Write on in Hastings – EMMA SMART
FOLLOWING A GLOWING REVIEW OF THE DEBUT NOVEL FROM E. G. SMART BY EMILY BRYANT IN HIP 105, PETE DONOHUE FINDS OUT MORE ABOUT THIS NEW LOCAL AUTHOR
I moved to Hastings from London several years ago. It’s my ideal place, with all the things I like: James Burton architecture, the sea, antique shops and creative people.
It was my upbringing as well as certain spooky events which inspired me to write my first novel My Turn Will Come. I grew up in a household where dreams were regularly analysed, tea leaves read, and my mother would often say that “This world isn’t the real world – the real world is where we go to when we die.”
The book has a philosophical aspect to it and readers will be encouraged to question their own existence and to ask themselves whether death is really the end. The central character, James Truman discovers that death is not the end and is given a choice to return to earth to complete his soul journey. Wouldn’t we all love a second chance to do some things differently?
The afterlife, which is referred to as the Realm of Rest is not reminiscent of popular imaginings of heaven – happy youthful souls, flowers, pillars etc. Instead, it is run more like a business with deadlines by which souls need to move on to their next stage. This was done to buck the expectations of my readers and keep them engrossed in the afterlife.
I’m currently working on a new novel titled The Spy and the Swindler, a love story where the key character, a spy named Charlotte Harper-Smith, finds herself falling in love with a con man she is spying on, the charming and refined Maurice Beaufort.
With my other hat on, I am a founder of Planet Training Limited, a soft skills training company providing a range of workshops, including management and leadership programmes. Our clients include local authorities, NHS, charities, media, and higher education. The workshops are designed to help employees learn specific knowledge or skills to improve performance in their current roles.
The creative vibes of Hastings have rubbed off on me. In my spare time, I like to dabble in painting still life using oil on canvas. But my favourite pastime is reading which I do profusely with no genre preference. There is nothing more I enjoy than a good novel with both my cats, Puskin and Poppy, sitting on my lap happily purring.
• Emma will be signing copies of her book at Bookbuster, Queens Road, Hastings on Saturday 21st July 2018 between 4-6pm, and Wednesday 8th August 2018 between 12-2pm.
• If you can’t get down to Bookbuster, My Turn Will Come is also available on Amazon or from: www.emmagsmart.com
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