I’m delighted to welcome to my blog today, fellow-author, Linda Huber, whose novel, Baby Dear has been published by Bloodhound books this month.
Baby Dear is Linda’s sixth psychological suspense novel. She has also published The Saturday Secret, a charity collection of feel-good short stories. (2017 profits go to Doctors Without Borders.)
I asked Linda three questions about her new standalone thriller, Baby Dear and here are her answers.
Where is Baby Dear set?
Somewhere near Edinburgh … in Bridgehead, a fictional little town in Scotland’s central belt. If it existed, it would be one of the places you passed through driving from Glasgow to Edinburgh, in the days before the motorway. There’s nothing special about the place – rich people and poor people live there, old and young, happy and unhappy. There’s a High Street and a library, a park and a river, a museum of childhood. An internet café. A supermarket.
Who are the main characters in the story?
Two couples and a single mum.
Sharon and Craig have it all; a beautiful flat, good jobs, and a great relationship. Until Sharon gets pregnant and everything goes pear-shaped.
Then there’s Julie, who works in the library. She’s a single mother with a small son and a baby, and by the end of the month, she doesn’t have two pennies to rub together. She loves her children more than anything.
And Caro and Jeff live in Bridgehead. Jeff owns the internet café, and he already has all he wants in life – his business, a nice home, and most importantly, Caro. Unfortunately for Jeff, all Caro wants is a baby. And Jeff is infertile.
How do you hope that readers will see the setting and your characters?
Every single person who reads my book will imagine Bridgehead differently. That means, potentially (let’s be optimistic here), thousands and thousands of Bridgeheads will exist in people’s minds, for a little while. Isn’t that fascinating? I made the place up and put it in a book, but no one will see ‘my’ Bridgehead. It’s what makes reading such a unique, personal experience.
And my characters in Baby Dear are ordinary people. They are loosely described – Sharon has long blonde hair, and Craig is tall, dark and handsome – and so on. But again, everyone who reads the book will have a different Sharon and a different Craig in their minds, and some people will sympathise with Julie, some with Sharon, and some with Caro, as their lives and situations collide.
The author only writes the book, it’s the readers who make it come alive. Each in a different way.
Linda Huber grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys and a rescue dog. After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, she has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, where she’s working on another suspense novel.
I write novels - standalone and series - in a number of genres. My main aims are to present strong, developing central characters and to set their stories within realistic other worlds into which you can escape. I hope you enjoy.