5 Quick Questions with Bestselling Author J.P. Pomare

5 Quick Questions with Bestselling Author J.P. Pomare

What inspired the idea behind this book?

We decided to list our property on Airbnb and this went on for a few years. I was inspired by many of the interactions we had with guests, and some of the guests themselves. It was so fascinating the dynamic between host and guest, what you each give up, the level of trust involved and the things we all take for granted. Eg, guests won’t perform satanic ritual ceremonies in your tiny apartment.

What was the research process like for the book?

I was in correspondence with former members of the NZSAS hoping to glean as much insight into their experience and some of the more toxic elements of the culture. I spoke a lot with a paramedic about some of the strangest things he’s seen on the job and I also interviewed someone who worked informing policy surrounding cyber-crime and in particular how police and investigative bodies are working together around the world to break networks who create and share child exploitation material. This was the most disheartening part of the research, learning how few of these criminals are caught and how decentralised networks are getting away with heinous crimes.

What are you hoping the reader will take away from reading your book?

I would expect anyone who reads my book to leave the experience with a healthy scepticism of big tech. I hope readers think more deeply about their relationship with their devices and how surveillance capitalism is encroaching on their privacy.

Does the creative process get easier for you with each book?

No. I’ve found the opposite to be true. The more books, the more conscious you are of the market and readers and that can be paralysing. When you’re writing your first one or two books you don’t have a readership to let down so you can write with absolute freedom. The creative process doesn’t get easier, but some parts of editing do.

Are you able to switch off at the end of a day of writing? If so, how?

No. If I am in the middle of writing a book, I don’t think about anything but the book.

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                    Publisher details

                    The Last Guests
                    Author
                    J.P. Pomare
                    Publisher
                    Hachette
                    Genre
                    Fiction
                    Released
                    28 July, 2021

                    Synopsis

                    Lina and Cain are doing their best to stay afloat. Money has been tight since Cain returned from active duty, and starting a family is proving harder than they thought. Putting Lina's inherited lake house up for rent at weekends seems like the solution to at least one of their problems. The secluded house is more of a burden than a retreat, anyway, and fixing up the old place makes Cain feel useful for once. But letting strangers stay in their house might not be the best idea. Someone is watching - their most mundane tasks, their most intimate moments - and all the things Lina and Cain want to keep hidden will be exposed. A darkly riveting psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Call Me Evie, In the Clearing and Tell Me Lies.
                    J.P. Pomare
                    About the author

                    J.P. Pomare

                    J.P. Pomare is an award-winning writer who has had work published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your DarlingsTakahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. His first novel, Call Me Evie, was critically acclaimed and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. In The Clearing, Pomare's second novel was also a critically acclaimed bestseller. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife.

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