Belinda Missen talks about her new book, her writing process, and much more.
1. Tell us more about your latest novel, An Impossible Thing Called Love.
An Impossible Thing Called Love began life as a self-published novel titled Red. It wasn’t quite the first thing I’d ever written, but William (Red) is still my favourite character. He’s cheeky, irreverent, and full of life, and is exactly the type of person I’d have in my life.
In this book, William and Emmy meet at Hogmanay when Emmy gets caught up in a fight. Like most of would, they move on with their nights. They’re a little buzzed, but what could possibly come of it, right? Until they run into each other again . . . and then again. When it becomes third time lucky, they realise there’s probably something there, even if they live in different countries.
They promise to keep in touch, which is lovely in theory, but difficult to keep up with the call of real life. Their story really begins when Emmy returns to London for work.
2. Do you have a favourite part or scene from the book? Could you tell us why you love it?
Ohhhh, so this is a great question! Do I have a favourite scene? I really love the scenes at the start of the book when William and Emmy first meet. They spend time wandering around Edinburgh in the middle of winter, and they just have this wonderfully wistful vibe about them. Anything is possible, and they know it.
3. Who would you want to play Emmy and William in a film adaptation?
Now you’ve got me wracking my brains. So, we’d need a lively ginger for William – perhaps Domhnall Gleeson? He’s a fantastic actor. As for Emmy, I love Rachel McAdams, so let’s give it to her!
4. Can you describe An Impossible Thing Called Love in 3 adjectives?
Funny, off-beat, joyous!
5. How long did it take to write the novel and how many drafts did you write?
An Impossible Thing has been a little like sculpting something from clay. The original Red took four weeks, and then six months of drafting and editing. When HQDigital took over, there was another six months of rewrites and editing. I guess you could say it’s taken twelve months, over the course of four years, to make this a happening thing.
6. Do you listen to music when writing? And if so, what kind of music inspires you?
I love listening to music while I’m writing. I can’t write in silence, and television is too much of a distraction. My music is so varied – it can be anything from Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lady Gaga. Then, late at night, it can be a bit of Mozart or Tchaikovsky. I’ve had this weird mix I put on my iPod a little while ago; it’s well overdue for an update!
7. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am an idiot. Actually, well, you never know. I am an off-beat mid-thirties girl living in the south-west region of Victoria, Australia. The Great Ocean Road is a hop, skip, and a jump away. I’m constantly covered in cat hair, coffee cup hovering by my face, and have a wonderful husband I met through a friend who lives two states away.
8. When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
Writing has been part of my life for a long, long time. I wrote as a teenager, which I think was my form of escape from the world. The stories were all silly teenage romance type things, and I hope like hell they don’t exist anymore, but it was a beginning, right?
I stopped writing for a while. I was too busy trying to be an adult, working in retail and transport jobs until, one day, the floodgates opened. Like a tube of Pringles, once I popped, I couldn’t stop. I’ve been writing again ever since.
It was always a dream to see my name on a book cover, and I made it happen – which is rad.
9. Who was your favourite author growing up? Has it changed?
As a kid, my library teacher knew where to come looking when the school copy of Roald Dahl’s The Witches was overdue. I borrowed it so often that she told me to pick something different. Roald Dahl has been a gateway drug for many readers and writers. I still love his books, and I’ve read them even as an adult. So, I still love his books, but my reading tastes have changed. As an adult, I’m a huge fan of Edward St Aubyn, Lindsey Kelk, Mhairi McFarlane, Jane Harper, and Graeme Simsion.
10. What projects are you working on now?
My next book, Lessons in Love, is due out around May. You’ll meet Marcus and Eleanor, two teachers who are just trying to get their act together between heavy bouts of sarcasm and organising a school event.
Thank you so much for the questions, and for being a part of the blog tour. Your support is greatly appreciated xo
A second chance at love…
When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.
But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.
So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?
WIN WIN WIN!
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Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia. She lives with her car-obsessed, but wonderful husband, two loopy cats, and more books than she cares to count. In late 2017, Belinda signed a six-book contract with HQDigitalUK (HarperCollins). A Recipe for Disaster was released in August 2018. An Impossible Thing Called Love appeared by magic in November 2018.