I am thrilled to share a Q&A interview with the author of The Space Between Us on my stop on Blog Tour today. But before I do that lets check out the blurb……
There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…
Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.
But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.
The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.
Q&A Interview with Charlie Laidlaw
What are you reading?
I’m rereading The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell. It’s an affectionate look at the island and its inhabitants (human and otherwise) in the 1930s. We went there last summer and visited the house the family first lived in.
But I’m also reading other books, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. For some reason I can’t just read one at a time., and I often get half way through books and realise that I don’t care what happens to the main characters.
What was the first book you read?
I’ve no idea what the first was. But the first that really made an impression on me was Jennie by Paul Gallico. A boy is transformed into a cat and forms a close friendship with a girl cat. It’s both beautiful and tragic and was, perhaps, the book that first properly got me into reading.
Until then, everything in books was perfect with happy endings. This jolted me because it was a book that didn’t have a happy ending. It’s a bit like One Day, but with cats instead of people.
I would encourage anybody to read his books.
What book are you most looking forward to reading?
Strangely, the audiobook version of The Space Between Time. I’m thrilled it’s being turned into an audiobook, and it will feel very strange to listen to my book rather than reading it.
Apart from that, Love Potions and Other Calamities (November 7th, also me!). A distant third would be Joanne Harris and The Strawberry Thief, the 4th book in the Chocolat series.
Who’s your favourite author?
Too many to list. Ernest Hemingway would be one, and perhaps the writer who got me thinking about trying my hand at writing. I would also to mention Fay Weldon and Joanne Harris. But there are many, many others.
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing from…forever. I wrote my first short story in primary school. My first novella, written in my mid-teens, was a mystery set in England. Luckily, I burned it before anybody could read it. I wrote my second in my later teens, and I still have that. My third in my early twenties. All were utter rubbish. The angst of adolescence!
I then began a career in print journalism and, I suppose, that’s where I learned the trade. Believe me, you have to learn how to write. It’s not a gift that you’re mysteriously given; it’s a skill you have to learn and practice.
How long have you been an author?
See above: forever. It took me years to write my first proper book, and more years to find a publisher. For most of us, the journey to publication is long and fraught!
My first was published in 2015, but that simply marks the year my first book could be bought.
What do you like about reading?
I like reading that surprises me. I like to find sentences that find new ways to express something. I like finding a new writer whose style or voice is utterly distinct. I read so that I can learn from other writers. As I say, you have to learn how to write. For me, it’s always being open to new ways to find expression or structure.
If a book is badly written, I rarely will finish it. One exception was the Da Vinci Code. Appalling writing but utterly compelling story.
If you had to describe yourself in a book title, what would it be?
Chocolat. Unfortunately, I do rather like the stuff! And, to repeat a previous answer, I’m looking forward to The Strawberry Thief.
About the Author
Charlie Laidlaw was born in Paisley and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. He has been a national newspaper journalist and worked in defence intelligence. He now runs his own marketing consultancy in East Lothian. He is married with two grown-up children.
Thank you to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part on this fab tour.