Every Writer has their Own Way of Approaching Things: Q&A with The Strangers We Know Author, Pip Drysdale

Every Writer has their Own Way of Approaching Things: Q&A with The Strangers We Know Author, Pip Drysdale

 

About the author

Pip Drysdale is a writer, actor and musician who grew up in Africa and Australia. At 20 she moved to New York to study acting, worked in indie films and off-off Broadway theatre, started writing songs and made four records. After graduating with a BA in English, Pip moved to London where she dated some interesting men and played shows across Europe.

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The Strangers We Know is a psychological thriller about a woman who finds her husband on a dating app. Can you tell us more about the book?

Well I don’t want to ruin it, but let’s just say Charlie soon discovers that infidelity is the least of her problems. So finding her husband on a dating app might be where her life begins to unravel, but it’s certainly not the full extent of how it unravels.

You’ve previously talked about getting into your character’s life so deeply you wear their perfume, take their bus route and watch their tv shows. How important do you feel that is for making a character realistic to a reader?

I think every writer has their own way of approaching things, but for me it’s vital. There are details that I only think of because of those processes, because of things I experience while doing them, and I really believe specific details that you can’t make up are what bring a book to life.

Your novel subjects suggest you are deeply passionate about the female psyche. What do you love most about exploring women pushed to the brink of breaking point?

Well you can tell a lot about a person in a time of intense stress. Everything superficial is peeled away and all that is left is a person’s essence. So I guess I love writing my characters into these sorts of situations because that’s what shows me (and the reader) exactly who they are and why.

You produce your novels incredibly quickly – what’s your work schedule like? 

That all depends on whether ‘thinking time’ counts as part of the work schedule! The first draft process tends to be a couple of hours a day of ‘writing time’, a lot of research and ‘thinking time’ and a good hour a day of ‘freak out and bargain with the writing fairies time’. The re-drafting process is more intense – I’ll often do 8-14 hours a day straight at that point. But I’ve found that forcing my first drafts into existence by being too regimented never ends well.

What are you working on right now?

My third novel – it’s a psychological thriller set in Paris.

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          Publisher details

          The Strangers We Know
          Author
          Pip Drysdale
          Publisher
          Simon and Schuster
          Genres
          Fiction, Thriller
          Released
          01 December, 2019

          Synopsis

          Imagine seeing your loving husband on a dating app. Now imagine that’s the best thing to happen to you all week …When Charlie sees a man who is the spitting image of her husband Oliver on a dating app, her heart stops. Her first desperate instinct is to tell herself she must be mistaken – after all, she only caught a glimpse from a distance as her friends were laughingly swiping through the men on offer.  But no matter how much she tries to push her fears aside, she can’t because she took that photo. On their honeymoon. She just can’t let it go.Suddenly other signs of betrayal begin to add up and so Charlie does the only thing she can think of to defend her position – she signs up to the app to catch Oliver in the act.But Charlie soon discovers that infidelity is the least of her problems. Nothing is as it seems and nobody is who she thinks they are ... The eagerly awaited new thriller from the bestselling author of The Sunday Girl.
          Pip Drysdale
          About the author

          Pip Drysdale

          Pip Drysdale is a writer, actor and musician who grew up in Africa and Australia. At 20 she moved to New York to study acting, worked in indie films and off-off Broadway theatre, started writing songs and made four records. After graduating with a BA in English, Pip moved to London where she dated some interesting men and played shows across Europe. Her new book, The Strangers We Know, will be released in November 2019.

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