Friday 6 September 2013

The Husband's Secret Blog Tour: Q&A with Liane Moriarty +++ Giveaway (UK & ROI)

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty || Release date: August 29th 2013.

From the author of the critically acclaimed What Alice Forgot comes a breakout new novel about the secrets husbands and wives keep from each other.

My Darling Cecilia
If you're reading this, then I've died . . .

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick achieved it all - she's an incredibly successful business woman, a pillar of her small community and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia - or each other - but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's devastating secret.


 Q&A with Liane Moriarty on The Husband's Secret.

1. Since you became a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to happen to you?
I am trying to choose between two memories. The first is of sitting on a Sydney ferry and seeing the woman next to me open her handbag and pull out a copy of my first novel, Three Wishes. She then proceeded to read it. As if it was a real book! Until then I’d secretly wondered whether the whole process of publication had been a giant (cruel) practical joke.

The second memory is of sitting on my back steps watching my son play in the yard, while I was on a conference call with my literary agent, a film agent, and a Hollywood film producer. The producer was buying the film rights for What Alice Forgot. “We were thinking of someone like Jennifer Aniston or Reese Witherspoon for the role of Alice,” he said, just as my little boy bellowed, “I’m hungry!” It was quite surreal.

2. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

To fly. I know everybody has dreams about flying, but mine feel so very real. Each time I dream-fly, I think, “That’s right, of course I can fly—how could I have forgotten!” I have a friend who claps her hands to make herself fly in her dreams. That’s ridiculous. I gracefully flap my arms and point my toes.

3. What fictional character do you have a crush on?

Patrick Pennington from the series by the British author K. M.Peyton, beginning with Pennington’s Seventeenth Summer. I read these YA books as a fourteen-year-old and fell deeply in love with Patrick. He was a big, brooding, leather-jacket-wearing bad boy, who got into trouble a lot but played the piano like an angel. I still swoon at the thought of his big grazed knuckles (from punching walls and the like) caressing the piano keys. Ah, Patrick. It’s probably your fault that I took so long to find the right man.

4. How did you get the idea for the novel?

Two years ago I stumbled upon a fascinating article about real-life deathbed confessions. I learned about Christian Spurling, who confessed on his deathbed to faking a notorious photo of the Loch Ness Monster. There was a famous songwriter who was dying of cancer who wrote a letter admitting, after years of adamant denials, that she had plagiarized a lullaby melody. Then there was the hapless man who, after suffering a stroke, confessed he’d killed his neighbour thirty years earlier. The only problem was that he didn’t end up dying. After he was released from hospital, he went straight to jail. These stories, particularly the one about the man who didn’t die, got me thinking. I was intrigued by that overwhelming desire to share your darkest secret. So I came up with the idea of a man who feels such a powerful desire to share a secret that he sits down and writes a letter to his wife, to be opened in the event of his death. It’s a deathbed confession, except he’s not dead.

5. What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing?

I read in bed, read in the bath, read in the TV commercials, sleep, eat chocolate, work off all that chocolate in gym classes, ski (not that I ski every weekend, but I thought I should mention something outdoorsy), and now it occurs to me that I haven’t mentioned my children, and I don’t know how I could have forgotten them, because they are currently with the babysitter, screaming their darling little heads off in the hallway just outside my office door. What I actually do when I’m not writing is take care of my five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter, and I like that very much. 


With thanks to Penguin Books I have TWO copies of The Husband's Secret up for grabs. To be in with a chance to win just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. 

Giveaway is open to the UK & ROI and closes September 14th 2013. 

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  1. Woops! I clicked on commented before I saw what the question was! *Facepalm*. Great to meet another Irish book blogger :)

  2. I literally was just stalking my library to see if they had this yet! They didn't :( Bah! Aching to read this, I couldn't even hazard a guess as to what the secret is but cannot wait to find out!!

  3. This sounds fabulous. And literary crushes are the best!

  4. ChristinaBookAddict6 September 2013 at 16:40

    Fantastic interview...I've heard good things about this book and am dying to read it! I love reading about the most exciting thing that has happened to her---it must be such an incredible experience to discuss your book being made into a movie!

  5. This looks amazing! I love a good mystery. Really enjoyed the interview, makes me want to read The Husband's Secret even more now. :)

  6. I'd like to win this beacuse Lots of my friends have said good things about it so its on my wishlist.

  7. Fab interview! I'd love to read this book because the mystery of the husband's secret is just so intriguing!

  8. Haha, thinking about it, whenever I fly in dreams, I kind of have to kick my legs, breast-stroke style, as if I'm swimming, in order to propel myself upwards. Weird, huh?

    This book sounds sooo intriguing, though - I am dying to know what the secret is, and what happens!!

  9. It sounds intriguing, already you want to know what the secret is. Whatever we guess it is, it wont be as straight forward as we think. Its also a great interview and again nothings been given away regarding the ending.


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