Today, I am delighted to welcome fellow Crooked Cat author Katy Johnson – who hosted me a few weeks ago. Hi Katy, nice to see you again.
Hello Tim and thank you very much for inviting me onto your blog.
You’re very welcome. I hear you have a book coming out soon.
Yes. My new psychological/coming-of-age novel The Silence is coming out on June 8th. I’m excited but also quite nervous!
Tell us more …
Here’s what it’s about:
Can you ever truly escape your past? Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle – and a secret that could destroy everything. When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992. A summer that ended in tragedy. The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity. In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open…
Sounds intriguing. Where did the idea come from?
I wrote The Silence because it was the book I wanted to read. I love stories about houses which harbour dark secrets and I love Italy. The part of Tuscany where I have had a house for fifteen years struck me as the perfect setting for this sort of story. Our house is nothing like Villa Leonida – it’s much smaller and we haven’t discovered any skeletons there but one was found at a nearby house which gave me the idea.
I’m working on another novel about Villa Leonida, this time revealing a secret that goes back to the Second World War.
The Silence is available to pre-order now on this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071D6JTMS/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_at_ws_gb?ie=UTF8.
Come along to my virtual book launch on June 8th and find out more. For details
I’ll be there! Thanks for coming along today, Katy. Very best wishes for your launch!
Thank you Tim, I’ve enjoyed my visit to your blog.
About the author: Katharine Johnson is a journalist with a passion for crime novels, old houses and all things Italian (except tiramisu). She grew up in Bristol and has lived in Italy. She currently lives in Berkshire with her husband, three children and madcap spaniel. She plays netball badly and is a National Trust room guide.
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