‘I stole the idea for She’s Not There’
I stole the idea for She’s Not There. It was back in 2012, at a Sunday lunch, and my host, already a published author, announced she’d finally given up on the novel she’d been wrestling with for months. I asked what the novel was about, wondering if I might be able to come up with a way forward. ‘Oh, just, a boy wakes up and his mum’s disappeared,’ she said, with a dismissive gesture. For the rest of the meal I couldn’t concentrate on what anyone was saying. And that night I didn’t sleep a wink, watching the story of nine-year-old Jonah, his mother, Lucy, and his younger brother Raff, spool inside my brain. The next day, in my lunch hour, I started writing it down. By the end of the week I’d produced 10,000 words, and Jonah’s predicament occupied my every waking thought. I was excited, but also deeply uneasy. Would my author friend mind? If I asked her, and she said, ‘Yes!’, what would I do?
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