Q&A:

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

A) I wish I had a super interesting background to impress and dazzle, but my life really is as simple as wife, mother and occasional airhead. I gave up working as a special needs teacher when my second child was born. As my kids grew so did my free time and I fell back into reading and writing, something I always enjoyed, especially in my teen years. I never set out to publish a novel, but somehow I have ended up with two psychological thrillers and I’m working on my third.

Here’s the synopsis for my upcoming release:

Amelia Warner has blues eyes and long, curly blonde hair.

She is two years old, and she hasn’t been seen in ten days.

College sweethearts Susan and Paul Warner are happy newlyweds.

Their charmed life in a quaint village is punctuated by neighbourhood barbeques, community charity drives and a sense of belonging.

On a summer’s evening when their baby girl’s cardigan is found floating in the river that runs behind their house, life as they know it destroyed.

Amelia’s body is never recovered, but everyone knows she drowned. Everyone except Susan, who refuses to accept the obvious.

Someone in the village knows what happened that day. Someone stole a little girl. Someone shouldn’t have underestimated a mother’s love. Someone shouldn’t have underestimated how badly Susan wants revenge.

Sometimes good people do bad things.

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

A) This is a tricky question because the process for my first book was rather different to my second and my third experience is shaping up to be different again. One thing that remains constant is that my wine consumption definitely increases when I’m writing. Usually, I can knock out the first draft in three/four months. It’s the rewrites and tweaks that take a little more time (and wine). My plots tend to be rather complex so I have lots of beta readers on hand to nit-pick and find my plot holes and errors. After that it’s off to the editors and advance readers for reviews. Finally, it’s publication day and it’s out of my hands. There’s nothing more I can do except cross my fingers that all the hard work of the previous months has delivered a book people enjoy. Watching reviews come in (good or not-so-good) is my favourite part of writing. Knowing people are reading my creation is extremely humbling and wonderful.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

Oh dear, this is a little like trying to pick a favourite child. Which I don’t do, just to be clear *wink*. If I really had to choose I’d pick old-school Jeffery Archer stuff; Kane and Abel is outstanding and one of the very few books I’ve read more than once. Recently I enjoy Gillian Flynn; Girl Gone is such a wonderfully unique plot – one I really wish I’d come up with. And, I hold my hand up to enjoying the marmite Paula Hawkins. I love both The Girl on the Train and Into the Water.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I love this question, mostly because I just don’t have enough excuses to talk about Sweet Valley High by Francie Pascal these days. I know, I know, I really should namedrop something sophisticated and intellectual here, but no, in the days before YouTube vloggers and makeup tutorials I got my teenage kicks reading about high school politics and hot guys.

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

A) Wow. This question really made me think. I’ve had many moments I’ve loved. Hitting USA Today bestseller list was nice, or that 250k sales milestone. But the absolute best? The emails. The personal messages from readers who just have to drop me a line because an aspect of the story resonates with them. See Me Not, my second novel, covers very sensitive topics that are extremely close to my heart and I have to admit some of the emails I’ve received from people telling me their stories often leaves me in tears.

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

A) This relates to my previous answer, actually, my niece – Laura, was a fabulous supporter of my work. Sadly, I lost Laura to suicide last year but I truly hope if she could see me now she would be proud.

My husband and children* are also very support and understanding, especially when I’m under a deadline.

*I lied. My kids never allow me to work in peace. My five-year-old, especially, likes to help.

JH
Janelle Harris
Authors Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7069071.Janelle_Harris
Twitter: @brookeharris_

The Novels:

#1
See Me Not

The synopsis:

What if the stranger online is more familiar than you realise? In fact, they know everything about you. They know what you’ve done.

My husband loves me.
I love him.
But, a secret is eating us alive.

It’s not the one I keep from him.
It’s not the one he couldn’t keep from me.
And, someone knows everything.

A stranger. A stalker. An online nightmare.
I’ve got mail.

What everyone is saying about See Me Not

My Review:

This novel starts as a women’s psychological thriller. Specifically detailing the deceit & manipulation that can occur within the realms of social media. It is intriguing as a narrative as how many of us have ‘secrets’ from our pasts, others on our social media maybe aware of, that to share today would be heart-breaking.
The characters are well written and believable, the pace is constantly kept up and I found it gripping throughout.
The real secret to this novel and one I wouldn’t ruin with spoilers. Is the hidden message within, which is delivered in the ending. Despite this being my 197th read this year, it was the first to move me to tears!
I would hugely recommend this novel 5/5.
*review from last year!

#2
No Kiss Goodbye

The synopsis:

What if the stranger online is more familiar than you realise? In fact, they know everything about you. They know what you’ve done.

My husband loves me.
I love him.
But, a secret is eating us alive.

It’s not the one I keep from him.
It’s not the one he couldn’t keep from me.
And, someone knows everything.

A stranger. A stalker. An online nightmare.
I’ve got mail.

What everyone is saying about See Me Not

*Huge thanks to Janelle for taking part in a Q&A on my blog 🙂

 

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