Hello! And Welcome to Little Novelist. Today I have a guest post from the lovely Rachel Burton for a blog tour with Neverland Blog Tours. It's an inside look into where the book is set and why that location was chosen. Having already read it myself I can fully commit, and say that you'll enjoy the writerly insight!
A true novel of the heart, Rachel's The Things We Need to Say is at once beautifully written and achingly honest. This is a story that carries you away, taking you on an incredibly poignant journey, and which stays with you long after you finish. Read it! Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning Sky
‘Devastatingly beautiful, inspiring and extremely thought-provoking; Rachel Burton has written from the heart as she unintentionally becomes the voice of everything we need to say.’ The Writing Garnet
Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.
Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.
Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the way things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.
As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.
From the best-selling author of The Many Colours of Us comes an emotional story perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan
Guest Post | Why ‘The Things We Need to Say’ is set on a Yoga Retreat:
I was on a writing retreat near Bristol when one of the other retreaters first started talking about setting a book on a retreat. I can’t remember who it was who first looked at me and asked – “could you set a book on a yoga retreat, Rachel?”
I thought about it for a while and I wasn’t sure. I’ve been practicing yoga since university and teaching since 2006 and I’ve attended and led several retreats. They are amazing things for many reasons but, very often, nothing much happens on them. So, I didn’t think too much more about setting a book on a yoga retreat.
And then, a few months later, my editor said to me:-
“So, Rachel, you do a lot of yoga right?”
She then went on to tell me that she really wanted me to set a book on a yoga retreat, to show the relationships between the women on the retreat and how they help each other.
In theory I loved it, I would love to write a book about yoga, but I kept coming back to this idea that nothing much happens on yoga retreats. Actually, I’ll rephrase that – a lot happens on yoga retreats: you have the time and space to figure things out, you get to work on your practice without everyday life getting in the way which can often lead to huge (and not so huge) game-changing epiphanies and you can make lifelong friends. But I wasn’t sure how this would translate into the tension and conflict needed for a good book.
Meanwhile, in the background, I was working away on a new set of characters – a married couple called Will and Fran who were going through problems, fairly lifechanging ones. One afternoon while I was writing about Will and Fran I had a thought – what if Fran was a yoga teacher? And what if she was leading a yoga retreat during the height of her marriage problems so that the person who the retreaters were meant to look up to became the person they needed to help? And what if this coming together of people from all walks of life was the one thing that could fix Fran’s marriage? Throw in a hot sunny Mediterranean beach and a smoulderingly handsome face from Fran’s past and ‘The Things We Need to Say’ was born!
It took three re-writes and a big structural edit, but I hope that in the end I wrote a book that everyone can enjoy, whether they like yoga or not. And I’ve had a couple of reviews that have said the book has made the reviewer give yoga a go – so hopefully I’ve achieved some of what I set out to do after all.
I hope you enjoy it too!
Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.
After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn't really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.
She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.
Her debut novel THE MANY COLOURS OF US was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second, THE THINGS WE NEED TO SAY, is out in May 2018. She is currently working on her third book about a woman who followed the love of her life to a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all.....maybe.
Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday…
Prize: Bound proof copy of The Things We Need to Say & a pack of Yogi teas