In Too Deep written by Elly Redding, publisher Silverwood Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
Set in the rolling countryside of Devon, ‘In Too Deep’ is the emotional story of a woman’s determination to win the trust of the man she’s adored since they were thrown together as children, by forcing him to confront the darkness of his long-lost past.
One little lie. A guilty secret. And the man she mustn’t love…
It’s been six years since Isy Forrester left home. In that time, she’s strived to forge a new life for herself in London, away from Jack Mancini, her father’s adopted son, and his devastating betrayal of everything she thought they had.
Only now her father’s in hospital, and the house that’s been in her family for generations is at risk. Forced to return to Devon, she finds Jack as infuriating and stubborn as ever, and just as irresistible. Soon she realises the bright lights of London can’t hold a candle to him.
But Jack has a past, one which he refuses to share with her. And until he can trust her with these deepest secrets, how can she risk her heart? How can she even begin to help him, when he won’t tell her what happened all those years ago – before her father brought him home to Hambledon Hall?
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Elly Redding’s latest novel: In Too Deep. I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the author with you:
Hello, and thank you so much for inviting me to write a blog post. I thought I’d chat a little about my love for my characters in my current novel, ‘In Too Deep’, and how they came about. Are they purely figments of my imagination or do I draw on my own experiences, or those of people I know?
I write second-chance romances, where dreams really do come true. Or, at least, I hope they will. In my latest novel, ‘In Too Deep’, Jack is doing his very best to thwart me. He strongly feels Isy would be better off without him, and won’t budge. Isy, on the other hand, is wondering if she can ever bring herself to trust him again, after he let her down so badly six years ago. They are two characters, who have been affected by their pasts. They are, of course, not alone. All of us are constantly being affected by what happens to us. It is how we react to these experiences that fascinates me the most and gives me the opportunity to bring my characters to life. Many of us will experience self-doubt at some stage, from ‘does my bum look big in this?’, to fully fledged bullying in the workplace. Do we run away and hide? Or do we stand our corner, and fight? Is it nature that defines us, when faced with such dilemmas, or nurture? Do we really have the chance to change?
One thing I do know is that, if you present half a dozen people with the same situation, their reactions will be different. And some might even surprise you. A few years ago, I found myself in the actual waters of the Atlantic Ocean, being pulled along by a rather muscular crew member towards an equally attractive Caribbean island, simply because I didn’t want to be left alone on the boat. I should add, at this stage, that I can’t swim, am terrified of water, and have major issues of trust. But I also wanted to see what everyone else was going to see. So, I decided to take the risk and I didn’t regret it for a moment. I learnt a lot about myself on that sunny morning, and, hopefully, so will my characters, as I take them on life-changing journeys of their own.
Isy was a wonderful heroine to write. She’s been badly hurt by the man she loved. So she does what so many of us do, she runs away and parks her pain so far out of reach, that she forgets all about it. Well, almost. Only now, six years later, Jack’s back in her life, which throws everything she thought she knew about herself into total disarray. She questions herself at every turn, knowing she has to take charge of her future and she does so, in her own inimitable way, sometimes surprising me too.
And this is one of the many joys of writing, when the characters take charge. It’s a bit like giving birth. You’ve agonised over this and that for 9 long months, then suddenly, before you know it, they are running around by themselves in the school playground. How did that happen, you ask yourself? I wish I knew. I do know that snippets of myself ooze out into my characters. It’s hard to keep them out, as our experiences form our understanding, and this gives us the chance to help our characters grow. All these insights from people we’ve met, from our family and friends, from avid research – whether it’s learning how to ride a motorbike or fly a plane – all give our characters a touch of depth, of realism, that hopefully allows our readers to feel empathy for them. To care about their struggles and delight in their journey, as they, finally, find a way to cope with life and claim their happy ever after.
Elly Redding is an award-winning romance writer. Having originally written screenplays, her first novel, ‘True Colours’, won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award, and third prize in the Independent Author Book Award “Words for the Wounded”, as well as being voted Chill with a Book Readers’ Book of the Month Award and receiving a B.R.A.G. Medallion.
Born in London, she now divides her time, with her husband, between Bedfordshire and Devon, where she loves art, dancing and watching the waves.
Elly is a member of the Society of Authors and Alliance of Independent Authors, and would love to hear from you. She can be found @ellyredding on Twitter, Elly Redding Author on Facebook and Elly Redding on Instagram.
Her website is http://www.ellyredding.com
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