I’m delighted to be taking part in the tour today for Hannah Lynn’s The Afterlife of Walter Augustus.
The Afterlife of Walter Augustus is a humorous contemporary novel with an afterlife twist.
Hannah Lynn is in my hot seat chatting to us about her characters, scenes, research and more. I also have a very intriguing extract from Chapter Two to share with you.
AND there’s more … an exciting tourwide giveaway for you to enter! Up for grabs are 5 signed paperbacks of The Afterlife of Walter Augustus and a Kindle Paperwhite. Don’t miss it!
Walter Augustus is dead. His current state of existence has become a monotony of sweet tea and lonely strolls and after decades stuck in the Interim — a posthumous waiting room for those still remembered on Earth — he is ready to move on. Only when he is forgotten by every living person will he be able to pass over and join his family in the next stage of the afterlife. At last the end is tantalizingly close, but bad luck and a few rash decisions may see him trapped in the Interim for all eternity.
Letty Ferguson is not dead. Letty Ferguson is a middle-aged shoe saleswoman who leads a pleasant and wholly unextraordinary life, barring the secret fortune she seems unable to tell her husband about. However, when she takes possession of an unassuming poetry anthology, life takes on a rather more extraordinary dimension.
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please tell us about the main characters in The Afterlife of Walter Augustus.
The story is about Walter Augustus, an 18th Century farrier who is trapped in the Interim‚ the first stage of the afterlife. Since his family passed on to the next stage he has spent his time moping, refusing to go anywhere or see anybody. Until he has to.
Pemberton was Walter’s former employer. In life, the two never got on and in death things aren’t any better.
When Walter and Pemberton get into a sticky situation they call on the help of Hector, and interim lifer who, due to modern advances, such as the internet, will be forever remembered down on Earth. He guides Walter and Pemberton though the stages of being a poltergeist, all whilst wearing a highly eclectic attire.
Letty is the main living character in the book. A mild-mannered, shoe saleswoman in her mid-fifties, living in the shadow of her big sister. Although Letty has a secret that she can’t quite bring herself to share.
If you could choose to be one of your characters, who would you be?
I really like Trish. She’s just a normal (dead) woman who wants the best for her daughters and she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I wish I had her boldness. I have a soft spot for Pemberton too, although I can’t say I’d wish to be him.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most Hannah?
Bizarrely, the last line. Even now, that is the line I love the most in the book.
… and the hardest?
Compared to some of my other works, this book was not the hardest emotionally to write, what was difficult was getting all the time frames correct. Working out how long people had been in the afterlife for and what amount of time would have passed down on earth, proved a logistical nightmare at times.
Did you do any research?
I spent a surprising about of time researching the ins and out of professions in the 1800s. In my first draft Walter started out as a doctor, so I spent time researching the different types of medical practitioners that were around back then. Afterwards, when I decided that wasn’t quite right, I got stuck into research about ironwork and being a farrier.
Do you have a most creative time of day Hannah?
Yes, the morning. I am better at everything in the morning. Ideally, I would be up at 5:30 every day writing, and a lot of time I am, but that also means I like to be in bed earlier. With a family and a full-time job that is not always possible.
Do you have a favourite place you go to for inspiration or a favourite activity?
Walking helps me sort out my storylines. I can’t think the same way if I am running or exercising in any other way. I just need to walk so that I can order my thoughts. Very little of my planning process happens at my computer. That’s just the place that I get my thoughts down.
What are your thoughts on movie adaptations? Do you have a favourite?
I feel that movie adaptations are often like asking to have a three-course meal on a side plate. Something’s got to give as you can’t possibly fit it all on. That doesn’t mean you can’t have an enjoyable meal though and for some people the slimmed down version is more to their taste. (what a brilliant analogy!).
Never Let Me Go is one one my favourite books and I really enjoyed the movie version too. It’s not identical, but it’s beautiful in its own right.
What are you reading now? Opinion?
I always have two books on the go, my normal, bedtime and free time book and then my bath book, which I only read —unsurprisingly — in the bath. My bath book is Christopher Brookmyre’s Black Widow. I have only just started it, but I am a huge fan of his writing. It feels so effortless. The other book, which I am just coming to the end of is Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood is phenomenal. Her storytelling is so beautiful, humorous and witty. This book is no exception.
Finally Hannah, have you done any creative writing courses that you would recommend to others?
I have participated in various online courses, both paid and free. The Writer’s Workshop, host excellent courses when you know what you want to do, but if you’re a little unsure whether writing is for you, take a look on some of the free course websites, such as Future Learn. They can’t offer you the same type of one-to-one attention, but they are a great place to start. Additionally, don’t forget to see what is going on around you at local libraries, etc.
Thank you for being my guest today.
Wishing you success on your tour Hannah.
Read an extract from Chapter Two.
Hannah Lynn is giving away on tour 5 signed paperbacks of The Afterlife of Walter Augustus and a Paperwhite Kindle.
Please read Hannah’s Terms and Conditions on the Rafflecopter before entering.
Jera’s Jamboree/Shaz Goodwin is not responsible for this giveaway. Good Luck!
Hannah Lynn was born in 1984 and grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction. Her first novel, Amendments, was published in 2015, her latest novel, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, is out July 2018. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.
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