Saturday, November 6, 2010

Helen Smith-- Alison Wonderland

Helen Smith is an author and playwright. She travelled the world when her daughter was small, doing all sorts of strange jobs to support them both - from cleaning motels to working as a magician's assistant - before returning to live in London where she wrote her first novel. She's a long-term supporter of the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture and mentors members of an exiled writers group to help them tell their stories.

Product description:
When Alison joins Mrs Fitzgerald’s Bureau of Investigation as a private detective, her new job takes her on a series of loosely linked adventures involving an abandoned baby, a transgenic animal and secret tunnels under The Thames. She travels from London to the seaside town of Weymouth and back again with her new best friend Taron, a girl with a hundred candle smile. But someone is betraying her. Is it Taron? Is it Jeff, the sweet-natured inventor who writes her poetry? Or are there darker forces at play?

'Only occasionally does a piece of fiction leap out and demand immediate cult status.  Alison Wonderland is one... Smith is at the very least a minor phenomenon.' The Times

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It’s a charming, thoughtful book that features several interesting characters and some memorable lines. 

Q: Why did you go indie?
I’m traditionally published but when Alison Wonderland went out of print I thought the best way to revive the book would be to make it available for the kindle. Getting it into the kindle store was a very positive experience so I followed it up by publishing an ebook edition of my second book, Being Light, which had also gone out of print. Both are now available in paperback.

Q: Who are your favorite authors?
Peter Carey, Kazuo Ishiguro, Liz Jensen, Chuck Palahniuk, Haruki Marakami, Muriel Spark, Graham Greene, Mary Karr.

Buy it on Amazon, in the Kindle store, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble or direct from Tyger Books.


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