Life-changing literature

I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I first read Wuthering Heights as a teenager, and since then, I’ve read it many more times – on each reading I see something fresh. Reading this book has indeed altered the colour of my mind. It inspired my second thriller, The Stolen Child, which is set on Ilkley Moor, not far from where the Brontes grew up,

To hear more about my thoughts on this story, head over to the Royal Literary Fund, where I talk about life-changing literature. 

I feared these books would be dull, staid and part of the establishment that I was so busy rebelling against; and then I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

https://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase/sanjida-oconnell-lcl/

What have you read that’s changed your life?

 

 

 

Marketing and Me

‘I don’t much like it. Marketing is about selling & writers, as we know, are about writing and reading. They’re generally not known for their ability to get you to buy a Prius when you wanted a Yaris’

 

I’ve recorded a podcast about having to market myself for The Royal Literary Fund – publishers expect authors to promote themselves these days, as I’m sure you know!

If you’re a writer, how do you feel about it?

‘Hyping one’s novel can sound boastful. Secretly, most of us hope we’re Dostoevsky, whilst being plagued by doubt. There is an allure, in these days of posts & tweets, of becoming a writerly recluse’

 Let me know what you think. You can listen here:  buff.ly/3liP3ra