Today, I have Sally Hepworth dropping by to answer some questions about her writing, her debut book, THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES, and much more. Sally’s book will be in store on February 10th (and you might want to stop by Traveling With T for a *cough, cough* giveaway that day!)
But let’s just get to know a bit about Sally and get ready to
party hard read her book on Feb 10th!
Interview with Sally Hepworth
Hi Sally! Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed at Traveling With T!
You’re welcome! Thank you for having me.
Sally, can you tell the readers of Traveling With T a bit about THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES?
THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES tells the story of three generations of women devoted to delivering new life into the world—and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy—including the identity of the baby’s father— hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back 60 years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s—a secret which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all.
How much input did you have in selecting the cover of THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES?
I did have some input, but ultimately it was up to my publisher to decide. This cover is actually the 2nd one we considered—there was an earlier version that was scrapped somewhere along the way. I LOVE this cover.
Sally, do you have a favorite character from THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES? Or was there a character that was difficult to write?
My favorite character was Floss. I’ve never had a grandmother, and I’ve always fantasied about having a wise old lady to give me sage advice and make me cups of tea. Writing the character of Floss made me feel like I had that grandmother … at least for a little while!
As for a difficult character, I was definitely frustrated with both Neva and Grace at times. Grace, in particular, was so good at getting herself into trouble! But I was fond of her too. All of the trouble she caused came from a good place.
What are your thoughts on “unlikeable characters”? Do you think readers have to want to be best friends forever with the character to enjoy the book?
No, I don’t think that. Even unlikeable characters can—and should—have admirable traits. In fact, I’d go out on a limb and say that a best-friend type of character could be boring to read about. I, for one, already have a best friend, and as much as I adore her, I’d never read a novel about her life. I much prefer to meet troubled nuanced characters in fiction.
Do you have any #literaryconfessions? (Ex: Maybe you’ve always wanted to read the classics and just never have. Or you secretly love a “bodice ripper” book. I’ve heard many confessions- to not liking Jane Austen, hating Moby Dick or really enjoying the 50 Shades series.)
I LOVE a bodice ripper (I hope my mom isn’t reading this)! And yes, I enjoyed Fifty Shades. Christian Gray. Mmmm.
Sally, what are you working on next? Can you reveal anything about the next book?
I’ve recently delivered book 2 of my contract, a novel about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s, who finds love right before she loses her memory forever.
I’m working on book 3.
Want to know more about Sally? I thought you might!
Sally Hepworth, debut author of the book THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES, which will be in stores/online February 10th, 2015.
**Special thanks to Sally Hepworth for taking time to answer some questions for Traveling With T. Good luck to you as your pub day approaches! #HappyPubDayTheSecretsofMidwives!*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T