Revenge, a Dish Best Served Cold? Q&A with Pip Drysdale, author of The Sunday Girl

Revenge, a Dish Best Served Cold? Q&A with Pip Drysdale, author of The Sunday Girl

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. The Sunday Girl is her first novel and she is working on a second.

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On your author page, you state that your philosophy is to ‘throw yourself into the fire and then write about it’. Does this mean that much of your writing is inspired by personal events and experiences in your life? If so, what inspired The Sunday Girl?

There’s a famous Camus quote: fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth. And I agree with that. Because personal experience is how I gather truths in the first place; how I figure out what I want to say. But once I have them, I write whatever story I feel expresses them best. The Sunday Girl was inspired by heartbreak and pent-up frustration. The plot answers the question: what would happen if a good girl snapped?

From reading your author page, it’s clear that you’re very well travelled and have had a host of interesting experiences over the course of your life. Do you think, as a writer, that it is important to collect stories from different people and places?

I think for me it has been invaluable. I’d write very different books if I’d lived another life because I would have been exposed to different stimuli. And living in a lot of places has taught me vast amounts about not only myself – the sorts of things you can only learn when pushed far beyond your comfort zone – but about how similar we all are, no matter where we live. Both of those things are useful as a writer because it means that once you understanding your own dark and dusty corners, you’re halfway to understanding other people too.

The Sunday Girl is a fiction thriller, a genre that consistently ranks highly in Australian book-selling lists. Why do you think people love to read thrillers? What’s the appeal?

Well I can’t answer for everyone else, but know why I like them: they’re like doing mental acrobatics. I enjoy trying to guess what will happen next. Trying to figure out the hidden meanings behind things.

Who do you think will enjoy this book?

Any woman who has dated, or knows someone who has dated, a toxic man. Because those relationships usually leave you shattered and diminished; a shell of who you once were. And while many of us consider revenge we rarely live it out in the real world. The Sunday Girl provides the opportunity to do that vicariously.

What are you currently reading?

About 500 million copies of The New Yorker that have been gathering unread while I wrote my second manuscript. But in terms of books, I’ve just finished ‘Our House’ (great ending), and am about the start ‘Something in the Water’.

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                      Publisher details

                      The Sunday Girl
                      Author
                      Pip Drysdale
                      Publisher
                      Simon and Schuster
                      Genre
                      Thriller
                      Released
                      01 September, 2018

                      Synopsis

                      The Girl on the Train meets Before I Go to Sleep with a dash of Bridget Jones in this chilling tale of love gone horribly wrong ... Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And it's not always north.'Any woman who's ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge. Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: `Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle he'd slowly dissembled ... stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again.' So Taylor consults The Art of War and makes a plan. Then she takes the next irrevocable step - one that will change her life forever. Things start to spiral out of her control - and The Sunday Girl becomes impossible to put down. 
                      Pip Drysdale
                      About the author

                      Pip Drysdale

                      Pip Drysdale is a writer, musician and actor who grew up in Africa and Australia. At 20 she moved to New York to study acting, worked in indie films and off-Broadway theatre, started writing songs, and made four records. After graduating with a BA in English, Pip moved to London where she played shows across Europe. In 2015 she started writing books. Her debut novel, The Sunday Girl, was a bestseller and has been published in the United States, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Strangers We Know was also a bestseller and is being developed for television. The Paris Affair is her third book.

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