Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Gemma Metcalfe’s debut, Trust Me.
Gemma Metcalfe is chatting to us about her inspiration, the best (and hardest) scenes she wrote, authors who have influenced her writing and much more. There’s also a fabulous tourwide giveaway so make sure you enter!
Gemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel ´Trust Me,´ is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where she was never quite sure who would answer the phone…
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Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise Trust Me in 20 words or less.
Where secrets, lies, hope and despair bind two strangers together in one phone call.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
For many years I worked in a callcentre, and I had so many interesting and often bizarre conversations with the people who I was trying to sell a holiday to. It is really fascinating what some people will admit to a stranger. I knew the premise could make an interesting thriller. One day, whilst in the bath, I had an idea. What would I do if I called somebody who was just about to commit suicide? Trust Me was born right then and there.
If you could choose to be one of your characters who would you be?
I wouldn’t really want to be any character, especially not Lana and Liam (my two main characters) as they really are subjected to some horrific stuff. I guess I can identify more with Lana though. She is a decent person deep down, and a little feisty. She may have gotten herself in some terrible situations, but at her core she is a really good person.
If you could have given Lana or Liam one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book,
what would it be …
I´d tell them to pick up the phone!
What scene did you enjoy writing the most Gemma?
I loved writing the opening few chapters of Lana in the call-centre because I drew lots on my own experiences. I was able to add in the humour which was true to life, like asking to speak to people who have been dead for five years and hearing the insane excuses people give in order to get you off the phone, including the woman who couldn’t come on holiday due to her parrot having separation anxiety!
… and the hardest?
Technically, the last two chapters were difficult because I had a huge twist lined up and I desperately wanted to drop the bombshell at the right time. However, the chapters dealing with stillbirth and infertility were very difficult to write, especially because I have had two miscarriages in my personal life and ongoing fertility problems. Of course I drew lots on my own experiences in order to do Liam and Alice´s story justice, but it was really hard to revisit those feelings of utter joy followed by the heart wrenching pain which follows.
Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your novel were optioned for a movie?
I think Tom Hardy would make an incredible Liam! But of course I may be choosing him for the wrong reasons 😉
Trust Me tackles a social barrier Gemma. Can you tell us more about this?
Yes! My book tackles male depression and mental illness, which is an area I am passionate about. Unfortunately, mental illness is still a taboo subject but especially for men. I have male friends who suffer with mental illness, and a close friend of mine lost one of her best male friends through depression. I do strongly believe that attitudes need to change, and that more help should be out there for those who suffer.
How do your characters come into existence? Do they have a bio?
This is a really interesting question and one which I have thought a lot about recently. For me, my characters develop the longer I spend time with them. It is a little like a relationship. I don’t really know my characters all too well when I start writing, but through their words and responses to situations (I swear sometimes they write themselves) I get to know them, which often means I revisit the earlier chapters more than once as suddenly, they simply wouldn’t say or do such a thing.
Which authors have influenced your writing?
I am hugely inspired by thriller authors such as BA Paris, Lisa Hall and Mark Edwards. Personally, all three of these authors have been hugely supportive to me, and I hope that one day, when I become as successful as these guys (God willing) I will be able to inspire new authors in the same way.
What are you reading now Gemma?
I am reading Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney. I think it is incredibly good, with a strong narrative voice and a unique premise.
Finally, what has been the best part of your writing journey so far?
The day Mark Edwards read and recommended my book was a dream come true. When BA Paris read it and tweeted about it, I almost wet my pants!
🙂 Thank you for being my guest today.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 929 KB
Print Length: 209 pages
Publisher: HQ Digital (10 Mar. 2017)
One phone call. Two lives. Their darkest secrets.
Lana needs to sell a holiday, fast. Stuck in Tenerife, in a dead end job, she never expected a response quite like Liam’s.
Thousands of miles away a phone rings. Liam never intended to pick up, he’s too busy choosing the quickest way to die. But at least someone should know the truth before he goes, even if that someone is a stranger.
As time runs out both are drawn to the other, expressing thoughts they never imagined they would share.
When you’re about to die will your secrets even matter?
Don’t forget to check out the other hosts on tour.
The tourwide giveaway is a hardcopy of Trust Me, a Boots voucher and some surprise Boots goodies.
Open to UK residents only.
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