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Two Interviews with Gail Schimmel, Author of Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins?

Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins?Gail Schimmel’s second novel, Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins?, centres on the disappearance of two baby girls in suburban Johannesburg 30 years ago, and the effect their abduction has on their older brother Tim, who lives in the shadow of the terrible event.

In an interview with Nadine Maritz, on My Addiction, Schimmel explains the inspiration behind the novel.

My parents both died, quite close together, and because I am an only child, the business of sorting through their stuff was mine alone. It made me very aware of what a paper trail a life leaves and I started thinking about what would happen if you came across a bad secret. And then – as writers do – I complicated that by thinking what would happen if the secret belonged to your spouse’s family, and the people were still alive.

Although there is no talk of turning the novel into a film – yet – Schimmel already has some ideas about who could play the lead, as she tells SLiPNet’s Chantelle Gray van Heerden:

If Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins? was ever turned into a movie, who would you cast as Amanda and why?

Oh, what a lovely, head-scratcher of a question. She’d have to be blonde, and able to play someone slightly crazy. Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow? I suppose I should say someone local, but I’ll be honest, I don’t know enough for that. But one of those crazy, quirky English actresses would also fit.

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