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I Saw What He Did by Kemi Estephane

I Saw What He Did by Kemi Estephane

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Today I am on the Blog Tour for I Saw What He Did and I am here with an interview with the author for you all.

Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.

Title: I Saw What He Did
Author: Kemi Estephane
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Published: 7th June 2022
Source: N/A
Summary: Ren Shephard is at a comfortable crossroads.

Enjoying the temporary freedom of her recent redundancy, her life revolves around her cherished friendships, sporadic communication with her unconventional parents and occasionally bailing her errant sister out of trouble.

However, when she signs up for an online writing course, she meets a group of people who will impact her in unimaginable, unexpected and tragic ways.

When a gruesome murder takes place during one of the lessons, Ren becomes embroiled in a dangerous and terrifying sequence of events.

With the police stonewalling and Ren overtaken by a desperate urge to find the truth – and justice for the victim – she uncovers some shocking and mystifying evidence that sends her world spiralling out of control, whilst simultaneously placing her life in jeopardy.

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Author Interview

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
Immersing myself into a world where I can let my imagination take control. I love the process of adding layers to my characters. I start with the equivalent of matchstick people and flesh them out – first in my head and then on the page. Shaping characters into ‘real’ individuals that my readers can picture and connect with is testing, but at the same time extremely gratifying. Also, the thought of writing something that will give pleasure to others – even if for a short time – is heartening.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
I love Ren! Her rather ordinary life is smashed apart by the most unfathomable incident, and whilst battling to keep her head above water, the naivety and spontaneity in some of her actions are at times ingratiating and at other times frustrating. But they are essentially borne from one thing: her search for justice. In her eyes, the heinous nature of the crime cannot be mitigated by anything less than the perpetrator being found, tried and convicted – even if she has to go way above and beyond, and seek justice herself.

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
A chilled glass of Diet Cola – the fizz keeps me focused!

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
Yes! When I write I sit on a sofa with my feet up, laptop on my lap, and my back supported by a soft – totally unsuitable – cushion. (My rounded spine has started to tell a story of its own!) It’s strange because, apart from when I’m writing, I never adopt this highly inadvisable seating position. I also bite my inner cheek when in deep concentration….and the deeper I concentrate, the deeper I frown.

How did you research your book?
My starting point was writing about something I know, hence much of the action taking place in an online setting – a set-up which I am familiar with. The main locations in my book are familiar territory but I called upon my husband (whose pet name is Satnav – for obvious reasons) to help with some of the journeys described in parts of the story. Some aspects of the novel required input from outside sources. I consulted with my very kind (ex-Police Officer) neighbour. I can’t say who my other main research contact was – because that might give away a significant twist in the story.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Is it possible to be a plotter – with a dash of pantser? I started with a vague outline in my head; structured my ideas into very loose, bullet-pointed chapters before I started the writing process. I largely stuck to this. However, one day, in the very early hours, I had the sudden urge to rebel and deviate from the plan! I changed a couple of key chapters without so much as a pause before reverting to plotter mode.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
Public confession time! My obsession with Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory has never abated. (The original, I must stress). The complexity, the vibrancy, the unfettered activity, the labyrinth of amazing things to explore! And that’s before we even discuss the chocolate and candy…. My inner child is unable to disengage from Willy Wonka’s magnificent world. As someone who largely colours within the lines, I’m certain I would have given Charlie Bucket a run for his money to claim the Top Prize. 

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
I’d stay in my fictional world of choice and befriend Willy Wonka. His eccentric, quirky, sometimes dark character, somewhat reminds me of the creative writing teacher in my novel. (I didn’t set out with this in mind!) There’s something deliciously devilish and mysterious behind Mr Wonka’s benign smile and those tranquilizing blue eyes. He captivates the children but lacks the gravitas to fully endear himself to the adults. Maybe I’d be an offspring of the Oompa Loompas – guaranteeing myself a place in the heart of the great man himself.

About the Author

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Writing; made it into my local newspaper, then spent the next couple of decades with my head buried in suspense fiction, absorbed in the work of others! In real life, I have been a College Lecturer for many years, alongside roles with various examination boards: marking, moderating, assessing and undertaking a host of other interesting duties.

During lockdown, I spent a reasonable amount of time in a virtual classroom: teaching, training, taking part in meetings…and the list goes on.  With that in mind, I chose to base my novel around the world of virtual learning – where something deviant occurs online, and at the same time, throw a bit of family drama into the mix. 

My debut novel (a.k.a My Lockdown Project) was written whilst navigating my teenage sons through online schooling; stopping my maverick husband from DIY-ing the house to death, and trying to negotiate a balance between comfort eating and regular 8km walks….I made it to 12km on one occasion! Needless to say, my hobbies are: reading, snacking, walking – and I simply adore my huge, raucous family!

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