What better way to celebrate September 1st than with Jo Furniss – who is also celebrating her amazing debut book release today! I’m extra excited to share this book with you and I can’t wait to read it! I’ve only heard amazing things about this book and she’s also hit #1 on the Amazon bestseller list with this book! As a fellow author – I am so thrilled for Jo!
A little background on Jo…
Spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the UK, she lived in Switzerland and Cameroon, and currently resides with her family in Singapore.
As a journalist, Jo has worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle, The Economist, Business Traveller, Expat Living (Singapore) and Swiss News. Jo has also edited books for a Nobel Laureate and the Palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University. In 2015 she founded www.SWAGlit.com—an online literary magazine for writers in Singapore.
All the Little Children is Jo’s debut novel and she is working on a second domestic thriller to be released in 2018. All the Little Children was released on 1 August as a Kindle First selection (ahead of its formal 1 September publication date) and hit the Amazon Bestseller list at #1 in the Kindle Store and #1 in the Women’s Fiction and Mystery/Suspense categories.
ABOUT HER BOOK
When a family camping trip takes a dark turn, how far will one mother go to keep her family safe?
Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost.
Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that’s protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing. The lives of her own children aren’t the only ones at stake.
When their sanctuary is threatened, Marlene faces the mother of all dilemmas: Should she save her own kids or try to save them all?
NOW TO THE GOOD STUFF…HER SECRETS…
Say you have a secret stash of treats around the house. Where would it be and what would you hide?
I live in Singapore, where is it always 90℉ and 101% humidity, so any “secret stash” of sweet items would be carried off to the rainforest by a column of ants. My treats live in the fridge but, happily, the kids are too small to see up to my “mummy shelf” at the top.
What would be the perfect food and drink pairing for your book?
Anything from the stockpile of canned food hidden in the secret bunker in your back yard. If you’re not a survivalist, then S’mores would be ideal. Personally, being English, I would bring sandwiches and a Victoria Sponge. As a refreshment, my characters drink ready-mixed cans of Gin and Tonic. The ‘ready-mixed’ part is obviously a crime against humanity, but needs must in a dystopia.
Do you collect anything?
What’s one word your friends would use to describe you?
Marlene Greene, the main character in my novel, is a mama bear. I didn’t think I resembled her in any way, but a friend scoffed when I said that, so I guess ‘mama bear’ is one way to describe me.
Tell us one secret behind the writing of your latest book:
The same friend who called me ‘mama bear’ also inspired a character in the novel: Marlene’s sister-in-law, Joni Luff, who is an abundantly maternal woman. Joni has my friend’s fabulous hair and her Pennsylvania patter. But there’s also plenty of conflict between the two fictional mothers, plus I gave Joni a particularly tough dilemma! I emerged from the writing process to realise that my real-life friend might take offence, and I went into overdrive trying to explain how characters evolve to serve the narrative and take on a life of their own. I sent her the manuscript pre-publication, biting my nails that she would like it. Happily, she gave me a personal 5* review!
How about a chance to win a copy of Jo’s novel, All the Little Children?? Let’s make this as easy as possible…
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