Our Summer Fiction Blog Tour hosted by Simon & Schuster Canada is now coming to an end, but we still have one more exclusive post to share with everyone. Recently, we’ve published a review for In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, a psychological thriller that will have you hooked till the end. Today, we’ve got the author herself and a quick Q&A session with her! There’s like getting to know the author behind the novel you’ve read or, are about to read. Let’s get right to it then! 😉
1. Hi Ruth. To kick off this party, could you tell us about yourself and your background?
Hello! Well, I’m 38, I live in London with my family and I worked in publishing for many years. I grew up on the south coast of England in a beautiful little town called Lewes. Erm… what else. I have two cats, and I like to cook and read when I’m not writing!
2. What made you want to cook up a crime novel like In a Dark, Dark Wood?
Well, it was a conversation with a friend where she said she’d never read a thriller set on a hen night, and immediately my imagination got to work. I’m not sure why it hasn’t been done before (that I know of, anyway) because in many ways it’s the perfect setting – you’re cooped up in isolation with a lot of people you may or may not know very well. Tensions are almost inevitable.
3. Among all the amazing novelists that have made their mark in literature with their own personal work, who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Oh my goodness – what a question! There are so many. In terms of people I love to read, I adore Nancy Mitford, Stella Gibbons, the Brontes… too many to list. In terms of what was the biggest influence on this book, it would have to be Agatha Christie. I love a good closed-room mystery!
4. What do you think are the key ingredients to a perfect crime novel?
Hmm… I think that’s hard to say because a really great book tends to surprise you with a set up you never imagined and an element that you would not have considered. I guess some things are a given – unresolved questions, tension, and maybe most important of all, a sense of resolution at the end. That doesn’t have to mean that every thread is tied up in a bow, and every wrong’un is caught bang to rights, but I do find it frustrating when you get to the end of a book expecting your questions to be resolved and you are still confused. (That said, I can think of exceptions even then – it’s not really a crime novel but The Little Stranger has a very ambiguous ending which is part of the fun!)
5. We’ve heard that your novel is going to get a movie adaptation. What are you excited or scared for with such big news?
Oh – excited, no question! Although publishing a book is scary too, for sure. But the movie news is much less scary than other aspects.
10. Now for the hardest question of them all. What’s your favourite movie of all time?
Yikes. Never been asked that before and I’m not sure if I can answer it. Maybe… The Godfather? My answer might change tomorrow though…
If you’ve missed out on some the book reviews that were being released by fellow book bloggers for the Summer Fiction Blog Tour, make sure to go check them out now! Check out the image below for more information on where to find the reviews! 😀