I’m delighted to welcome Grace Lowrie to Linda’s Book Bag today and would like to thank Katrin Lloyd for inviting me to be part of this blog tour in celebration of Before We Fall. When I saw the blurb for Before We Fall I just had to ask Grace what she might do if she found herself in a similar situation to her protagonist Cally and luckily Grace agreed to tell me.
Before We Fall is available for purchase here.
Before We Fall
When Cally, an amateur ballet dancer, is suddenly diagnosed with cancer she runs away from her boyfriend, her job in a call centre and her safe life in Wildham in order to experience ‘real’ life in London. Taking a job as a stripper and flat-sitting in the top of an office tower she meets her obnoxious neighbour Bay; a tattooed, drug-taking, suicidal artist, haunted by the death of those close to him.
Despite their differences, the two strike up a friendship – Bay pushes Cally to try new things while Cally provides Bay with a muse – and they fall in love. But their secrets threaten to tear them apart and time is running out…
If I Received a Death Sentence
A Guest Post by Grace Lowrie
At the start of Before We Fall Cally learns that she may not have long to live. She reacts by walking out on her mundane life in search of new and exciting experiences in London – with mixed results. Linda has kindly asked me what three things I would do with my remaining time if I received similar news…
Despite the fact that mortality is a natural part of living, it’s hard to truly imagine how I might feel if confronted with my own imminent death. On the whole I’m content with my life and certainly wouldn’t want to leave it prematurely, but if I no longer had to worry about running a business, getting my flat fixed up or saving for retirement, I’d probably do something fun and slightly-less-responsible to start with – get a couple of tattoos, dye my hair blue and go all-night clubbing for example.
The second thing I’d do is buy a plane ticket and go visit my dad overseas in whichever country he is currently residing – because he’s my dad and I don’t get to see him nearly enough. Indeed making time to spend with loved ones would be a definite priority for me, but potentially difficult with a strict time restraint.
So the third and biggest thing I’d do is this – blow my savings on a luxury holiday abroad for me and as many of my friends and family as possible. Somewhere exotic like Bora Bora with five star accommodation, fabulous views and beaches, gourmet food on tap and a large pool for the kids. It would be a challenge to organise but I love the idea of treating my nearest and dearest to a once-in-a-lifetime holiday before I check out.
What would you do?
(Well I’d definitely not have the tattoos – no point in putting myself through pain Grace. I do agree about the holiday though… brilliant idea!)
About Grace Lowrie
Having worked as a collage artist, sculptor, prop maker and garden designer, Grace has always been creative, but she is a romantic introvert at heart and writing was, and is, her first love.
A lover of rock music, art nouveau design, blue cheese and grumpy ginger tomcats, Grace is also an avid reader of fiction – preferring coffee and a sinister undercurrent, over tea and chick lit. When not making prop costumes or hanging out with her favourite nephews, she continues to write stories from her Hertfordshire home.
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