How Paula Hawkins writes

Paula Hawkins “[she is interested in the ways in which]… our perfectly ordinary lives go horribly wrong… not the violence itself but the psychology that leads up to the violence and how things break down.”
[in an interview with Saturday Review, ‘The Times’ August 22, 2015]

Paula Hawkins


This is a pageturner, a novel with layers of intrigue, stalking, domestic abuse and fantasy. Inspired by her own commuter journeys on the District Line in London, The Girl on the Train is a film, starring Emily Blunt [below] as Rachel, the girl on the train who, out of the window, has a clear view of one particular house which backs onto the track.

Paula Hawkins

[photo: Wikipedia]

Read my review of The Girl on the TrainFor more about casting for the film, The Girl on the Train, click here. Paula HawkinsThanks to publicity for her first book, Hawkins got behind schedule writing her second, Into the Water, another psychological thriller. “I had actually written the whole thing last year but then I decided I wasn’t necessarily happy with aspects of it, so am rehashing everything about it… It’s basically about these women and how things that happened in their childhood affected them, has driven them apart; how they remember those events very differently.”

Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins


See how these other novelists write:-
Tracy Chevalier
Emma Hooper
Donna Leon

‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins [UK: Doubleday]

‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins [UK: Doubleday]

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