Every author I come across has a different story to tell about their road to publication and (whether it’s because I am inherently nosy) I love hearing their stories. I’m inspired by my guest today, Kirstie Malone, author of Daisy Chain, as she shows good things come to those who wait – and persevere!
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Staying in with Kirstie Malone
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Kirstie. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
Thank you for inviting me to stay in with you, Linda. I’ve brought Daisy Chain with me this evening. It’s my debut novel, released on the 5th December 2017 and it’s something I am very proud of; having taken me eight years, from first putting pen to paper to finally seeing it listed in both eBook and Paperback on Amazon.
That sounds like a real labour of love. You must be very proud of your efforts.
What can we expect from an evening in with Daisy Chain?
You can expect a dark relationship thriller, centred around the five protagonists; Karen, Jason, Jessica, Veronica and Bradley. You first meet the group at a University reunion party and it becomes clear very quickly that they are now all very different people to ones that left the University twenty years ago. Transitioning, back and forth, between different years in their lives, you’ll will find out why their once unbreakable bond has been shattered and as secrets are revealed, you will discover what has happened to each character since the separated from the group.
A recent review I’m particularly proud of says ‘So many twists and turns, I changed my mind about the characters about 10 times, such a thrilling read!’ This review made me realise I had done exactly what I wanted to do; create strong characters that readers will invest in.
The way I look at it is, you should only worry about a character if no one cares about them. Whether a reader feels anger towards a character, cries with them, laughs with them or is 100% on their side, a reaction to a character is always a positive thing. You’ll have to let me know your feelings on each character once you have read the book, Linda!
I will indeed! And I I’m rather partial to relationship thrillers!
What else have you brought along and why?
I’ve brought along a photograph and a song with me this evening.
The photograph is of myself and my best friend, Emma, as kids. Although Daisy Chain was a story I created myself and none of the characters are representations of anyone I know in real life, I did bring one small detail from my personal life into the book and that is the fact that the five characters met on their very first day of school. This is exactly the same as the way I met my best friend and as we are now 20 years into our friendship, I wanted to pay tribute to that in my first novel. Hopefully our friendship never gets as dramatic and complicated as my characters though!
How lovely. I hope you both find your friendship remains less traumatic than those in Daisy Chain!
The song I’ve brought with me is Beneath Your Beautiful by Emeli Sande & Labrinth. I really feel this song represents the bond that the group once had and also the fact that things aren’t always as they appear on the outside. For example, Karen looks like she has the perfect life; a business, designer clothes, nice cars, a penthouse apartment…but life has actually been a lot tougher for her than she lets on. You’ll have to read on to find out if any of her friends are actually brave enough to look beneath her ‘beautiful’ mask.
That sounds fascinating. I think many of us are quite different underneath to the persona we present to the world. I’ve really enjoyed hearing about Daisy Chain Kirstie. Thanks so much for staying in with me to talk about it.
Thank you so much for inviting me round. It’s been great fun chatting with you!
Road trips, house parties, Tequila Tuesdays, dreams for their futures; a fun, loveable force to be reckoned with. No-one but each other.
Sirens, blood, tears, police tape, a crime scene. Broken hearts and a broken bond. Sad goodbyes and words they thought they’d never say. One by one, until there was nothing left…
When Karen, Jason, Jessica, Bradley and Veronica find themselves back together after twenty years apart, some are more keen than others to fix their broken bond but as secrets and lies are revealed about their University days and life since they split, the group are left in pieces. Can they fix their damaged friendship or was the reunion party the beginning of the end?
About Kirstie Malone
Writing has always been Kirstie’s biggest passion. Deciding to try writing an episode of EastEnders for fun one day when she was thirteen made her realise that she wanted to become a scriptwriter for television. Kirstie has never looked back since that day, working hard to improve her craft and constantly coming up with new ideas, both for established dramas and also her own original work. At the moment, she has a slate of eight drama series which she hopes will one day be on screen.
At sixteen, Kirstie started working on Daisy Chain, a five part drama series focusing on the lives, loves and lies of estranged friends Karen, Jason, Jessica, Veronica and Bradley. Sending the first episode off to any competition she could find and any production company she could think of, she found it was turned down every time but when she began a Diploma course in Creative Writing, Daisy Chain became a novel and was given a new lease of life.
As well as being a writer, Kirstie works for BBC Worldwide as a Production Coordinator; a role she loves and that gives her plenty of opportunities to learn about the industry.