Living on the streets is terrifying and exhausting. Grace’s only comforts are a steady stream of vodka, and a strange little boy who’s following her around.
At nineteen, Grace has already had a child and endured an abusive marriage. But she’s also had her baby abducted by her vengeful husband and been framed as a neglectful mother. Even her own parents doubted her version of the story. So she did the only thing that made sense to her—run away.
The streets are unforgiving. Winter is drawing in. And Grace isn’t prepared for the harsh realities of survival. At her very bleakest, a Good Samaritan swoops into her life and rescues her. With a roof over her head and food in her stomach, she longs to see her baby again.
But nothing ever comes for free.
MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer – I can’t remember making an actual decision about it. I would sit in my room writing instead of going out to play and I loved going to stationery shops over toy shops. I told my careers advisor I was going to be an author, when I was about fourteen, and she told me that wasn’t a proper job and organised work experience in a medical records office.
- What inspired you to write this book?
Sometimes, when I start something new, I give myself a challenge rather than being inspired by a theme or plot. In this case my challenge was to see how far I could push a character, how bad I could make things for them. That sounds so cruel, doesn’t it?
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Suffering an abusive marriage, running away is the only thing that makes sense to Grace, even though it means leaving her baby behind.
- What are you up to next?
My publisher has just accepted my next novel, about an artist with amnesia. And I’m writing a novel about a woman who wakes up one morning to find her partner has vanished.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
I admire Margaret Atwood, not only for her writing but for her ability to jump around so many different genres and still pull her readership along with her. I’m not sure there’s a genre she hasn’t had a go at!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Annalisa Crawford lives in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of moorland and beaches to keep her inspired. She lives with her husband, two sons, and dog.
Crawford writes dark contemporary, character-driven stories, with a hint of the paranormal.
Over the years, she has won several competitions, and had many short stories published in small press journals and online. Highlights include being placed 3rd in the Costa Short Story Award 2015 and being longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and Bath Short Story Award in 2018.
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