Author Eve Chase on how she penned her novel The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde, creating her fictional narrator Margot Wilde and the 'wildly unplanned directions' a plot can go in.
When Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote during the heatwave of '59, they find their aunt and uncle reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey. Drawn into the life Audrey left behind, the stifling summer takes a shocking, deadly turn.
Growing up, Eve Chase only ever wanted to be a writer. After studying English literature at university, she worked as a magazine journalist, and particularly loved interviewing colourful characters and nosing around grand private homes. Her fascination with houses - the domestic worlds we inhabit, the family secrets caught within them - steeps the pages of her immersive page-turning fiction. She lives in Oxford with her husband and three children and a very hairy golden retriever, Harry.