Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Good Enough Mother Blog Tour - Q & A!

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Hello again!!! I'm back, with another author Q & A for you, in co-operation with Neverland Book Tours and the very lovely Anoushka Beazley! In case you missed it, I have my review post for this book, posted last week and I highly suggest you go ahead and read it so you are familiar with the story of 'The Good Enough Mother'! In short though i absolutely loved it and highly highly recommened getting yourself a copy to read because personally I could not put it down and finished it within 2 days! A record! 


A brief synopsis: 

Gatlin - a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However, all is not as it seems. Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan...unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin. Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA? A satirical and hilarious black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition.


My Questions for Anoushka: 

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1) How did you decide that our heroine, Drea, would end up committing crime to fit in with the affluent Chelsea set in Gatlin?? 

It came out of an intense focus on how desperate Drea was and how pressured she made herself feel in regards to doing the right by thing by Ava. Once in the middle of her desperation it seemed entirely natural that she would turn to crime to solve her problems. 

2) Did you always see Drea as someone who didn't want to become a mother and therefore the story evolved from there? 

Yes, I always saw Drea as a reluctant mother. The type of mother who didn’t necessarily choose motherhood but had motherhood choose her. I also saw her reluctance as being completely separate to her ability to do the job or do it well. In a funny sort of way this reluctance allowed the story to show itself more easily as sometimes it’s when people feel like their back is against the wall that their options, though reduced, become more obvious. 


3) Why did you frame Drea as un-willing/un-natural mother? Is this something you've been through yourself and therefore you felt it best coming from that point of view rather than that of someone who loved children naturally? 

I’ve noticed a lot of my choices as a writer come from opposites. I think about my position on a matter and then ponder on the polarity of that choice. I love my children so much how might it feel to not, or to learn to love in the case of Drea as a step mother to Ava. But even with my own children I couldn’t say I utterly enjoyed every facet of the experience in the early months. I think the natural love that mothers are expected to feel from the get-go can be tainted by all sorts of factors; sleep, post-natal depression, hormones to name the big three. Sometimes even loving your own children ‘naturally’ can be a learned process.

4) Was writing this book a natural progression for you? Have you written any other books before 'The Good Enough Mother'? 

This book was very easy for me to write because I was at a time in my life where I had a lot to say and needed to say it. It is my third novel written but my first novel published. But I’ve never written a comedy before and in that sense it was a departure from my previous writing.


5) Can I please ask how you manage to write a book which is so hard to put down?! Does this come naturally or was it quite difficult for you? 

Ha! I’m so pleased people feel that way. All I can say is all of me went into this book and it’s so raw and personal that might be why people find it hard to put down. It’s the reason we can’t help looking through people’s windows if the curtains are open; it’s hard to say no to a glimpse of a person’s inner world.


6) Do you know anyone like Drea in real life?? Do you have step-children that you've had to learn to love??

Me! don’t have step-children but I think the idea of learning to love a person is a universal one and I think really loving anyone properly requires a degree of learning.  

7) Is it purely Drea having to pay for the school fees which leads her to commit crime? Is it because Drea doesn't want her step daughter (Ava) to go to public school and face more humiliation on top of having her father leave her?  

Drea feels that Ava is happy where she is and deserves to stay that way and despite not being ‘popular’ is an extremely intelligent girl, intelligence Drea feels would be best rewarded in a private school. It’s Drea’s idea of doing the best for Ava but it’s also wrapped up in Drea not having been parented properly herself and needing to prove her love to have it legitimised. 

8) Do you think that if the book hadn't of been set in the leafy suburb of Gatlin that the story would have been quite the same?? Is it just the book's theoretical setting which provides the basis for the story itself? 

Drea needed to feel like an outsider. Gatlin confirms the narrative she has about herself and pits her against the community/world which makes stakes higher for the character, more exciting for the reader.        

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Please follow these links to find out more about Anoushka, her book and where to buy yourself a copy! P.S I also have a giveaway running over on my review post, so go over and enter that now! 10 winners!! 


Buy Links


http://www.foyles.co.uk/all?term=the+good+enough+mother


Author Links

Anoushkabeazley.com

goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30836064-the-good-enough-mother


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