Author Karen Swan Guest Post - Christmas At Tiffany's
Today is my stop on Karen Swan's Christmas at Tiffany's Blog Tour. Please enjoy her guest post as she tell us something every discriminating reader wants to know about the authors they read. How I Decide What To Write Enjoy!
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2014
In the wake of a heartbreaking betrayal, a young woman leaves the Scottish countryside to find her destiny in three of the most exciting cities in the world—New York, Paris, and London—in this funny and triumphant tale of fulfillment, friendship, and love.
I Decide What to Write
If anyone reading this has followed
my career chronologically, from the publication of my first book Players
through to Christmas At Tiffanys, they may well know the answer to this
question already: in every book I write, I hit upon a kernel of another idea -
it may only be as much as a passing sentence in the book, but something about
it will snag in my mind, so that when I come to think about the next story,
there’s already something there.
So for example, in Christmas At
Tiffanys, the padlock –which is such a key motif in the story – got me thinking
about jewellery in general and how it can be used not just as decoration but to
tell personal stories. Obviously most people are familiar with charm bracelets,
but when I thought a little deeper about personalized jewellery, I struck upon
the idea for my next character Laura, in The Perfect Present. She works as an ‘interpretative’
jeweler and is commissioned by a businessman to make a charm necklace for his
wife Cat’s birthday; Laura interviews the most important people in Cat’s life,
in order to choose and design a charm for each one that represents their
relationship with her, and in the process, she stumbles across a secret…
Equally, in my most recent book (in
the UK) Christmas In The Snow, I put in a throwaway line about a video ‘going
viral’ on Youtube. Directly as a consequence of that, I’m about to start
writing my newest book based on a character who achieves a level of fame for
that very reason and starts to live her life in a way that sustains it.
It’s a daisy chain of inspirations.
One book leads to another in the most unpredictable of ways.
About the Book
In the wake of a heartbreaking betrayal, a young woman
leaves the Scottish countryside to find her destiny in three of the most
exciting cities in the world—New York, Paris, and London—in this funny and
triumphant tale of fulfillment, friendship, and love.
Ten years ago, a young and naïve Cassie married her first serious
boyfriend, believing he would be with her forever. Now, her marriage is in
tatters and Cassie has no career or home of her own. Though she feels betrayed
and confused, Cassie isn’t giving up. She’s going to take control of her life.
But first she has to find out where she belongs . . . and who she wants to be.
Over the course of one year, Cassie leaves her sheltered life in
rural Scotland to stay with her best friends living in the most glamorous
cities in the world: New York, Paris, and London. Exchanging comfort food and
mousy hair for a low-carb diet and a gorgeous new look, Cassie tries each city
on for size as she searches for the life she’s meant to have . . . and the man
she’s meant to love.
Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it
all up to raise her three children and an ADHD puppy, and to pursue her
ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her
books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her first novel, Players, was
published in 2010, followed by Prima Donna and Christmas at Tiffany's in 2011.