Bad Sister, from the author of Saving Sophie, is about to hit shelves, so I had a quick chat with author Sam Carrington about it all.
But first, here’s some more information on the hotly anticipated Bad Sister:
Sisters. Allies. Liars
Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.
And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.
When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.
Who is the victim?
Who is to blame?
Who is next?
After the success of Saving Sophie, how does it feel to have another novel out?
It’s a bit like being pregnant with your second baby. That awful feeling of whether you can love it as much as your first! Then there’s the worry of whether readers of Saving Sophie will like it. The nerves are far greater the second time around!
Where did you get the idea from?
I knew I wanted to write about a psychologist, so Connie Summers came to me first, before plot. Once I got a backstory for her, and knowing she’d experienced a traumatic event in her past, the idea that it comes back to affect her in the present day seemed to just materialise.
How did you go about conducting research for this novel?
Prison details were drawn from my own knowledge of working in a prison, so I didn’t need to do very much research there. One of my characters is a pyromaniac, though, so I did have to enlist Google’s help with that part. I read several articles relating to childhood and adult pyromania, which I found really interesting. It can be a massive distraction when you branch off to do research, and I often get side-tracked while writing the novel to ‘fact-check’ things.
Do you think your past experiences in your jobs have helped you with your writing?
Definitely. My role in the prison service is what inspired my novel writing in the first place. I have worked with a lot of male offenders whose crimes have been varied, so I feel I’ve got a lot of insider knowledge. I am able to draw on the experiences I’ve had working with these men, and although I have never directly taken any one crime/offender and written about it, I have used a mixture of characteristics, crimes, and criminal psychology to inform my writing.
What can we expect from you next?
Connie Summers will return in book three, alongside DI Wade and DS Mack. The story centres on two women, both mothers, who are each coping with the fallout of a terrible event. One woman’s son has been murdered, the other is the mother of the murderer. The novel focuses on the depth of mothers’ love, protection and how grief can have far-reaching consequences.
I’d like to thank Avon – especially Sabah Khan, and Sam Carrington for giving me the opportunity to bring this interview to you.