The wonderful Ellie Marney is taking over today for the Every Word blog tour! I’m so excited 🙂 And remember to check out the Australia only giveaway at the end of the post 🙂
Every Word by Ellie Marney
Published: June 1st 2014 by Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback, 340 pages
Series: Every #2
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Reading Challenges: 2014 Sequel Challenge, Australian Authors – Female
Rachel is still getting used to the idea of Mycroft being her boyfriend when he disappears to London with Professor Walsh. They’re investigating the carjacking death of the rare books conservator, which appears to be linked to the theft of a Shakespeare First Folio from the Bodleian Library.
Worried about similarities between the conservator’s accident and the death of Mycroft’s own parents, Rachel follows Mycroft to London … and straight into a whole storm of trouble.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Every series but were afraid to ask
It’s an unseasonally sunny winter’s day out the window of my writer’s cubby-hole here – clouds are brewing, but the light is bright and happy. The chooks in the front paddock, and the galahs above, are all squawking away. It’s a far cry from the dark, silent, freeze-your-bum off winter days I endured when I was writing Every Breath and Every Word. That was an earlier era, when I had to get up at 4.30am every morning just to get in the time I needed before the kids woke up and interrupted my train of thought.
Writing Every Breath was a fairly crazy period in my life – I had a young baby, as well as three other kids to look after. But after scribbling away in cafes, on my infrequent ‘time outs’, I’d finally had a win: I somehow managed to garner first place in the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards, for Australian women’s short crime fiction, in 2010. It was a big turning point, winning that Stiletto. It made me believe I could really write well enough that people would want to turn the pages. It also made me think hard about what I wanted to tackle next: a novel, for sure, definitely something crime-related (as I seemed to have a knack for it), and definitely something YA … because although I wrote my stories for adults, it was YA literature that I loved.
Every Breath was born out of that love of YA, and a love of all things Sherlock. The voices of the characters came first (they usually come first), with Rachel Watts and James Mycroft battling over an early introduction that would later be scrapped (this often happens to me – apparently I have to write about three useless chapters of false starts before I know the characters enough to get into a gallop). I knew Mycroft’s name immediately – what else could it have been except the name of Sherlock’s much-smarter brother? Rachel’s last name could have been Weston, but then I remembered a certain John Hughes film, with a character that I adored called Watts … and it fit perfectly. Another thing that usually happens with my characters – they start fighting straight away. They’re always arguing over something before they realise how much they need each other.
Every Word was a different kettle of fish – Rachel and James simply wouldn’t leave me alone. I’d already scribbled down some critical scenes – some of the more romantic ones, to tell the truth – before I realised that I didn’t even have a green light for a sequel … I really hoped that my editors were okay with a second book in a series, or I was going to be stuck with these romantically-frustrated characters in my head forever! Luckily my eds at Allen & Unwin asked me straight up if I wanted my next book to be a continuation; I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
I wrote Every Word in a bit of a frenzy – it was one of those pieces that seems to literally flow out of you. I wrote and wrote without any idea of where it was going, or how long I’d been writing… My husband used to ferry me bacon and eggs on toast to keep me going. He kind of held the fort while I was ‘absent’ for a while. So I took him to London with me as a reward! – nah, actually, it was his idea to go, and he was totally right. I had clear mental pictures of every scene, every moment in the book … but I was missing the crucial details that make a location seem real. London was magical – I even went to the Bodleian Library in Oxford and handled a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio! That was incredible.
Every Move will be next, I’m tackling the edits right now. In Every Word we get to see a bit of Mycroft’s old life, and in Every Move I hand the ball back to Rachel – think country skills, as well as looming threats from Mycroft’s own personal Moriarty, and some family tragedy … I hope Rachel and James will make it through. Above all, the Every series is about their friendship, and as their author, I want the very best for them – always.
Thank you very very much to Ellie for taking the time to write this awesome post, and to Allen and Unwin for organising the Australian blog tour 🙂
Allen and Unwin have generously offered up three sets of Ellie’s books for my awesome Aussie readers 😀
Some pertinent information about the giveaway:
- You do NOT need to follow Speculating on SpecFic in order to enter. Open to all Australian residents, 13 years and over.
- Entry is via the Rafflecopter form below.
- Multiple entries originating from the same IP address will be deleted without notice.
- Daily extra entries are available to those who tweet about the giveaway.
This giveaway will end on Wednesday 11th June 2014 at 11:59 AEST (GMT +10). Good luck!