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Sunday Times Bestselling author

@GillianMAuthor

7 QUESTIONS

with Gillian McAllister, author of Everything But The Truth

1. Why did you want to become an author?

I never had a moment where I decided to become an author. It was just always something I wanted to do, unthinkingly, from the moment I picked up a novel. And it's the best job in the world. 

2. Tell us about your new book No Further Questions 

No Further Questions is about who you entrust to take care of your child. Martha trusts her sister, Becky, to look after her child for two nights, but the child dies, and the police think it's murder. It's the story of the trial that will determine both sisters' fates.  

3. What is your favourite boxset at the moment? 

I actually am a bit rubbish at watching television, to be honest. I thought I would watch more once I went part time in my day job but alas, I spent all of my free time reading and writing! (Quite happily, I might add). I did really enjoy Keeping Faith recently.  

4. What is your top tip for a newbie author?

Write often, every day if possible. It's so easy to get caught up in the ancillary aspects of writing—social media presence, researching agents... but the fastest path to publication is bum-on-seat writing every day. Painful, but true. 

5. You're a Sunday Times Bestselling author—does that add pressure when writing a new book?

I don't feel pressure from my readership or publisher. Writing is still the solitary activity in the spare room that it's always been, one that I only speak about to my father, my boyfriend and my agent, Clare Wallace at Darley Anderson. I feel immensely privileged to have been launched by Michael Joseph, Penguin as a bestseller. You only need to wander around your local Waterstones to get a true sense of the scale of publishing, and there are only ten bestsellers a week. So mostly I feel hugely lucky. I'm not going to lie and say I'm super chilled in my first week of sales figures, though!

6. If you had a superpower what would it be?

Definitely invisibility. All that eavesdropping...

7. What or who inspires you to write?

Culture, I think. Good books. Art. Creative people. I recently saw a man in Tesco who had sewn up a tiny rip in his jacket and he inspired an entire character.