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Blog Tour – ‘Half the World Away’ by Cath Staincliffe

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I am very excited to be part of this blog tour celebrating Cath Staincliffe’s new book.  Read on for my interview with Cath.


Can you tell me a bit about your new book please?

It’s a thriller about an estranged couple, Jo and Tom Maddox, who are reunited in a desperate search for their daughter Lori who has gone missing in China.


How long did it take you to write it?

Nine months.


Did you have to do any research and if so what did it entail?

The biggest part of the research was going to China to discover what it’s like there. I spent three weeks in a city called Chengdu, where my son lives, and documented everything I could. It would have been impossible to write the book without that trip. I also researched the work of the charity Missing Abroad and the role the Foreign and Commonwealth Office play when someone goes missing overseas, the Chinese police and legal system and the Chinese language.


Where did you get your ideas from for this book?

Once I knew I wanted to tell the story of someone going missing overseas then the idea for setting it in China seemed obvious given my son lives there. But also because trying to find someone in a country that is so very different meant it would be even more difficult and daunting for my characters. The story is told from Jo’s point of view but we hear from Lori, too, through her blog.


Are you one of these people who keeps a notebook and pen on the bedside table in case inspiration hits you during the night?

I don’t. But I should because I often have ideas in the wee small hours and try to remember them and I never can.


What is your daily writing routine?

Once I’ve checked emails and attended to any bits of admin I sit and write all day, treating it like a job – which it is! I write longhand and then every few chapters I type it up or use voice recognition software to get it onto the computer.


Where is your favourite place to write?

I usually write sitting in an armchair, facing the window with a view of the sky and some rooftops. But my favourite place to write is in the garden, in the sunshine. This is a very very rare occurrence in Manchester where I live.


Can we look forward to more books from you?

Most certainly. I’ve started the next one.


You’re stuck on a desert island and are only allowed three items. What would they be?

A library, an endless supply of writing paper and a wine cellar.


‘Half the World Away’ is available to buy on Amazon:-



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