Episode 523-With Lorraine Wilson

On January 18, 2022, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

This Is Our Undoing by Lorraine WilsonThis week, Patrick and Tracy welcome Lorraine Wilson, author of This Is Our Undoing and the forthcoming The Way The Light Bends.

About This Is Our Undoing: In a near-future Europe fracturing under climate change and far-right politics, biologist Lina Stephenson works in the remote Rila Mountains, safely away from London State. When an old enemy dies, Lina’s dangerous past resurfaces, putting her family’s lives at risk.

Trapped with her vulnerable sister alongside the dead man’s family, Lina is facing pressure from all sides: her enemy’s eldest son is determined to destroy her in his search for vengeance, whilst his youngest carries a sinister secret…

…But the forest is hiding its own threats and as a catastrophic storm closes in, Lina realises that if she is to save her family, she must become a monster.

About Lorraine Wilson: Lorraine Wilson writes stories that explore themes of family, belonging and trauma. The wilderness is never very far away from her characters, and folklore is always there whether hidden in the shadows or centre stage. She hopes to write in a way that resonates with those parts of ourselves we find hard to share with others, and that provides representation for people who do not get to see themselves in the majority of books.

Lorraine lives by the sea in Scotland. The east coast, so she gets no snow in winter and endless haar in summer. All of her Burmese genes vociferously object to Scottish winters, but she’s so far failed to drag her family away (and Scotland does have it’s up sides, to be fair). She has a PhD in animal behaviour and spent many years working in behavioural conservation in various parts of the world (most of them considerably warmer than Scotland). When ill health made her leave academia, Lorraine turned to writing and fell in love. She is still a spoonie, living with disabling illness; she’s still in love with writing. She also likes semi-colons.

More interestingly, she is inordinately fond of geckos and bats, and feel like one or (preferably) both ought to occur in every piece of writing. Lorraine once had a treefrog called Algernon who lived in her sink and another called Tobermory who preferred the bookshelf. She’s been stalked by wolves, caught the bubonic plague, and had a Madagascan python use her as a hot-water bottle.

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