Victoria Patterson speaks with Tia Nevitt about This Vacant Paradise:

Was it difficult to sell a novel that took place in the recent past?

It’s always difficult to sell a novel!  But the time period didn’t seem to be an obstacle.  I tried not to think about the commercial prospects of the book while writing it.  Nothing will sink my work quicker than if it’s got the whiff of desperation or money on it.  I’m at my best when I write like I don’t care.”