Heralding from Yorkshire, Robert Welbourn is the latest author to give us his three books which influenced his own book.
I don’t care about your book! Instead tell me about three books which influenced your book…
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
I like to pretend Ideal Angels is a modern retelling of this – I wish. When I first read Less Than Zero the nihilism and dissociation immediately spoke to me. The vacuousness and emptiness of the characters I found fascinating, and related to on many levels. It’s something that influence my writing heavily.
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
This book is similar to Less Than Zero, however the main influence it had on me is the second person narrative. It wasn’t something I’d really seen before in fiction, but I immediately fell in love with it, and it played a big part in Ideal Angels being in the second person.
Book 3 is a book that doesn’t actually exist!
I remember, years ago, reading that Tulisa, the singer, was about to be offered a book deal. This was the moment I decided to finally get off my arse and finish one of the 50 books I started. I said to myself, if she can write a book, I can write a book. And here we are!
Oh, ok – tell me about your book then…
Ideal Angels by Robert Welbourn
Ideal Angels was released in August 2018, and has been receiving a lot of praise – which is such a relief, I was terrified it was going to be crap and people would hate it! Set in the second person, it’s been called a ‘tragic love story’, which is a good way of summing it up. It touches on topics such as mental health, love, loss, social media, and a bit of sex, drugs, and rock n roll.