Almost unbelievably, Not Having It All will be my third book in less than two years. (Publisher: Bombshell Books, publication date: 28 May 2019.) I feel a mixture of excitement, stress and occasionally panic as the day nears for NHIA to be opened by unsuspecting readers.
I’m pleased to say that the mood of the book is the total opposite to the dark tones of The Girl In His Eyes. It’s exuberant, upbeat, feisty, a little spicy – and sometimes, I must admit – downright brazen 😲 The first advance copies will be on their way shortly to early readers, who’ll find out what I mean! Suffice to say, there’s certain parts which I’d hesitate to ask a nun to read, not to mention anyone who is easily offended or averse to sometimes racy and politically incorrect humour 🍆😲🌶
Not Having It All is my first comedy novel. I’m not sure if it’ll be my last! I threw caution to the wind while writing it and had the most fun imaginable – playing around with structure, inventing science and letting my characters say what the hell they wanted, the way they wanted… Aside from the comedy there’s also straightforward suspense, family drama and a sprinkle of romance, along with serious issues such as childlessness, obsessive jealousy and insurance fraud. ‘A brazen comedy about the perils of midlife’ is on the cover. It’s not a fluffy, floaty, soft-pastel-cover kind of novel, that’s for sure.
The story centres on Bea Hudson, a scientist mum who’s pulled towards breaking point by the incompatible demands of her family and her career. She has a sexist boss, a disobedient dog and the naughtiest little girl in Godalming … Then her husband finds something in her chest of drawers that makes him think she’s having an affair with her best (girl) friend. The story is told via journal entries, emails, letters, etc (‘epistolatory’ or ‘mixed media format’ as in Bridget Jones’ Diary).
Playing around with the formatting – an extract from an early sample version of NHIA
I’ve finished going through the proof-read and have sent off my notes for the formatting stage. Given the novel’s structure, we’re going to use a variety of fonts for different kinds of text, to make it easy to see who is saying what, at a glance. I’m sad that there won’t after all be any text in colour (not practical), but never mind… At least there’ll be emojis! (in moderation – and mostly tasteful)