A dark thrilling tale of obsession and hedonism set in Florida
My initial inspiration was the bridge over Tampa Bay that I drove over when on holiday in Florida. To access it, there’s a steep ramp that seems to end in the sky. I had the sensation that my car would fall off the edge and plunge into the bay. It was an illusion that caught my imagination and stayed with me.
Hopefully the reader will be more aware of the dangers of making impulsive decisions. We live in a world where so-called “influencers” are admired. The novel shows how important it is to keep your own integrity.
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trend for Diversity will continue. Writers of colour and different sexual
proclivities, lead to changes of perspective that enrich readers’ understanding
of our ever-changing world.
I think there will be an influx of novels about the pandemic, lockdowns and the new normal in the immediate future.
books will become more popular. You can listen to books while doing other
things – household chores, gardening, painting, driving.
Podcasts may become more popular than blogs. It’s trendy to have a podcast, but does anyone listen to them all the way through?
Social Media. TikTok is becoming popular as a channel for adding names to a mailing list and for selling backlist books as well as new ones.
E-books will continue to be popular, but traditional books will still be valued. Bookshops and local sellers of books will continue to flourish.
Writing about a woman, years younger than myself, was a challenge I relished. It gave me a chance to be nineteen again! I had to get into her head, as she is the principal narrator, and what she was thinking was important to her development from naivety to maturity. It isn’t until after returning over the skyway to some sort of normality that she begins to understand that her relationship with her father was an obsession that affected her life. A better relationship with her mother in the future is hinted at.
Another challenge was the invention of the ruthless couple, especially Jolene. The rationalizations she gives Roz for her behavior may or may not be true.
The most difficult parts for me to write were the action bits towards the end of the novel when Roz is trying to escape. I’m not a fan of action movies but I did watch some to help me.
like to consider myself a literary writer, although I think my books are easy
In the case of this novel, I think it sits fairly easily in the genre of psychological thriller, but I like to think the issues it deals with go deeper than most thrillers.
I write in different genres, normally general fiction focused on relationships, but my style is fairly consistent: character led stories, interested in what makes people act as they do.
Jeannie van Rompaey lives on the beautiful subtropical island of Gran Canaria with husband TJ, a historian and artist. She has seven published novels to date, an MA in Modern Literature and writes every day. As an actress, lecturer, director and drama adjudicator, Jeannie is passionate about theatre and literature and loves to visit London, her home city, to see plays and attend other cultural events. She runs a poetry group and book club in Las Palmas and enjoys sitting on a terrace sharing a bottle of wine with friends. To find out more about Jeannie why not take a look at her website: https://jeannievanrompaey.com/
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