Bridget Collins - Author of 'The Binding' talks about her critically acclaimed adult debut, why planning is overrated and why she finally had to tell this story.
Bridget Collins has published 7 Young Adult books, a few plays, and now her first full adult novel, 'The Binding', is due to be one of the biggest of 2019. It's been lauded as a 'genre defying fusion of history, magic and a powerful exploration of mental illness'. It tells the story of Emmett Farmer, a book binding apprentice, whose job is to help people forget their darkest secrets.
We talk about why it's taken her years to finally write this book, and how volunteering at the Samaritans gave her the initial idea for the story. Also, you can hear why most of Bridget's writing day is spent in bed, and how she gets by without thorough planning.
We get a top writing tip that may change the way you work forever from a sheep-farming-crime-author, and there's a way your story can be on the show.
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