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MARIAN DILLON - SHEFFIELD AUTHOR
After years as a children’s author, Marian recently published her first full-length novel for adults, Looking for Alex, published as an e-book by Carina UK.
In 2009, with her family grown up, and having retrained to work in counselling, Marian decided to do an MA in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, something she had been thinking about for a few years. Her ambition had always been to write a full length novel, and this was a fantastic opportunity to develop and write the story that had been in her head for a long time, Looking for Alex. The book was written while on the MA and gained a Merit award. After a short revision process the book was ready to be offered to agents and publishers, and was soon snapped up by Carina UK, the digital imprint of Harlequin Books, in a two-book deal.
‘I’d always known of Harlequin as a leading publisher of romance,’ says Marian, ‘but Carina are trying to do something different, and are publishing a wide range of genres as e-books. Looking for Alex was exactly the sort of novel they were looking for.’
Already Looking for Alex has attracted five-star reviews. Marian is now at work on the second novel, due out later this year.
Among her favourite authors and literary influences are Sebastian Faulks, Maggie O’Farrell, Stan Barstow, Jon McGregor, as well as two famous Sheffield authors – Margaret Drabble and Lesley Glaister.
Compelling, well-crafted, the characters brought to life in a thoughtful manner, oozing the 1970's punk era but managing to bridge the decades into 2013. She understands the teenager`s angst of that time and uncovers those hidden parts of everyday life that determine the direction we go in.
From the first page to the last this book had me hooked.
The intriguing and well-paced storyline flips between present day and the late 70s with each time handled very evocatively.
The twists in the tale kept me intrigued until the end.
Her writing appears deceptively simple but is all the more powerful for it, with not a word wasted.
The characters come alive in the script and are well drawn, believable and likeable as they come and go in this multi-layered drama.
Marian would be happy to visit local writing and book groups, for readings or talks.