I’m delighted to welcome to my blog today, fellow-author, Linda Huber, whose novel, Death Wish was published by Bloodhound books on 31st August.
Secrets, Lies, Murder
When Leo decides to go into business with his mother-in-law he soon realises his mistake. Eleanor is the mother-in-law from hell and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Her daughter, Ashley, has her own reasons for hating her mother. The atmosphere is toxic and old wounds refuse to heal.
Next door, eight-year-old Joya has a difficult life. Her parents argue constantly and her grandmother, who lives with them, is approaching death.
Soon these two families will collide, and the consequences might just be fatal…
The title is evocative and suggests that someone in the book has the desire to bring about their own death. How did you choose this title?
My original title idea for this book was LifeDeathtime – the word Lifetime with ‘Life’ scored out and ‘Death’ written above in a different font, but my publisher wanted to change it to something less visual. I had to agree that while my title worked well when you were looking at an image of the book, the word Deathtime in a blog post, for instance, had less impact. So, we compromised on Death Wish, which also goes very well with the themes in the book.
This is the second book you have published this year. It must be hard to work at that pace. Have you written any other books that aren’t yet published?
I haven’t really worked at such a quick pace – it’s taken me the past fifteen years to write my novels up until now. Death Wish has been my main project for over a year, and it’s the last of my ‘finished’ novels. I’m about a third of the way through another which I’m tentatively aiming at autumn 2018, as I have another project on the go too – see your last question!
What gave you the idea for this novel?
I live in Switzerland where assisted suicide is legal, and I’ve wanted to write about it in combination with Huntington’s Disease for a long time – I originally had a subplot about it in The Attic Room, but in the end we removed it in favour of a simpler fear of death subplot. I kept all the notes I had, and this time, it fits much better with the main theme of the book.
The novel is set in Glasgow. Why did you choose to set it there?
I grew up in Glasgow, so I may be slightly biased when I say it’s the best city ever. I’m not sure why I’ve never set a book there before, maybe because there are so many great places to choose from! Four of my others are set in old holiday destinations, so I enjoyed thinking back to those times when I was writing.
Who is your favourite character in the book and why?
Eight-year-old Joya, who is the main link between two neighbouring families in Death Wish. My books all have child characters, but this is the first time I’ve given a child a POV role, and it was fascinating to write.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Again, Joya. Working out what a child that age would think and say in different situations. Also, assisted suicide is a sensitive theme and so I was very careful writing about that too.
This is your seventh novel and all of them are standalone novels, set in different parts of the UK. You live in Switzerland. Do you think you might ever write a novel set there?
A small part of Death Wish is set in Switzerland, when the family go to find out about assisted suicide. It was fun, sending them to swim in the lake on my doorstep!
What’s next? Another suspense or domestic noir? Or do you plan to try another new genre?
The other project I’m working on just now is a trio of feel-good novellas, which I hope to have ready next spring. They’re all set here on Lake Constance. I’m enjoying the different challenge!
Linda 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, a rescue dog, and a large collection of guinea pigs.
Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her seventh novel, Death Wish, was published by Bloodhound Books in August 2017.
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.