I’m pleased to do another cover reveal on the blog today with author Tilly Tennant. And today we’re moving away from crime and having something pretty and lovely to look at before Christmas.
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
I love the cover Tilly. It’s bright and girly and it looks happy. Were you able to have any input in the design and if not, are you happy with the results?
There was a lot of trust! The lady who designed this for us, Tash, has worked with myself and other authors I know on a lot of projects, so to a certain extent we gave her a rough brief and then let her loose on it to see what she came up with. She’s great at that and always gives us quite a few images to start with, which we discuss with her and tweak as we go along. I think this one might be the seventh or eighth version. She’s very good at capturing the essence of the story, I think.
It draws you in with the silhouette in the moon. Along with the title, it’s intriguing as well as being girly, what can you say about the book?
The story follows Ellie, a journalist on a local newspaper, who gets far too involved with a story she’s covering, and Ben who is basically the story! I like to think that as well as being girly, Ellie is quite a tough and career driven character, although she is sweet and has a very human side. She’s ambitious for her career, but would never hurt anyone to get on. The opposite is true, really, that she cares for everyone else too much and always puts herself last. Ben is a sweetie too – strong but sensitive and very creative. They both get themselves in trouble by caring too much about what others want instead of what they want. I hope that the girliness of the cover image, coupled with the strong silhouette of Ben, captures all these aspects of the story.
The Man Who Can’t Be Moved? That holds implications. I’m rubbish with titles. At what point did the title come to you?
I have to confess that the title is a massive cheat and didn’t require any thinking on my part at all! I’m sure many people will recognise it as the title for a song by The Script, which gave me the inspiration for the story.
When is the publication date?
The kindle edition should be available 19th December and the paperback, hopefully, a couple of days later, although I don’t have the exact date just yet.
And without giving anything away, if you could be one of the characters, who would you be and why?
I think I would have to be Ellie. I worked for a newspaper once in advertising and I secretly envied the journalists. Their jobs seemed very glamorous compared to mine! She also has a much better social life than me!
Thanks for talking to me Tilly, it’s been great having you and I can’t wait to read it!
Thank you for having me!