Please welcome the lovely Emma Davies. She’s here to talk about her new release, Turn Towards The Sun.
Turn Towards The Sun.
Lizzie wants nothing more than to start over and put the past behind her. So when she is offered the chance to live and work at Rowan Hill, a beautiful country estate and bustling community of artists, it feels like a dream come true.
But soon after her arrival a series of accidents and misunderstandings begins to threaten the happiness and livelihoods of everyone at Rowan Hill. And when suspicion quickly falls on Lizzie, she discovers that the past is not so easily forgotten.
To keep the life she has just begun to build, Lizzie will have to race to uncover the truth before there are disastrous repercussions for everyone involved. In this heartwarming story of friendship, loss and love, the stakes are high but so are the rewards. If Lizzie can find a way to stay true to herself, she might have a chance at something she has always wanted: a place to call home.
Writers often talk about the dreaded second book scenario – your first book is written in a whirl of Oh my God I’m actually writing a book, its (hopefully) published, you gather great reviews, it sells well and you build up a loyal following of readers who are all eagerly awaiting your next book. Then you try and write said second book. The pressure can huge as you try to live up to, not only your own expectations, but everybody else’s. Plus quite possibly for the first time ever you have deadlines. And while Turn Towards The Sun strictly speaking isn’t my second book, it is the second full length book of my contract with Amazon, and it was tough, although not for any of the reasons above. I should explain…
My book’s characters and setting are of huge importance to me. They are at the heart of my writing and I believe go a long way to create stories with a real feel good factor. I want readers to become immersed in the world I have created for them, a world which provides an antidote to the mundane and sometimes unpleasant reality that goes on around us. I hope folks finish my books with a warm glow inside, feeling inspired and uplifted, and so comments from readers such as your writing is like being wrapped in a warm blanket of words are music to my soul. But writing like this can be really hard, especially when things in your own world are less than perfect, when you’re writing scenes full of hope and joy and your own heart is breaking…
You see, the writing has to go on, even when you’re happy, sad, bone breakingly tired, stressed, angry or grieving, and writing this book I was all of those. Like a lot of people, for me, 2016 was a year I’d rather forget, and yet I had a book to write. I won’t bore you with all the details of my year (you can read my blog posts if you’re a sucker for punishment!), but what’s important here is that the book did get written, and rewritten and edited and polished, and although it was very difficult at times, not only on a practical level finding the time to write as I had so many other things to attend to, but emotionally as well, by the end of the year I had learned a very important lesson. People say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, I know without a shadow of a doubt, that this is true. Not only that but I believe my writing is all the stronger for it too, emotionally richer and deeper – after all we absorb everything we experience in our lives, and if you write, somewhere along the line it all comes out again.
What worried me most about writing Turn Towards The Sun was that because of all that was going on around me, I found it so hard to tell if I had found the book’s sweet spot, if I had managed to lose myself in the writing enough to deliver what I wanted for readers. It’s always a nerve wracking time pre-publication waiting for the first reviews to come in, and this time I really was holding my breath. I’m so delighted therefore to know that people are absolutely loving Turn Towards The Sun. It’s the book I found hardest to write, but also now, one I’m so very proud of, because for me it was such a huge personal achievement.
I’m optimistic for the year ahead; professionally there are so many exciting things on the horizon, and personally it will bring, I hope, a much more settled time for my family. So I will continue to fill my writing with good things, with love and understanding, compassion, friendships, and hope, because they really are the things we need to hold on to.
“I’d like to thank Bekah Graham at Amazon who suggested the brilliant title for this book. Not only is it wonderfully appropriate for the book, and echoes all the sentiments within it, but inadvertently she also provided me with a timely reminder. 2016 has been a particularly turbulent and challenging year, both for the world, but also for our family…. …..There have of course also been many things to celebrate and rejoice in, and I guess that’s why Bekah’s title suggestion struck such a huge chord with me – that throughout our lives, whatever challenges and sadnesses we face, we should never give up, or give in to negativity, but instead remain always with our faces turned towards the sun.”
After a varied career Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three, and is working on the rest.