2 Jul 2018

Blog Tour / The Distance by Zoe Folbigg

From the author of the bestselling novel, The Note, comes this beautiful, romantic tale of finding love in the most unexpected places.

Under the midnight sun of Arctic Norway, Cecilie Wiig goes online and stumbles across Hector Herrera in a band fan forum. They start chatting and soon realise they might be more than kindred spirits. But there are two big problems: Hector lives 8,909km away in Mexico. And he's about to get married.

Can Cecilie, who's anchored to two jobs she loves in the library and a cafe full of colourful characters in the town in which she grew up, overcome the hurdles of having fallen for someone she's never met? Will Hector escape his turbulent past and the temptations of his hectic hedonistic life and make a leap of faith to change the path he's on?

Zoe Folbigg's latest novel is a story of two people, living two very different lives, and whether they can cross a gulf, ocean, sea and fjord to give their love a chance.

Check out this book in the following links:
Amazon: mybook.to/TheDistance  
Google play: http://bit.ly/2l7RakV


Zoë Folbigg is a magazine journalist and digital editor, starting at Cosmopolitan in 2001 and since freelancing for titles including Glamour, Fabulous, Daily Mail, Healthy, LOOK, Top Santé, Mother & Baby, ELLE, Sunday Times Style, and Style.com. In 2008 she had a weekly column in Fabulous magazine documenting her year-long round-the-world trip with ‘Train Man’ – a man she had met on her daily commute. She has since married Train Man and lives in Hertfordshire with him and their two young sons. She is the bestselling author of The Note


1.     If you could work with any other author, who would it be and why?
Isabel Allende because she’s such an inspiration to me and I adore her writing style. Also, Emmy Abrahamson, author of the brilliant How To Fall In Love With A Man Who Lives In A Bush, because she has a wicked sense of humour and I think we’d have great fun working together!

2.     What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write?
I have two young children, so I have to fit writing into a school day. I drop my sons off at school, get home, wash up the breakfast bowls, and sit at the dining room table looking out onto the garden while I write. If that porridge pan isn’t washed up first, I can’t concentrate! I write through until 245pm when I close the lid on the laptop and head back to school for pickup and any sporting activities we have planned after school. I have to fit a lot into a short working day!

3.     What is the hardest part of the writing for you?
Well the hardest thing is being disciplined enough to write in the few hours I have. It’s pretty prescriptive, so there’s no room for procrastination as time is so precious. I’m sometimes very tempted to put Love Island on the laptop while I do some tidying, or look at Instagram if I’m facing a bit of a block in a scene I’m writing – but I know I only have until 245pm, so every minute counts!

4.     When and why did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was a teen at school – I’d write short stories for my friends overnight and hand them scrunched-up pieces of A4 paper in registration the next morning, which they’d read and devour and ask for more. The stories were pretty formulaic – usually about them getting together with whichever boyband favourite they adored at the time! I loved that my friends were entertained by my stories. So after a career in magazines, and since becoming a mother, I thought I’d quite like to go back to scribbling stories down from home, and hopefully making people smile again.

5.     How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I really wanted to write a sweeping love story set in two very different locations, so I chose Mexico, where I lived briefly in my twenties, and Norway – which is a beautiful country, and couldn’t be more different from Mexico. And then I heard about a friend who had fallen in love across an ocean, so it got my mind thinking… and The Distance is the result of that.

6.     Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?
Unfortunately I’ve not read as much as I want to in the past eight years since having children, as I no longer commute and I’m so shattered when I go to bed, I fall asleep straight away! Next on my TBR list though is Emma Healey’s beautiful new book Whistle In The Dark. I met her at an event recently and she was so interesting and eloquent about the difficult subjects her books tackle – plus Elizabeth Is Missing was so brilliant – I can’t wait to dive into that.

7.     Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
Yes – write! Find windows of time, sit down, and type. Get the words out and reassess them later because words breed words and once you have the time and headspace, it kind of snowballs from there. And try not to question everything or think what you write needs to be perfect straight away – just get the words down because that’s when other sparks fly and ideas tumble. You can always edit later!

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