I Wanted You To Know by Laura Pearson
Back of the Book
Dear Edie, I wanted you to know so many things. I wanted to tell you them in person, as you grew. But it wasn’t to be.
Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer. A life that should be just beginning is interrupted by worried looks, heavy conversations, and the possibility of leaving her daughter to grow up without her.
Propelled by a ticking clock, Jess knows what she has to do: tell her daughter everything. How to love, how to lose, how to forgive, and, most importantly, how to live when you never know how long you have.
From best-selling author Laura Pearson comes her most devastating book yet. Honest, heart-wrenching, and emotionally raw, I Wanted You To Know is a true love letter to life: to all its heartache and beauty, to the people we have and lose, to the memories and moments that define us
Laura Pearson has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. She spent a decade living in London and working as a copywriter and editor for QVC, Expedia, Net a
Porter, EE, and The Ministry of Justice. Now, she lives in Leicestershire, where she writes novels, blogs about her experience of breast cancer (www.breastcancerandbaby.com), runs The Motherload Book Club, and tries to work out how to raise her two children.
Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
Of course. My book is about Jess, a twenty-one-year-old single mum who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It follows her as she tries to come to terms with the fact that her baby daughter, Edie, might grow up without her by writing letters for Edie to read when she is older and making sure her relationships with those she loves are in good shape.
Who would your book be perfect for?
It would suit anyone who likes a good cathartic cry and enjoys really delving into a character. It’s about strong women – mothers, daughters, friends – and the way they save one another.
Did you have a favourite character to write?
I loved writing Gemma. The novel is about Jess but Gemma, Jess’s best friend, is right there at the heart of it. Their relationship is one of my favourite things about the book. And she really took me by surprise, as I went through the drafts. She completely came to life and started making her own decisions.
Do you have any questions for your readers?
I guess, like all authors, I’d love to know what they do and don’t like about my books. I’m hoping to stick with this career until I die, so I want to give the people what they want!
What are you working on now?
I’m about halfway through the first draft of my fourth novel. It has similarities to my first three but is also a bit of a departure for me, as it has a speculative element. I’m really excited about it. It’s been the hardest one to write (although I think I think that about all of them when I’m in the thick of it) and I’m hoping it will end up being the best.
How does it feel to know your characters are out and about in reader’s imaginations?
It feels good! I think, once the book starts going out to reviewers and then is available to everyone, I let go of them. They’re not mine anymore. They belong to the readers. I hope they take them to their hearts.
Do you miss writing about them?
Sometimes, when I start a new book, I miss writing about the old characters because I already know them so well, but I mostly look forward. I have so many ideas I want to get around to.
What was your publishing journey highlight?
Oh, so many. I’ve had some wonderful reviews, from other authors and readers. And that’s the main thing for me, I think. Knowing you’ve moved someone. Knowing your book has become a part of them.
What was the last book that made you laugh out loud?
I’m currently listening to Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen on audio and it’s hilarious. I’m so glad there are two more of them to enjoy when I’ve finished this one.
What was the last book that made you cry?
I never cry when reading books. I don’t know why. I cry in real life all the time. But I’ve been very moved, in recent months, by Lowborn by Kerry Hudson, Mine by Clare Empson and What Red Was by Rosie Price.
If you were on an island for a year what two books would you bring?
This is so hard. If the island didn’t have a little library, I’d be in trouble. But I’d probably choose something I know I love, like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and something I really want to read but haven’t yet, like My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell.
Lastly, what is your favourite book quote?
When I was at university, I loved Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. My copy had so many passages underlined. This is one of my favourites: ‘There’s a moment when love makes you believe in death for the first time. You recognise the one whose loss, even contemplated, you’ll carry forever like a sleeping child. All grief, anyone’s grief…is the weight of a sleeping child.’
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