The fight for survival has begun
All-out war spins out of control, and it doesn’t discriminate. Governments fall, continents are obliterated, deadly viruses consume everything in their path, and what’s left of humanity is on the run. Caught in this global refugee crisis are a few unlikely survivors.
Tony, a philandering London lawyer, escapes the doomed city and his own murky past as he evacuates to the continent.
A hapless flock of Belgian nuns prays for a miracle as they watch their city turn to rubble.
Bella, a naïve teenager, thinks she is going on holiday when her father drags her across the globe to New Zealand.
Reggie, a loyal employee of a mining corporation, guards a hoard of diamonds in the African plains, fending off desperate looters.
Alyosha, a nuclear scientist, has been looking for the God-particle in Siberia, but now the world is at an end, he wishes to return home to Chernobyl.
A pair of orphaned children are cowering in the Tatra Mountains, fearing the sky will fall in on them.
Will they find an escape route before it is too late? Or are they doomed to fail?
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
These days I take both. I take my kindle because I have a selection of books there, so in case I finish one, I can immediately start my next one. I cannot be without a book on the go.
I will also have a paperback handy in the event of my kindle running out of charge or breaking down. I don’t have that much faith in technology. A good old paperback is still my preferred reading format. Just the feel of a crisp page under my finger and the smell of ink make me sigh with delight.
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Definitely a baddie! They have so much more fun! And I hold a firm belief that nobody is bad to the core and there is redemption waiting round the corner for the worst of us. So, as a baddie, I may be given a second chance and receive more attention and page space. I may also go as far as mending my ways if the fancy takes me. But even if I don’t, I will still be much more intriguing than any goody two shoes out there.
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
I start in the bath (I know it’s not environmentally friendly but one cannot read in the shower) and when the water gets cold, I continue in bed. I will go on until my eyelids are too heavy or my vision starts going blurry, or when I no longer know what I’m reading.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Walking the dog with my husband (that’s the only time when we can catch up), teaching my daughter to drive (no catching up there – teenagers are very secretive), or actually doing a spot of my day job (a lot of catching up to do!).
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Hardly ever! I do like to indulge in a touch of bookshop snooping. Once inside, I am like a toddler in a bouncy castle. It’s not often that I leave without bagging a book or two.
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of my daughter. She has somehow managed to get good grades and have decent life aspirations despite having little input from her mother who is too busy writing books.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
It’s like holding a newborn baby in my arms. There is no more pain, only joy. There are also the usual anxieties: will she (my books are girls for some reason) do well in life, will she be well liked, will she be a happy little book and make her mother proud?
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Be hard on yourself. Be your own harshest critic. Never rest on your laurels or become complacent. Don’t be lazy. Explore. Read and learn from the masters. Every book you write is yet another chance for you get better at it.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Any one of the many writers I admire. It is a very eclectic collection of names: J.R.R. Tolkien, Ruth Rendell, M.C. Beaton, David Gemmell, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Ian McEwen, Gillian Flynn. I would ask them millions of questions about their writing techniques, inspiration sources, planning process, editing and staying sane. I would be taking copious notes.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
Because I have what I call a day job, I write when and where I can. I have long weekends and they are wholly dedicated to writing. I write on holidays. I can’t remember the last time when I took a break from writing. Even when I am not physically hunched over my laptop, I am still writing: plotting, researching, contemplating my next book. It’s like breathing. I do it everywhere and all the time.
Thank you, Anna Legat and Love Books Group
About the author
Anna Legat is a Wiltshire-based author, best known for her DI Gillian Marsh murder mystery series. A globe-trotter and Jack-of-all-trades, Anna has been an attorney, legal adviser, a silver-service waitress, a school teacher and a librarian. She read law at the University of South Africa and Warsaw University, then gained teaching qualifications in New Zealand. She has lived in far-flung places all over the world where she delighted in people-watching and collecting precious life experiences for her stories. Anna writes, reads, lives and breathes books and can no longer tell the difference between fact and fiction.