It is my turn on the Book Blog Tour for B. A. Paris who has released her first novel ‘Behind Closed Doors. I have a lovely question and answer from the author and my review on this post today. Can I just say before you scroll down. This author is absolutely lovely and you should go and buy her book on that principle alone. I’ve bought it for all my family as it is a fascinating read.
About B.A Paris
B A Paris is from a Franco/Irish background. She was brought up in England and moved to France where she spent some years working as a trader in an international bank before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with her husband. They still live in France and have five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.
This really is a fantastic read. I was hooked from the very beginning. This book is about Grace and her husband Jack. In the beginning he is the perfect man but as soon as the ring is on her finger the mask comes off and the monster is revealed.
The thing I loved most about this book was the psychological element. I’ve read quite a lot of books about husbands that are bullies and there is a lot of physical violence in them but there is none of that in this book, the torture is all in the mind and I found it fascinating. In every way that I shouldn’t. It also very terrifying the ease in which someone can gain so much control over you and also seeing the depths of evil that the human race is capable of. I think I’d be rather scared to meet the author knowing that she can write so brilliantly about such evil. However I think I’d find her fascinating too as her writing style is amazing – such tension! I have also hidden some money in a shoe in case my husband turns into a monster like Jack…very unlikely but this book was so realistic it did make me wary of him until I saw him in his batman onesie and that wariness vanished, strangely enough.
This novel didn’t have many twists in it and from the first chapter it tells you what’s happening and where it’s going and despite this it doesn’t put you off. It still intrigues and draws you in. I started this book at 10pm (will I ever learn?) and read it until 2am! I felt tense and stressed the entire way through it and the fact I had such a visceral reaction all the way through is testament to the fantastic characters and writing.
Grace isn’t your typical pushover she is strong and amazing and the way she deals with the horrifying ordeal is admirable. She isn’t whiney or self absorbed she is a survivor and I enjoyed reading her thought process. I also have to mention how much I loved the character of Millie, I’ve never met a person with Downs syndrome but I can imagine that they are all as smart as Millie and I thought it really added another dimension to the story and was one of the best features of the book.
This is a fantastic psychological book and the first I’ve read of its kind and I loved it. It has such a satisfying ending (I loved Esther’s role in this), I did know what had happened but it didn’t make it any less interesting or gripping. This really is a great read and I will be pre-ordering this book straightaway! One of the best books I have read in 2015. This books is released 11th February 2016 on Amazon…get pre-ordering! I’m buying this for all my family.
Questions & Answers with the Author
Q. 1. What motivated you to write this book?
I used to know a couple who seemed to have a perfect marriage but there were a few little things that made me wonder if everything wasn’t quite as it seemed. I may have been wrong but it got me thinking and gave me the idea for Behind Closed Doors. Although I don’t believe their marriage was anything like Jack and Grace’s – at least I hope not! – I do believe that there are women – and men – who are in a similar sort of situation, and are unable to tell anyone through shame or fear.
Q. 2. In your experience how long does it take to write a novel?
If I were able to devote all my time to it, I think I could write a novel in a few months. At the moment, it probably takes me about 6 months because I have other commitments. The hardest part is coming up with an idea but once you have it, the writing is easy!
Q. 3. Can you name one of your favourite books and why?
There are many books that I love, for very different reasons, some because they are wonderful stories, others because they are beautifully written. But most of the books I love are children’s books, mainly because I have such happy memories of reading them to my children. Top of the list has to be The Party in the Sky by Alison Catley. I must have read it hundreds of times over the years and it never fails to move me. The illustrations are beautiful too.
Q. 4. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, but I knew it was something I would have to put on hold for several years as there were other priorities – bringing up my five daughters, for example. But I have always believed there is a time for everything – I’m just very glad that the time to write has finally arrived!
Q. 5. Will your next book be in a similar genre? (Being presumptuous you are writing one -fingers crossed)
Yes, my next book is another psychological drama. It’s a genre I really enjoy writing.
Q. 6. Are you inspired by any particular authors?
There are so many authors I admire, again for very different reasons. I read avidly as a child so the authors that first inspired me were Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, CS Lewis and Jane Austen. Contemporary authors that I love include Sebastian Faulks and Kate Atkinson but the author who probably inspires me the most is George RR Martin for his amazing story-telling skills, and sheer staying power!
Q. 7. Have you got any writing processes that you have when writing a book?
I usually start by reading over what I’ve written the day before and spend quite a bit of time adjusting and editing. When I get to the end of a book, I read the whole thing again, editing as I go. And then I’ll edit it another couple of times before I feel ready to share it with anyone.
Q. 8. How did you get into the evil of Jack’s character?
I was surprised – and a little shocked – that I was able to write what I did but it wasn’t so much as getting into Jack’s character as Jack taking over and making me write what he wanted me to write. By that I mean it often felt as if it wasn’t me writing the book, but my characters – which made it very easy to write. There were parts I didn’t enjoy re-reading though. I would skim through them, feeling quite uncomfortable that I could have written such things. Then I’d remember that it wasn’t me, but Jack!
Q. 9. Which literary character would you most like to meet?
At this moment in time, it would have to be Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones. I love his wit and intelligence.
Q. 10. How has your life changed since you became an author?
It hasn’t, not yet! The only way I’d really like it to change is to have more time to write.