Five Quick Questions with The Swap Author, Robyn Harding

Five Quick Questions with The Swap Author, Robyn Harding

Briefly tell us about your book.

The Swap is the story of two married couples who feel restless and unfulfilled for various reasons. One night, after some recreational drug use, they decide to swap partners. It should have been a harmless fling, but things get complicated. And messy. And deadly… thanks to the obsessive teen who knows way too much about what happened that night.

What inspired the idea behind this book?

There are a handful of people in my orbit who are in open relationships. I’m in a traditional marriage so my curiosity was really piqued by this. I wondered… How would that work? Or, (more appropriately, for a thriller) how would that not work?

What was the research process like for the book?

When people learn my book is about a couples’ swap, they invariably ask, with a wink and a nudge: “What did you do for research?” I always tell them, with as straight a face as possible, that my husband and I did a TON of couples swapping. We didn’t, of course. I had a few people who were willing to talk to me about their open relationships, some successful, some not. I also read articles on polyamory and the psychology of sharing partners, and watched some documentaries on the subject.

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

I often say that you’ll never enjoy writing a book as much as your first. While the process does get easier in some ways (I have a better knowledge of structure, pacing, and point of view), I’ll never write a book just for myself. Now that I’m published, there is always a little voice in the back of my mind: Will my editor like this? Will critics think this is too cliché? Will readers find this character annoying? Etc…

What’s the easiest and most difficult parts of your job as a writer?

Dorothy Parker said: “I hate writing, I love having written.” Lucky for me, I love writing. I feel really fortunate to be able to do it for a living. The business side of publishing can be more difficult. Writers face a lot of rejection and criticism. The internet has emboldened readers to leave some really brutal reviews, even to send disgruntled emails to authors, and those hurt. Of course, we all appreciate the good reviews, but most of us support the adage, “if you can’t say something nice…”

Reviews

Take a Sneak Peek at Robyn Harding's Compelling New Thriller, The Swap

Review | Extract

20 July 2020

Take a Sneak Peek at Robyn Harding's Compelling New Thriller, The Swap

    Robyn Harding's The Swap is an Addictive and Suspenseful Page-Turner

    Review | Our Review

    20 July 2020

    Robyn Harding's The Swap is an Addictive and Suspenseful Page-Turner

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                          Synopsis

                          Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her dreary, isolated island hometown. Whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in – and neither does newcomer Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer.After signing up for Freya’s pottery class, Low quickly falls under her spell. Buoyed by Low’s adoration, Freya is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, Low feels a sense of belonging ... until Jamie walks through the studio door. Freya, Jamie and their husbands become fast friends, leaving Low alone once again.Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, but instead, it upends their lives.And provides Low with the perfect opportunity to unleash her growing resentment.
                          Robyn Harding
                          About the author

                          Robyn Harding

                          Robyn Harding is the author of several books and has written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and two children.

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