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August 12, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Lauren Forrey’s Abigale Hall – TPBP Summer Collection 2016


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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Lauren A. Forry to talk about her book

Abigale Hall

Where did the idea of ABIGALE HALL come from?

It started with the name “Brownawell.” My mom discovered we had a distant ancestor with that surname and thought it would make a good name for a character. I started thinking about who this man might be and, at the same time, I happened to be reading about postwar Britain. Because of Britain’s social and economic issues during the late 1940s, I thought that bleak era would make a great setting for a dark story, and the two ideas started to merge. Very soon, Eliza grew out of those initial ideas, and I knew it would be her story to tell.

Black & White Publishing publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

There is nothing better than to be surrounded by a group of amazing, supportive authors! When I visited the UK in March, I was able to pick up a bunch of their books – SJI Holliday, Andrew Nicoll, Caroline Barry, Aly Sidgwick – and I’m just honoured to have ABIGALE HALL amongst these titles. I work with many young adult readers over the summer, too, and Estelle Maskame is such a great inspiration to share with them. It’s like being at a family reunion where you actually enjoy being around everyone who’s there.

Have you got a message for your readers?

Embrace what scares you! Pull back the dark curtain to see what’s really causing that bump in the night, and you’ll find it might not be so bad after all. Unless you’re in a haunted house. If you’re in a genuine haunted house at night and you hear something, get the hell out of there.

What can we expect from you in the future?

In September, I have a short story coming out in the official X-Files anthology, THE X-FILES: SECRET AGENDAS, from IDW Publishing and edited by New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry. I’m currently finishing up my next novel – a dark story of cults, science, and the question of what is really human nature set in 1950s Britain. Once those last edits are done, I’ll be working on a good old fashioned, locked room murder mystery set on the Isle of Skye.

Any suggestions to support libraries?

Make a visit to the library part of your weekly schedule. Stay up to date with the events that are happening at your local library, and find ways to get your whole family involved. I love the idea of whole families going to the library and choosing books together. Write a reading list for each member of the family, go to the library to get your books, and schedule a fun family activity for when everyone has finished their list. The more your family becomes a part of the library, the more the library becomes a part of your family.



Twitter: @laurenaforry



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