Someone Like You Q&A
[WARNING: INCLUDES SPOILERS]
Q: What was the inspiration behind Someone Like You?
A: Funnily enough, it was the song Someone Like You by Adele. When I first heard it, I could see the scene in my head, where Mukti and Jonny are having their housewarming party, and Jamie is watching from afar. Everything that has happened in the last two books, the characters and a few songs, inspired me to begin this third book.
Q: What was your favourite part about writing Someone Like You?
A: Finishing it! Because, for a long time, it didn't seem like it was going to be finished. I started it in 2012 and finished the first draft towards the end of 2015. It took me longer to finish this book than the first two combined, and that was because of everything that was happening in my personal life. When I wrote the last line, it felt like such a relief.
Q: Do you have a favourite scene or chapter in the book?
A: Not in this book, no. But there are loads of scenes, dialogues and sections I like and whenever I read them, I go "aww!" We'd be here all day if I listed them all!
Q: Everyone got their happy ending, so this book is the last in the series, right?
A: Well, Sarah and Ebony didn't get their happy ever after. Nor did Mukti's little sister Zari. But it doesn't mean that they won't in the future. Will I be writing another book, or books, to see what happens in their lives? Who knows? Do Mukti, Jamie and Jonny have no more stories to tell? Again, who knows? Life doesn't end at 30. In terms of a fourth book in this series, nothing is in the pipeline at the moment. The thought of spending more time with Mukti and co. however, is very tempting, but I won't do anything unless I have a great story to tell, one which will be a good novel in its own right. If I do write a fourth book, I think I'd like to try something different. Like I said, the three main characters are in their 30's now, so I wouldn't want to write a book that spans 2-3 years or more, like the last three books, and shove them into middle age so fast. I like the idea of challenging myself to squeeze in all the drama, romance and twist-and-turns into a book that stretches across a mere few weeks, maximum three months. Once again, the plot would need to be really amazing for me to start writing a fourth book. At the moment, it's nice to think that my favourite three characters finally have some peace in their lives.