Today we are doing something a little different, an author interview! Today’s post is all about Emily Williams and her debut novel Letters To Eloise.
About the book
‘Receiving a hand written letter is something that always puts a smile on my face, no matter who the sender is.’ Flora Tierney.
When post-graduate student Flora falls unexpectedly pregnant during her final year studies she hits a huge predicament; continue a recent affair with her handsome but mysterious lecturer who dazzles her with love letters taken from the ancient tale of ‘Abelard and Heloise’, or chase after the past with her estranged first love?
But will either man be there to support her during the turmoil ahead?
‘Banish me, therefore, for ever from your heart’ – Abelard to Heloise.
Letters to Eloise is the heart wrenching debut epistolary novel by Emily Williams; a love story of misunderstandings, loss, and betrayal but ultimately the incredible bond between mother and child.
About the author
Emily is a debut novelist, with ‘Letters to Eloise’, being her first novel for adults. As a primary school teacher, Emily is passionate about using stories to engage children to learn such as with phonics and mathematics. She lives and works within West Sussex, England, with her partner, two children, and a menagerie of animals.
Was this novel hard to write?
What is the main message you want readers to take home from this book?
The main message from ‘Letters to Eloise’, is about missed opportunities and to not let words go left unsaid or said too late.
Summarise your book in 5 words or less
Poignant, heart-wrenching, captivating, memorable, touching
Do you think you and Flora would be friends if she were real?
Yes certainly, though she maybe a little too similar to myself and therefore we would clash! Brooke (Floras best friend) is very well meaning but irritating! I’m not sure we would get on, but she was definitely great to write about! I think Brooke would be a fun friend though for social occasions! Flora, in her situation, maybe less fun but she’d be a kind and loyal friend to have.
What inspired you to write this book?
Once the idea was in my head, I needed to get it out! I’ve always wanted to write a full length novel and the characters just became real in my head and I had to write the story down! The idea just arrived suddenly, like a lightening bolt and I jotted the ideas down on post it notes before I formed a timeline. Most of the novel is based on those initial scribblings.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on a psychological thriller, a completely different genre to ‘Letters to Eloise’! It is in the very early stages at the moment, the plot outline stage but I’m looking forward to writing it.
Do you have a favourite quote?
It very much depends on how I’m feeling, whether or not a quote fits my mood at that moment. I hope the below quote fits my achievement this year for finally publishing ‘Letters to Eloise’! Think my genius ideas are a little slower than once a year, I need to speed up!
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
And finally…..give us a wacky fact about you!
Letters to Eloise is already out so go get it now!
Also I couldn’t write this without including some of the gorgeous photos you enclosed, I couldn’t pick just one!