Lizzie has begun to achieve all the things she thought she had ever wanted, but realises instead that she is far from happy. Then she steps out into the path of an oncoming car, and her life begins to unravel, setting off a life-changing chain of events. Lizzie leaves her boyfriend and her home and moves to London to pursue her career. There, she attempts to overcome the legacy of her past and find her true direction in life. Little does she realise that her life is about to take another shocking twist… and that the consequences will be enormous.
Swimming Upstream is a thoughtful but often humorous story about a young woman’s pursuit of happiness. Set in the early 1990s in Cambridge and London, it is also a story of friendship, love and divided loyalties – and the moral choices that Lizzie ultimately faces, when the chips are down.
Described as “Eat, Pray, Love” meets “The Last Weekend”, Swimming Upstream is similar in style to books by Jojo Moyes (“Me Before You”), Elizabeth Gilbert (“Eat, Pray, Love”), Nick Hornby (“How to be Good”) and Blake Morrison (“The Last Weekend”).
Targeted Age Group: 25 to 35 year old women
Book Price: $0.99 (sale Sept 26-30), $2.99 regular price
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I’ve never written in any other genre so I’m not really sure I can answer this. I suppose that as my central character is a woman going through similar experiences to me there was less research involved than there would have been for a fantasy or sci-fi novel!
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Just write. Write every day. Write about what interests you. Worry later about the plot, the title, getting it edited and all the finer details. Like many writers I wrote ten or eleven drafts of Swimming Upstream before I achieved a version that was ready for publication. I had a great editor who kept scribbling all over it and handling it back to me! But getting it down paper in the first place without analalysing too much of what I’d written was really important.
Ruth Mancini was born in South London and educated in London and Cambridge where she gained a Bachelors degree in French and Spanish and a post-graduate diploma in law. For several years she worked in the publishing industry before becoming a practising lawyer, author and freelance writer.
She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote my book “Swimming Upstream” after a painful relationship break up when issues from my past came rearing up to haunt me. It was a difficult time and as someone who has always loved books, I wanted to read about someone who was going through something similar, to know that someone else had been through what I had and survived. I couldn’t find a novel that had issues that I could relate to. So I decided to write one.