Frequently Asked Questions
Inspiration, at least so far, hasn’t been a problem. I want to write all the time. When I have a story in mind, I have this tremendous need to get it all down, and then relive the scenes repeatedly during edits. I should probably take more time away from the laptop as I tend to write through the week and straight through my weekends, but I love it.
One tool I do use for inspiration is music. I create playlists for my stories and characters. I find that I can get into a character’s headspace pretty easily with the right song.
And if I ever get stuck, a walk with my dog Zoey, exercise, or even taking a shower let my mind wander and find new ways to tackle the roadblocks.
Fans of the book have been asking me that question a lot!
I know what’s in store for Alex, Lucy and the gang, and I’m incredibly flattered that readers have fallen for these characters, and want to know what’s going to happen to them, too. Since London Belongs to Me has won over so many readers in such a short period of time, I can say that yes, a follow-up is in the works. If it wasn’t for readers like you, a sequel wouldn’t be possible. Thank you so much for your interest in LBTM and for spreading the word through social media about my debut novel. You guys, rock!
I devour any books by Karen Swan, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Karma Brown, Mhairi McFarlane, Colleen Hoover, and Stephanie Perkins. I also adored two debut novels—Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop, and Girls Who Travel by Nicole Trilivas I can’t wait to read what they write next.
I have so many! I love Covent Garden, Pimlico, Islington, the South Bank (where you’ll find the National Theatre, a major setting for London Belongs to Me), and the area around Tower Bridge (I love that bridge!).
One location that I have fallen in love with is London Fields, a place that’s at the heart of my novel. It’s in the borough of Hackney in London’s east end. It’s a vibrant neighbourhood, centred around a wonderful park called, you guessed it, London Fields. It boasts many cultures, young families, and plenty of dogs: seriously, visit London Fields on the weekends and you’ll see so many breeds frolicking in the grass. It’s brilliant. London Fields is also home to the fantastic Saturday street market, Broadway Market. Not to be too confusing, but this bustling market is held on a street that is actually called Broadway Market. They sell everything from antiques and artisan foods (Cupcakes! Scotch Eggs!) to crafts and jewellery. My favourite vendor: Crosstown Donuts—sugary delights from the heavens. Yum.
If you have plans to visit London, by all means pay your respects to Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Oxford Street, but also stray off the usual path and check out places like London Fields, and see the real every day London. You won’t be disappointed.
Growing up, I was a huge Star Wars fan, and I wore my Luke and C3PO t-shirt until the transfer peeled off (a sad day). But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve drifted somewhat from the crazed Star Wars fan that I once was. That said, I did meet Mark Hamill at FanExpo in Toronto, and it was an incredible moment. He hugged me. I crumpled. I fell in love all over again.
I have been a fan of ‘something or other’ my entire life. I love music, and stay pretty loyal to the bands and performers that I adore. London Belongs to Me is even named after a song by my favourite band, Saint Etienne. I’ve always been a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey fan (I ran their official booster club for four years), and Manchester United is my favourite football team.
Proper fandom-wise, I am a devout Sherlockian and Whovian … so the BBC’s Sherlock, and Doctor Who are my two favourites. In the last few years, we’ve done pretty well at meeting many of the cast members of both. On the home front, my apartment is being taken over by Sherlock and Doctor Who Titan figures (and 5″ DW figures). I can’t stop buying them, and an intervention might be required. And I’m a new recruit to the Outlander fandom. I’m getting into that one majorly. Jamie and Claire = OTP. I am dying during Droughtlander. Season three cannot arrive fast enough.
I love you David, but I have to go with Matt!