Date Published: 11/04/2017
Publisher: Leap of Faith Publishing
Sean Johnson's life as a small-town farmhand has been nothing but predictable, but when he meets Sophia Hillingdon at the local animal sanctuary, she gets him out of an eighteen-year rut, away from the mundane existence on the farm, and a grieving, drunken father.
Sophia is the first person who understands him and makes him believe that he might get out of their small town, who tells him, he has the potential to be whoever he wants to be and do whatever he wants to do.
But as their relationship unfolds, it is the most devastating of news that will change both of them forever.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I think writing love stories has always been a risk in literature because the line between melodrama and drama is marginal and you can quickly fall flat on your feet, so I’ve always tried (in my opinion, anyway) to tread that line carefully.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
At the risk of upsetting music snobs, it’s quite varied. There’s a bit of old-school The Weeknd (I absolutely love him). T-Swift. Kings of Leon. Sam Hunt. Frank Ocean. That’s not too bad, is it?
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I didn’t enlist the help of beta readers, though I did work with a freelance editor who was a friend of a friend before sending it to publishers.
What book are you reading now?
Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion.
How did you start your writing career?
Like most aspiring writers I got my first real taste of writing when working for the college newspaper. I’d submit various opinion pieces, and the editor loved them. That affirmation that I was somewhat good gave me the confidence to apply for a litany of unpaid internships with various national and regional papers.
However, months after graduating, and with a full-time writing job looking less and less likely, I embarked on my first novel. It was awful (as most first books are) but it gave me the confidence to write two more between working odd jobs, and around the time I completed the first draft for SDWY, I landed a job as a content writer. A year later, and with a writer's salary finally attained (getting paid to write really is the best) the manuscript for SDWY was accepted and now here I am promoting it!
Tell us about your next release.
Without giving too much away, I have recently completed the second draft of a new novel. Like SDWY, it's a love story, but is set in contemporary London and involves a lot of nihilism which proved worryingly cathartic to write!
About the Author
Hugo Driscoll is a 25-year-old British author and content writer for an online publication in London.
When he's not working, you can usually find him writing in the basements of cafes or looking serious in black and white photos.
You can also find Hugo on Twitter, Facebook, and his personal blog, which he updates regularly.
Seven Days with You is his first novel.