I’m a great believer in fate – I think it’s how I met my husband – and we often chat about the ‘what if’ moments in life. Consequently it gives me great pleasure to be part of the launch celebrations for With or Without You and to stay in with author Shari Low to find out more about the book and some ‘what if’ moments of her own!
Staying in with Shari Low
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Shari. 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?
I’ve brought With or Without You as it’s just been released.
What can we expect from an evening in with With or Without You?
Hopefully it’s one of those books about love, about choices and about friendship that will keep you gripped until the very last page. And as soon as it’s done, it might just inspire you call your best pal and speculate about some of the life changing decisions you’ve made along the way.
(How interesting. And funnily enough, as well as staying in with you I’m also having lunch with a friend of 47 years today so I think we might just chat all about those decisions.)
What else have you brought along and why?
The guests would of course include my gang of girlfriends, as I rarely leave home without them! My husband frequently comments that he didn’t realise when he married me that I came with several women sitting around the kitchen table at all times.
(They are very welcome – the more the merrier.)
There would be wine, tea and caramel wafers, because there are very few disasters that cannot be soothed with some combination of alcohol, caffeine and chocolate-covered snacks.
(I quite agree!)
The music playlist would feature brilliant holiday tunes and Motown hits, as one of the characters is fond of belting out a Diana Ross tune.
And I’d bring my husband, because a conversation with him inspired the story. Last summer, on a gorgeous night in Florida, we were reminiscing about a time 20 years ago when we briefly parted. We both had some great theories about what would have happened to our lives if we hadn’t reunited a few months later. And yes, I think Shari Bon Jovi has a lovely ring to it. In the end, we got back together, and I’ll always be glad that we did. However, the next morning I woke up and the storyline for With or Without You was fully formed in my imagination.
(Ooo. Now that IS interesting! Wonderful photo by the way.)
Thanks so much for staying in with me Shari, to chat all about With or Without You. Let’s get the Motown playing and dive into those wafers…
With or Without You
Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one…?
A clever, captivating and bittersweet story of what might have been. Perfect for the fans of Jo Jo Moyes and Marian Keyes.
When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend.
Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love?
In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate decide to go their separate ways, but at the last minute, Liv wavers. Should she stay or should she go?
Over the next twenty years we follow the parallel stories to discover if Liv’s life, heart and future have been better with Nate… Or without him?
About Shari Low
Shari Low has published twenty novels over the last two decades. She also writes for newspapers, magazines and television. Once upon a time, she got engaged to a guy she’d known for a week, and twenty-something years later, they live in Glasgow with their two teenage sons and a labradoodle.
There’s more with these other bloggers too: