๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŽ One month until Not Having It All is published ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐ŸŒถ ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’˜ ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŽ

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.

Iโ€™m pleased to say that the mood of the book is the total opposite to the dark tones of The Girl In His Eyes. Itโ€™s exuberant, upbeat, feisty, a little spicy โ€“ and sometimes, I must admit โ€“ downright brazen ๐Ÿ˜ฒ The first advance copies will be on their way shortly to early readers, whoโ€™ll find out what I mean! Suffice to say, thereโ€™s certain parts which Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐ŸŒถ

Not Having It All is my first comedy novel. Iโ€™m not sure if itโ€™ll be my last! I threw caution to the wind while writing it and had the most fun imaginable โ€“ playing around with structure, inventing science and letting my characters say what the hell they wanted, the way they wantedโ€ฆ Aside from the comedy thereโ€™s also straightforward suspense, family drama and a sprinkle of romance, along with serious issues such as childlessness, obsessive jealousy and insurance fraud. โ€˜A brazen comedy about the perils of midlifeโ€™ is on the cover. Itโ€™s not a fluffy, floaty, soft-pastel-cover kind of novel, thatโ€™s for sure.

The story centres on Bea Hudson, a scientist mum whoโ€™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 โ€ฆ Then her husband finds something in her chest of drawers that makes him think sheโ€™s having an affair with her best (girl) friend. The story is told via journal entries, emails, letters, etc (โ€˜epistolatoryโ€™ or โ€˜mixed media formatโ€™ as in Bridget Jonesโ€™ Diary).

Playing around with the formatting – an extract from an early sample version of NHIAย ย 

Iโ€™ve finished going through the proof-read and have sent off my notes for the formatting stage. Given the novelโ€™s structure, weโ€™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. Iโ€™m sad that there wonโ€™t after all be any text in colour (not practical), but never mindโ€ฆ At least thereโ€™ll be emojis! (in moderation โ€“ and mostly tasteful)


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