So my latest novel is out this week but when I was first asked to write it by an esteemed editor at Penguin Random House back in 2013, I said no! Wow – check me out!!!
So what caused me to reject the idea? I think I was on a total high after the massive success of NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY and I didn’t want to jinx it. A Christmas instalment could have failed and ruined the best selling bubble I was existing in. I also didn’t want to be a follower. Lots of other writers were getting on the bandwagon of Christmas themed romances and I wanted to break the mould rather than fit into it – hence I wrote a Christmas book about George Clooney instead! But most of all it was because I didn’t have a big idea, I didn’t know what to do with these characters over the Christmas period. You can’t write book without big ideas, well I can’t anyway.
That all changed over a chance coffee with friends last year when we all piled out our Christmas woes. It was clear that despite the romance and magic surrounding the period that it’s also a peak time for chaos and stress! When someone mentioned that their mother-in-law was visiting and bringing along her 80yr old toy-boy, causing major festive trauma over where they should sleep – well something clicked. Big ideas started to flow.
NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON CHRISTMAS DAY is full of the festive spirit with a healthy dose of the reality of the nightmare of striving for that perfect family moment. It feels like there is always someone there to screw it all up for you and it’s normally your nearest and dearest!
NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON CHRISTMAS DAY – out 24th October 2017
‘Laugh-out-loud funny, emotional and festive… This is THE Christmas read of the year without a doubt. Absolutely loved it from beginning to end.’ Mum Reinvented