Transcript for 'The Mother-In-Law' murder
report" pick has a great hook, a mother-in-law appears to be murdered and we don't know who did it. Oh, just think of the discussions your book club would have with this one. After a couple of glasses of pinot. But the mother-in-law is just a sexy premise. It also illustrates how all of our relationships can be hampered by the way we frequently misinterpret one or other's actions. How feelings for a person changes when you see things through their eyes. It's my pleasure to chat with the woman who wrote this book, please welcome Sally hepworth. It's so nice to have you here. Thank you. Okay, I have to say this was another little page-turner. I got to ask the obvious question, it's called "The mother-in-law," is your mother-in-law alive and do we need to be concerned? She's alive. She's definitely alive. But I will admit that she was staying with me when I came up with the idea for the book. But it's not what you think. In fact, I get along really well with my mother-in-law. She's fantastic. They're rare. I'm just teasing. She's one of those, I call her, mother-in-law unicorns. She helps with the children. You know, just generally fantastic. On this particular trip, she and my father-in-law came from Australia to the uk to give us a hand after the birth of my third child, and the thing about having a mother-in-law who's so fantastic is that it leaves my father in law without a lot to do. On this trip, he decided it was his mission to help me come up with a book idea. I wasn't looking for a new book idea. I just had a baby. I had my in-laws staying in my house for sick weeks. I was still thinking about what we were going to have for dinner and that kind of thing. Sleep. And sleep, but he wouldn't let it go. I do love him. But he was really getting on my nerves on this trip. He knows secretly this might be the father-in-law -- That's the next book. It's funny you have actually been pregnant during -- you've written a book during every pregnancy. Yes. Yes, so, she's technically birthing two babies, a human one and then a literary one. I'm not very productive during pregnancy. How did that happen? I had someone asked me recently, if I can only write a book when I'm pregnant. I said hope not. Because I'm done now with the pregnancies, not with the books. It actually kicked off my writing career with my first pregnancy when I decided that I knew the perfect thing to do with all my spare time. Only a first-time mother would say this. During my maternity leave and I was living in Canada at the time and being Canadians they're very Progressive. They're going to pay me for a whole year for maternity leave. Love the Canadians. And I thought, I'll write a book and it wasn't as easy as I envisioned of course. Because I had a baby to look after. Was that first book. That was my first book and that was the beginning of it. There was another baby during my second pregnancy, I wrote the secret of midwives. First book to be published in English and I have continued to write through another pregnancy and newborns. Now, do the ideas come to you while you're pregnant? I have had strange dreams during pregnancy. Not the same type of literature. Was it something that came to you while pregnant? Well, the idea for the secret of midwives was inspired by pregnancy and by birth. But the rest of the ideas don't necessarily come when I'm pregnant. They come from all over the place all the time. I think I'm good to continue writing. You guys need to read this. If you want a book you can't stop reading, Sally hepworth's
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