Book Blogger Spotlight – Being Anne

Today I have the lovely Anne coming to chat about her blog. Welcome, Anne!
1. How long have you been a book blogger?
Do you know, I had to check – my first blog, on the Blogger platform, launched in February 2013, so just over four years. Fancy reading my first ever post? You’ll find it here – I’ve got a lot better since then, promise!
2. How old is your blog? Did you have any before?
No blog before that, but i’ve always loved reviewing the books I read. I can even remember (and it’s a long, long time ago…) keeping a notebook of reviews i did while awaiting my A-level results – George Orwell really doesn’t need to worry about his reputation. As a grown-up (forget the in-between years – I discovered boys!) I joined a few on-line book groups, reviewed on sites like Librarything and always on Amazon… and I guess that’s when the book blogging revolution started, and I decided to be part of it.
3. Why did you get into blogging in the first place?
I just thought it made sense to keep all my thoughts in one place – and share them. Friends had made the leap, so I thought “why not”. The first year was difficult – I was working all hours, and the blog took second place. But then I retired – and having tidied out my cupboards and re-organised my finances, I thought “what next?” – and I decided ”how about building that blog?”. I’ve never looked back – and I’m having so much fun!
4. Tell me about your blog, why the theme? Why is your blog different than the others?
I’m not sure if it’s that different really – there are some magnificent book bloggers out there that I don’t feel fit to kiss the boots of. I think my USP might be that I like to give some of the little people a chance – I still love featuring the blockbusters, reading them and reviewing, but I particularly like shining a light on the people who don’t make the headlines. I don’t think I could never write a book, but those who actually get up and do it really deserve a forum and someone to help them shout more loudly. Those Facebook shares, those multiple tweets on Twitter, all mean such a lot – and I have a fantastic network of bloggers and authors who help me make that happen.
5. Talking books – what genres do you review/prefer?
I’m never sure how to define what I enjoy. Maybe “women’s literature” is the best definition? I know what I like, and when I agree to review I’ve usually spotted something that makes me think the book has “me” written on it. I used to love chick lit – but I’m getting too old to identify with the main characters, so I do it less these days. I did love thrillers, but there were too many missing children – and I don’t like the gory, or the forensic detail. I like literary – but I am quite fussy. I like a cracking story. But above all, I like to really feel something – if you can engage my heart, that’s one guaranteed high star review.
6. Apart from blogs – do you blog about any other subject? If not, do you have plans to in the future?
This is a bit of a regret, really. I love my holidays, often in really unusual locations, and I always planned to write a few travel based blog posts – but the books took over and it has just never happened. I doubt it will now.
7. What is your favourite book so far this year?
Did you know this would be a “favourite child” question? Already there have been half a dozen, but I think the one I must single out is Sealskin by Su Bristow. This book captured my heart – on paper, maybe not my kind of book at all, but it certainly moved me more than anything else I’ve read this year. A really special book.
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8. What is your favourite book?
It depends what day you ask me. I know people wax lyrical about their first Enid Blyton or their favourite Jane Austen, but I just can’t. I read English Lit at university, and I know I should probably pick a Dickens or a Bronte (Mrs Gaskell was always a favourite, and Thomas Hardy…)., I can’t even pick out my favourite of the last couple of years – but I have a really soft spot for Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. I hate picking just one – but you did ask…
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9. Which book are you looking forward to the most due to come out?
Definitely the new one by Vanessa Lafaye – At First Light comes out on 1st June, I have my advance copy, and I’m dying to read it. But there are more –
 The Faithful by Juliet West, Skin Deep by Laura Wilkinson, Julie Cohen’s Together, the new Rowan Coleman on 29th June, Carol Lovekin’s new one later in the year… I really shouldn’t have started this one, should I?
10. Tell me a little about you!
I’m 61 years old and single – not for the want of trying – with no family now other than my mum, who’s over 90 and has just moved to live near me.  I used to work in project management and business management, with a focus on people development and communications, but I retired – with a sigh of relief – three years ago. I’m Welsh by birth – from near Bangor in North Wales – but I’ve lived in Yorkshire, in the beautiful market town of Wetherby, for over 25 years now, and I never made a better decision. I’m equidistant from Harrogate, Leeds and York, with everything they have to offer – and if London beckons, as it often does, I can get there in under two and a half hours. Other than books, my passion is travel – I like to do a couple of long-haul holidays a year, and I’m rapidly catching up with my bucket list. I do a regular book slot on local radio – Tempo FM – and run the book club for my local U3A group too.
11. Sweet or savoury?
Savoury – pies, pasties, sarnies – but also a real weakness for chocolate, preferably dark…
12. Summer or Christmas?
Christmas, I think – love all the sparkle and schmaltz…and the Christmas books…
13. Finally, if you could have written any book already in existence, which one would you choose and why?
It’s funny – I know I couldn’t have written Anna Karenina or Wuthering Heights, so I wouldn’t try and lay claim to them. But every so often I come across one that might just have been within my grasp – Sue Watson’s We’ll Only Have Paris maybe, or Liz Trenow’s The Forgotten Seamstress, and I wonder if I really should do that OU writing course or apply for the RNA New Writers’ scheme. Have I left it too late, do you think? Maybe, one day…
Anne, you should definitely give it a go, and I know a fair few authors (including me) who would be there to cheer you on!
To connect with Anne, see her pages!

Author Interview: Mark Hill – Two O’Clock Boy

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Today I have the pleasure of talking about this wonderful book, and sharing my little review. This author gets a 5 star thumbs up from me. He will be going on my auto-buy list!

REVIEW

This book rather took me by surprise. I love a good crime thriller, police procedural, and this has all that in spades. The thing you don’t expect is the character development. I don’t post spoilers, I believe that they detract from reading the actual book and forming your own opinions, but I have to say. The ending. Wow. I am salivating for the sequel. I would love to see this book as a TV drama. Done well, it would be amazing, as the story is.

Mark Hill took the time to give me a little interview, so thank you Mark for that – and for waiting till my deadline was done and I got to wade through my to-do list!

There is a sequel to Two O’Clock Boy, so can I ask – do you have a title, and can you sum up the feeling of the book in a sentence?
I’ve got a long list of titles for the second book, but what it will end up being called is uncertain at this time! Titles are terribly important to some authors – I have friends who can’t write a word until they know what the book is going to be called. But it’s the last piece of the puzzle for me. What I can tell you is that the second Drake book is a creepy, bittersweet tale of unrequited sibling love…
In addition to your books, what kind of career have you had?
I’ve been a journalist, and I was a producer at BBC Radio 2 for many years, working across a number of daytime shows and projects. Actually, after I left there I worked for an independent company, producing Alan Carr’s Saturday night show on the network. I loved that job! It meant I could write for five days and then spend two days playing fantastic tracks and laughing my socks off.
A typical day in the life of you – what does that look like?
A typical day for me would see me drinking too much coffee and eating pastries a pastry in a café. I’ll go home and stare out the window with my fingers poised over a keyboard. If I’m working on a novel, I’ll try to do a couple of thousand words at least, and then I’ll charge aimlessly around North London with a wild look in my eye as I think about what I’ve written and what’s coming next. I’ll accelerate past the pastry shop – just in case.
I collect elephant ornaments (and books of course!) – do you have something you collect?
I collect movie posters. Sadly, I only have a certain amount of wall space so I have to change them up occasionally, but I get enormous pleasure from looking at them every day.
If you could branch out into a different genre, which one would you choose and why?
I’d like to write a really frightening horror book. In the movies it’s easy to scare people – a jump-cut, a glimpse of a glinting knife, some choppy violin strings – but I’d like to write something that really gives you a creeping dread, something that makes your skin crawl so much that you’ll be using bleach as a shower gel.
Do you have any tips for the budding novelists out there reading this?
Keep going. I ain’t the youngest debut writer on the block – I mean, I may look youthful **cough** but appearances can be deceptive. There’s never a right time or a wrong time to get published. Just keep rolling that boulder up the hill, press your shoulder into it and keep pushing. Nobody ever got anywhere by quitting. And naps help. Yeah, plenty of naps. And pastries.

What are you reading currently?
I’ve been reading Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner. It’s hugely enjoyable, empathetic and witty – and DS Manon Bradshaw is a fictional detective superstar in the making.

Before you start a new novel, do you plot extensively, focus on the characters, or take an idea and run with it? 
I plot, plot, plot and plot some more. There’s a school of thought that you should ‘pants’ it, let your story pour out of your subconscious as you go along. That works for some people but I wrote scripts before novels and I’m a huge believer in structure, making sure all the pieces of story furniture are placed *just so* to my liking on the pages. Which is weird, because I’m actually a really sloppy individual in real life – I’ve always got food stains down my jumper and pastry crumbs in my hair. That’s not to say that everything is set in stone. Characters do unexpected things as I sit and write, situations develop out of nowhere. The main thing is there’s no right way or wrong way to write a novel – find the way of working that works for you.
Who are your favourite writers in the genre you write in? 
Oh god, I really hate this question. There are too many. Here are some. Dennis Lehane, Megan Abbott, Patricia Highsmith, Don Winslow, Megan Abbott, Alex Marwood, Belinda Bauer, Gillian Flynn, Richard Price, David Peace. That guy with the nice hair. William Gibson, Joseph Heller, Gillian Flynn, Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, Ian Banks, Belinda Bauer, Kate Atkinson, Thomas Harris, Ted Lewis, Laura Lippman, Pierre Lemaitre, Charles Willeford, Mo Hayder, Gregg Hurwitz, Sarah Waters, Dan Simmons, Paul Auster. The Dickens bloke who wrote the thing about the kid. Neil Cross. Stephen King – I mean, that’s obvs, right? Patrick Hamilton, love Patrick Hamilton, Shirley Jackson, Chandler and Hammett. That fellow who wrote the trilogy about the pastries. Anthony Powell, Carl Hiaasen, Scott Smith, Anthony Powell, Harlan Coben, Chuck Palahniuk, Alan Moore, Chuck Hogan, James Ellroy, Anne Tyler, Carl Hiaasen, Daphne du Maurier, Jim Thompson, Jonathan Coe. George MacDonald Fraser. That lady who wrote that thing that did well. George V. Higgins, Ira Levin. John Le Carre. Ian McEwan, Michael Connelly, John Wyndham.
Tell me when you want me to stop…

Mark, it’s been an utter pleasure. I am already desperate for the sequel!

Two O’clock Boy is out now on Amazon

Christmas tipples #AldiWineClub #AldiSpirits

In today’s austere times, the advent of shopping smarter is more important than ever, and I for one have noticed the great difference in shopping with Aldi. One, I have more food in my kitchen for my money. Two, I have more money FOR food. The quality hasn’t suffered at all, and when I got the chance to join the wine club, it was pretty much a no-brainer, given that I do enjoy the odd glass after a day of kidwrangling and writing romance.

Some of my clear favourites, are the Toro Loco range of wines, which are amazing and taste and look more expensive than they are (see Instagram for photos) and the Salted Caramel Vodka Liquer. This bottle is like manna from heaven, is perfect with ice on its own or awesome in a cocktail or six.

Tamova Liqueurs Salted Caramel Vodka Liqueur

£9.99 per bottle

Available now in stores

Described as “amazing” by Holly Willoughby, this smooth and seductive salted caramel liqueur is the ultimate festive party drink, made exclusively from caramel flavours, finest rock salt and triple distilled British grain vodka.

If it works for Holly, it works for me!

If you are looking for BUBBLES, I would recommend their pink champagne, or this little beauty, which I would be proud to take to a party.

Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut Single bottle 75cl £9.99 / Case of 6 £59.94 Available in stores and online now at aldi.co.uk Every Christmas should be celebrated with an award winning Champagne. Aldi’s Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut, delivers a gorgeous bouquet of ripe apples, floral hints and soft red fruits and boasts an aroma of baked apple and brioche. This sparkler is best served with Aldi’s Exquisite Rope Hung Scottish Smoked Salmon and enjoyed perfectly chilled.

To see the photos (and more of bookish things and the reasons I enjoy wine) check out my Instagram

Happy Christmas everyone!!

 

Author Interview: Ellie Darkins

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Hi, thanks for coming to chat to us today!

Q1. Can you tell us a little about your WIP?

My new book is called HOLIDAY WITH THE MYSTERY ITALIAN and was inspired by TV dating shows. The hero and heroine meet on a celebrity version of the show, and I loved exploring that excitement of seeing that two strangers have a spark and attraction, and voyeuristically following them to see if it would lead somewhere!

Q2.What’s next for the writing?

Up next is FALLING FOR THE REBEL PRINCESS: royal party-girl marries rock-star in Vegas!

Q3. In addition to your books, what kind of career have you had?

Before I was a writer I was a professional editor, and I balance the two careers at the moment. I mentor lots of budding authors and get the first look at some fabulous stories! Back when I was still at university (studying English Literature) I worked in a bookshop, so I’ve pretty much been steeped in books for my entire professional life.

Q4. A typical day in the life of you – what does that look like?

As well as the reading and the writing I look after my one-year-old, so on nursery days it’s all about getting us both out the house, dropping little one off at nursery, finding a friendly coffee shop and settling in with the laptop until lunch. Then it’s home and chaos until bedtime, after which I’ll open the laptop again and try and get some more words down (or maybe watch a sneaky episode of something if the morning went well!)

Q5. I collect elephant ornaments (and books of course!) – do you have something you collect?

Do dust bunnies count?!

Q6. Women writers, and romance writers in particular, often see prejudice and a certain ‘pigeon holing’ when it comes to their books – what would you say about your own work?

I have to say I’ve had nothing but supportive words from people I’ve met in real life (perhaps it’s because when people ask me what I do, I tell them with a beaming smile and assure them that, yes, it is super-amazing to be a romance author). But I’ve read articles and reviews that show that there are still people out there that don’t value the romance genre as much as it deserves. Of course it’s disappointing to know that attitudes like this still exist, but I think it comes from unfamiliarity with the genre. So I try to combat it sharing as many great authors as I can, talking to everyone I meet about how fabulous romance novels are, and pressing books into the hands of anyone who will take them.

Q7. If you could branch out into a different genre, which one would you choose and why?

I think I’d explore something the darker and edgier, like psychological women’s fiction.

Q8. Do you have any tips for the budding novelists out there reading this?

My only advice really is to just keep writing. Sadly there are no shortcuts to the Happy Ever After, you just have to keep putting one word in front of another.

Q9. What are you reading currently?

I’m currently re-reading Apple Tree Yard, by Louise Doughty. It couldn’t be further from a Mills & Boon, but it’s a book that’s been haunting me since I first read it a couple of years ago. I recommended it to a mentoring client, and then couldn’t resist going back to see if it’s as good as I remember. It’s better.

Q10. Finally, do you have a next goal or dream in life? If so, what is it?

Wow, big question. At the moment, my big goal is to start the next book! It can be tricky letting go of a story and characters you love and know so well and starting again at a blank first page. I’m doing lots of character work at the moment to get to know my new hero and heroine and hopefully their story will start to flow soon.

To hear more about Ellie and her book – see below!

HOLIDAY WITH THE MYSTERY ITALIAN – OUT 1 DECEMBER 2016

Since the accident that paralyzed him, Italian tycoon Mauro Evans vowed to embrace life. So when he stars in a dating show for charity, picking prickly journalist Amber Harris as the winner to take on holiday is a challenge he can’t resist!   In Amber’s experience, relationships equal pain, so she’s determined to ignore her attraction to charismatic Mauro. But his bravery and strength threaten to tear down her defenses, giving her a new Christmas dream—ringing in the New Year with wedding bells!

Ellie Darkins  writes heart-warming stories about falling in love, finding your soul mate and fighting hard to make real relationships work. The HEA is guaranteed, but nothing else along the way is. Expect to see surprise babies, breath-taking settings and alpha heroes by the bucketload. Plus steamy kisses, heaps of sensual tension, and fireworks just audible from behind a closed bedroom door.

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Holiday with the Mystery Italian by Ellie Darkins – out now!

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Publication day today for the fabulous new book from Ellie Darkins – I have read it and loved it! On Sunday we have the honour of chatting to Ellie too, so stay tuned for that!

Now, more about the book – I gave the story 5 stars!

Winning the ultimate prize

Since the accident that paralyzed him, Italian tycoon Mauro Evans vowed to embrace life. So when he stars in a dating show for charity, picking prickly journalist Amber Harris as the winner to take on holiday is a challenge he can’t resist!

In Amber’s experience, relationships equal pain, so she’s determined to ignore her attraction to charismatic Mauro. But his bravery and strength threaten to tear down her defenses, giving her a new Christmas dream – ringing in the New Year with wedding bells!

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which had a super sweet ending. I love a slow burning romance which keeps you shouting at the pages for them to get it together! The chemistry between the characters was described so well it fizzes from the pages, and I really rooted for them to get together. Beautiful surroundings and a TV show make this plot very enjoyable.

Out now on Amazon

Author Spotlight: Elisabeth Hobbes

 

Hi Elisabeth, thanks for coming to chat to us today!

Hi, it’s great to be here, thanks for having me.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about your WIP?

It’s a reunion story set shortly after the Norman conquest of England.  It’s my darkest story so far (just right for the festive season) with a hero and heroine who have both been deeply damaged during their time apart and must learn to trust each other again in order to defeat a common enemy.  There are secrets to reveal, rifts to mend and treachery to uncover that will change their lives forever.

When Aelric’s band of outlaws ambush Constance on her journey back to Cheshire, after seven years since their last encounter, Aelric sees the opportunity to use her as means of revenge on the man that destroyed his life.  As the feelings they once shared begin to reignite Aleric is torn between his lust for revenge and his desire for Constance.  Now widowed and with a secret duty she is determined to carry out, Constance is prepared to do anything to regain her freedom, including playing on the closeness she once shared with the young Saxon.

Q2.What’s next for the writing? What are you working on currently?

I’m telling the story of the hero’s villainous brother from The Blacksmith’s Wife, my third book.  Roger was a character a lot of readers responded to strongly.  I began wondering how the privileged, self-centred seducer who led my innocent heroine on would cope with a woman who wasn’t prepared to fall into his bed at a snap of his fingers.  I thought it would be fascinating to see if I could redeem him.  I hope readers will agree he earns his happily ever after.

Q3. In addition to your books, what kind of career have you had?

I teach Primary school three days a week.  I originally trained to teach History and English at 11-18 but after a couple of years teaching English in Greece I returned to the UK and started supply teaching where I discovered I much preferred the younger age range.  I also have an eleven and nine year old who keep me pretty busy.

Q4. A typical day in the life of you – what does that look like?

It depends if it’s a school day or writing day.  Either way it starts with a cup of tea before anyone else is awake.  If it’s a school day I dash out of the house by 7.30 and spend the drive mulling over my latest chapters then I’m in a school based blur until I leave.  I rarely get any chance to write on those days after I’ve fed the family, marked books and done my prep for the following day.  I’m always amazed that there are still people who think teaching is a 9-3 job!

If it’s a writing day I drop my kids at school and walk to the library where I write (no internet to distract me).  These are the days when I also do the housework, shopping and family admin.

Any type of day involves lots of tea, cats and random bursting into song and dance routines in the kitchen, much to the embarrassment of my daughter.

Q5. I collect elephant ornaments (and books of course!) – do you have something you collect?

I love earrings.  I don’t wear any other jewellery (not even my wedding ring) but I have around thirty pairs and keep buying more.  I also love rooting through vintage and junk shops and finding odd ornaments and old tins and boxes.

Q6. Women writers, and romance writers in particular, often see prejudice and a certain ‘pigeon holing’ when it comes to their books – what would you say about your own work?

I think its human nature to pigeonhole things to relate them to what we already know but I hate the easy dismissal of genre fiction as formulaic or lazy.  I’m lucky not to have experienced too much prejudice personally but it infuriates me that people are so quick to dismiss an entire genre they might enjoy.  I try to think of it their loss.

If I had to pigeonhole my work I’d say my heroes tend to be underdogs or lower social status than my heroines.  My heroines are strong, independent women who more than give their heroes a run for their money.

Q7. If you could branch out into a different genre, which one would you choose and why? I’d love to write a murder mystery because I love reading them and trying to spot the culprit.  I imagine the plotting would get the better of me though.

Q8. Do you have any tips for the budding novelists out there reading this?

Even if you really don’t feel like it get some words down on paper as often as possible.  You can’t edit if you don’t have anything to edit.

Q9. What are you reading currently?

Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks by John Curran.  I love going ‘behind the scenes’ and it’s fascinating to see the evolution of her plots and characters.

Q10. Finally, do you have a next goal or dream in life? If so, what is it?

I’d love become successful enough to write full time.

Thanks for coming to chat to us Elisabeth – I have every faith you will get there!

The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge is out now in ebook and paperback in UK and US.

Book Blogger Showcase: It is just a word

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December tomorrow! Last day of the month, which means Book Blogger Showcase day! I am delighted to have Natasha chat today from the fab

  1. How long have you been a book blogger?

I started itisjustaWord when I started university about four years ago. My blog, back then, was just a place that I could put up my latest writing extracts and quotes from Plath and Eliot that I thought were deep and pretty and were really just pretentious. I then revamped my blog after I started working at Little, Brown Book Group (a year ago) in their Sales department. I wanted to bring the element of getting into publishing to my blog as well as writing book reviews, issues within publishing, books and writing and general information about books too.

  1. How old is your blog? Did you have any before?

(same as answer above)

  1. Why did you get into blogging in the first place?

I got into blogging because I wanted to do something with my infatuation for books and I wanted to learn more about the book trade and what it means to work and be with books. I also wanted a place to showcase my writing to those who also love books. I’ve said books WAY too many times in that sentence. BOOKS.

  1. Tell me about your blog, why the theme? Why is your blog different than the others?

The theme for my blog is for all things bookish whether that means writing a book, reading a book, learning about books, information surrounding books, the publication process. When I was reading a lot of blogs in the past, the main focus was on reviews. And whilst I think this is important I also wanted to add an element about getting jobs in books – particularly as I know that this is such a competitive and popular industry. I also wanted to revamp the old book review style and have started adopting a listicles approach to my reviews which I feel are easier to digest and I can also use gifs which is just the best part.

  1. Talking books – what genres do you review/prefer?

I love every genre. I have a rule: I won’t read two books in a row that have the same theme and genre. I like to broaden my horizons because I think there are so many different aspects to books out there and I think as a book lover and breather and a writer, you need to know the breadth of the world that you live in. If I had to pick a genre, I would chose contemporary women’s fiction – I love the whole ‘girls’ trend that is in at the moment usually featuring an element of erotica, a twist and domestic noir. I like thrillers too. I am reading American Pastoral right now by Philip Roth which is COMPLETELY different to what I normally read and that is blowing my mind right out of the park.

  1. Apart from blogs – do you blog about any other subject? If not, do you have plans to in the future?

I do blog about writing and publishing. I want to expand this though into career and mental health advice. I wrote a piece recently about failing and why it is ok to fail and this was one of my most well-received posts. I still have friends and friends of friends and complete strangers coming up to me or emailing me to tell me how much that post helped them. I think I want to write more about mental health issues in relation to the work place. I also thought potentially about expanding my blog to a musical side as I also taught myself how to play the guitar. I also want to collaborate with other bloggers and do podcasts, vlogs and online chats with them about important subjects – maybe do an online book club and discussion. But I work 9am – 5pm and there are only so many hours in the day so we shall see.

  1. What is your favourite book so far this year?

My favourite book is The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel – although this technically doesn’t come out until next year. The proof copy I received was absolutely gorgeous and the story was so unexpected and brilliant and beautifully written. I adored it. I also loved Maestra by L. S Hilton and Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman. But American Pastoral is also up there. I haven’t really answered the question have I?

  1. What is your favourite book?

Easy: The Lovely Bones. This was the book. The book that would make me love all books and find something in them that nobody else could see. This was also the book that started me off as a writer. I owe Alice Sebold everything.

  1. Which book are you looking forward to the most due to come out?

I’m really excited for The Roanoke Girls which comes out next year as I think this will be BIG and I want to be one of those people that’s like I TOLD YOU SO because I’m a terrible person.

  1. Tell me a little about you!

I’m Tash. Some people call me Natasha which is fine but makes me sound like a Russian super spy. I live in London right now and I work at Hachette Children’s Group in Marketing and I LOVE my job. My boyfriend is my best friend and I tell him everything. I love books which shock me and have passages that will restructure my entire brain chemistry. I love books with romance plotlines and a well-written erotic scene. I like to write when I can and when my brain is working. I like to write books that I give up on half way through and then take up again somewhere down the line. I teach myself guitar and eat too much cake and have a fast metabolism.  That’s about it.

  1. Sweet or savoury?

Sweet

  1. Summer or Christmas?

Christmas

  1. Finally, if you could have written any book already in existence, which one would you choose and why?

A cliché but probably The Bell Jar because this has affected so many people in such small ways and I’d LOVE to do that with a book. It’s also a favourite of mine and Sylvia Plath was an absolute legend.

Thanks for coming to chat Natasha – I shall be checking out those books!

To read more check out her blog!