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‘You can be as popular as you like on social media, it won’t make people buy your book’ | Insomnia writer Sarah Pinborough on Booky podcast

This week’s Booky podcast guest is Insomnia author and screenwriter Sarah Pinborough.

A Sunday Times number 1 bestselling and New York Times bestselling author, Sarah also adapts her books for screen. If you don’t recognise her name you will probably know her work - she’s a novelist and a screenwriter whose written both young adult and adult thriller, fantasy and cross-genre novels.

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In addition to more than 20 novels published, her intense thriller Behind your eyes was a Netflix smash hit. Now her chilling psychological novel Insomnia has been adapted into a TV series for Paramount Plus starring Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure. In the podcast episode Sarah talks about her time on set and writing all six episodes.

But her time as a writer had not all been plain sailing as she tells Booky: “I went from going Oh My God my career is over - to a six figure deal in America.”

And Sarah from Buckinghamshire, has some sage advice for writers: “You have to keep going. No-one will die if you write a bad novel. Leave your ego at the door.”

I’m Nicola Adam, a journalist, writer and presenter for publisher National World. In each episode of Booky I’m asking authors to share the ups and downs of their journeys to publication plus a few tips for writers.

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In this series I’ve spoken to some of the most fabulous and friendliest writers I know including Danielle Owen-Jones, Dorothy Koomson, Katie Fforde, Brian Groom, Will Carver, Joanna Nadin and Milly Johnson. You can listen to them HERE

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