You’ve been writing YA fiction for several years as Caroline Green. Why make the leap to writing for adults?
I get bored very easily, as anyone who has seen me look at two screens and listen to an audiobook while attempting to work can testify! I love the world of YA fiction but I felt like trying a different writing market, mainly to see if I could do it. I’m thrilled with how The Woman Next Door has been received and have enjoyed writing in this new vein very much. But I still hope to write books for the younger market too.
Is there a big difference between writing YA and adult fiction? Is it harder to write for adults?
There isn’t much of a difference in the process and it is definitely not easier to write for young people. If anything, I think a background in YA fiction helped me write a psychological thriller for adults. Young people are harsh critics and they want to be entertained. There is no room for saggy plotting in YA fiction! I am still learning all the time but I believe that writing for this audience taught me a lot about plotting and pace.
Where do your ideas come from?
This is a tough one to answer. With my YA books, stories sometimes come to me as a, ‘What if?’ question. For example, ‘What if cracks appeared in the ceiling…but no one else could see them?’ (Cracks) or, ‘What if you had a gift that was also a curse?’ (Hold Your Breath).
The Woman Next Door came to me differently. I had a mental image of a woman peering through the net curtains, watching her neighbour’s shopping delivery with a little too much interest. And so Hester was born. Once I had her clearly in my mind, the rest of the story came to me surprisingly quickly.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I have finished another psychological thriller for adults and hope to have news about that before too long. Watch this space! I’ve already started plotting another, plus I have some ideas for younger fiction too. Other than that I am busy with my teaching jobs. I teach creative writing at City University and I am the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School.
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