Book Brief: Weeks in Naviras

Weeks in NavirasWeeks in Naviras
by Chris Wimpress
Genre of this Book: Speculative fiction
Word count: 116,000

Something is wrong at the heart of the tiny fishing village of Naviras, a place where Ellie often sought refuge as the rest of her life was collapsing; during the silent and invisible end of her marriage as her husband’s political power grew.

Ellie fell in love with the village and the people who lived in it. Now she’s back to remember and relive her time there, recalling the secrets which sprang up within its narrow streets and at Casa Amanha, the home of a weather forecaster where her love for two men begins and ends.

Ellie has returned to Naviras just as a conspiracy to destabilise the Middle East is erupting. The village is the first and last place she ought to be, but Naviras has saved its biggest and deadliest secret for last.

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Chris, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning? 
I’d already decided that the character’s surname would be Weeks. A friend suggested the title when I was talking it through with them. It’s a play on words, but ultimately has a sinister tinge.

Who was your favorite character and why?
It’s Lottie St. Paul, the guest-house owner. She’s uncompromising and blunt, but the story is driven by her fearlessness and compassion.

Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
I think it explores the question of when to get out of a relationship that is troubled. How long should you keep going, hoping it will get better?

What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
I would hope they’d understand how I feel about the current state of politics and politicians.

Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“It stays with you after you finish reading. This is principally down to the strength of the characters and the inquisitiveness the reader gleans from Ellie herself.”

Where can people learn more about your writing?

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