives from the ones they present on Facebook. It’s the story of the secrets they try to hide, the friendships that sustain them and ultimately, the truth that releases them.
Who would your book be perfect for?
It’s perfect for readers who want novels about women who are so real they could be the woman next door, ordinary women with extraordinary lives. Also, for anyone who loves to discover the skeletons in other people’s closets – over the years I’ve found that every family has experienced some kind of scandal they don’t choose to shout from the rooftops!
Did you have a favourite character to write?
I enjoyed writing Kate because she is the exact opposite to me – she never does anything without thinking it through in every possible detail, she keeps herself to herself and lives her life hiding in the shadows, hoping no one will ever find out what happened to her. She has trained herself never to tell people more detail than she wants them to know, which is a skill I still have to learn!
What inspired you to the write the book?
I’m always fascinated by how people choose to present themselves on social media, the highlights they post even when there’s a good chance that the people seeing the pictures of their perfect holiday, the champagne anniversary, the #bestfriends mother and daughter photo will know that the image they are portraying doesn’t represent the whole truth.
Can you share with us a photo from 2018 that meant something special to you?
This is very personal so I hope it doesn’t fall into the category of oversharing! In 2017 my 17-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. In 2018 he went into remission and we had a very turbulent time afterwards when we were all trying to rebuild our lives from the ashes of everything we used to take for granted and my son was very angry. This photo is from our holiday in Canada – I stood with him on the viewing platform of the train, watching all the lakes and trees rush past and he said, ‘I feel peaceful now, Mum. I’m not angry anymore.’ I think that little moment will be etched on my heart forever along with my gratitude to the NHS.
What has been your proudest bookish moment?
Can I have two? When my debut, THE NOT SO PERFECT MUM (previously titled THE SCHOOL GATE SURVIVAL GUIDE) was published, I went with my dad to see it coming off the presses – the printers pressed a button and the whole factory turned into a sea of red, the colour of the cover. I loved the fact that he’d witnessed me achieve my dream. My second proudest moment was when THE SILENT WIFE sold half a million copies. I hang onto that when I get to the middle of every novel and think, ‘Who’s going to want to read this?’
Do you have any questions for your readers?
One of the greatest privileges of being an author is when readers write to me to tell me that they related personally to an aspect of my novels. I’ve had so many messages about THE SILENT WIFE (domestic abuse) and THE SECRET CHILD (adoption) – one woman who’d given her baby away told me she’d left hospital with her hands tucked into her pockets because she didn’t know where to put them now she didn’t have a child to hold. That image is so heartbreaking. So I’m always interested to know which parts of my books really resonate with readers.
What is your favourite read of your whole life and why?
THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett. It was the first book that enabled me to understand that humour could deliver powerful messages about serious subjects, in this case racism.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a novel about mothers who become estranged from their children. The accepted view is that people lose contact after a huge row but in my research, I’ve found that there are thousands of little wounds that build into an unresolved mass so enormous that one or both sides give up trying. I’m also co-writing a non-fiction book with a close friend who lost her son to suicide around the same time my son was ill. It’s about our struggle to keep our sons alive and is so much more hopeful than it sounds – a real celebration of friendship, motherhood and discovering what matters in life.
Thank you so much Kerry for being part of the blog today.
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