Sarah Rayner, author of One Moment, One Morning, has stopped by to answer a couple of questions for MHAM!
Is Another Night, Another Day drawn from personal experience?
Equally, my circumstances are not identical to those of Karen, Abby or Michael in this new novel, which focuses on three people, crying out for help, who meet in a psychiatric clinic. I’m not a widow, like Karen, (who appears in both this book and One Moment, One Morning), nor do I have a child with autism like Abby, or run a florist like Michael (both of whom are new characters). However, I do have first-hand experience of crippling anxiety, and it's this that motivated me to write the book, which also touches on depression, bi-polar illness, even suicide.
A lot! Because I write fiction not memoir, I have to investigate the many areas where I don’t have first-hand experience to make sure I get the details right. Take Abby, for instance, in order to create her story, I read several books written by parents of children with autism, scoured the internet for blogs and discussion groups, and, most useful of all, enlisted the help of a friend of mine, Cath Newell, whose son is rather like Abby’s son, Callum. I spent time with Cath and her family, visited her son’s school, and had a supper party for her and her friends where other mums of children with autism told me of their experiences.
How would you describe the novel-writing process?
What I do like, however, is the notion that as someone reads Another Night, Another Day they might see themselves reflected in some of what Karen, Abby and Michael go through. At the start of the novel Karen’s elderly father is seriously ill, an emotional experience that is sadly bound to resonate with many people.From here – if you’ll forgive my adding an audio to my painterly metaphor – I turn the volume up and brighten the colours; so what happens to Karen as the novel progresses might be brighter, deeper, faster, louder – indeed, better and worse – than reality. But hopefully, because she started somewhere not too far removed from our own lives, we can learn from her experiences as she does, and grow a little, with her.
Another Night, Another Day
From the author of the bestselling One Moment, One Morning comes another beautiful, bittersweet novel set in Brighton…
Three people, each crying out for help
There’s Karen, about to lose her father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant care, and Michael, a family man on the verge of bankruptcy. As each sinks under the strain, they’re brought together at Moreland’s Psychiatric Clinic.
Here, behind closed doors, they reveal their deepest secrets, confront and console one another and share plenty of laughs. But how will they cope when a new crisis strikes?
Sarah Rayner is the author of five novels including the international bestseller, One Moment, One Morning and its follow-up,The Two Week Wait.
A third novel featuring her Brighton-based characters, Another Night, Another Day, is just out in the UK and available exclusively at Waterstones.
Her first novel, The Other Half, was recently published in America.
Another Night, Another Day is available exclusively in Waterstones.