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‘What Did I Do?’ By Jessica Jarlvi
The Blog Tour & Guest Post

This is the second time Aria Fiction have invited me to take part in the Blog Tour for  one of Jessica’s books and once again, Jessica has been lovely about it and agreed to contribute a Guest Post, which is always my most favoured option for a promotional article.

There are many other stops on the tour, each with unique content to offer, so why not visit a few, to help you decide if ‘What Did I Do?’ is heading for your ‘Want To Read’ shelf!

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Cover Image Of The Book 'What Did I Do?' By Author Jessica Jarlvi‘Kristin is on the run.

From her life.

From herself.’

When two murders happen in Chicago, a witch-hunt ensues, and Kristin quickly finds herself at the centre.

The problem is she isn’t sure of what she did or didn’t do.

Armed with a life insurance payout, she runs away to Sweden to start her life over.

But it’s not that easy to escape the past.

And whatever she’s done, someone is on her tail, wanting her to pay…


An Updated Image Of Author Jessica Jarlvi April 2018Born in Sweden, I moved to London at the age of 18 to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Publishing and Business.

I worked in publishing in the UK for a number of years before heading to Chicago, USA, where I edited a magazine for expats. Back in Sweden, I completed a Masters in Creative Writing.

Since 2010, I have taught journalism and media at a local university, and I have spent the last five years as the marketing and PR manager for a British firm.

In 2016, I was one of the winners in the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

I am married with three spirited children, and although I am known for my positivity, my writing does tend to be rather dark!

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Families offer so much material.

Whether it’s happy or dysfunctional, there are always disagreements, so imagine that you have a family torn apart by mental illness and now… murder.

Kristin’s husband dies and with people casting their suspicions on her, she runs away. Around the same time, Frank and Birgitta’s son supposedly drowns but they suspect foul play and decide to go after the suspect themselves: their daughter. ‘It felt bizarre to think of his daughter as the enemy, but she had crossed the line from being mentally challenged to a destroyer of lives.’

That’s how my second novel, What Did I Do?, starts. The characters and their actions took me on a fantastic ride, and they quite often did the unexpected, making me alter the plot to follow them on their journeys.

I’m often asked if I plan my novels in advance since there are authors who spend months carefully constructing their books before they start writing. I don’t. Although I put a synopsis together at the beginning of the process, I didn’t completely stick to it. The story came together organically. Having said that, I did know what I was working towards, that is to say, the ending.

Dealing with trafficking.

Women as victims in novels has caused a bit of a stir recently. A new literary prize was announced for thrillers that don’t star female victims. It has divided opinion and although I understand the frustration the organizer feels (and the reason this has been set up), I also believe it’s important for female victims to have a voice. Until issues such as trafficking have been eliminated, we shouldn’t pretend they don’t exist. But more importantly, writers shouldn’t be told what to write, or not to, write about.

Trafficking seems to be one of those issues which isn’t written about enough. The fact that some people think it’s okay to enslave other people (often women), destroying lives, families and destinies, horrifies and angers me. No one should have that power over another human being. While writing my new novel, I found myself skirting around the issue, until I decided to include a character who is wholly dedicated to this and contributes to the What Did I Do? story from another perspective. This made more sense to me.

These days writers are also told to be politically correct and write about what they know. But if writers can’t explore and learn while they write, they would be writing memoirs and although I’ve had a fairly interesting life, there are only so many books you can write about yourself (and I’m not sure I want to write any!)

A recent article in The Guardian by We Need to Talk about Kevin author, Lionel Shriver (who I was lucky enough to meet at a literary festival a few years ago) rightly said: “If all modern literature comes to toe the same goody-goody line, fiction is bound to grow timid, homogeneous, and dreary.”

How true that is. Writers are supposed to entertain their readers. I hope that What Did I Do? does just that, while also shedding light on an issue, which I feel strongly about.

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  • Another excellent blog tour entry, Yvonne, and I’m with you that guest author posts are often the best! This was very interesting and I agree with many of the points she (and Lionel Shriver) made.

    • I agree, although it is not only writers who have to toe the line and be politically correct.

      As mere ‘ordinary’ citizens, we are also instructed in the finer points of the new order ‘PC’ world, although how that can be right when there are still horrific crimes, such as human trafficking, being committed against both genders and across the age spectrum, is beyond my comprehension.

      Although a more liberal and accepting society, is a utopian dream we may all harbour, that certainly doesn’t mean to say that crime should go unpunished and even worse, uninvestigated.

      Oh Dear! the soapbox is coming out again, I need to quit while I’m ahead!

      Anyway! I am looking forward to being entertained by ‘What Did I Do?’ and thanks for joining me in this post today 🙂

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