Q&A with author Shalini Boland

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The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland


Can you ever really know the ones you love?

Anna Blackwell lives a charmed life with her husband. But things haven’t always been this way. When a woman is killed on the other side of the world, Anna knows that her past has caught up with her. That her greatest fear is about to come true. That it’s
her turn next.

Uncover a web of lies and deceit in this brand new chilling twisty suspense thriller.

The Millionaire’s Wife is released tomorrow. Available now for pre-order via Amazon Kindle for just 99p
Here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Millionaires-Wife-twisty-suspense-thriller-ebook/dp/B06ZYSH7JS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) I used to be a singer songwriter, signed to Universal Music. But it’s not a lifestyle that goes well with having a family and I found myself resenting the time spent away from my kids. I wasn’t successful enough to have nannies and entourages!

One day, I had an idea for a great ending to a story and I started scribbling my first novel. Writing fiction gave me the new creative outlet I needed. Plus, I can write from home and set my own timetable. I love it!

I started out writing YA fiction, but my latest three novels are adult suspense thrillers. The Millionaire’s Wife releases on April 27th and is a twisty thriller about a woman whose past catches up with her in a terrifying way. It’s dark, gritty, glamorous and shocking, with a twist of adventure.


Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) I usually have several ideas which come to me while I’m writing the previous novel. I go with the strongest idea, the one that’s calling out to be written. I’ll draft out a rough plan to see if it’s got legs. If I like what I have so far, I’ll work out a blurb and a cover and start plotting. Once I have the plot nailed down, I break it into chapters. Then I’ll work out a writing schedule and book my editor.

Over the next few weeks, I get my head down and write, trying not to get distracted by the lure of social media, and friends asking to meet them for coffee – willpower is everything! My lovely husband always reads my first draft and is brutally honest with me.

Once I’m happy with it, I send it out to beta readers and to my editor. Once it comes back, I get into the rewrites. Then it gets several proofreads and I send copies out to reviewers while I get to work formatting the paperback version, lining up release promotion and finalising all the other nitty gritty stuff.

Release week is always weird. My book is finally out there and my head is usually already halfway into the next book…

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) So many favourite authors spring to mind, I don’t think we have room for them here. My most recent recommended reads are: Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.


Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I absolutely loved The Enchanted Wood Also, The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis and The Talking Parcel by Gerald Durrell. Teenage reads were mainly the classics from my mum’s bookshelves – Steinbeck, Orwell, Shakespeare, poetry etc. But in my twenties, I was very into Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches and Vampire Chronicles.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) There have been a lot of favourite moments, but there was nothing quite like the feeling of holding my first published paperback in my hand. And then seeing them on the shelves in Waterstones.


Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) My husband, Pete, is an incredible source of support. Not only is he encouraging, but he’s also a great practical help – getting me out of tricky plot situations and making me food when I forget to eat! He’s fab.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I’ve loved being here 🙂

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Authors links:
Amazon Page: Author.to/ShaliniBoland
Blog: http://www.shaliniboland.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ShaliniBolandAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34827617-the-millionaire-s-wife
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShaliniBoland – @ShaliniBoland

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*Thank you for taking part in the Q&A on my blog, I wish you every success with your writing career.