Favourite quote:'You're not leaving me in here alone. Those are the kind of windows faces look in at'
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'Jacqui Canham is a scriptwriter, journalist and writer of creative fiction. She has worked on a diverse range of projects including a Nigerian TV series, a film about corrupt bankers, an old-fashioned musical, a novella with a smattering of gruesome, and she was recently commissioned by the BBC to write for a continuing drama series.
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When I was coming through arrivals at Heathrow Airport one day, I was struck by the sea of signs bearing names. I wondered – how do the people holding these signs know for sure that the person approaching them really is Michael Smith or Sophie Brown? What if that person was just pretending to be Michael or Sophie? How long would they be able to keep up the pretence? Where could it lead? That’s where my idea for ‘Trying On Tobias’ came from.
I have to admit, I didn’t want to write a horror story at first because… I’m afraid of horror. It’s not a specific book or film that frightens me, more the feeling I know it’ll conjure up inside me. That crawly feeling. I don’t like it.