It’s my great pleasure today to welcome author Lucy Atkins to my blog. Lucy’s a book critic for the Sunday Times in the UK, a writer of non-fiction books and now a novelist with her book, The Missing One, just out. Welcome Lucy – and good luck with your book!
Thanks for having me on your website Chris. I live in Oxford, UK with my husband and three children and various pets but I’ve spent time living in Philadelphia, Seattle and Boston. I really enjoy life in the USA but eventually I always get too homesick.
I love reading – I’m a book critic for The Sunday Times newspaper and I read a lot. I watch far too many TV dramas, but I also do yoga to stay (reasonably) sane. I can balance on my head for a surprisingly long time.
Tell me about your journey as a writer – how you started and how you have developed?
I started out in my twenties as a book critic when I was working for Amnesty International UK. I studied literature at university and really missed the discipline of thinking about and writing about books. I went on to become a feature journalist for newspapers like The Guardian or The Times. I’ve written or ghost written several non-fiction books and The Missing One is my first novel.
It is a psychological suspense story about a British woman who takes her little toddler off to a remote island on the wild Canadian coast in search of her mother’s secret past life.
I’m really interested in the complexities of motherhood, and the overwhelming power of maternal love. I’m also fascinated by the lengths a woman will go to, when she needs to protect her child.
You hear stories of superhuman strength and courage, as women fight off intruders in the home, or lift trucks off their babies – extreme situations in which mothers do astonishing things. I love that – and so it’s there, in The Missing One.
Where can I buy a copy of your book?
The Missing One is available in some independent or high street bookshops, on Amazon, and also in Tescos, Asda and other British supermarkets.
Where can we find out more about you?
Try my website www.lucyatkins.com
or follow me on twitter @lucyatkins.