Today I have a guest post from author LK Chapman telling us some of her favourite things before we get to that here is what her book The Stories She Tells is about.
When Michael decides to track down ex-girlfriend Rae who disappeared ten years ago while pregnant with his baby, he knows it could change his life forever. His search for her takes unexpected turns as he unearths multiple changes of identity and a childhood she tried to pretend never happened, but nothing could prepare him for what awaits when he finally finds her.
Appearing to be happily married with a brand-new baby daughter, Rae is cagey about what happened to Michael’s child and starts to say alarming things- that her husband is trying to force her to give up her new baby for adoption, that he’s attempting to undermine the bond between her and her child, and deliberately making her doubt her own sanity.
As Michael is drawn in deeper to her disturbing claims he begins to doubt the truth of what she is saying. But is she really making it all up, or is there a shocking and heartbreaking secret at the root of the stories she tells?
Rabbits and owls.
Donnie Darko, closely followed by Into the Wild.
I love variety more than anything else!
Apple crumble with cream, although I’d also never say no to a luxurious dark chocolate mousse!
Bath – I love the architecture, the history and the spa of course!
Dorset cereals chocolate and macadamia granola
Item of clothing
There’s nothing quite like a nice soft snuggly jumper or cardigan when it’s cold!
I had a blue, soft toy rabbit (imaginatively called Blue Bunny) that I was very attached to for many years! When it came to things I played with, I really liked Barbies. I wasn’t so interested in dressing them up, though I did enjoy that, but I used them as characters in stories I made up. It was always complicated because I only had one Ken and several Barbies and Cindys, so the man in my stories was always greatly outnumbered with women! Plus, the dolls all looked around the same age, so it required some imagination!
Before we were married my husband and I had a long-distance relationship for four years and I’ll always remember the day when we were finally back together and neither of us had to go away anywhere again!
I like spring and autumn, but if I was forced to choose between them then autumn is my favourite. I got married in the autumn and it’s when my birthday is too, so there are always lots of exciting things going on!
Thing you’ve done in the last 24 hours?
Having a big cuddle with my one-year old son 🙂
My favourite word is “yield” – I love the way it sounds, the way it looks written down and the two meanings it has.
I grew up playing games like The Sims, SimCity and Theme Park. More recently I’ve played almost 150 hours of Prison Architect, where you build and run a prison. I also enjoy some first-person games, especially when they have a good storyline. I’d be interested in writing for a video game one day.
And most importantly…Book
When I was a child I read and re-read Richard Adam’s Watership Down over and over. There is something so special about that book for me- the way the rabbits have their own rich culture and mythology alongside the story adds so much depth and makes the story so meaningful. For sheer beautifully written weirdness, The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks has to feature in my list of favourites, but I think one of the books that has had the biggest impact on me of all was Touching the Void by Joe Simpson – this miraculous story of survival is one of the most moving things I’ve ever read.
To find out more about the book and the author be sure to check out some of the other stops on the tour.
Louise Katherine Chapman was born in Somerset, UK, in 1986. She studied psychology at the University of Southampton and has worked as a psychologist creating personality questionnaires for a consultancy company. She has also spent some time volunteering for mental health charity Mind.
Chapman loves to write because she loves learning about people and she loves stories. A major turning point in her life was the day she realised that no matter how strange, cruel or unfathomable the actions of other people can sometimes be, there is always a reason for it, some sequence of events to be unravelled. Since then she is always asking “why” and “what if” and she is fascinated by real life stories capturing the strength, peculiarities or extremes of human nature.
LK Chapman’s first novel, Networked, was a sci-fi thriller but now she’s turned her attention to writing psychological suspense. She lives in Hampshire with her husband and young family, and enjoys walks in the woods, video games, and spending time with family and friends.