Write about what you know – twins!
Author and Mum of 4 including 22 year old twin girls, Saskia Sarginson lives in London and has written her debut novel about twins. The Twins explores the lives of identical twin girls who were inseparable as children but whose lives took different paths into adulthood – a result of events from their past that remained secrets until now.
The fact that Saskia’s first book was about twins, and that it has been impressively selected for Richard and Judy’s Book Club, inspired us to find out more about the author’s life as a twin mum. Her answers made us smile..we hope they make you smile too!
We asked Saskia:
What is your most cherished memory of your twins to date?
I have so many, it’s hard to pick! Bringing them back from hospital when they were tiny babies was a huge moment. Seeing their faces when they took their first mouthfuls of cake on their first birthdays. The day they got into the same university to do the same course, I could go on….
What was the most important milestone for your twins when you felt life was becoming a little bit easier?
The day they learnt to read for pleasure. The moment that they began to disappear off to read their Enid Blyton novels was the moment I could stop wondering what naughty things they were up to.
What do you think is the hardest thing about being a parent of twins?
Remembering to treat them as separate individuals all the time – even when they are ganging up on me! I am sometimes guilty of being cross with them both when only one of them has been difficult.
What’s the best thing about being a twin parent?
Having two gorgeous, kind, funny, beautiful daughters to love.
Are your twin’s personalities alike or ‘chalk & cheese’?
They have the same likes and dislikes and similar talents but are very different people. One of them is fiery and confrontational but forgives and forgets immediately. She’s also chatty and sociable. The other daughter is shy and quiet in company, but has a very strong personality and definite ideas on what’s right and wrong. She’s slower to anger but when roused she’s terrifying! Conversely, she’s also dreamy and forgetful. That’s the thing about twins – people want to put them into ‘boxes.’ But humans are complicated. We’re all full of contradictions – including twins.
How did your working life change as a result of having twins?
I was a career girl when I got pregnant. I worked on a magazine, loved my job and did very long hours. After having the girls I went freelance and got a nanny. But I soon realised that I couldn’t hand the girls over to someone else. I was lucky enough to be able to stop working and spend a year at home with them. Later I got part-time help and began to do some freelance writing again.
Can you summarise your book in a few sentences?
Isolte and Viola are twins. Inseparable as children, they’ve grown into very different adults. Isolte works on a fashion magazines and has a handsome boyfriend; Viola is seriously ill in hospital with an eating disorder. Something happened one summer when the girls were twelve years old; now in their twenties, the girls are forced to unravel their past and deal with the secrets they’ve kept hidden for so long.
Do you have any plans to write more books about twins?
I don’t have any plans to write another book about twins at the moment. Relationships between best friends and siblings fascinate me. My next book, Without You, coming out 2014, is about sisters. The youngest daughter is certain her sister is alive, even though the rest of her family think she has drowned.
What would you say to a twin mum or dad that wanted to write a book?
I think anyone who wants to write a book about something that they have insider knowledge of and are passionate about should go for it.
What is the one thing you would say to someone who has just found they are having twins?
Hold on tight! (Yes I know that’s three words!)
Designed For Twins would like to thank Saskia Sarginson for her time. We hope you enjoy her book about twins!
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