Today I am thrilled to have Linda Huber author of Chosen Child on my blog. If you haven’t read Chosen Child I would highly recommend this book, it is a cleverly woven psychological thriller which involves lies, secrets, murder and deception, if I’ve piqued your interest you can read my full review here
Linda has kindly written a Guest Post about the locations of her four novels, I hope you enjoy reading her post as much as I did.
When I was a young child, we spent our family holidays around Newquay, and to say I loved it would be the understatement of the century. Those Cornish cliffs, with their high rocky pinnacles and dark, mysterious caves. The crashing waves, and surfers on coloured boards scudding over blue-green-white water. And – palm trees! To a Glasgow child, Newquay was both foreign and exotic. So when I started my first novel, Cornwall seemed the obvious place to set the story.
The Cold Cold Sea begins in a fictional village near Newquay, and as the title implies, the sea is central to the plot. Maggie and Colin take their two small children to a remote beach one day. I can picture the view they’d have from their towels – high cliffs with caves behind and to the right, rocks with pools to the left. The tide was coming in, still-distant waves creeping up the sands. The family were playing and sunbathing and then… A moment’s inattention, and Olivia was gone.
All through the book Maggie is tortured by one thought – had the sea taken her little girl? Or had something much worse happened? I loved writing The Cold Cold Sea, because all the time I was back in Cornwall in my head, smelling the surf and picturing my paper people as they moved about the area.
For The Paradise Trees (which in the event was published first) I turned to Yorkshire, where part of my family lives. A gloomy wood plays a big part in this story and I was able to use not only my Yorkshire memories, but also the little wood near my home here in N.E. Switzerland. I walked around under my trees, picturing Jenny and Alicia in their wood in faraway Yorkshire. So The Paradise Trees is a British book by a Scottish writer, set in England and inspired by a Swiss wood…
That was fun too, but I missed the ocean, so although the present day chapters of The Attic Room are set in Bedfordshire, where friends live, the sections from the past take place on the beautiful Isle of Arran. My teenage summers were spent jobbing there and it is just the best island ever. I could well imagine how homesick Nina was as she dealt with her legacy in downtown Bedford.
For Chosen Child, I returned to Cornwall, St Ives this time, where Ella is looking forward to the summer with a brand-new adopted daughter. (But nothing works out as she’d planned.) My St Ives memories are hazy, but Google Maps leapt into the breach. Part of the story takes place on the spectacular South West Coast Path, and to my amazement it turned out I know two people who knew the area well. Location sorted.
In the next book, we return to urban life. Ward Zero is set in the Manchester area (more friends…) and also – and as an ex-physiotherapist I really enjoyed this bit – in a hospital. Available in autumn, to be announced soon…
About Linda Huber
Linda Huber grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys and a rescue dog. Ideas for her books come from Linda’s daily life. The Paradise Trees (2013) was inspired by her father-in-law’s struggle with dementia, and she started writing The Cold Cold Sea (2014) shortly after learning that a child in her extended family drowned in the 1940s, aged eleven. The Attic Room (2015) begins in one of her most-loved places, the Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland. Chosen Child, her fourth psychological thriller, was inspired by a chance conversation at a wedding, and is set in beautiful Cornwall.
Links to Linda Huber
Short link for Chosen Child Trailer: https://youtu.be/vEVbY7H0Cko
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
website: http://lindahuber.net/ blog: http://lindahuber.net/blog/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19
My thanks to Linda Huber for taking the time to write a Guest Post for The Book Review Café