The Story Behind Fall Out
Lizzy Mumfrey lives is a small, tight-night community and started thinking about what could tear such a community apart. She envisaged a terror attack that involved some but not all of the community, centred in London. It gave a very interesting psychological standpoint from which to test and expose friendships and prejudices. The story was partly triggered by thinking about the fallout from the horrific 9/11 attack. However, since the book was launched, the UK has sadly suffered two severe terror attacks. She comments, :”I find myself in a strange, uncomfortable place. My curious mind imagined a situation where a terrorist act, specifically on May 25th, tore apart a community. I pictured how people would react if their children were caught up in such a catastrophic event. I wove a story about innocent Muslims being unfairly blamed and harassed, Mum’s offering to take on their friends children orphaned by the atrocity, people who were “nearly there” but providentially escaped. For months I lived the lives of the people I was writing about and got to know them intimately. They took over my reality. My novel Fall Out was published in April 2017. To now read the fallout from the bomb at Manchester, May 22nd, has sent shivers down my spine.”
One of the reasons that Fall Out is so realistic is the incredible level of detailed research Lizzy carried out, going to her local police station to learn how they would cope with a major incident, down to who would be seconded where. She was worried that her sudden interest in bombs might put her on some sort of watch list, but thankfully the police are used to working with authors who want to get all the details right.
“Working with I_Am Self Publishing has been a truly enabling experience. When with trepidation I made my first enquiries Ali was incredibly positive and encouraging. When I sent in my first draft Leila pointed out the enormous holes in it but pointed out the good bits too. She nursed me through the whole process, of which I was entirely ignorant, and with her support I was able to complete my debut novel. The cover is stunning, absolutely inspired and inspiring. With such a fantastic image to work towards it made me work hard to get the content as right as it could be. I genuinely couldn’t have done it without I_Am Self Publishing who have been simply amazing. I can’t wait to work with them on the next one.” – Lizzy Mumfrey
About Fall Out by Lizzy Mumfrey
WHAT IF THE TIES THAT HOLD TOGETHER A COMMUNITY ARE IRREVOCABLY DESTROYED?
The sociable commuter village of Charlton is an ordinary neighbourhood, typical of many, home to a colourful range of residents, many of whose teenagers go to the local academy. An ordinary day becomes extraordinary when a school trip to London coincides with an appalling terrorist attack and everyone’s cosy, humdrum life is shattered.
The fallout affects every resident in dramatically different ways. Who lives and who dies is just the start – irrational suspicions, prejudice and misunderstandings lead to blame and persecution. Buried secrets are revealed, friendships fractured and trust destroyed.
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT LIFE WILL NEVER BE NORMAL AGAIN?
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