Nell’s next novel, Friends Don’t Lie, is published on 29 September 2022.
Nell kindly answered a few of my questions.
2. What inspired the book?
Imagine if I’d never found out about you…
And someone you know killed them…
About the Book
As you head into the reserve, everyone is quiet. It almost feels like you’ve imagined the rift.
The time it can take to get a book into print, I think. I work to a pretty tight timescale, so I finished writing this book at the start of 2021, the same year it’s being published, whereas for some authors they might have two years between a completed draft and publication date. I don’t think I’d remember my own plots for that long!
Nell Pattison’s novel, Hide was published by Avon on 9 December 2021.
1. Tell us a little about Hide.
7. I like to end my Q&As with the same question so here we go. During all the Q&As and interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?

It’s Boxing Day and your friendship group has planned a hike.
And now I can’t stop thinking about you because I know you’re in trouble. You need my help.
And I need a way to get to know you.
This one came from a real place, a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve called Potteric Carr. My husband and I love walking there, and it seemed like a perfect setting for a novel, then the plot gradually came into being the longer I thought about it. The reserve in Hide is loosely based on the same footprint, though I’ve made it bigger and added some obstacles, because it’s no fun if you make it easy for your characters.
You know tensions are running high. You’ve heard the rumours flying around.
5. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?
3. Are you a plan, plan, plan writer or do you sit down and see where the words take you?
My name is Isabella Butterworth. Your name is Isabella Butterworth.
But as the sun sets, you hear a gun shot.
But this trip is a chance for you to reconnect.
This is a really difficult one, because I’m sure I’d get bored pretty quickly! Agatha Christie books are my go-to comfort reads, ones I can read over and over again, so probably one of those. I might cheat and say something like the combined Hercule Poirot short stories, just to bulk up the size a bit!
But your life is more exciting than mine, isn’t it? Richer, dramatic, more fulfilling.
I’m a thorough planner! I outline every chapter before I write anything, and I need to know where the novel is going before I start. This one has seven different points of view, so I had chapter outlines on different coloured sticky notes all over my desk before they were transferred into Scrivener.
It’s a psychological thriller set on a nature reserve and it all takes place over one night. A group of nature enthusiasts go for a walk on Boxing Day in order to see a Starling murmuration, but then a gunshot rings out at dusk… 6. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
We’re around the same age. We live in the same town.
Seven friends. One killer. You can run, but you can’t hide…
What’s your most pointless skill? I can say my alphabet backwards as fast as I can forwards.
One of your group is dead.
But I have. Because someone mistook me for you.
To save you.
4. Is there anything about the process of publishing a book that still surprises you?
To be you…
Reading is the obvious one for all writers, I think! I’m trying to keep up with some of the current crime releases, though I’ll never manage to read everything on my list. I also love to spend time outside with my little boy, and I’m a huge stationery obsessive so you’ll rarely see me without a notebook or planner in my hands.

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