I’m hosting an interview with the author of drama “Simon’s Choice”, Charlotte Castle. Thanks for answering my questions, and welcome to my blog! My questions are bolded.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Self-motivation. Whilst it is true that there are days where a book can almost write itself, mostly it is hard work necessitating a very high level of concentration. I am a master of procrastination – Facebook doesn’t help.
Can you give us a synopsis of Simon’s Choice?
A synopsis would be rather long, and would give away the ending – but I can give you the blurb!
“But Daddy, who will live with me in heaven?”
Doctor Simon Bailey’s previously perfect life is shattered when his seven year old daughter is given months to live.
Whilst he can almost come to terms with her impending death and feels he may one day deal with never being able to see her again, he cannot stand the idea of his child facing death alone. He answers the question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgement and his sanity to the limit. He offers to go with her.
As cracks form in the foundations of a family that once appeared unbreakable, we wonder – as do his loved ones – will he really make the ultimate sacrifice?
Journey from the plastic palaces of Disneyland to the funeral pyres of the Hindu Sati and combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, ‘Simon’s Choice’ is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.
Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
For Simon’s Choice it was 5 hours a day for three months.
What is your favorite book?
Ooh. Tough call. Memoirs of a Geisha helped me through a very dark time in my life when I was about 18 and being badly bullied. I drew strength from it and suspect that without that story of a child struggling through adversity I might not be here now.
What are you working on now?
Publicity – my next novel When I Was a Wife is out at the end of November. Then I begin research and notes for my third…
About Simon’s Choice
“But, Daddy? Who will live with me in Heaven?”
Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want. Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia.
He can almost accept her impending death. He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her. But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone.
He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit. As cracks form in Simon’s previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones … will he really make the ultimate sacrifice?
Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, ‘Simon’s Choice’ is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.
Charlotte Castle lives in the North Yorkshire countryside in a ‘madhouse’ full of children, dogs and cats. Simon’s Choice was her first novel – her second, ‘When I Was a Wife’ is due out in November.