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Tracey Scott-Townsend

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Tracey Scott-Townsend Thanks for this question, JS.

I feel my writing style in Another Rebecca is consistent with that in The Last Time We Saw Marion in terms of settings…more
Thanks for this question, JS.

I feel my writing style in Another Rebecca is consistent with that in The Last Time We Saw Marion in terms of settings and environment. I pay close attention to elements that I hope will bring the reader right into the situation with the character.

But in this book I employ first person narratives in the present tense for my three main characters. That holds the reader within their mindset immediately as things happen, and I think it makes the experience sharper.
In The Last Time We Saw Marion, Sarah is a first person narrator, but tells us of events mainly in the past tense. And I tried to hold the character of Marianne at arms' length because she was so dissociated from herself and I wanted the reader to feel like that too.

The tone of Another Rebecca is more vulgar than that of The Last Time We Saw Marion, because two of the main characters are constantly at each other's throats. There's a lot of bitterness and anger. I was actually quite shocked at the constant swearing of the characters when I read it through for the final proof-read. But it feels good that it did shock me because, to me at least, the characters did come across as real. They're like something off the Jeremy Kyle show!
I hope the young Rebecca balances this out though, with her naivety and simple honesty.

I hope the atmosphere of the book is as successful as reviews and comments about The Last Time We Saw Marion suggest that was. I try to use words like brush-strokes of paint, in an impressionist style, to conjure up a sense of place and the feeling of being in that place. I try to go by the 'less is more' model for putting across emotion.

One of the best examples of this I ever read was from 'Brother of the more famous Jack' by Barbara Trapido. "My baby had a mob cap," says a character whose baby has died. That was all she needed to say. I try to keep that in mind whenever I'm writing about something sad. And I do write about a lot of sad things.

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I'm so sorry that I've only just seen this message - terrible, I know! The answer would have been yes, definitely yes! I'm disappointed…more
Hi Susannah,

I'm so sorry that I've only just seen this message - terrible, I know! The answer would have been yes, definitely yes! I'm disappointed that I missed it. If the question is still relevant, pleas do use the review.

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The Last Time We Saw Marion

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Reading this book was like eating a fine meal with a starter, a main course and a dessert. It was a brave choice to begin it with the first taped conversation between Ona and the boy, because you have to maintain concentration to fill in the boy's wr ...more
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