Local writer, Sarah Edghill, has just published her second novel and admits the process is just as daunting, the second time around.
“My debut, A Thousand Tiny Disappointments, came out last September, and I was a bundle of nerves beforehand,” Sarah said. “But I was overwhelmed by the support I received, particularly from the local community: people I hardly knew, stopped me in the street to say they’d read the book and enjoyed it.”
Sarah, from Brownshill, was also asked to appear at last November’s Stroud Book Festival by organiser, Caroline Sanderson: “I loved taking part, particularly because I’d previously volunteered at the Festival and been inspired by hearing about the experiences of other authors. It was also great to see my book in shops, such as the Yellow Lighted Bookshop and The Barn Shop in Chalford Hill, where the owner, Clancey, was a one-woman promotional machine.”
Sarah’s second novel, His Other Woman, tells the story of Lucy, whose husband disappears after sending her a brief text asking her not to get in touch. Bewildered, upset and angry, Lucy convinces herself he must be having an affair. She’s right to worry, she does have a rival for Tom’s affections; but the other woman in his life is someone Lucy has known – and hated – for 20 years… his twin sister, Stella.
The success of A Thousand Tiny Disappointments means the second novel has plenty to live up to. “It’s a similar genre – domestic drama,’ says Sarah, who worked as a features journalist before turning her hand to fiction, and admits her writing is influenced by some of the stories she was told over the years. “Truth really is stranger than fiction. People find themselves in the most extraordinary situations and have to draw on reserves of strength and resilience to find a way to deal with whatever life has thrown at them.”
His Other Woman is published by Bloodhound Books and is available at the Stroud Bookshop and the Yellow Lighted Bookshop in Nailsworth, as well as through Amazon (as an e-book or paperback) via geni.us/HisOtherWoman1
A Thousand Tiny Disappointments is available via mybook.to/TinyDisappointments