The following morning, Gilbert found himself in the Harley Street waiting room of Dr Savannah Wilde, psychiatrist to those who found themselves in the public eye. Gilbert had been introduced to her by his agent at some party two years earlier. He knew it hadn’t been an accident. “Gilbert, she knows what she’s doing. You are very vulnerable to gossip and she can take all of that away. She is, on the one hand, discrete, but on the other, she’ll get in touch with the right people and make sure you are handled with the right care. Her husband is an attorney. Trust me, it works.” Gilbert smiled. She had been correct. It did work. He looked around at the wood panelled room. He liked it here. It somehow reminded him of Edwardian England. Brandy and cigars. Men dressed in dinner jackets and black ties. “Mrs Wilde will see you now, Mr Martin.” The receptionist held the door open for him and he walked through to his appointment. “Ah, Gilbert, I believe congratulations are in order.” She got up from behind her desk and ushered him on to the oxblood leather Cambridge couch. She was wearing a dress patterned with flowers and he could detect the smell of Baccarat perfume. Expensive. “When I saw the painting, I nearly fainted. I take it that I know the subjects?” Gilbert sat back on the couch, “Yes, of course you do. The painting depicts the moment when Margaux hands me the ice cream, it is indelibly imprinted on my memory.” She laughed, “I’ll say! How long ago was it exactly”? Gilbert thought for a moment, “It will be 35 years exactly, this June. The 29th to be precise.” She whistled, “Wow! And you’ve dreamt about that day, every night for 35 years?” He nodded, “Yes. Every night, without fail. I am neither permitted, nor would I permit myself to forget it.” She looked at him curiously, “And why is that?” He looked down at the floor, “That’s what I’m hoping to find out. It is the reason I’ve written my book.
Today we talk about Châtelaillon-Plage, a book by Sean Joseph White published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Sean Joseph White to get to know him better, where he found the inspiration to write his book Châtelaillon-Plage, as well as how he feels when he writes.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- Where did you find the inspiration to write this story?
I work as an analyst in my day job and the inspiration for this story came from trying to get two different electronic devices with different operating systems to “talk” to each other. It was possible but required constant maintenance. I started to wonder if human beings were the same. Identical twins are essentially the same genetic operating system and research, over the years, has suggested that there is a greater empathy, a relationship bordering on telepathy, between sets of these siblings. I wanted to explore the possibility and I selected a holiday to France I had in 1983 as the background to my story. I was on the beach at Châtelaillon-Plage the day Margaux met Gilbert.
- What was your ideal audience, when you wrote this book?
My ideal audience was young adults or people who can suspend their sense of disbelief for the sake of a story. I tend to write for people who understand that anything is possible.
- When did your passion for writing started?
I have been writing for ten years now and started because I wanted to find a past-time that didn’t involve the inconvenience of “going out” for the night. I have found writing very relaxing.
- How was your publishing experience?
The experience was good but I acknowledge that there needs to be a bit of luck if you are going to be successful. An influencer of some description needs to be able to champion your story and we are still working on getting the novel “out there”.
- Are you already working on a new writing project?
I am currently working on my tenth novel and I don’t believe I will stop there. I write because I enjoy it and appreciate that some of my novels will never be published due to a lack of audience.
Europe Books thanks the author Sean Joseph White once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside him on the editorial path that led to the publication of his book Châtelaillon-Plage. We wish him the best of luck for this novel and for his future works.
To you, my dear reader, I wish you to get involved in this story and that you can find a way “to suspend your sense of disbelief” while reading, just like the author, Sean Joseph White, wishes when he thinks of his ideal audience.
So, my dear reader, I just have to wish you to enjoy this very pleasant reading!!!