When Aster wakes alone on a tropical island, she has no idea what has happened, why she is there, or where to find her younger sister, Poppy. Meanwhile Sam, who once met the sisters on a plane, makes links between the mystery of their disappearance and suspicious happenings in his own life. In a stunning dual narrative, the truth unravels with devastating effect - and the answer lies in the secret underwater world surrounding the desert island, populated by the beautiful and the impossible ...
1. Hi Lindsay, can you tell me about your debut novel The Secret Deep.
Hi, thank you so much for having me. The Secret Deep is a thriller for teens that follows 14 year old Aster and her sister as they go to stay with their scientist aunt. They soon find that things are not all as they seem when Aster is washed up alone on a remote desert island. Her search for her sister leads her to discover a terrifying mystery hidden beneath the tropical waters surrounding the island.
2. What are some books you have enjoyed recently?
I read really widely particularly love speculative fiction and stories set in remote locations. I recently loved The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, The Boy in The Tower by Polly Ho-Yen and Where The World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean. For older YA readers I really enjoyed Ghost by Helen Grant and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
3.Did you plan to do a dual narrative or did that just happen along the way?
I didn’t originally intend a dual narrative but it became clear that important parts of the story took place a long way from Aster and I needed another character to tell a different thread of the story. Sam, the boy who searches for her, came very easily, as though he was waiting in my mind to be given his voice and his own adventure.
4. Are you working on anything at the moment you can tell us about.
I have a few projects in different stages but can’t say too much at the moment. Hopefully my next book will appeal the same audience as The Secret Deep as another contemporary thriller blending sci-fi and myth.