My Husband’s Son – Deborah O’Connor
Published by Twenty7
Ebook 16 June 2016 – Paperback 6 October 2016
HOW TO FREAK OUT YOUR HUSBAND
by Deborah O’Connor
It’s one of the basic rules of being a novelist: people assume the stuff you write about is actually a thinly veiled portrait of you and your life. This is the case whether you write books about little green aliens living it up on the planet Zog or whether you write crime novels narrated from the point of view of a street-savvy police alsatian named Bruiser.
Now then imagine that the core subject of your novel is something far more common-place and pedestrian, something people could easily draw parallels with, like say, a marriage. And then let’s just say you decided to call that novel MY HUSBAND’S SON.
Heidi and Jason’s marriage in MY HUSBAND’S SON couldn’t be any more different to my own (honest!) but writing a novel is a long and sometimes arduous process and so, while I was writing this novel, every now and again I’d do the odd thing to amuse myself. Things that would leave my husband more than a little discombobulated.
So if you too want to toy with other half while putting together your first book then here are my five tried and tested ways to freak out your husband.
1. Name your book something worrying that they can easily identify with. I totally nailed this with the title of my book MY HUSBAND’S SON.
2. Whenever you finish having sex with your partner, reach for the notebook on your bedside table and start scribbling. When he or she asks you what you’re doing, just say ‘nothing’. If this starts to bother them too much then, when necessary, retreat to the bathroom with said notebook and make sure not to emerge for a good twenty minutes.
3. Do all your research on your shared home computer and leave your internet search history about ‘women who have affairs and how they hide them’ there for all to see. The next time your partner goes online to order more bin-bags from amazon and they see the drop down browser bar history, they’ll get more than they bargained for.
4. Order a paternity testing kit online and have it delivered to the house so you can study the packaging in detail and then accidentally leave said kit on the kitchen table.
5. Spend hours talking to another man on the phone, sometimes in the middle of the night (in my case this was the detective who kindly leant me his expertise on the more technical parts of my book) and when your partner asks you who you were talking to just shrug and say ‘No-one’.
So there you have it, the tips and tricks I used to entertain myself while writing my debut novel. It definitely made the word count fly by just that little bit faster. Meanwhile, I can confirm that I am still happily married, just.
About the book:
A gripping psychological thriller with a devastating twist, perfect for fans of Apple Tree Yard, While My Eyes Were Closed and Between You and Me
Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples.
Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together.
By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney.
But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him.
Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth . . .
My Husband’s Son (eBook) by Deborah O’Connor is published by Twenty7 on 16th June 2016 at £4.99
About the author:
Deborah O’Connor read English at Newnham College, Cambridge, before going on to become a television producer. Having worked on everything from The Big Breakfast to Big Brother, she produced the BAFTA award-winning poetry documentary Off My Heart and is currently the head of factual development at TV production company, CPL.
Born and bred in the North-East of England, she now lives in East London with her husband and daughter.