With or Without You by Shari Low
Published: 7th February 2019
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Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one…?
When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend.
Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love?
In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate decide to go their separate ways, but at the last minute, Liv wavers. Should she stay or should she go?
Over the next twenty years we follow the parallel stories to discover if Liv’s life, heart and future have been better with Nate… Or without him?
About The Author
Shari Low is the No1
best-selling author of over 20 novels, including With Or Without You, Another
Day In Winter, One Day In December,
A Life Without You and The Story Of Our Life. And because
she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also
the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. Once upon a
time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later
she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who
think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift.
Shari Low Q+A
1: What inspired you for this story? Did you take any
influence from your life?
Absolutely! The book came from a conversation I had with my
husband a couple of years ago. We were on holiday, and one evening over dinner
we got on to the subject of a time early in our marriage when we briefly parted
ways. We reunited after a few months, and we’ve been together now for twenty
five years and two children, twenty four books, and a labradoodle. But what
would have happened if we’d stayed apart? We discussed this long into the night
over way too many cocktails. And yes, I still maintain I’d have married Jon Bon
Jovi. The next morning I woke up and the storyline for With Or Without You was already
formed in the front of my mind.
2: Who is your favourite character from this book and why?
Oooh, that’s like picking my favourite child! I love them
all in different ways, because they’re all flawed and imperfect. I have a real
soft spot for Sasha – she has a caustic, brittle, frequently bitchy
personality, but at her core is loyalty and strength. She’s the ride or die
friend who will be brutally honest, but will stand by you until the end of
time, no matter what. I think everyone should have someone like that in their
3: When you’re not writing, what would we find you doing?
Drinking coffee with my chums, binge watching something on
Netflix, avoiding housework, denying myself carbohydrates (I’ve been on a diet
for months!) or watching basketball. My sons are 17 and 18, and both play
basketball for Scotland so we’re a family that’s obsessed with the bouncing of
4: What tips would you give someone who wants to get
Just write. Don’t wait for the perfect time, the perfect
mood or the perfect environment, because they rarely come. Just park all the
doubts and challenges to one side and write your story.
5: Can you tell us about your day when you are writing?
I generally release two or three books a year, so I’m
constantly writing or editing on deadlines. I work everywhere. I write in the
car while I’m waiting outside sports centres for my sons, I write while I’m
eating breakfast and lunch, while I’m blow drying my hair with the other hand…
I write all day long and often over-night too. I don’t plan or structure
anything – I find chaos and panic are great companions for getting the words on
6: Can you tell us about anything you are working on at the
I’ve just started the final book in my Winter Day trilogy,
following on from One Day In Winter (originally called One Day In December) and
Another Day In Winter. This one will be titled The Last Day Of Winter, and some
of my favourite characters from previous books make an appearance. I’m loving
having them around again.
7: If you could pick the actors for this book, who would you pick and why?
I don’t have a set actor in mind for each character, but I
adore Kelly MacDonald, Rose Leslie, Karen Gillan, Isla Fisher and Laura Fraser,
so I’d love to see three of them in the main female roles. As for the blokes,
if Sam Heughan, Martin Compston, Richard Madden, or James McAvoy fancy taking a
break from the big time to work on an ensemble drama with loads of heart and
humour, I have the very thing for them. I’ll bring the biscuits.
8: What recent books have you read and enjoyed?
Becoming by Michelle Obama – I think she’s one of the most admirable women of our times.