Podcast: Anna Downes on her Incredible Journey to Writing a Bestselling Debut Thriller

Podcast: Anna Downes on her Incredible Journey to Writing a Bestselling Debut Thriller

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Author Anna Downes talks to Cheryl about the journey she went on to write her debut novel, The Safe Place.

About the author:

Anna Downes was born and raised in Sheffield, UK, but now lives just north of Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children. She worked as an actress before turning her attention to writing and appeared in BBC TV shows such as EastendersCasualtyHolby City, and Dalziel and Pascoe, as well as a long-running stage production of “The Dresser” in London’s West End. She has degrees from both Manchester University (Drama) and RADA (Acting). She has been published in the Zodiac Literary Review, shortlisted for the Sydney Writers Room Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Competition. The Safe Place was inspired by Anna’s experiences working as a live-in housekeeper on a remote French estate in 2009-10.
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Thrilling and Atmospheric: Read an Extract of The Safe Place by Anna Downes

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6 May 2021

Thrilling and Atmospheric: Read an Extract of The Safe Place by Anna Downes

    The Safe Place by Anna Downes is a Thrilling Page-Turner

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    5 May 2021

    The Safe Place by Anna Downes is a Thrilling Page-Turner

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        Publisher details

        The Safe Place
        Author
        Anna Downes
        Publisher
        Affirm Press
        Genres
        Crime Fiction, Fiction
        Released
        30 June, 2020
        ISBN
        9781925972658

        Synopsis

        For struggling actress Emily Proudman, life in London is not working out as planned – in fact, it’s falling apart. So when she is offered a live-in job working for a wealthy family on their luxurious coastal property in France, she jumps at the opportunity to start over.The estate is picture-perfect, and its owners exude charisma and sophistication. But as Emily gets to know the family, their masks begin to slip, and what at first appears to be a dream come true turns out to be a prison from which none of them will ever escape – unless Emily can find a way to set them all free.Superbly tense and oozing with atmosphere, The Safe Place combines the modern suspense of The Girl on the Train with the gothic mind-games of Rebecca.
        Anna Downes
        About the author

        Anna Downes

        Anna Downes grew up in Sheffield, UK. She studied drama at Manchester before winning a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and moving to London to pursue an acting career. Her acting credits include EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, and Dalziel and Pascoe, as well as a long-running stage production of The Dresser in London’s West End.In 2009 she left to go travelling with her Australian partner, a trip that included a stint working as a live-in housekeeper on a remote French estate, where the seeds for The Safe Place were sown. Anna now lives on the Central Coast with her husband and two children. The Safe Place is being published simultaneously in the US and the UK, with several other countries to follow.

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        1. Karen Holland says:

          Hi Anna

          I have just finished reading “The Safe Place” which I enjoyed enormously. It flowed beautifully and kept me utterly engaged. And while part of the romantic in me wanted Emily to be with Scott, her decision in the end was gratifying. I look forward to your next creation!