Earlier today you got to read my review for the new release, Through Her Eyes! For a little bit more release day fun, I also get to share an interview with Sophie Fahy. The author of this amazing book took time to answer some questions, so we can get to know her a little better and learn more about her book!
About the Author
What inspired you to start writing?
There wasn’t a specific thing that inspired me to write. One day, I was sat in my english classroom and we were told to create a short story and this outline would be used for our coursework. I enjoyed it that much, I went home and carried on developing the story. I then searched places to share your writing and found a website called Booksie. A community of writers who shared their stories chapter-by-chapter. The rest is history.
What is your all time favorite book? Why?
This is a hard one, because who can choose just one book? When there are millions of them out there. I think If I had to really, really choose. It would be Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers. She’s everything I aspire to be. Her book, really stayed with me even after finishing it. Her main protagonist is strong, smart but very misunderstood. She writes about girls you can’t forget and oh boy, this girl I couldn’t forget.
What recent books do you think everyone needs to read?
Boys of Brayshaw High. Oh my my my my my, It was AMAZING. I loved it so much. I can’t wait to read the third one!
Hotshot Doc. I loved it. It’s so light, but so funny and I swear it will make you swerve and your toes tingle.
Payback. Amy Daws knows how to make you giggle! Her book payback is so much fun but also fire! I read this book in one whole sitting.
Besides writing, what are other hobbies you have?
I love photography, although I never have time to take pretty pictures, due to me running around like a headless chicken, trying to sort my little boy, myself and the house out!
Through Her Eyes is your debut book (congrats with that by the way!), what has been your favorite part of the publishing journey?
Thank you so much! The cover was fun, I literally created it before they even asked me my ideas. Then they practically copied my design so that was amazing. The waiting around isn’t that great. I’m so eager to have it out into the world, the re-reads really got to me. The best part? Knowing that someone is taking a chance on me and believes in me!
I know Through Her Eyes just came out today, but can you tell us if you have any other projects you’re working on?
I have a series I’m working on. About four girls in the care system. You learn their stories in many different ways. The first book i’m working on is a tough project, due to having worked in a children’s home in the past. I explore the foster care system and also physical abuse. It’s a book that although carries the dark moments within, it explores the lighter, more fluffy contrasts.
About the Book
Describe your book in five words or less.
Hope. Betrayal. Party. Friendship. Darkness.
What inspired Through Her Eyes?
Pretty Little Liars, originally. It was first called, “The Blind Game.” I was going to make it into a game, and although it’s still a mystery on who attacked her. I changed the structure of the story more to suit Alyssa (my main protagonist) and her life at home and the struggles she goes through while drinking and partying hard. I worked with very traumatised, high-risk kids and the things they went through really got to me, it made me realise life isn’t always black and white and that’s how this book developed into what it is now.
When you wrote Through Her Eyes did you have it all mapped out or did you let Alyssa take you along for the ride?
At first I let her take me along for the ride. I enjoyed it that way because my fingers just flowed freely. When I started my creative writing classes, I then plotted out the rest of the book. The ended was a ride and a half, that ending never existed until I actually got there.
If you were to put yourself into this story, what kind of character would you be?
I think i’d be Noelle. Noelle’s very loyal, fiery, and misunderstood in a way that you may think she’s a complete cow, but she really isn’t. She’s the best of the bunch. She tries her best to keep her best friend in line and also apologises for things she’s done wrong. She’s Alyssa’s sunshine.
What is your favorite quote from Through Her Eyes?
Okay, so this is my all-time fave, purely because your parents are quick to tell you right from wrong and sometimes you already know the answer or even what they’re going to say…
“Oh Alyssa, fighting, really?”
Oh Alyssa, did you really have to stoop so low?
Puh-lease, she deserved it.
Like the coward I am, I mumble, “Sorry, Dad. It won’t happen again.”
I love, love, love how Alyssa has her thoughts but they’re compeletly different to what she says to her father.
What message do you hope readers take away from this book?
Life your life to the best of your ability. Be careful when partying and drinking at parties, anything could happen. Your life could change as quick as you gulp down that liqueur. Not all families are perfect and not everything revolves around being the most popular kid at school. There’s more to life than the things spread open for you to see, there’s everything beneath and don’t forget that.
A big thanks to Sophie Fahy for sitting down and taking time to answer my questions. If you had the chance to ask your favorite author questions, what questions would you ask? Even though I already said it in my review, I’ll say it again, pick up Through Her Eyes! It’s so good!!