on May 17th 2016
My name is Tess Turner–at least, that’s what I’ve always been told.
I have a voice but it isn’t mine. It used to say things so I’d fit in, to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn’t. It lied.
It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too.
Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn’t mean to become mute. When she discovers that her dad isn’t her biological father, at first she’s just too shocked to speak. But quickly she begins to see the benefit of silence. She can protect herself from the questions she’s too afraid to ask. It frustrates the heck out of her parents. And it also gets the attention of her handsome Math teacher, Mr Holdsworth…
Tess sets out to discover the identity of her real father. But when trouble strikes and everything spirals out of control, how can she ask for help when she’s forgotten how to use her voice?
Annabel Pitcher studied English at Oxford and has since worked as a script writer and an English teacher. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband. MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE was her first novel. She is a full-time writer.
PLEASE WELCOME ANNABEL TO BOOKHOUNDS YA
- What is on your nightstand?
My nightstand is jam packed with children’s picture books. I have two sons and together we pile into mummy and daddy’s bed to read before bedtime. So I have The Gruffalo, Stick Man, Where the wild things are and about thirty seven books about tractors. Buried beneath these are the books that I actually want to read myself: Stephen King’s On Writing and My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.
- What author would you totally fan?
Easy! JK Rowling – or Jo, as I like to call her, what with us being intimately acquainted, and all (I can dream). I am a huge Harry Potter fan. My husband and I discovered the books while we were at university and used to devour them together, taking it in turns to read aloud. Harry Potter even made an appearance on our wedding day. Rather than a bride and groom, we had Harry, Ron and Hermione on top of our wedding cake, and the tables at the wedding reception were named after the four Hogwarts houses. Any relatives we didn’t really like but felt obliged to invite were put on Slytherin! So, yes, I’d go a bit crazy if I was ever lucky enough to meet JK Rowling in real life.
- What makes you cringe?
Harry Potter themed weddings. I got married young and it seemed like such a good idea at the time, but now I’m not so sure.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I would love to be a plotter because I think that’s the smartest way to write for a deadline. It makes sense to know if an idea works before you start if you only have a limited time to get something finished. Unfortunately, this isn’t the way that I work at all! I’m moved to write by a strong feeling, or a certain theme that’s been playing on my mind, or something beautiful that I’ve seen that’s reminded me in some mysterious way of my childhood… It’s all fairly abstract! I often don’t know how I’m going to write the story, or even what it is I’m writing about until I’m part way through the process. Plot is secondary. Characters and themes and ideas and emotion come first for me.
- Is there a word you love to use?
If. Such a small word, but so full of potential and possibility. I’m a daydreamer. I’m constantly thinking, ‘What if…’ and letting my imagination take me on a wild journey.
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