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An Interview with Phoebe Morgan|Author Interview

Today I’ll be hosting a question answer session with Phoebe Morgan in here. She writes domestic thrillers and her debut novel, The Doll House has been an Amazon bestseller. Her second novel, The Girl Next Door just hit the stores.

Me: Hi Phoebe. Your debut The Doll House was a compelling read. How did it come to be?

Phoebe: I wrote most of The Doll House whilst working full time in publishing, and babysitting in the evenings – a lot of it was written when the baby went to sleep! I then sent it out to agents and luckily Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson liked it, and took me on as an author. She then sent the manuscript out and HQ offered to publish it – it was lovely and I felt very lucky, although up until that point there had been more than my fair share of rejection, for sure!

Me: All those rejections must have been worth it after getting approved by HQ, as The Doll House went on to become a bestseller later. How does all of it feel?

Phoebe: I’m still so grateful that it was published at all, and then when the ebook did reasonably well I was over the moon! I’m always looking forward to the next thing, though, so I’m quite hard on myself and have so much more that I want to try to achieve.


Me: And how has the journey been from there till today as an author?

Phoebe: After The Doll House, I then got a two book deal with HQ which was a lovely moment as it gave me a year or two of security in terms of knowing I would definitely have two other books out rather than go back out on submission, which is not a fun process! It’s been wonderful being published by HarperCollins, and of course, connecting with readers. I love getting messages from people who have enjoyed my books – it makes it all feel worthwhile, and I try to remind myself of that when I’m struggling with a plot point or in the depths of a brutal edit!

Me: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Phoebe: I wanted to be a journalist after university, and trained as a journalist, with my first proper job as a reporter on a local newspaper. Then I went into publishing, and loved it – I love my day job as an editor and would never want to give it up. Writing is something I always wanted to do in some capacity but I didn’t know whether it would ever actually happen – it still feels like a dream come true that I can hold a copy of my book in my hands! So I suppose I did always want to write, but writing fiction is something I only took seriously after I was about 24.

Me: And what about the plot or the genre? Have you known what you wanted to work on since then?

Phoebe: In my day job I work on commercial fiction which is really my passion; I love stories that allow people to escape and that are accessible to all. I was not a good journalist – I always wanted to have a bit more artistic license than court reporting allowed!

Me: So why domestic thrillers? What do you love most about writing them?

Phoebe: I read a lot of domestic thrillers and love the way they create mystery and keep you guessing (well, they should do, anyway!) I like not knowing what’s coming next, and I like twisted, difficult, dislikeable characters, so I was naturally drawn to this genre. I also love short stories though and recently have got more and more into non-fiction too.

Me: What according to you is the element that makes or breaks such books?

Phoebe: I think there’s never really one thing – it’s all a mixture of timing, talent, luck – you name it! All any writer can do is find a good agent and then do your absolute best to write your best novels, listen to the advice of your publisher, and know when things feel right or wrong. I think there are some brilliant books that might never see the light of day, and equally some not so great novels that end up getting published, so all anyone can do is keep trying and hopefully your manuscript will land on the right editor’s desk at the right time! Then the really hard work begins…


Me: So do you plan on sticking with writing on this genre. Or do you want to explore?

Phoebe: At the moment I’m not sure – the third book will be in the same genre but after that I might explore! I’d definitely be open to writing something different, but equally I do love crime so might stick with that if people still want to read it!

Me: Tell us more about your upcoming release The Girl Next Door and why is it important to you? It seems equally chilling.

Phoebe: The Girl Next Door is about Jane Goodwin and her husband Jack, who live in the town of Ashdon, Essex. The small, gossipy community is rocked to the core when a young teenager, Clare Edwards, is found dead in a local field – and the book explores how she came to die and why. I loved writing this book and I hope people enjoy it – it’s my second book and so I feel like I can’t take anything for granted, which is very nerve-wracking indeed!

Me: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Phoebe: All sorts of places really. I might see a photo or picture that inspires a story, or a certain person who could form a character which I’d create a story around. My third book was an idea I thought of whilst on holiday in France, and it’s partly set in France, so sometimes locations can be inspirational as well. It’s always best to keep an open mind and take inspiration whenever it comes!

80692a8120f2122dc115191417160548.jpgPhoebe Morgan is an author and editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan. The Doll House is her debut novel. It became a bestseller, topping the iBooks charts at #1 and the Amazon charts at #35.

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I read The Woman In The Window, last year in February. And have since talked about how poorly in let me down. But showhow forgot to post it here on my blog.

So here’s a step by step rant on how and why it failed to please!

1. The pace is awfully slow.😴 NOTHING, absolutely nothing happens till page 140 and even after that the story fails to pick up it’s speed.

2. For a good number of first 140 pages just Anna’s agrophobia is exclusively described and sure it was sad ando everything but this ain’t a drama and I sure wasn’t expecting it from a thriller. (A thriller is called a thriller for a reason!💁)

3. I just kept on wondering 50% of the story that ‘Why the hell isn’t anything happening?’ ‘Why isn’t the story progressing?‘ After that I realised that this so very hyped novel LACKED SUBSTANCE.

4. I realised that it did not progress because it did not have a story for a 400 paged novel. That this so called “thriller” terribly LACKED ACTION.😳

5. The story finally picks up it’s pace at the last 100 page mark. But again the climax disappoints.

6. I guessed correctly ‘who dunnit?’ quite early in the story and wished it not to be THAT person because it would have been so obvious.

7. The reason to be able to guess the climax correctly was because there were exactly 3/4 characters apart from the protagonist. And still they were under developed.

8. Also if it helps, I think that if the reviews I came across would have warned me about the pace and the lack of action, it could have cushioned the blow of disappointment.

Have you guys read this book? What are your thoughts?

Bookish Corner · Chick Lit · Contemporary · Romance · Young Adult


Kasie West is an author I got introduced to in 2018. So far I’ve read 2 novel of hers and 1 short story. Here are the mini reviews of the 2 novels I’ve read of hers.

1. By Your Side: It was just a fine read for me. Though the characters were gorgeous and charming, the plot was unnecessarily complicated. I did not like how West tried to tackle the love triangle. What she tried, required a thorough exploration of emotions and that was not done. It was a fluffy YA and should have been kept at just that! I don’t like things done half way. Like if you want to do a chick lit, ace that. Don’t try to throw in some complications just for the sake of some brownie critic points! Specially if you can’t do justice to that!

Though brooding and mysterious Dax, gets it a 3.5☆ from me.


2. Fill-in Boyfriend, is a slow burn feel-good romance with the ‘fake dating trope’. It instantly became one of my favourite YA contemporary romances. Light, simple and fluffy, this book is a perfect weekend read. Hayden and Hannah will make you swoon!

It’s a 5☆ from me.


Have you read a Kasie West? What’s your thought on these?😀

Bookish Corner


Since it’s the Valentine’s week I have curated a must read list of 7 feel good newly released romance novels. These are also some most anticipated books on 2019!

1. The Birds, The Bees and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh


2. Fame Fate and First Kiss by Kasie West


3. The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli


4. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella


5. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne


6. The Kiss Thief by L.J.Shen


7. Faking It by K. Bromberg


Are any of these already in your TBR? Let me know which one you are looking forward to the most?

Bookish Corner

10 Books I Wanted To Read In 2018 But Didn’t Get To

Honestly this prompt is triggering my anxiety. I have a pile of unread books at the end of this year! Like so many more than previous years. And here are the top ten among them that I really really wanted to read in 2018.

  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Hating Game by Sally Throne
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

  • Everless by Sara Holland
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Have you read any from this list? What are your 2018 backlist books?

On other note: I read Truly Devious this month and am proud that I managed to get to it!😅

Non Fiction

Blogging for Gold by Anuj Tikku|Book Review

Title: Blogging for Gold

Author: Arun Tikku

Pages: pages (E-book)

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: September 28, 2019

Publisher: Self Published

Blogging for gold is a A to Z guide for amateur , professional bloggers and hobbyists , who want to learn how to start and blog . How to build content and then how to make money from your b logging niche .

Visit “Blogging for Gold” on Goodreads…

Blogging for Gold‘ is a beginners guide on how to blog. It’s divided into 60 chapters. Each being short and crisp.

The book talks about the apps you’ll need to complement your blog, the mistakes of beginners and the importance of social media. How it now has in certain aspects become even more important than traditional media. Anuj Tikku talks about advertising, affiliate programs and how to monetize your blog. This book also has a portion on ‘bloggers block‘ and how to deal with it. I appreciated this portion quite a lot as not many acknowledge this problem.

What went wrong for me was that while guiding us how to blog it strayed away talking about ‘how to write pulp fiction‘ or ‘how to self publish‘ etc. Also, portions like ‘if Arjuna was a blogger’, ‘women rule the social media world’ and a few more chapters had absolutely no content to offer on the topic.

Also, it went back and forth on topics. Like ‘Affiliate marketing bloggers holy grail‘ was on chapter 49 while ‘The key to winning affiliate marketing game’ was on chapter 56. The chapters in between were ‘how to write a self published book’, ‘who’s a social influencer’, ‘women rule the social media world’ etc. which caused reading difficulty. It could have been avoided and was definitely a sign on lousy editing.

All over Blogging for Gold is a good book to help you understand the dynamics of blogging and give you a upperhand as a beginner. But it could have been better. It gets a 3.5 stars from me.

My Rating: 3.5/5

“Blogging for Gold” is available in E-book.

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