Tuesday, March 5, 2013

ARC Review, Blog Tour & Interview for Swimming at Night By: Lucy Clarke

Swimming at NightTitle: Swimming at Night
Author: Lucy Clarke
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Simon  Schuster Canada
Publication Date: March 12th 2013
Paperback: 384 pages


People go traveling for two reasons: because they are searching for something, or they are running from something. Katie’s world is shattered by the news that her headstrong and bohemian younger sister, Mia, has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali. The authorities say that Mia jumped—that her death was a suicide.

Although they’d hardly spoken to each other since Mia suddenly left on an around-the-world trip six months earlier, Katie refuses to accept that her sister would have taken her own life. Distraught that they never made peace, Katie leaves her orderly, sheltered life in London behind and embarks on a journey to find out the truth. With only the entries in Mia’s travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister’s life and—page by page, country by country—begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death. . . .

Weaving together the exotic settings and suspenseful twists of Alex Garland’s The Beach with a powerful tale of familial love in the spirit of Rosamund Lupton’s Sister, Swimming at Night is a fast-paced, accomplished, and gripping debut novel of secrets, loss, and forgiveness

I would like to thank Simon Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC copy of Swimming at Night by: Luck Clarke for read & review.

My Review:

First off I want to start by saying that I’m not usually an Adult Fiction reader but after reading Swimming at Night I might have to look into more similar reads. Swimming at Night turned out be an emotional roller-coaster ride there was so much depth and reality in this book it was if you the reader were the main character.

The author Lucy Clarke took her time and was very descriptive especially when it came to the continents heck I could feel the sun and hear the waves 5 feet away she was that vivid in her explanations. I think that Lucy pulled from her real life travels and like I said it really showed.

What really hit home with me was the sister relationship between Katie & Mia (I have 2 sisters and couldn't phantom the thought of not having them in my life) In this book it was such a strong bond that you can’t help but feel the emotions Katie felt heck they leaped off the page at you it was sad, tragic, heartfelt & at the end somewhat accepting. It shows you no matter how close or distant family is you can never really know how the other really feels it’s about seeing their world through your eyes.

My Final Thoughts:

I would recommend Swimming at Night to someone who is at that stage in life regarding self-discovery it will truly make you appreciate it so do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy.

Keep scrolling for an amazing interview with the author herself!

*LisaPhoto credits James Bowden

Author Bio:

Lucy Clarke has a degree in English Literature. She and her husband, a professional windsurfer, spend their winters traveling and their summers at their home on the south coast of England. Visit Lucy-Clarke.com.

Book page on S&S.ca: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/Swimming-at-Night/Lucy-Clarke/9781451683431
Author website: http://www.lucy-clarke.com/
Author twitter: https://twitter.com/lucyclarkebooks
Author facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucyclarkeauthor?fref=ts

Twitter Chat:

Lucy will also be taking part in an online book club Twitter chat about Swimming at Night on April 10th at 6:30pm. You can find out all the details of the chat by following @BookaliciousCA or on Wanda’s blog http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/blogs/wanda-lynne-young-bookalicious. This is a great opportunity to discuss the book with the author! 

Interview Time:

Thanks so much for your interesting and fun questions – and please find below my responses. Book Mark Belles is a wonderful blog and I really look forward to being included within it.

All best wishes
Lucy Clarke

1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The idea that sparked Swimming At Night came from my fascination with travel journals. I love the colorful places they've been written, the pages thick with smears of sunscreen and grains of sand. Whenever I travel, I keep a journal and I've often thought how intriguing and tempting it must be to read someone else’s travel journal. What an insight it would give you into who they are. With this in mind, I asked myself two questions that were to be the fuel for the story: Who could the travel journal belong to? And, who finds it and why? From there, the relationship between sisters Katie and Mia was born.

2. If you could meet any of your own characters, who would it be?
Noah – because I’d most probably fancy him!

6. What’s the best thing about being an author?
If I had to reduce it down to one word, I think it would be: freedom. As a novelist I love the absolute freedom I have to create something – whatever I want it to be. Beyond having a deadline, there is no pressure or constraints. The beauty of looking at a blank notebook and thinking it’s going to be the foundation of a novel is, for me, hugely exciting.
On top of that, I also love the freedom of the writer’s lifestyle. I work incredibly hard as a writer – but I have the freedom to choose how I do it, when I do it, and where I do it. That’s what I love the most.

7. What are you working on now?
I’m just finishing my second book, which is set on a beautiful, rugged island off the coast of Tasmania. The story is based around a young woman who has been recently widowed. She travels to meet her late-husband’s family, but begins to discover that the man she married wasn't who she thought he was. I can’t say too much more just yet, other than expect plenty of twists and turns!

8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
 For me, the most useful advice was the simplest: read and write. Do these two things as often as you can. I read around fifty books a year – and would love to be reading more still. Even when I was working, I wrote most days – just a few ideas here and there, or an hour squeezed in whenever I could. It’s all too easy to procrastinate and say, ‘I’ll begin when I have a block of time’ or ‘First I’ll tidy my desk.’ Just start writing – now!
Beyond doing those two things, I think you need only to believe in yourself and what you’re writing about. Becoming a published author is a long journey for most people, and a mixture of self-belief, motivation and a burning desire to write will help you get there.

9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
For the past few years I've been keeping a list of all the books I read, including a note of what I thought about each. Glancing back at this, my favorite reads in recent years include Breath by Tim Winton, When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman, Rough Music by Patrick Gale, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway and everything ever written by Anita Shreve, Maggie O’Farrell and Sadie Jones.

10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Q. Do you ever work in your pajamas?
A. Yes, if you pop round any time before midday, you’ll probably find me working in my pajamas!

Random Q & A fun with Book Mark Belles

1. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Sea, The Sea. (Shame someone got their first…)
2. Twook! (Tweet your book): Describe Swimming at Night in 140 characters or less. Go!
A fast-paced novel about the complex bond between sisters.
3. Name 5 items in your author survival kit?
Journal, pencil, iPod, a Tim Winton novel, chocolate.
4. Sweet or Sour?
Sweet.  Definitely sweet.
5. If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why?
I’m happy with who I am right now ;)

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