I’m really excited to be premiering some excerpts from an excellent new book by fellow Carina author Amy Bird. Amy’s new book is called Hide and Seek and I’m sure it will be as excellent as her last two! Plus there’s a brilliant competition to win £200 worth of Eurostar vouchers! Just check out the image at the bottom!
Don’t you just love that cover? Here’s the blub:
Writing secrets – hidden truths of Hide and Seek
There are many different types of secrets, and many ways to conceal them. Some secrets lurk in objects, or family artefacts, hidden away if they have an obvious meaning, or they can be waiting in plain sight to reveal their hidden truth. There may be secrets that one person knows about another’s past. Or secrets about the future and what you plan to do. Or secrets from yourself, locked away in your own mind. Inter-marital secrets, that breed silence, mistrust, and duplicity.
All these are present in Hide and Seek. Will, the protagonist, has a lifetime of secrets being kept from him by his family. By his wife. And then he starts making his own secrets. These secrets go to the heart of Will’s identity. As an author, my challenge was how to tackle them. One writing tutor once taught me an exercise: write a scene, then re-write it as though the main character has a secret. The impact is immediate. Suddenly, you have intrigue, suspense, mystery, and motivation – does the character want to hide this secret? If so, from whom? And why? How has it affected their life so far? How will it affect their future? The trick, though, is to do this without being annoying. In the same way as no-one in the playground likes the kid who dances around saying ‘I’ve got a secret and I’m not going to tell you,’ no-one likes a book that does that either. Deliberately delaying reveals is not the way forward. Instead, characters must learn at their own pace, the plot must unfold in a way that keep should you guessing, but not necessarily knowing what you are guessing about.
In Hide and Seek, I wasn’t content with just one character behaving as if they have a secret. The book is split between three voices: Will, Ellie, and Sophie. You’ll find out how they relate to each other when you read it. They all have secrets from the world and from each other. And other people have them too. As the novel escalates, the level of danger attached to those secrets heightens. Some will do anything to keep the secrets safe, other will fight to have the truth revealed. Sometimes the reader knows what those secrets are. Sometimes they don’t.
So just what are those secrets? Well I’m afraid…it’s a secret. For now. But if you read Hide and Seek, all will be revealed. In the end.
Having moved all over the UK as a child, she now lives in North London with her husband, dividing her time between working part-time as a lawyer and writing.
Keep Up with the rest of the blog tour for more excerpts and interviews!