Rowan Coleman on ‘The Day We Met’
The Day We Met centers on a heroine who refuses to surrender to a fate worse than death: disappearing. Author Rowan Coleman answers our questions about her latest novel.
The Day We Met is being compared to Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, which devastated us. How many tissues are we going to need to read it?
Well, I won’t lie – a few. But it’s not a depressing or grim read. Many who have read it already have found it to be uplifting and full of joy. I hope you do too!
Claire, your heroine, is struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, which is a difficult topic to explore. How did you balance this subject but still keep a lighter tone?
I think the key to that is in Claire, herself. She became so much more than just a character to me, I fell in love with her as I was writing her, she is funny, and fierce, brave and a loving mother. She is so wonderful – she shines light into the darkest corners. Sometime I wonder if I wrote her, or if she sort of materialised….
The Day We Met was a bestseller when originally published in the UK, and now US readers are going to be lucky enough to read it. What differences do you find between US and UK readers?
I don’t really think that readers differ depending on nationality, I’ve been lucky enough to have my books published in several countries now, but it’s the things that people who love to read have in common, and not their differences that are so wonderful: curiosity, passion for life, broad horizons, emotional and intellectual depth. Readers rule the world.
What are the top three items you need to write?
Tea, and lots of it.
Quiet, no noise at all.
A window to look out of, blue sky preferable.
What is the last great book you read that you can’t stop thinking about?
I just read Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread. I love her work, and this is no exception. One of those books that stays with you.
What can readers expect from you next?
I have just finished a new novel, about a nurse and her husband who returns from Afghanistan with PTSD, it’s about how they find each other again, but also more than that, it’s about rediscovering hope, when you think all hope is lost.
Rowan Coleman is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Accidental Mother and its sequel, The Accidental Family, as well as Another Mother’s Life, named an Indie Next notable book, and Mommy by Mistake. She lives with her husband and children in England.
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