07 November, 2012 / News
Spring at last! I love living in Scotland but the winters tend to drudge on a bit. Now the sun’s shining, there’s no excuse not to haul myself out for a run or cycle… activities which actually go very well with writing, being an antidote to sitting hunched over the screen, turning a pale, sun-starved, mushroomy colour. I’ve finally realised, at the grand old age of, um… mumble-mumble… that the writing day flows so much better if I’ve been out in the ‘real’ world first thing.
I’m chuffed to tell you that my new novel, Mummy Said the F-word, has been selling well – it’s reached the top ten Scottish hardback fiction and Independent newspaper charts. So gratifying to see my book on those lists, among biggie authors! (See below.) Mummy Said has also been reviewed – positively, I’m glad to say – in Red, Marie Claire, In Style, OK, Sainsbury’s magazine and, gasp, the Financial Times (my first review in a posh paper). We had two book launches – one in Waterstone’s in Glasgow, and the other in a local hotel, organised by our lovely neighbourhood indie bookshop, Atkinson Pryce (www.atkinson-pryce.co.uk).
I’m now in the thick of writing a new novel which I hope to have finished by summer (which sounds pleasingly vague, doesn’t it?). It’s similar in style to Mummy Said – featuring a crazy mother, unruly twins and a dilapidated castle. I want to make it a real page turner with lots of laughs. That’s the plan anyway!
In the meantime, huge thanks if you’ve bought Mummy Said the F-word and helped to nudge it into those charts…