ALI LAND LAUNCHES HER DEBUT NOVEL Good Me Bad Me IN SA

The UK based author , Ali Land has landed in Cape Town for the Open Book Festival taking place at The Fugard Theatre. Pam Komani chats to her about her debut novel Good Me Bad Me.  Ali, the twists and turns from this book often landed me, as a reader, in Mike’s study. One minute I was looking for answers from his computer. I wanted to lay my hands on those notes and the next minute, I was waking up from the deep sleep on his reclined chair…I wanted to get into Milly’s head and fix her or make poor Mike’s efforts worth his while. Four months of leaving in Milly’s head, let alone her mother’s, it must have been excruciating. How long did it take you to recover? Bringing Milly to life was a privilege but it definitely came at a cost. I barely slept during the writing of my first draft which took five months and once I secured the book deal, a further nine months of editing. My main priority was facilitating an authentic experience, one that would allow readers to inhabit the mind and body of a child who has a complex and disturbing past. Achieving that required me to spend hours in creative solitude, travelling deep into the darkest parts of my imagination. The aftermath that followed was intensely emotional, akin to that of a break...

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