Author Jojo Moyes to talk at Saffron Walden book shop, Hart’s Books this evening

PUBLISHED: 10:31 26 April 2018

Jojo Moyes will be at Hart's Books on April 26. Picture: Stine Heilmann.

Jojo Moyes will be at Hart's Books on April 26. Picture: Stine Heilmann.

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Novelist Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You, which controversially tackled assisted dying, will be discussing her latest book at Hart’s Books in Saffron Walden.

On April 26, at 6.30pm, Mrs Moyes will be talking about Still Me, which follows Me Before You and After You.

The novel sees character Louisa Clark travel to New York, after Will Traynor, the man she loved, died in a Swiss euthanasia clinic.

Describing her novel, Mrs Moyes, a former assistant news editor, told the Broadcast: “I hope it brings some things full circle. I feel like it’s the book where Lou finally grows up.”

Me Before You has sold more than six million copies and was number one in nine countries when published in 2012.

Describing her writing process, Mrs Moyes said: “I usually have a bundle of ideas flying around in my head and when I tend to find that one ‘sticks’ - I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s often related to something I’ve seen in the news, or something I’ve overheard, which just makes me think: ‘What’s the answer to that?’ or ‘What would I do in those circumstances?’

“I let it sit and cook for a few months and then if I think I can make a story out of it I think about what format it would suit best-novel, screenplay, TV series.. and work from there.

“Before I start work writing I work out who my main characters are - I have a separate book in which I write their likes, dislikes, even shoe size. I usually spend up to 18 months writing, and the editing takes around nine months. So it’s not a fast process.

“If I had a pound for everyone who told me they wanted to write a book I’d be Bill Gates. Sit down every day and write 500 words. You may delete 499 of them the following day, but you’ll still be moving forward.”

The final book in the trilogy sees Louisa come to terms with Will’s choice to die after becoming paralysed, and decide her next steps.

Mrs Moyes said: “When I decided to write the other two books I was more interested in the idea of how you would recover from being part of something as huge as that. But I was also interested in the way we work things out about ourselves.”

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