DEBUT DISTRICT is a regular feature on Artsy Draft in which I post appreciation towards debut releases through author interview, book blitz, listopia, review, and other related content.
I’m really excited for today’s post because aside from more of Debut District episodes (we need to give more appreciation and support to debut authors!), it’s also going to be my very first interview! Today, I’m going to share my interview with Melanie Golding, the debut author of Little Darlings, which will be published on April 30, 2019! We talked about the making process of the book (both ups and downs!), what inspired Melanie to come up with this story and also a few fun questions about Melanie’s favorite books!
Hi, Melanie! Thank you for doing this interview with me. It’s only a little less than two weeks to Little Darlings publication date! How do you feel about this upcoming release of Little Darlings?
Excited, but also anxious – you never really know how it’s going to be received!
From its synopsis, Little Darlings sounds dark and definitely haunting. Where do you get your ideas and inspirations to write Little Darlings?
The book is inspired by a very old, very obscure folktale called A Brewery of Eggshells. It is also inspired by my thoughts about the experience of having babies.
Ah, I’ve never heard of the folktale before but I checked it out just now and that’s one terrifying folktale! And speaking of which, how long does it take for you to write it?
I started the book in October of 2015. We sold it in November of 2017, but it was heavily edited after that before publication and in partnership with my editors.
That’s a long process! Being a writer obviously requires hard works and a lot of dedication. But, do you always want to be a writer? Do you mind to tell us about your writing journey?
I always wanted to be a writer, but for a long time, I only write short stories, poems, and songs. Novels came to me in my late twenties. I have a fair few rejected manuscripts, like all writers. You have to learn by doing.
That’s interesting! Speaking of rejected manuscripts, is there any challenges during the writing process of Little Darlings?
Many challenges! Balancing the different perspectives, grappling with timelines. Pacing, atmosphere. All challenges, but in a positive way.
I can’t imagine how you get through those obstacles to finished this book! Let’s chat about your role as a reader now. What is the first book that made you cry?
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I cry easy.
Yet another book that I haven’t read but I need to ASAP! Anyway, what’s your comfort zone when it comes to genre? Is there any genre that you won’t read for a million years?
I read everything and stubbornly read to the end of everything even if I’m not enjoying it. I don’t feel I can have a proper opinion unless I’ve read the whole thing.
That’s a fair point. I’m also trying my best to explore my reading and not just focusing on one genre! Now… three all time favorite books, go!
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson.
And what’s your favorite under-appreciated book?
The Collector Collector, by Tibor Fischer. Actually, it should probably be in my all-time favorites but you only gave me three.
Terribly sorry about the limitation! 😬 But, now I’m about to ask you a far more controversial question. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes I read them all, obsessively. I mostly ignore the good ones and think about the bad ones all day. I’ve heard this kind of behavior is to do with evolution, that we have learned to focus on the negative so as to be hyper-aware of the things that might be dangerous. I’m not sure about this theory. I hope the obsessive checking wears off; it’s kind of addictive.
Lastly, who’d you recommend to read Little Darlings?
Everyone. Especially all of the men.
Thank you, Melanie, for taking your time to chat with me about your upcoming debut release, Little Darlings!
And that’s the end of my interview with Melanie! I’m really excited about this book and I’m even more hyped now that I know it’s based on such creepy folktale! I can’t wait to start reading it and if you’re looking for more details and information regarding this book, keep on reading!
Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.
A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley―to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.
Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.