Today I have the pleasure of kicking off the whole blog tour for The Puppet Master by Abigail Osbourne! I have an exclusive guest post from the author herself. Just like author Hemmie Martin wrote about her process from idea to finished copy, Abigail has written all about her own process. Hope you enjoy it!
Manipulated by fear and love…could you cut the strings and take back control?
Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls her. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain?
Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives she ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him but as unwanted attraction and feelings blossom between them, Adam is forced to realise that all is not as it seems. Most of their lives have been unknowingly governed by the desires and needs of someone who considers himself their master. He has influenced and shaped them for years, meticulously weaving a web of lies and control around them. Can Billie and Adam survive the betrayals in store and cut the strings that bind them?
One thing is for sure. The master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.
From Idea to Book: Your Journey with The Puppet Master
by Abigail Osbourne
My journey with The Puppet Master has been surreal. I started to about a disagreement that my family had when I was younger and then I began to explore experiences I had had as a child, my first boyfriend and then all of a sudden a story was starting to take shape. I have to admit; I was not really sure if I was seriously going to publish a book. I was loving the experience of writing, but I have never believed that I had the imagination to write and publish a book. I was in a job where I worked very little, and I was going crazy at home with nothing to do (something I always thought I would love) so writing filled the void of having nothing to do all day.
I was so involved in creating this story I did not even think seriously about what would happen when I was finished. However, all that changed when I printed out some chapters and took it to a friend, a friend I knew would tell me the truth (even if I did not want to hear it). She enjoyed my writing, and I trusted her opinion as she studied English with me at University.
“I saw people looking at me, holding a copy of my inner most thoughts and feelings wrapped up in a story I had created from thin air”
From then on I started to take this story seriously. I bought a piece of software called Story Weaver, and it really helped me to ask the right questions to turn this into a proper idea, and I had long discussions with my friend about improvements and the voice. I even gave it a title. It just started snowballing after that; I hired an editor and cover designer without really realising what it would mean.
Before I knew it I was at launch party I had organised, and I had to give a speech. I saw people looking at me, holding a copy of my inner most thoughts and feelings wrapped up in a story I had created from thin air. It really hit me that what started as a scene about my first ever boyfriend was now actually a book that people wanted to buy. I managed to give a speech and try to express how I wanted my book to have a message: that you can go through horrific ordeals and come out of it the other side, still fighting. It is an unfortunate fact of life that terrible things happen, but I wanted to show that you can let that define you, like Billie does at the beginning of my book, or use it to make you a stronger person like she ultimately ends up doing.
Since releasing The Puppet Master, I have learnt so much, and I feel that I have unlocked a passion for creating. It has been a crazy, stressful but ultimately rewarding process taking an idea into a book. One that, despite the stress and fear, I can’t wait to do again.
About the Author
Abbie was born in the Lake District and has moved all around the UK since then until she met her husband at University. She lives with him and their two crazy cats in the West Midlands. She is a Needs Assessor for students with disabilities and has her own book reviewing blog called Many Books, Many Lives. Even though she did English Literature at University it wasn’t until she started reviewing books that she realised how much she loved to write. The Puppet Master is her first novel but it certainly won’t be her last.
You can follow her at @Abigail_Author or @MBequalsML.