Snapped: Sand-writing for Claire Mackintosh’s I Let You Go
Author Claire MacKintosh shares the unique way her readers are celebrating her new thriller.
The main character in my debut novel, I Let You Go, is Jenna Gray, a British woman in her late 30s who moves to a coastal village in rural Wales in an attempt to come to terms with the aftermath of the hit-and-run which killed five-year-old Jacob. She is grief-stricken and traumatised, and she seeks solace in the beauty of her new surroundings. Each morning, she goes down to the beach, and one day she picks up a stick and writes her name in the sand. She takes a photo of it before the tide comes in and washes it away, and slowly the idea for a new business is formed. Jenna takes orders for messages – names, apologies, marriage proposals – and heads down to the beach to write the words in the sand and take a photograph.
It’s a very romantic occupation for a woman in what is really a very dark and frightening psychological thriller, but it’s something that everyone can visualise very easily – probably because it’s something we’ve all done as children. It certainly seemed to capture the imagination of readers, who have sent me photographic evidence of sand-writing, inspired by I Let You Go. I’ve loved seeing them all, and hope that this trend will continue, now that I Let You Go is out in the US! You can share your own sand-writing image on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, using the hashtag #ILetYouGo. Don’t forget to tag me, so I can see it too!
Clare Mackintosh spent 12 years on the police force in England and has written for The Guardian, Good Housekeeping, and other publications. A columnist for Cotswold Life and Writing Magazine, she is the founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival and lives in the Cotswolds with her family. I Let You Go is her debut novel.
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