Helen Fisher spent her early life in America but grew up mainly in Suffolk, England, where she now lives with her two children. She studied psychology at Westminster University and ergonomics at University College London, and worked as a senior evaluator in research at the Royal National Institute of Blind People. She is now a full-time author; Faye, Faraway is her first novel.
In my book, FAYE, FARAWAY, Faye travels back in time to the 1970s where she meets the mother she lost as a child, and her younger self. But despite that piece of magic, FAYE, FARAWAY is not a science-fiction or fantasy novel; it’s about love and loss, grief and hope. At the center of the story is a mother and daughter and the longing of one for the other, caused by loss. I’ve been asked quite a lot about the mother-daughter relationship in FAYE, FARAWAY, and I have come to think that no matter what the relationship is between a (grown-up) child and their parent, whether it’s good or bad, or even if you’ve never known them, it’s almost always a complicated relationship, and one either tinged or filled to the brim with some sort of longing. That longing may come from a desire to please the unpleasable, or from an anticipation of losing them one day. It’s made me think about books I’ve read where a child-parent relationship and the search for belonging is examined. Here are some of my favorites: