So this miserable wet Tuesday, I took myself off to my local Waterstones for an evening of gothic mystery fiction. I’ve got to admit, I’ve not read any of the books written by Laura Purcell or Stuart Turton, despite having The Silent Companions sat on my book shelf since last Christmas. The evening was compèred by Leeds lifestyle blogger Amy Elizabeth who incidentally I used to work with about six years ago!
It was quite an intermit gathering, not sure whether it was the weather that put people off. But the small crowd did not prevent this from being a fascinating evening of writing, reading and gothic stories!
Despite the dark gothic feel to their novels, the authors seemed very down to earth and kept the conversation light hearted even if Amy’s questions were probing. Neither author was lost for anything to say and their conversation/interview naturally flowed.
Both Stuart and Laura were very interesting to listen to. They both had their unique writing styles. For those of you who have read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle will be interested to know Stuart planned the novel for a year with a map of the house and grounds and notebooks a plenty filled with character quirks. However for her debut Laura wrote each of the three stories individually before interweaving them together to form The Silent Companions. They both had a lot to say and I was surprised when I checked the time to see an hour had flown by.
There was a great rapport between the two authors. They bounced off each other as they talked, laughing at stories they heard the other tell before. Amy confidently interviewed them, allowing them time to answer her questions.
As I said at the beginning I hadn’t read either of the authors’ novels but I’m definitely inspired to now. I came away with two more books to add to the library of signed books. And I’m loving the red sprayed sides for the Waterstones edition of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
If you’re in or around Norwich this Friday (30th), it’s the last day of Stuart and Laura’s tour so if you can, get yourself there for an entertaining evening!
Who Is Stuart Turton?
Stuart Turton is a freelance travel journalist who has previously worked in Shanghai and Dubai. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his debut novel. He is the winner of the Brighton and Hove Short Story Prize and was longlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition. He lives in West London with his wife.
Who Is Laura Purcell?
Laura Purcell is a former bookseller and lives in Colchester with her husband and pet guinea pigs.
Her first novel for Raven Books The Silent Companions won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award 2018 and featured in both the Zoe Ball and Radio 2 Book Clubs. It was followed by The Corset in September 2018.