The Worm Hole Episode 11: Laura Pearson
Charlie Place and Laura Pearson (Missing Pieces; Nobody’s Wife; I Wanted You To Know) discuss the process of grieving for various members of a family, writing a book about cancer when you are working through the same, and changing stories almost entirely from their beginnings.
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00:33 Your first book was found in your publisher's slush pile... 02:53 Were your books difficult to write? 03:54 Tell us about your bookclub 06:13 What was the inspiration for Missing Pieces? 13:07 Tell us about Bea's role in the book 15:28 The chapters specify 'days after' - did you ever consider altering it at the end, after the revelations had come out? 17:21 The use of seasons 18:44 Is there anywhere people who are in a similar situation can go? 20:13 Why Southampton? 26:30 Nobody's Wife - what came first, the characters or the plot? 27:23 The start of the book: was it always the plan to say that only three of the four people remained? 28:03 Character you like; character you dislike? 33:41 Was there a lot of difference between the first draft of I Wanted You To Know and the final book? 36:43 Was there a reason for Jess's mum to be as she is? 38:34 What was your reason for writing something so related to your own experiences? 41:37 Would you recommend that other writers write about what scares them in life? 42:45 What did you want to leave the reader thinking? 44:22 So your next book is going to be happy...
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