I know I’ve been very quiet but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy. I’ve been holed up in the writing cave working on my latest novel, a romantic comedy set in a charming village in the depths of the English countryside. The book features a warm and likeable heroine called Ellie Browne, a welcoming pub that is at the heart of the village, lots and lots of lovable dogs, and a too gorgeous for his own good property developer, Max Golding, who is ruffling feathers all round.
I had such fun writing this book. I didn’t write it to a deadline or with any publisher in mind, so I enjoyed the freedom of just going where the muse took me. The book is full of quirky characters, romantic twists and turns, a selection of tempting craft beers (!), and plenty of Christmas sparkle too.
As I was coming to the end of the book I heard about a new digital imprint from a dynamic independent publisher and on something of a whim sent my manuscript off to them. Within a couple of weeks I’d heard back – they loved my story and wanted to talk to me about it. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time and I’m very pleased to say I’ve signed a four-book contract with the publisher. This novel will be the first in the series of four set in the delightful village of Little Leyton and I can’t wait to share these lovely characters with you.
We’re just putting the final touches to the story now. The book is due to be published in October – not too long to wait – and as soon as I can share some more details – cover, title, blurb – I will. Meanwhile, here I am signing on the dotted line!