I am madly proud to be part of this anthology, edited by the brilliant Tasmina Perry, with 100% of profits going to DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Love Stories is an anthology of short stories from your favourite women’s fiction authors, featuring contributions from Adele Parks, Milly Johnson, Jane Fallon, Katie Fforde, Jane Corry, Jessica Fellowes, Cathy Bramley, Holly Martin, Paige Toon, Rachael Lucas, Josie Lloyd, Phoebe Morgan, Emily Kerr, Kirsty Greenwood, Gillian McAllister, Clare Swatman, Gill Paul, Rachel Edwards, Alex Brown, Pernille Hughes, Tasmina Perry, Lola Jay, Bernice Bloom, Chrissie Manby, Cesca Major, Veronica Henry, Tammy Cohen, Isabelle Broom and Amanda Jennings.
Having had a spot of Covid, I managed to get clear tests in time to spend this week with a house full of other writers, for BookCamp. There was chatting, laughing, plotting, writing, editing, swimming and eating. SUCH a joy!
Seen here, clockwise from middle front; Cesca Major, Katy Colins, Emily Kerr, me, Cressida McLaughlin, Cathy Bramley, Isabelle Broom, Holly Martin, Tasmina Perry, Rachael Lucas, CL Taylor and Liz Fenwick.
My news is formally out! The Bookseller and Bookbrunch both ran the news that my new book TEN YEARS, will be out next year courtesy of One More Chapter. It’s so good to have this out there and be able to talk about it properly. Next step is the cover reveal…
So this just happened this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
I HAVE A NEW BOOK COMING!! It’s called TEN YEARS and it’ll be out in August ’22. More details to follow soon, but it made the Publisher’s Hotlist in The Bookseller and I am MADLY excited about that.
It’s so good to see nature’s colours coming through again. If you are wanting more uplift, then currently Punch-Drunk Love is selling at just 99p, although I don’t know for how long.
Perfect reading material while stuffing your face with Chocolate- as if you needed accompaniment…
Just wanted to say.
A box for #booksniffing!
My paperbacks for Punch-Drunk Love arrived, having it made it through the wilderness of the Covid print backlog. It’s so good to have the copies in my grubby little mitts!
(Quick recap for anyone new; Sweatpants At Tiffanie’s, my debut, was revamped in Feb to Punch-Drunk Love and while updating the ebook was easy peasy, the paperback was scuppered by a certain pandemic, hence the wait and my delight at getting this box now.)
Writing during lockdown and this socially distanced summer has been a challenge. I know some writers have managed to use the time effectively, but here it has been very distracting. Having the full family home has been lovely in many ways, but not conducive to gobbing out words. Also, I’ve found it difficult to write funny things when the world does not feel like a funny place. Levity is hard to find and so, for me, hard to produce.
And yet. The words eventually fought their way out. Once the kids went back to school, I took a little time for some self-care. It occurred to me during this that my creative well was fairly empty. Without having being out and about, or seeing friends, the stimulus had run dry. So I started watching family dramas on Netflix, and reading more books, making more effort to Zoom with friends which got the laughter going again. Gradually, the words returned, and then I hit a flurry and finally this happened;
And what’s more, my editor loves it, so fair winds willing, there is another book on the horizon. Hurraaaaaah!
And what can I tell you about it? Not a lot so far, because I am naturally afraid of jinxing things, but I can share that it’s a romcom, it’s has an ‘Enemies to lovers’ trope, and it involves a bucket list.
More details as I have them, such as a title for example. Still working on that …
It’s the 28th September which makes it National #DrinkBeerDay. The current COVID-19 pandemic is making it really hard for the hospitality sector, and I just wanted to give the breweries a shout out. This picture below was taken at Malt the Brewery in Prestwood, Bucks, where the lovely Nick and Jenny answered the brewing questions I had while I was writing Probably the Best Kiss in the World. Cheers everyone!