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I’d like to give a very warm welcome to Abi Silver, author of ‘The Cinderella Plan’ and to thank her for agreeing to answer my questions. Read on to discover what she had to say and to find out more about her book….
Hi Elaine. Thank you so much for hosting me on your website.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I am a true magpie when it comes to ideas; I steal them from everywhere and then build my stories around them. The Cinderella Plan is very much constructed around the theme of the imminent introduction of self-drive cars into the UK. I use my stories to highlight some of my anxieties about the pace at which technology is taking over, whilst (I hope) accepting its many benefits and, of course, spinning a good yarn at the same time.
What is your writing process? Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
It’s fairly laborious, sadly. I write on a PC, although I do print off parts of the story periodically (although less so as time goes on) to hold it in my hands. And I edit constantly, back and forth, until I can edit no more….
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I particularly enjoyed writing Brian Bateman, the quirky solicitor who helped Barbara Hennessy prepare her Will in The Aladdin Trial. He was clearly besotted with her, but that did not mean he was prepared to give her offspring an easy ride.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I could pretend that I would like to be a more virtuous character but, secretly, I would love to be Martine in The Cinderella Plan (James Salisbury’s wife). She’s an ex-model with a mane of glorious brown hair, who enjoys shopping. Ah – just realised I have given myself away.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
Generally, I ‘try out’ names for characters by putting them into the text and living with them for a while, to see how they fit. I never consciously think of people I know who share those names (although it has been pointed out to me, more than once, that I really should!). But Judith and Constance are different as they are my central and (hopefully) enduring characters.
For Judith, I wanted a name to suit a feisty, always-sure-she’s-right barrister. I remembered the nursery rhyme “Mrs Mason bought a basin…” from a nursery rhyme anthology I loved (you can now see the random way my mind works) featuring the line, “It did for certain said Mrs Burton”. And the Cranach painting, depicting Judith’s beheading of Holofernes, gave me her first name (you can’t get feistier than that). And so, the hard-nosed and very certain Judith Burton was born.
It was then a simple leap to have Constance Lamb join her as her calmer, more cautious sidekick. Constance’s first name was an obvious choice, to reflect her persistence and the unswerving loyalty she exhibits towards both Judith and the people she defends. Then I thought of “the lion lying down with the lamb” (forgive the slight misquote) to describe the different strengths which they bring to their unlikely partnership.
Thank you so much for answering my questions, Abi!
Read on for more information about The Cinderella Plan and for anyone in the UK to enter to have a chance to win a paperback copy of the book!
When James Salisbury, the owner of a British car manufacturer, ploughs his ‘self-drive’ car into a young family, the consequences are deadly. Will the car’s ‘black box’ reveal what really happened or will the industry, poised to launch these products to an eager public, close ranks to cover things up?
James himself faces a personal dilemma. If it is proved that he was driving the car he may go to prison. But if he is found innocent, and the autonomous car is to blame, the business he has spent most of his life building, and his dream of safer transport for all, may collapse.
Lawyers Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once again, this time to defend a man who may not want to go free, in a case that asks difficult questions about the speed at which technology is taking over our lives.
Readers can order the book from the Lightning Books website at 50% off (with free UK p&p) if you enter this code at checkout – BLOGTOURCIND
Author Bio –
Yorkshire-bred, Abi Silver is a lawyer by profession. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three sons. Her first courtroom thriller featuring the legal duo Judith Burton and Constance Lamb, The Pinocchio Brief, was published by Lightning Books in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. Her follow-up The Aladdin Trial, featuring the same legal team, was published in 2018.
Read more about Abi and her work at www.abisilver.co.uk .
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