Reigate author Kerry Fisher’s second novel, “The Island Escape”, has made the top ten on Amazon UK’s Kindle bestseller list.
The book was published by Harper Collins in May, and is about a woman who finds herself questioning her stable but perhaps mundane life, and whether it could be different. Ms Fisher said: “It’s for all the women out there who are thinking to themselves, “This is not how I envisaged my life turning out when I was twenty!”
The author is grateful for the local support she has received with her writing: “My first novel, ‘The School Gate Survival Guide’, is a funny story about school gate snobbery and was picked up by lots of local book clubs. I also did a talk at Reigate Library at the end of last year. When they asked me ‘Can you speak for an hour?’ I thought I would be sitting in a fidgety silence after the first twenty minutes, but the time flew by because everyone had so many questions.”
Ms Fisher lives in Reigate with her husband, two children and Poppy, a Lab/Giant Schnauzer cross. She came to the town around 15 years ago when their son was a baby. Describing Reigate as “a brilliant place to bring up children”, she said: “There’s so much to do with them here – every club you could possibly wish for, the wonderful Priory Park plus lots of fabulous countryside right on the doorstep.”
She added: “I love walking on Reigate Hill – it’s vital for me to shake out my shoulders after sitting hunched over the laptop. It’s also a real privilege to witness the changing seasons up there – I don’t even mind walking in the rain, though when the thick mist sits on top of the hill all morning, my imagination starts working over time and I get a bit jumpy! It’s a good job I don’t write thrillers, I think I’d frighten myself half to death.”
Her new novel’s success in the Kindle chart has had one drawback: “Unfortunately, I had a bet with my daughter – if it made it into the top 100, I said I’d dye my hair bright pink”.
About the book
“Octavia Shelton thought she’d have a different life, one where she travelled the world with an exotic husband and free-spirited children in tow. But things didn’t turn out quite like that.
Married to safe, reliable Jonathan, her life now consists of packed lunches, school runs and mountains of dirty washing. She’s not unhappy. It’s just that she can barely recognise herself any longer.
So as Octavia watches her best friend’s marriage break up, it starts her thinking. What if life could be different? What if she could escape and get back to the person she used to be? Go back to the island, a place where she spent the most memorable year of her twenties? And what if the man she used to love was there waiting for her…?”