A Quickie with Kelly Rimmer

Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?

My last release was A Mother’s Confession – and there’s a twist – you could read it to see if you can figure it out before the reveal, but personally, I hope people read it and find the subject matter as shocking and engrossing as I did. My next book is out early next year, it’s called Before I Let You go – you should read it if you like books about real-world moral dilemmas that are nothing like black and white.

If someone was to write your life story what would the title be?

How to Do Literally Everything Wrong and Get A Book Deal Anyway: Kelly Rimmer’s Guide to Bumbling Your Way to Success

What’s the strangest fan question or request you’ve received?

I had one email from a fan who read my book about church-sponsored forced adoption and was angry about the ending. She wanted a sequel where the main characters had all became people of faith and returned to/forgave the church for taking their babies/parents away.

If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?

Now this question is so easy – it would be Jodi Picoult!!!!!!!!!!!

Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!).

I talk to my dogs. A lot. I am currently unable to drive due to some health issues so I am now a full time writer and hermit – so my dogs are my first-pass editorial team and cheer squad. They seem unimpressed by their new roles, which I’m a little offended by.

Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read and tell me why you’ve chosen these.

I read Ellie Wiesel’s Night for the first time recently – not a fun read, but such an important one. I think everyone should read it once.
The last ‘for fun’ book I read was The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns. It’s the perfect blend of wonderful friendships, issue-driven drama and fun.
And finally – The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. It’s a great time to read or re-read it with the amazing mini-series on television, and it’s just such a great story – every bit as brilliant and terrifying as it was when I first read it years ago.

Who is Kelly Rimmer?

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, 2 children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.

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