Really happy to share this piece with the International Thriller Writers…
Who I Am by Sarah Simpson – http://www.thebigthrill.org/2018/11/who-i-am-by-sarah-simpson
Gripping, unputdownable and packed with twists and turns from the first page to the very last, this stunning psychological thriller will make you question whether we can ever really trust the ones we love.
Author Sarah Simpson met with The Big Thrillto discuss her latest psychological thriller, WHO I AM:
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
It’s better to be disliked for who you are than liked for who you’re not! This is a story of two individuals with completely contrasting backgrounds but with the same emotional needs. Nether fully appreciated the importance of honesty, both made huge assumptions believing the grass was always going to be greener on the other side.
How does this book make a contribution to the genre?
This is a complex, emotionally twisted plot, with each character having a purpose, with something to hide and at times lacking clarity and honesty. It incorporates issues within emotional health adding to the psychological tension and there are many twists and turns, some darker than others…
Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?
I think it brought home the fact that it is often not what we know, but what we perhaps don’t know and in this case – who we don’t know. Even when we are sure we do.
No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?
This novel deals with some sensitive issues outside the normal range of emotional stresses, such as alcoholism, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?
Too many to list individually. I have learned from many gifted writers along my way. My greatest influencers as a child have to be Agatha Christie and her brilliant way of implicating all characters into the plot twists, with such unadulterated glamour. Then of course, Enid Blyton for firing my imagination and taking me to another secret world of pure fantasy and wonder.