Julie Myerson: a life in writing
In the 20 years since Myerson sent her debut novel, Sleepwalking, to four agents and secured her first contract, she has made a speciality of writing about heightened emotional states. She has also made a habit of digging into some of her own most troubling experiences, starting with her father's rejection of her as a teenager and his suicide.
"When you make your own death as he did, you deliberately stir the black silt on the bottom, disturbing all that debris which should be left down there in darkness," she wrote on page one of her debut, as a way of introducing her fictionalised account of his death. She says now that she did this "probably slightly coldly, because I felt I had recovered from my father's rejection and it was good material for a novel. It was a very typical first novel in the sense that I had to try and work out what I had in my life that I could write about. Not much had happened to me except having babies and being rejected by my father."