Emily Gunnis previously worked in TV drama and lives in Brighton with her young family. She is one of the four daughters of Sunday Times bestselling author Penny Vincenzi. The Girl in the Letter is her debut novel.
When you’re on the hunt for a new read, how do you go about discovering one?
I usually ask friends or family if anyone has read anything good lately. I always find the best seller charts a bit of a mixed bag. And friends usually have the same tastes. My sister recently recommended The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson which was incredible – I was so bereft when I finished it.
Tell us a little bit about how ‘new beginnings’ are celebrated in your book
So the story’s protagonist is Sam Harper, who is the journalist on the hunt for the truth about The Girl in the Letter. Her career, and personal life, is stalling at the start of the book, and by the end of the book she has overcome some tough hurdles and discovered some bitter sweet truths about herself and her family, which give her the strength to leave some baggage from the past behind, and start the new life which she has always dreamed of.
If you were to set up a bookish Easter egg hunt, which five books would you choose to hide?
Hmmmm, I’ve been reading a lot about psychosis and the NHS for book two, so I’d say This is going to Hurt by Adam Kay, An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison, Asylum by Patrick McGrath, The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, by Maggie O’Farrell and I’ve just read Steven King On Writing again which is totally brilliant for any budding writers.
If you were an Easter egg, what kind would you be?
A Lindt Bunny, once you start you can’t stop – hopefully how my readers feel about TGITL!! 😉