Today, I have en extra post thanks to the Neverland Blog Tours weekly Tour for Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin. I've added this book to my ever growing TBR, and trust me, you will be too.
Sometimes hope has a way of changing everything…
Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered life.
Then, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to find a way back into her life. Even if it means lying…
While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the events of her early life, he can only try to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them both.
Don’t miss the breathtaking debut Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin! Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Anne Tyler, Joyce Carol Oates.
em muslin has worked in the film and television industry for over 20 years. She first fell in love with reading and writing after experiencing Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. She hasn't stopped devouring books ever since.
She loves words that capture an experience or emotion in a singular form: her current favourite, describing herself, isnemophilist.
Em's writing career has included developing a script for a stage musical with Tina Turner, and writing a bitter-sweet comedy screenplay, Last Chance Saloon.
Em's writing focuses on the texture of domestic life, relationships, family and the pressures of social convention. Her characters are often fighting to become the hero of their own story, searching for hope, despite the adversities that life inevitably brings.
1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I don’t really think of writing so much as a career. Rather, I think of writing as something that I just ‘do’. I always have several projects on the go. An A project and then either one or two B projects which when the first one is having a lull. I can place my creativities there. However, I would like to continue writing novels and honing my writing skills and hopefully produce better and better work – which sells! And of course in the meantime make some money for my wonderful agent!
2. When did you decide to become a writer?
I have written for as long as I can remember – stories, poems and then as I got older, I developed those writing skills on larger projects; screenplays and my debut novel.
3. Where do your ideas come from?
The idea for Before You Were Mine came from a documentary many years ago about adoption and it was from the perspective of mothers who had given up their babies for various reasons. However, I collect ideas everywhere. It’s about seeing the connections between people and weaving stories between them.
4. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I always work to an outline. It helps me structure and within that framework, it allows me the freedom to go off piste, knowing that I can bring it back to a certain point. Having an outline gives me more freedom that way - as I know I won’t go off and get too lost ... I write an overall structure and then within that I form the chapters. It can all shift and change as the book develops – but I always have the original outline to go back to, if I feel it isn’t working. I use the writing program Scribener to write – which really helps when you want to shift and change things around to see how it could look.
5. So, what are you currently working on? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.) I’m working on my next novel Song For The Last Act and I also have an idea for a screenplay which is kicking around in my head.
6. What’s it about?
A close Florida family and community are torn apart by a web of deceit. Who and what can they believe when those closest to them have lied?
When a lie from over forty years ago catches up with you, can it really mean the end of everything you have built and hold dear?
7. What genre(s) are you writing in?
I never really like to place my writing in a genre because I think it perhaps puts people off who may potentially like it. It doesn’t naturally fit into one genre or another.
8. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Well ... I LOVE traditional books – they feel and look SO wonderful and I think overall I prefer them because they are so tactile. However, I do enjoying reading on a kindle because I can hold it every which way in bed with very little effort, and even when I have forgotten my device I can pull the book up on my phone – which is brilliant and has been a lifesaver when I have found myself idling before a meeting or waiting for a train.
9. What book/s are you reading at present?
I’m just about to begin reading Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline which I’m really looking for to.
10. What do you think of “trailers” for books?
In all honesty, I have only seen a few and they don’t ‘do’ anything for me. It’s a difficult medium to capture on film, unless it has been produced to such a high standard – which is a cost issue. For me, a good premise, a good book cover and perhaps a few good reviews is all I need. All that and you have me at the first page.
"A heartbreaking novel about what happens when we don't have the power to make our own choices. BEFORE YOU WERE MINE is a moving and emotional story that is sure to touch readers' hearts." ~ Karen Katchur, author of THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN
"5 STARS - A love story that surprises in so many ways. Em Muslin has written a great debut book here. Before You Were Mine explores love on so many levels it had me reaching for the tissues more than once. It's heartening to see people who seem totally self-serving suddenly step up and make things right. I would like to share some fudge pie and coffee with Eli." - Jo Ann Mapson Best selling author of author of:
Owen's Daughter/Finding Casey/Solomon's Oak/The Owl & Moon Cafe/The Bad Girl Creek trilogy/The Wilder Sisters/Hank & Chloe; Loving Chloe/Shadow Ranch/ Blue Rodeo
Em Muslin’s Debut novel is heart stoppingly beautiful.
Muslin was born to write, her observations are breathtaking
I was so involved in the story, I missed my stop on the train.'
- Lynn Parson - Radio Broadcaster
5 STARS -Pleasing to the mind,
m Muslin's debut novel, "Before You Were Mine" is written with a beautiful touch where heartbreak meets love and loneliness meets freedom. Every reader can benefit from reading this book as it grabs onto your heart strings and pulls you in to compelling story that includes all aspects of family. This story is not only a great piece of literature, the story unfolds into much more than just Eli's obsession but digs deeper into the life she left behind years ago. - Biblio Beauty Book Blog
Publisher: Harper Collins
Amazon Link: Rxe.me/1D4J3M
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