Trade Paperback of Fionnuala Kearney’s ‘The Day I Lost You’ available in Ireland today! (Digital and E-book formats are also available!)

Fionnuala Kearney

Fionnuala Kearney

I wasn’t sure a year ago when I first started writing my second novel for HarperCollins if I could do it again. I was consumed by the fear that the first novel had been a fluke and that I’d never be able to do it again. For a while, blank pages, or worse, pages of words that I had no real faith in, were all that I produced. Thankfully, I had the time to push through and months later I had the first draft of my second novel which I described to my editor as my ‘breech birth baby’. It came out a baby only a mother could love; legs akimbo, all scrunched up but it had beauty within. I could see that…

As with my debut, YOU, ME & OTHER PEOPLE, I’ve learned a lot en-route from messy first draft to final revised manuscript. Writing this one, I learned that the fear doesn’t taste quite so awful when I have support around me. I learned that it might not be a bad idea to stop being a total ‘pantser’ and actually do some planning before starting to write. I think it might have spared me some of those awful panic moments I went through. (Though watch this space. My nature is to fight the reluctant planner and give way to the natural pantser in me!)

I learned that even when I think an editor is wrong, more often than not (Grrrr…) they are, over time, proved right; that sometimes it’s that nugget that they’re trying to get you to hear and you’re sitting there with your ears plugged, chanting ♬La la la la ♬ that’s exactly the bit that if you listen – something magic can happen. Likewise, if they’re suggesting that something needs changing that I instinctively know is right, then I’ve also learned not to be backward at coming forward and saying so.

And I’ve learned that when I have faith in my work, the rest will come.

As a result, THE DAY I LOST YOU has, I think, bloomed into the beautiful book baby I knew it could be. The story that pitter-pattered in my head for ages before I started to write it; the journey the characters in the story have gone through – the way they now appear on the pages is the way I had always hoped they would. It is a novel about grief, loss, family, forgiveness and about love in all its guises…

“THE DAY I LOST YOU was the day I discovered I never really knew you…

When Jess’s daughter, Anna, is reported missing in an avalanche, everything changes. Left to explain her mother’s absence to Anna’s five year old daughter Rose, Jess isn’t yet ready to admit to herself that her daughter may not be coming back. But Anna’s disappearance dredges up some life-changing questions…”

THE DAY I LOST YOU is first released by HarperCollins publishers on February 11th 2016 in trade paperback format. This format is available in Ireland only, with the UK paperback scheduled for later this year. Digital and e-book format are also available from February 11th 2016.

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