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The Spark of Inspiration: Read a Q&A with Kelly Rimmer about her new novel, The Things We Cannot Say

March 13, 2019

About the author:

 Kelly Rimmer has sold over 600,000 digital copies of her previous four novels: Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You, and A Mother’s Confession. Before I Let You Go was Kelly’s first novel with Hachette Australia and was a Top 10 bestseller. Kelly lives in rural NSW with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Purchase a copy of The Things We Cannot Say here  // Read our review of The Things We Cannot Say here

What inspired The Things We Cannot Say?

A single moment at my family Christmas party. It struck out of the blue that dozens of descendants of my Polish Catholic grandparents call Australia home because of decisions my grandparents made during wartime… but both grandparents had passed away, and I had no idea how we ended up here.

What was your research process for this book?

My books are always research intensive, but this one was a whole new level! That moment at the Christmas party was a decade ago, but I was working on this concept on and off for all of the years since. I also spent several weeks in Poland last year, writing and researching.

What was your favourite thing about writing The Things We Cannot Say?

It would have to be the time I spent in Poland. My aunt came along to help with translation, and we shared such a meaningful and intense experience as we travelled. I just loved everything about writing this book. It felt like a special story right from the first word.

Who would be your three dream dinner guests and why?

Can I have a sneaky extra dinner guest, pretty please? After writing this book, I’d have to say my own grandparents. All four passed away when I was young, but I so wish I had the opportunity now to sit down with them and to learn more about their lives.


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