Saturday, 18 July 2015


Title: Guilt Trip
Author: Maggy Farrell
Release Date: 30th May 2014

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The voice on the wind. 
The presence in her dreams. 
The feelings she can’t control. 

Sixteen-year-old Melissa has been diagnosed with Survivor Syndrome, the guilt of having escaped from a car crash in which her mother died. 

However, when on holiday in the rugged moorlands of the English countryside, she begins to see and hear things she can’t explain. And so she must ask herself: are these also symptoms of her illness? Or are they signs that her mother is reaching out to her from beyond the grave? 



I am an English Literature teacher and author, currently living in the Netherlands. When not writing YA chillers, my favourite pastime is to curl up on a rainy afternoon with a good book, a cup of Earl Grey and a packet of chocolate biscuits. Luckily, the Netherlands is a very rainy place... 

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Which do you prefer? . . . . .

Books or Movies?
Both. I am an author and an English Literature teacher  
but I also have an MA in Film.
I guess I just love a good story.

Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance?
I love a really atmospheric mystery. Lies and deception. Something lurking in the fog. The feeling of being watched. Something to send a few tingles down my spine.

Read a book once/Re read books more than once?
If a book is good enough, I’ll read it over and over again.
With some I just want to immerse myself back into that world; whereas with others I enjoy unravelling the story again with a little more insight and getting more 
and more out of it each time.
Actually, I deliberately wrote Guilt Trip with this in mind. The first time you read it everything is mysterious, unexpected, even shocking; but the second time round you spot more clues and foreshadowing and little moments of irony and can’t believe you didn’t notice them before.

Town or country?
Definitely country. For the past fifteen years I have been living in the Netherlands - a lovely place, but incredibly flat - and I really missed hills.
I guess that’s why I set my book up on the wild, rugged moors of Yorkshire.

Shower or Bath?
Long, steaming-hot showers. Nothing worse than bathwater gone tepid. 
But obviously if there's a hot tub on offer, you’ll never get me out of there!

Coffee or Tea?
Tea. Earl Grey - with milk (sorry to any purists out there).

Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
All of them have something special to offer, but I am particularly fond of autumn - the crisp air, the russet leaves, a blackberry crumble warming in the oven. ‘Seasons of mist and mellow fruitfulness...’ Love it! I've always been a woolly scarf and ribbed tights type of girl.

Morning or Evening?
Rainy afternoons, curled up in an armchair with a good book 
or a black-and-white movie.

Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate?
Dark and intense and as often as possible please.

Mild Cheeses, Medium Cheeses or Strong Cheeses?
After fifteen years of Dutch Edam and Gouda, I would have to say any 
- as long as it isn't waxy!

Flat Heeled Shoes, Medium Heeled Shoes or High Heeled Shoes?
There is a special breed of women somewhat akin to the mountain goat (Beyonce, Katie Perry, Rita Ora etc) who can strut their stuff magnificently in dangerously-vertiginous heels. But I am not one of them.
Sadly, I belong more to the ‘comfy shoe' brigade…

Bitten Nails, Natural Nails, or Nail Enhancements (ie false nails) ?
Natural. Life’s too short to care about nails.

Wine, Beer, Soft Drink?
Now that I’m finally back in the UK, I am happily exploring the 
wonderful world of local ciders.

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