Today I am thrilled to be kicking of the blog tour for #MySilverLining
and I am joined by the sparkly Miranda Dickinson who is going to share with us what inspired her to write Searching for a Silver Lining.
I’ve always wanted to write a road trip story and over the years have played around with possible ideas. But when I dreamed up Mattie Bell and Reenie Silver I knew their story needed an incredible journey at its heart. I love the idea of unlikely and unusual friendships, and the possibility of writing one that grows and develops during a physical journey really excited me.
I’m also a huge fan of 1950s music and fashion, so it was great to be able to work this into the tale, with a modern day story that slowly unlocks secrets from sixty years ago. My love of Fifties’ music is reflected in the book, both in the story and in the chapter headings, each of which is named after a 1950s hit song.
Being a singer (my ‘other’ job when I’m not writing), I really wanted to write about a young band chasing after their dreams, in a time where people wanted to believe anything was possible. The dynamics of five completely different characters thrown together in pursuit of a shared dream – and the tensions, rifts and challenges that causes – fascinates me and was really fun to bring to the page.
Searching for a Silver Lining is a book about forgiveness, redemption and the power of friendship – themes I’ve written about before but which I feel are so important to us still today. Through Mattie and Reenie’s exciting, dramatic and – it has to be said – slightly barmy journey together, I hope I’ve been able to create a story that makes you laugh, cry, and believe that anything is possible! Thanks so much for reading this blog exclusive! For more, follow my Searching for a Silver Lining blog tour. I really hope you enjoy Mattie’s story!
It began with a promise . . . Matilda Bell is left heartbroken when she falls out with her beloved grandfather just before he dies. Haunted by regret, she makes a promise that will soon change everything . . . When spirited former singing star Reenie Silver enters her life, Mattie seizes the opportunity to make amends. Together, Mattie and Reenie embark on an incredible journey that will find lost friends, uncover secrets from the glamorous 1950s and put right a sixty-year wrong. Touchingly funny, warm and life-affirming, this is a sparkling story of second chances. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, Searching for a Silver Lining will take you on a trip you'll never forget.
Searching for a Silver Lining is out Thursday 20th October
You can pre-order your copy too.