5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, September 18, 2015
Inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic, Les Miserables, A Little in Love beautifully conveys the heartbreaking story of street girl Eponine.
A girl lies alone in the darkness, clutching a letter to her heart.
Eponine remembers being a child: her swing and the peach tree, and the baby brother she loved. But mostly she remembers being miserable. Taught to lie and cheat, and to hate the one girl, Cosette, who might have been her friend.
Now, at sixteen, the two girls meet again, and Eponine has one more chance. But what is the price of friendship–the love of a boy?
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer? Have you had other jobs along the way?
I have enjoyed writing stories since I was very small – and I have clear recollections of rushing home to do my Creative Writing homework, because I was so excited by the prospect of it! And I must have been eight or nine. It was really only in my late teens that I realised I wanted to try to write professionally. I’ve been very fortunate to have made a living from writing – but there have been many times when I’ve had to supplement my income. My additional jobs have included bar work in pub in the Scottish Highlands and working as a warden on a Roman archaeological site in Northumberland, on Hadrian’s Wall.
2) What’s your strangest writing habit or quirk? Something that would make all of us go, ‘Huh?’
There’s probably a few to choose from here …! But one thing I always do is write in my notebooks, diaries and on the manuscripts themselves with different coloured felt tip pens. It may sound childish, but it really changes how I see the work. If I think of a little information I need to locate amongst all my research, I can usually remember what colour I wrote it in, and so I can locate it more easily. There is also a continuous freshness to it all, when it’s in different colours – but just black biro!
3) If you weren’t a writer, what job would you love to try out?
I had a passion for acting when I was younger, and for a while I considered trying the acting life … Part of me still thinks about that, sometimes. But I’ve also discovered a real fascination with archaeology, since my time on Hadrian’s Wall – particularly when we found some truly personal discoveries: a leather shoe, a ring, a fragment of writing paper that has survived for 2000 years. So I might say an archaeologist.
4) If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
To be able to heal anyone who needed it. I think that would be the most incredible, transformative and invaluable power of all.
5) What’s up next for you?
I have literally just completed my fifth adult novel, Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew. It’s set in 1889, and is about the mental hospital in Saint Remy de Provence, in the south of France, where Vincent Van Gogh spent a year at the end of his life. It’s about his arrival at the asylum and his impact on the warden and the warden’s wife. I have loved writing it, loved researching it – and it’s to be published in the UK by Virago in June 2016. I’m both very nervous and very excited!
About the author:
Susan Fletcher is the author of several books for adults, including Eve Green, which won a Whitbread First Novel Award in the United Kingdom. A Little in Love is her first book for young adults. Susan lives in England. You can follow her on Twitter at @sfletcherauthor
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, Sep 18, 2015
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