03 April 2018

Interview: Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts

Hey guys! Today I have for you all an interview and giveaway from the author Jenny Morton Potts. She is the author of the book Hiding. First off, a thanks to Jenny for taking the time to let me interview you. Let's get started!

1. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting a book published?
The challenge is firstly in getting read by the right person and to an increasing extent, at
the right time. Agents now – and you still really need one for traditional publishing –
have a list of what they are looking for. They almost have a shopping basket, particularly
in the States, for genre books. They know what they want to read next, or rather what
their readers want to read next. This is hard to adhere to as a writer but if you can, it will
bring success. So finding the right fit with a literary agent is most of the battle.

2. Where do you get your ideas?
I have a million ideas which come to me in a meteor shower constantly. They come from
everything I see, hear and feel. This is something I have always had but I believe we all
do; just, my head flowed like that from the start, rather than needing to find a tap in.

3. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In Hiding I particularly like the slower chapters. They are deeper, exploratory and they
include very personal moments for me. The book is dedicated to my Gramps and I was
able to write some about our times together. The book is full of moments spent with my
family. (The Scottish section I should say!)

4. How did you come up with the title?

I hummed and hawed about the title, because it is very simple. But it just did everything for the story. ‘Hiding’ is all about hiding, in many, many ways. So it was perfect, I think and the word itself has different meanings. Besides, we all identify with the need to hide,
particularly in childhood.

5. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either
growing up or as an adult?
I find that my prose resembles a contemporary Forster. I think I admire him so much that
I shape my sentences accordingly. I am sure I am hugely influenced by literature, as a child and an adult. Tragedy is a huge driver in my novels. Writers like Solzhenitsyn made a significant impact on me as a youngster and I am always addressing heavy themes, in the hope of understanding. That
said, all my books are equally comedic. This is an aspect of my writing that I would find
difficult to change. Tragicomedy works best for me.

6. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your book?
I started this book the year before last and finished it last year. I spent about six months
writing it.

7. What do you do when you are not writing?
I walk my dog. I travel – all my family live far away, so there’s lots of trips and we get a
lot of visitors too. I like super fiendish sudoku. Reading novels, of course. Poetry. I like
simple things: spending time with my family. I like foreign films and American box sets.
Tennis, when my back permits!

8. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Seek out like minded authors and share with them. Enjoy your work, it will show on the
page when you do.

9. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you. Come and say hello. Tell me what’s on your mind.

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A gripping psychological thriller with chilling twists, from a unique new voice.Keller Baye and Rebecca Brown live on different sides of the Atlantic. Until she falls in lovewith him, Rebecca knows nothing of Keller. But he’s known about her for a very long time,

and now he wants to destroy her.
This is the story of two families. One living under the threat of execution in North Carolina.The other caught up in a dark mystery in the Scottish Highlands. The families’ paths aredestined to cross. But why? And can anything save them when that happens?

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Jenny Morton Potts was born in a smart, dull suburb of Glasgow where the only regular excitement was burglary. Attended a smart, dull school where the only regular excitement was the strap. Worked in smart, dull sales and marketing jobs until realising she was living someone else’s life. Escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon who wanted to talk about The Da Vinci Code, wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England – and unlikely ever to leave again – Jenny, with assistance from loyal hound, walked and swam her way back to manageable health. Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, partnered for 28 years, she ought to mention, and living with inspirational child in Thaxted, Essex.


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