A St Albans author is thrilled to be publishing her debut novel, which is inspired by her love for theatre and the women at the forefront of the #MeToo movement.
Someone Like You by Becky Alexander is a slow-burn psychological thriller about an out-of-work actress, who is prepared to go to any length when offered a casting opportunity with an extremely influential producer.
Speaking on her inspirations, Becky said: “I am fascinated by actors – they go through so much competition and rejection to make it onto the stage or screen, and then face even more judgement and scrutiny. Just why do they put themselves through it? What drives someone to do that?
“I wanted to explore why, so all my characters are ambitious and driven. I am very interested in the #MeToo movement and how that has (hopefully) taught those in power that they might get caught. One or two of the characters are inspired by real-life people but I couldn’t tell you who…”
She explained that readers who enjoy thrillers expect lots of action with twists and turns, which she admits can be hard to do. But she knew she wanted to create authentic characters, so the backdrop of the acting world offered the chance to do both.
Becky is excited about what’s next in her career.
She said: “I have a two-book deal with Storm Publishing so I am busy editing my next novel, which will be out later this year. Storm has been brilliant to work with. [Publisher] Kathryn Taussig gave me three pages of notes, which is terrifying, but also incredibly helpful. You have to be happy to be edited when you write – biscuits help, I find.”
“And then, who knows? I have an idea for another, so watch this space.”
Someone Like You is out now. To find out more, head to www.shorturl.at/boOV1