Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it. She’s married to someone who may, or may not, be in New York on business and, to make things worse, the family’s deaf cat has been run over by an electric car.
But something has been changing in Carole’s mind. She’s decided to revisit places that hold special significance for her. She wants to better understand herself, and whether the person she is now is simply an older version of the person she once was.
Instead, she’s taken on an unlikely journey to confront her past, present and future
When and where do you prefer to write?
Anytime. The thing about writing is that sometimes you’re inspired, and at other times it’s a chore. The secret is to keep writing, even when uninspired. That way, I’ve found, words will come.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
Yes, distractions do stop my train of thought. I can only really concentrate on one thing at a time.
If you had the chance to co-write a book whom would it be with?
Realistically, nobody. It would be nice to co-write a book with a famous author, but why would they bother? I also feel that, for me, writing is a solitary activity. A book is about my thoughts and writing abilities. Good or bad, it’s about me, rather than someone else. I’d rather pass on co-writing a book!
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
They can use my name in any way they please, so long as the bit about ‘persons living or dead’ appears at the front!
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I think Ernest Hemingway because, when I started to think about writing, he was the first author who really influenced me. Since then, many other authors have been an influence, but Hemingway sticks with me.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
In bed, sometimes in the garden, sometimes in a chair or, very occasionally, by a swimming pool.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
A mixture of emotions. I remember writing the book’s first sentence, and rewriting it, and rewriting it. I remember long nights and long days. A book is a lengthy journey, not a sprint, and I try and remember how I got to the finishing line.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
My books tend to develop different titles as they go along. Eventually, once I finish it, by trial and error, one generally sticks through to publication.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
Sometimes I suggest things to my publisher, other times they suggest things to me…and we work it out from there. A book’s cover is important as, from it, a potential reader will either pick it up and read the back cover, or they won’t. An ideal cover should be an honest window into your book. You’re raising an expectation about what’s inside, and the cover should create an honest expectation.
Thank you, Charlie Laidlaw and R&R Book Tours
About the author
Charlie Laidlaw lives in East Lothian, one of the main settings for Everyday Magic. He has four other published novels: Being Alert!, The Space Between Time, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead and Love Potions and Other Calamities. Previously a journalist and defence intelligence analyst, Charlie now teaches Creative Writing in addition to his writing career.