Today I’m pleased to welcome Aimee Alexander to the blog. Aimee is the author of All We have Lost, Pause to Rewind and Checkout Girl and her latest novel, The Accidental Life of Greg Millar was published by Lake Union Publishing on 26 April 2016.
Aimee kindly answered a few of my questions
1. Tell us a little about The Accidental Life of Greg Millar.
The Accidental Life of Greg Millar is a contemporary novel that asks the question: ‘How far would you go for the person you love?’ It follows the story of Lucy Arigho who falls hard and fast for novelist Greg Millar. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy agrees to marry Greg and become stepmother to his two children, Rachel and Toby. On holiday in the South of France, Greg begins to behave increasingly out of character, so much so that Lucy has to ask herself how well she really knows him. As the situation reaches a head, Lucy must decide how far she will go for Greg – and Rachel and Toby.
2. What inspired the book?
On a night out, a friend began to act outrageously, going way beyond what would normally be considered socially acceptable. And yet people, total strangers included, not only accepted his behaviour but got swept up by his enthusiasm. It made me question the boundaries that exist in society. Where are they exactly and are we way too conservative in our judgement of them? I began to imagine a character who would test those boundaries and in what circumstance. Greg Millar was born.
3. Are you a plan, plan, plan writer or do you sit down and see where the words take you? How long does the process take you from first line to completed novel?
I began as a ‘see where the words take me’ writer. I tend to plan a little more now. Having said that, one of my favourite experiences is when my characters come alive, take over and ignore my plans. Because then I’m as surprised as the reader.
4. What did you discover about the process of creating a novel that surprised you?
Perseverance pays. This was the most difficult novel I have written. It took the longest and there were moments of doubt. It has become the most successful. As I write this it is #1 in Women’s Popular Fiction on Amazon.co.uk.
5. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?
I actually find writing relaxing and an escape. I love getting lost in another world. When not writing, I love to walk in nature with my golden retriever, Homer. Dining out with people I love is a treat. I’m a big movie nut. I also love to read, meditate, dance and party! I love art, travel and…weddings!
6. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
Either the world’s biggest dictionary to feed my love of words. Or the bible which never gets boring.
7. I like to end my Q&A’s with the same question so here we go. During all the Q&As and interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
No one has ever asked me if there’s a book I wish I’d written. It’s the ultimate compliment of another writer. For me it would be The Book Thief.
About the Book:
“Lucy Arigho’s first encounter with Greg Millar is far from promising, but she soon realises he possesses a charm that is impossible to resist. Just eight whirlwind weeks after their first meeting, level-headed career girl Lucy is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and asking herself if she could really be stepmother material.
But before Lucy can make a final decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. On holiday in the South of France, things start to unravel. Her future stepchildren won’t accept her, the interfering nanny resents her, and they’re stuck in a heat wave that won’t let up. And then there’s Greg. His behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and Lucy begins to wonder whether his larger-than-life personality hides something darker—and whether she knows him at all.”
(image and synopsis from Amazon)