Today on my blog I have an interview with Jo Worgan, the author of Picking up the Pieces. I am definitely adding this book to my to be read pile as it sounds fantastic!
A compelling new novel about a mother’s love for her autistic son.
Kate has a six-year-old autistic son, Sam. She has started a new life to escape her controlling and abusive boyfriend Jake and thinks that the past is behind her and that she and Sam are safe. But after spotting Jake through a misted-up cafe window, Kate knows that he has found her.
Kate confides in her neighbour Matt, a man running from his own past. He seems to offer a genuine chance at happiness for her and son Sam, but Jake is determined to get them back at all costs….
Picking Up The Pieces is an original, moving but gripping page-turner about a woman’s search for happiness as she fights to protect her autistic son’s future.
- Full support of the National Autistic Society which will publicise to members/network
- Jo is a very well-respected blogger and reviewer in the book industry
- National coverage planned
Jo Worgan is a freelance copywriter, columnist and book blogger. She has published 4 non-fiction works aimed at parenting children on the Autistic spectrum, based upon her experiences as a mother of an autistic son. Writing is what she truly loves, and Picking up the Pieces is her second novel following her first, An Unextraordinary Life. Today Jo lives in Lancashire with her husband of 19 years and their two young sons. When she is not busy writing, she likes to take her boys to the local museums, cafes, cinema, the Lake District and lots of playgrounds.
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My Interview with Jo Worgan, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
- Where did you find the inspiration for your book?
This story had been bubbling away inside me for a very long time. It was inspired from caring for my youngest son who is autistic. He was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of three, he’s now ten. I wanted to write a story about the relationship between a single mother and her young child who is on the spectrum. I wanted to explore this relationship and the bond that they have. The rest of the story grew around this one initial idea.
- If your book came with a theme song, what would it be and why?
Love this question! That would have to be My Wish by Rascal Flatts. In fact, Rascal Flatts provided my writing music soundtrack for this book!
- Who is your favourite character and why?
Oh, that’s such a difficult one as I love them all. But, if I had to choose, it would be Matt, the nextdoor neighbour. I really enjoyed writing his part of the story and I found him so easy to write. He’s that good guy, the man who you can always call on, who will always be there for you. I have a special place in my heart for Matt.
- What is your favourite genre/author to read?
Favourite genre? I have an eclectic taste, so I love my contemporary romance, thrillers and good old detective novels. Favourite authors, so many to mention, but I love Jo Spain, Matt Haig, Joanna Cannon, Amanda Prowse Jo Nesbo, Dani Atkins and Ian Rankin.
- Do you have any tips on the process of getting published?
I suppose it’s to keep writing what you love. Keep true to yourself and get your work out there.
- When you’re not writing, what other hobbies do you have?
I love to read and blog about the books that I love. I also crochet (badly) but I have made several blankets. Other than that, it’s spending time with my husband and two sons.
- What are you working on at the moment?
I am about 60,000 words into a new story about a young woman coming to terms with sight loss. It’s a story about friendship and never giving up on your dreams. I hope to have the first draft finished by the end of the year.
Thank you so much Kim for inviting me on to your blog as part of the blog tour.
Please do go and check out the other blogs that are contributing this tour, they are all listed below.