The Watchful Neighbour by Debbie Viggiano @DebbieViggiano @rararesources #publicationday #guestpost

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🎉🎉🎉HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO DEBBIE VIGGIANO 🎉🎉🎉 I’m thrilled to be sharing with you all a guest post from Debbie herself.

Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this Publication Day Blitz and to Debbie for this fab guest post

The Blurb

When Jade Ferguson’s affair with a married man abruptly ends, she’s devastated.

There is no quick fix for a broken heart.  A fresh start is required.

New job. New home. New neighbours.

The residents of Gresham Terrace seem pleasant enough.

Except for one…

An absolutely gripping debut psychological thriller.

The Guest Post

Hello! It is soooo amazing to be on your blog talking about my latest book, The Watchful Neighbour.

I’m always nervous when a new novel goes up on Amazon for pre-order, and even more knee-trembly when it finds its way to a voracious reader like yourself.  However, this time my nervousness is causing those knees to well and truly knock.  You see, I feel a bit of a fraud. I usually write romantic comedies, but this thirteenth novel is a sharp about-turn in both style and genre.  I don’t mind confessing that I feel like an X-Factor contestant telling the judges I sound like Dame Kiri Te Kanawa before singing like Peggy in Hi-de-Hi.  Blimey, possibly showing my age here.

Anyway… *clears throat and takes a slug of Rescue Remedy*… let me tell you about why I changed genre.  Well, everyone was doing it, dah-ling!  That’s the easy answer.  But actually, it was a bit more than that.  I simply wanted to give it a whirl.  I love writing romcoms but wanted a break from the formula.  It felt a bit like… going to your hairdresser and her saying, ‘The usual? One inch off and touch in the grey?’ and me saying, ‘Sod that, Sue. Cut the whole lot off and dye what’s left neon purple.’  Would I dare do that? Not to my hair, no (clutches it possessively), but between the pages, yes!

Having made that decision, I found it quite challenging to rein the characters in so they behaved in a repeatedly up-to-no-good sort of way.  For example, there is a tense scene featuring a staircase (but that’s all I’m giving away!).  Now, in a romcom the character would likely hijack the moment by swinging one leg over the bannister rail and sliding down to ground level whilst shrieking in delight.  This time I had to tell the characters to shut up and let me pay close attention to where they were standing, their posture, which hand was going where, likewise the feet, all the while hoping that the narrative would leave the reader chewing holes in their lip.

It was extremely satisfying coming up with the cast.  Each person has their own secrets.  But I particularly loved creating Jade.  She’s not readily likeable, but as the reader gets to know her, hopefully they will feel a little sorry for her.  After all, everyone makes mistakes, and we all have our share of heartache as we walk through life.  Jade is no different.  Apart from the way she handles things.  And now I’m going to draw a big zip across my mouth in case I inadvertently drop a clanger.

I nearly always slip one of the furry family members into the storyline.  My mad dog, Molly Muddles (that sounds so much more refined than Molly Mongrel!) is often found scampering through the chapters, but under a different name.  Sometimes she even changes sex too – she has no qualms about that!  Molly became Pip in What Holly’s Husband Did and Buddy in The Man You Meet in Heaven.  She’s a street dog rescued and was rescued at three days old as an orphaned pup on a beach in Crete.  Before you say, “Awww,” I’d point out that this a dog with no morals.  She’s a bit like my heroines.  Overly partial to cake and, upon meeting a potential love interest, does an awful lot of panting.  My daughter said it wasn’t right that the cat was excluded from scripts.  To be fair, our grumpy HRH Dolly has made one previous appearance.  She was BC (Bloody Cat) in Lucy’s Last Straw.  However, this time HRH Dolly has the main character’s sofa all to herself as Jade’s moggy, Puddles.  In the past, the pets have acted as ditzy as their owners.  Not so in The Watchful Neighbour.  Puddles is perfect for playing on the reader’s emotions and used as a tool to make a hand fly to the heart and say, “Noooo, don’t–”

Enough.  Or I’ll be tripping over a dropped clanger!

 Who Is Debbie Viggiano?

The Watchful Neighbour Author

Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy… apart from when they want to raid the fridge or eat her secret stash of chocolate. Tweet @DebbieViggiano or follow her on Facebook!

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