‘Surrounded by Water’ is Stephanie Butland’s debut novel. It was published on the 10th April 2014 by Transworld in hardback and eBook. We are celebrating the release of this wonderful book with this blog tour.
Elizabeth’s world is turned upside down when her husband dies in a tragic drowning accident.
How typical of her kind, generous husband – a respected police officer – to sacrifice his own life saving a complete stranger’s.
Or so she thinks.
What exactly was her husband doing at the lake that night? And what if his death isn’t the most difficult thing she will have to deal with?
Elizabeth must face the consequences of her husband’s actions. As she does so, it seems that the end of Mike’s life is only the beginning of his wife truly getting to know him.
As part of the tour I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie.
I have really been enjoying ‘Surrounded by Water’. How long did it take you to write?
It took a long time for SURROUNDED BY WATER to find the right shape. An early NaNoWriMo version stalled and sat waiting to be developed for about a year. Once I found the key to the story, the first completed draft took about three months. And then when I started to work with my editor we changed the structure of the book and it was about another three months to get into the form that it’s now in. So the genesis of SURROUNDED BY WATER was probably two-and-a-half years, and within that about eight months of serious, solid writing.
Where did you get your ideas for this novel from?
They grew. Believe it or not, SURROUNDED BY WATER started life as a comic novel about a committee. Feedback from an early reader persuaded me to drop the committee and then the real story of Elizabeth and her grief emerged. More than that though I believe the stories should be character driven, so once I was clear about the people in the book everything flowed from there.
Have you always wanted to write or is something you fancied doing later on in life?
As a child I wanted to be a writer. Life took me in other directions but cancer brought me back to the page, when I wrote two memoirs of my dance with the disease.
Can we expect more novels from you?
Yes! THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE YOU is well through the editorial process at the moment and will come out next year. I’m just started working on IT COULD BE TRUE. These novels are set in Throckton too, although they bring in new characters.
Have you got any good advice for anyone wanting to write their debut novel?
Yes. Just do it. It’s better to find 20 minutes a day and write something that you don’t think is very good than it is to wait until you think you have the time and the right words.
One very lucky person has the chance to win a signed copy of ‘Surrounded by Water’. To enter just leave a comment about this interview.
Terms and Conditions
This competition is open to UK residents only.
The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 4th May 2014.
The winner will be notified within 7 days and his or hers details will be passed on to Transworld who will send out the prize.
Good luck everyone! 🙂
Visit http://www.theloveofagoodbook.wordpress.com tomorrow for another interview with Stephanie Butland.
Stephanie is on Twitter – @under_blue_sky
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Stephanie. You are one amazing lady and I am really looking forward to reading your next two novels.