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At school, her teachers had forever been telling her that she had a vivid imagination.  Well, they’d been right.  And now she was putting it to good use.  Because imagining that Jamie was still around, she had discovered, was actually a really comforting thing to do.  Like thumb-sucking or clutching a manky old security blanket, it just made her feel…better

(from To the Moon and Back, page 18 in the ARC; finished version may be different)

To the Moon and Back might be more serious than Jill Mansell’s other romantic comedies, but I knew right away when I met her latest heroine, Ellie Kendall, that it was going to be my favorite of her novels I’ve read so far.  Mansell has a way of making me laugh and cry at the same time, wish her characters were my BFFs, and almost believe I was meant to drop everything and move to England.

Ellie is enjoying being young and in love when her husband, Jamie, is killed in a car accident.  Mansell introduces readers to the living Jaime, who is cute and fun and irons for his wife, so it is heartbreaking when Ellie loses him.  The book fast-forwards to a little more than a year after Jamie’s death, when Ellie is on the brink of being able to move on with her life, but she still conjures his image and has conversations with him…conversations in which she has him talk to her in that playful way she enjoyed when he was alive.  It’s so very sad, understandably, and Ellie is just so sweet that you can’t help but love her.  So when the gorgeous Zack McLaren offers her a job as his personal assistant and she moves to a new neighborhood and makes new friends, you can’t help but hope that Ellie will open herself up to the prospect of enjoying life and loving again.

As always, Mansell creates a cast of secondary characters that makes it impossible to put the book down.  There’s Tony, Ellie’s famous actor father-in-law who falls in love at first sight with an artist who can’t be his.  There’s Roo, a whirlwind of excitement and chaos who’s in love with a married man.  There’s Todd, Jamie’s best friend who still grapples with the guilt of surviving the accident that took Jaime’s life.  And you can’t forget Geraldine, the feisty lady who lives next door to Zack, and Elmo, the rambunctious dog the two share.

To the Moon and Back is a lighthearted novel that takes on the heavy themes of unconditional and undying love, grief, adultery, and redemption.  Mansell does justice to these without making the book too depressing, and there is still plenty of humorous banter to lighten the mood.   This is the perfect example of “chick lit” with substance, a feel-good book that kept me turning the pages long into the night.

Check out my reviews of other books by Jill Mansell:

An Offer You Can’t Refuse
Miranda’s Big Mistake
Millie’s Fling
Rumor Has It
Take a Chance on Me
Staying at Daisy’s

Disclosure: I received a copy of To the Moon and Back from Sourcebooks for review purposes. I am an IndieBound affiliate and an Amazon associate.

© 2011 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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‘…Your friend is a tart and you’re trying to excuse her,’ Dev shot back.  ‘You’re blaming everyone else–‘

‘Not everyone else.’

‘Oh yes you are.  You’re even trying to blame me, and I can’t for the life of me understand why.’

Daisy’s eyes blazed.  She longed to punch him.  It wasn’t fair, trying to argue with someone when you were drunk and they were stone-cold sober.  And when they were disturbingly attractive and you had your wellies on the wrong feet.

(from Staying at Daisy’s, page 324 in the ARC)

Staying at Daisy’s is the latest novel by British author Jill Mansell to be republished in the U.S. by Sourcebooks.  I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this book, but it was worth it.  Whenever I need a light read to help me recover from all those war novels I gobble up like candy, I know Mansell won’t let me down.

Like her previous novels, Staying at Daisy’s is both fun and serious with a cast of mostly loveable characters whose connections to one another provide much tension and entertainment.  Daisy MacLean runs a high-end hotel owned by her father in the village of Colworth, England.  Her best friend, Tara, one of the hotel’s chambermaids, stirs things up when her ex-boyfriend arrives at the hotel for his wedding, and the two are found in a compromising position.  Tara insists she did nothing wrong, and Daisy’s willingness to back her up causes her to butt heads with the best man, Dev Tyzack, a former professional rugby player who is incredibly handsome and finds Daisy amusing.  However, Daisy thinks she sees right through him, and after all the hurt caused by her late husband, she’s not about to get involved with a womanizer.

Mansell’s secondary characters are just as interesting as the main characters.  Tara is so desperate to find true love that she tries too hard to get men to like her and believes everything they tell her.  I love that she wants to be more like her homebody, no-need-for-men aunt, not realizing that Maggie is desperately in love with someone who views their relationship as an arrangement of convenience.   There’s also Josh, Daisy’s fun-loving ex-boyfriend from college; Hector, Daisy’s father, who loves to hold embarrassingly awful sing-a-longs with his guests; Barney, an organ transplant recipient who moves to the village in search of a quieter life; and Mel, a single mom who harbors a secret that could squash her second chance at love.

Mansell has a way of making her characters’ flaws endearing, and I always find myself so involved in the tales she weaves that I laugh out loud at their bumbling antics.  Mansell always manages to add a serious side to her novels that give them some depth, but she never goes overboard on the drama or the romance.  Staying at Daisy’s is perfect for reading outdoors on those warm spring days that are just around the corner (at least in my neck of the woods).

Check out my reviews of other books by Jill Mansell:

An Offer You Can’t Refuse
Miranda’s Big Mistake
Millie’s Fling
Rumor Has It
Take a Chance on Me

Disclosure: I received a copy of Staying at Daisy’s from Sourcebooks for review purposes. I am an IndieBound affiliate and an Amazon associate.

© 2011 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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‘Fine, then.  If it’ll shut you up, that’s what we’ll do.  In five years, if we’re both still unattached, we’ll get married.  To each other.’

‘Good.’  Cleo gave a nod of satisfaction; OK, now at least she had a safety net to fall back on.  It might not be romantic but it was practical.

‘And if that’s not an incentive for me to hurry up and find myself a girlfriend,’ Ash said, ‘I don’t know what is.’

(from Take a Chance on Me, page 102 in the ARC)

Jill Mansell knows how to write a romantic comedy, and her books never fail to make me laugh out loud.  Her latest novel, Take a Chance on Me, is no exception.  Set in England in the small town of Channings Hill, Take a Chance on Me is the story of Cleo, a girl unlucky in love and forced to interact constantly with her childhood tormentor, Johnny LaVenture, now a famous sculptor.  As a chauffeur, Cleo bumps into Johnny numerous times, and she begins to wonder whether he’s changed over the years.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Ash, falls in love.  He’s a well known radio personality who oozes confidence on the air, but when the object of his affection is in close range, he can barely speak a coherent sentence.  Cleo’s sister, Abbie, is having marital problems in which the past, namely her desperation to have children, comes back to haunt her — and in the midst of hysterics, she makes a big mistake.  Then there’s Fia, who moves to Channings Hill to find herself after her marriage falls apart, and Georgia, a fiesty 18-year-old who barrels into town and upends some lives in the process.

Once again, Mansell has shown that secondary characters can be just as and even more captivating than the main characters.  I don’t think Cleo is a strong enough character to hold up the book on her own, but she gets plenty of help from the quirky friends, old and new, in her life.

Take a Chance on Me is hilarious much of the time and serious some of the time, tackling such topics as bullying, adultery, and infertility, but Mansell never lets the story get too heavy.  It’s predictable in a good way, and though I thought the ending was a bit rushed, I enjoyed it so much that it took me just two days to read more than 400 pages.  Mansell has become my go-to author when I need a feel-good, humorous book with well-developed, entertaining characters.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Take a Chance on Me from Sourcebooks for review purposes. I am an Amazon associate.

© 2010 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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She let out a squeak of dismay.  ‘That was your car?’

‘My brand new car,’ Jack emphasized.  ‘Only two days out of the showroom.  You left grease marks all over the window.’

‘I said I was sorry.  It was an accident.  Unlike you,’ Tilly added pointedly, ‘splashing me when you drove through that puddle.  You did that on purpose.’

‘Semi on purpose,’ Jack conceded.  ‘It was only meant to be a little splash.  Hey, I’m sorry too.  But look on the bright side, at least now you know I wasn’t spinning you a line.’  His eyes glittered good-humoredly.  ‘I knew I remembered you from somewhere, I just didn’t know it was from the night you ended up spread-eagled across my new car.’

(from Rumor Has It, page 45 in the ARC)

I love Jill Mansell’s romantic comedies for her easy writing style and their quirky characters, and Rumor Has It didn’t disappoint.  Mansell’s latest U.S. release focuses on Tilly Cole, who decides to move from London to small town Roxborough after her boyfriend unexpectedly moves out and leaves her with an apartment she can’t afford on her own.  Tilly isn’t too upset about his leaving; she has commitment issues that prompt her to withdraw or act so horrible she forces her boyfriends to leave her first so she doesn’t have to leave them.

She accepts a Girl Friday position for wealthy interior designer Max Dineen, helping him on the job and taking care of his teenage daughter, Lou.  Through Max, Tilly meets the irresistibly gorgeous Jack Lucas, who has a reputation for bedding every woman in town.  Tilly is attracted to him but determined to remain friends, especially with everyone warning her not to fall for Jack’s charms.  Like most romances, Rumor Has It is pretty predictable, at least where Tilly’s story is concerned, but that never detracts from my enjoyment of her novels.  I couldn’t help but fall for Jack myself, and even though I liked Tilly and found her endearing, there were several times that I wanted to reach inside the book and slap her silly.

Mansell is brilliant at creating secondary characters whose stories are so compelling that they just have to share the stage with the main character.  There’s a lot of humor in Rumor Has It, and a lot of sadness as well.  Tilly’s best friend, Erin, has finally found love, but she must deal with an angry, arrogant, and downright bitchy ex-wife.  Lou is teased by classmates because of her father’s sexuality, and her actress mother, Kaye, feels the world come crashing down when she becomes the subject of a scandal played out in the public eye. At first I wondered if there was a tad too much going on in this novel, but I soon became so invested in each of the characters and their stories that it almost felt like I knew them in real life. Mansell perfectly balances the drama and humor to create a fun book that is impossible to put down.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Rumor Has It from Sourcebooks for review purposes.  I am an Amazon associate.

© 2010 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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I don’t read too many chick lit novels, but you can bet that when I hear about a newly released Jill Mansell novel, I’m all over it.  Mansell’s novels are chick lit at its best.  Her books are humorous romances with quirky characters, and Rumor Has It is no exception.  You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for my review, but you can read my reviews of An Offer You Can’t Refuse, Miranda’s Big Mistake, and Millie’s Fling.

Today, I’m thrilled that Jill Mansell has stopped by Diary of an Eccentric to talk about her journey toward publication.  Please give a warm welcome to Jill Mansell.

My Road to Writing and What’s Next!

Hi there, and thanks for inviting me back to your lovely blog!  And what a great question too, because I know exactly where my road to writing started. I was in my early twenties, just married and very poor. Working in a hospital meant I was never going to earn a fortune. Then one day I happened to pick up a magazine in our hospital waiting room and inside was an article about women like me who had transformed their lives by becoming best-selling writers. Well, as you can imagine, I was enthralled by this idea. I decided to give it a try and started writing that very same day. OK, I was a bit unfocused for a while, basically not even knowing what I wanted to write, but I joined a local evening class in creative writing and it was a thrill to meet other people with the same goals. I settled on trying to write Harlequin/Mills and Boon books and wrote several. The publishers were lovely and said I could write, but that my style was too jokey, too lacking in emotional depth for them. So I made the decision to write the kind of book I would be interested in reading myself, with drama and quirky likeable characters and plenty of humour too.

I wrote the whole novel and sent it off to an agent, who said it wasn’t publishable because too much happened in it. A second agent then rejected it, saying that not enough happened in it. The price of posting the parcel and enclosing an SAE was a drain on my finances so the third agent was going to be my last. Luckily she loved my book and sold it within weeks to a great publisher. It was the most exciting time of my life. I have to say, people talk about the difficulty of writing the second book but I was so thrilled to have been accepted that the second novel flowed out of me in record time. That was the easiest one I’d ever written.

So that’s how it all started. I found my style, my writing niche, and twenty years later I’m still going strong. I don’t have ambitions to write a great literary novel – I’d far rather entertain people, make them laugh and cry and cheer them up. I have lovely readers and just hope I’ll never run out of ideas. My other hope is that I don’t die in the middle of a book. If I could just quietly keel over and pass away moments after writing those magic words The End, that would be perfect!

Thanks, Jill.  I wish you much success and look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

If you’re interested in reading Rumor Has It, you’re in luck.  Sourcebooks is offering copies to 2 lucky winners!  Just leave a comment with your e-mail address.  Because the publisher is shipping the books, this giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada addresses only.  This giveaway will end Sunday, June 6, 2010, at 11:59 pm EST.  The winners will be chosen randomly.
**Please note that this giveaway is now closed**

Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate.

© 2010 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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I’m thrilled to welcome Jill Mansell to Diary of an Eccentric today! Mansell is the author of Millie’s Fling, Miranda’s Big Mistake, and An Offer You Can’t Refuse (click to read my reviews) — all fun chick-lit novels brought to the U.S. by Sourcebooks.

Here’s what Mansell had to say about her latest novel, Millie’s Fling and why her heroines aren’t stick thin (I just love how she keeps her characters real):

Hi, it’s lovely to be blogging here – I don’t have a blog of my own, so I feel like a cuckoo, borrowing other people’s! Ah, now wondering if you have cuckoos in your part of the world…OK, a cuckoo is a bird that occupies other birds’ nests because it’s too lazy to build one for itself. But I’m digressing already. I’m actually here to talk about my new book, Millie’s Fling. It’s set in Cornwall, in the UK, and is hopefully fun and frothy with plenty of laughs and some dramatic twists. I write feel-good fiction in the manner (so I’m told) of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes. I like to make people laugh and cry. If you like to laugh and cry, try my book! You might like it!

I’ve also had some lovely comments from readers over the years, but one arrived this morning that made me extra-happy and I’d like to share some of it with you. I don’t know who wrote it, but I’m really grateful to her for doing so. (I have a Google Alert on my name, which is how it came to my attention.)

Anyway, here it is:

One word (or several) in general about Mansell’s books. They will appeal to you if you relate to Sex and the City through compassion for the girl’s difficult struggle. And I highly recommend them to teenage girls. The reason for the last statement is that Mansell’s characters are often, though not always, a curvaceous 14 or a dazzling 12. These physical looks are always talked about in a positive light with Liz the largest of the characters always being the sexiest most desirable one. Personally when I was a teenager this was the only input on the side of bigger than a size 8 is beautiful and sexy and I truly do acknowledge that this input gave me a healthy respect for my natural body and meant that I had very few image problems.

Isn’t that great? And that’s just one reader. I’ve sold over five million books, so who knows how many other girls out there might have taken that message and gained comfort from it? I’ve always deliberately avoided talk of diets and thinner-is-better in my novels, simply because I find it tedious beyond belief and not what you need when you’re wanting to escape from the real world into a happier one. I don’t diet myself. I flirted with dieting once or twice but it just made me think about food in the wrong way. I’m medium height and medium weight. I’m apple-shaped, in that my legs are skinny and my waist is not. (My nickname at school was Matchsticks – wow, listen to me, I’m in a confessional mood today!) But I do hate the endless pressure on girls to be thin and that’s why I’ve never promoted it in my books. I’d like to thank the girl who wrote that review – I now feel as if I’ve made a tiny difference to someone’s life. And if she’s out there reading this blog, I’ll say it now. Thank you!

If Millie’s Fling sounds like a good read to keep you warm as fall sets in, you’re in luck! Courtesy of Sourcebooks, I have 2 copies to give to my readers. Here’s what you have to do:

Leave a comment with you email address AND tell me the name of your favorite chick-lit heroine. (If you’ve never read chick lit or don’t have a favorite, you can tell me your favorite female protagonist from any genre.)

The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada addresses only, as the publisher is shipping the books. You have until Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at 11:59 pm EST to enter.

**Please note that this giveaway is now closed**

Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate.

© 2009 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Once again, Jill Mansell has reminded me why I enjoy British chick lit and need to read a fun romance every once in a while. There’s plenty of romantic mishaps and entertaining characters in Millie’s Fling, the latest of her novels to be released in the U.S. by Sourcebooks.

The heroine of Millie’s Fling, Millie Brady, is a 25-year-old woman living in Cornwall, England, who describes herself as a female Mr. Bean. She’s dumped by her boyfriend in the very first chapter of the novel — he’s asking her to move in with him, but she’s more concerned about the woman ready to jump off the cliff at Tresanter Point. That woman is Orla Hart, the best-selling romance novelist who is deeply hurt by her husband’s infidelity. Millie convinces her not to jump, and a close friendship — and work relationship — blooms. Orla, still reeling from a bad book review, decides to shake things up a bit with her latest novel, which she decides to base on Millie’s life. Millie must spill the beans on everything that goes on in her life — such as comforting her best friend and roommate, Hester, as she tries to juggle a long-distance romance with Nat, a chef working in Glasgow, and her long-time crush on Lucas, a womanizer who becomes Millie’s boss.

Other than her job as a roller-skating gorilla who delivers kissograms, Millie has a boring life (or so she says). The people around her, however, are another story. As usual, Mansell creates several interesting characters that kept me turning the pages, from Millie’s desperate mother, Adele, to the horrid couple with whom Millie worked as a travel agent. The supporting characters have mishaps of their own, which makes for an entertaining read. As for Millie, Orla figures introducing Millie to various men will spice up her life and enhance the plot of the book being written about her. However, Millie gets herself into a pickle with Hugh Emerson, a widower whom she meets after finding his lost wallet and playing a phone prank on him.

Mansell writes bumbling but endearing heroines whom you can’t help but like, and though her books tend to hover around 500 pages, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the story that you forget about the length. The dialogue, particularly the banter between Millie and Hugh, is brilliant and had me smiling and chuckling to myself. While the plot was predictable, Millie’s Fling is a feel-good book for chick lit fans or readers looking for a light and funny novel packed with memorable characters.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of Millie’s Fling from Sourcebooks for review purposes. I am an Amazon associate.

© 2009 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Amused, Daniel Delancey said, ‘According to Tony, everyone’s going to fall in love with you.’

‘Oh yes, and by this time next year I’ll be a supermodel, all five foot two of me.’ It wasn’t funny. Miranda quailed, imagining the hideous footage they must have of her on their beastly hidden camera. ‘Couldn’t you just do some of the filming again?’ she pleaded desperately. ‘Give me a chance to comb my hair and put on a bit of make-up?’

Not to mention a Wonderbra.

‘You shared your lunch with me. How you look isn’t important.’

Ha, thought Miranda, only a total man could think that.

(from Miranda’s Big Mistake, page 51)

If you’re looking for a light, fun read for the summer, I suggest you grab a copy of Miranda’s Big Mistake. There’s no doubt that Jill Mansell’s books can be categorized as chick lit, but in my opinion, they’re among the best written books in the genre. I read Mansell’s An Offer You Can’t Refuse (read my review here) not too long ago, and I enjoyed it. But I absolutely loved Miranda’s Big Mistake.

Miranda is a junior hair stylist at the salon owned by celebrity hairdresser, Fenn Lomax, which means she runs errands for the rich and famous. On these errands, she befriends a homeless man, who’s actually a journalist in disguise. Although Danny Delancey seems interested in Miranda, she’s too busy with Greg, who just happens to have a pregnant wife. And then there is Miles, a well-known race-car driver also interested in Miranda, who’s love life is one big roller coaster throughout the book.

I found Miranda endearing from the start. She’s unlucky in love, and when she tries so hard to play it cool, it blows up in her face, hilariously of course. And I loved the secondary characters, too — Miranda’s feisty landlady, Florence; her pregnant flatmate, Chloe; Bev, her best friend and co-worker who talks marriage and kids right away with every man she meets and wonders why she can’t get a date; Fenn, who falls in love for the first time after dating so many dull supermodels; and Danny, who gives Miranda a run for her money in the attitude department.

At nearly 500 pages, Miranda’s Big Mistake was a bit long, but Mansell kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Overall, it was predictable, but there were some hilarious moments and some sad moments that I didn’t expect. A lot of the book was about romance and the dating scene, and for someone who’s been married almost 10 years, amazingly I didn’t feel out of the loop. I could relate to the characters, and the romantic scenes were cute. And I just have to love a book that makes me laugh out loud on the bus so people think I’m crazy. I definitely see myself reading more of Mansell’s work in the future.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of Miranda’s Big Mistake from Sourcebooks for review purposes. I am an Amazon associate.

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Sourcebooks is generously offering to send a copy of Jill Mansell’s An Offer You Can’t Refuse to one lucky reader.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite “chick lit” book and leave your e-mail address. Since the publisher is handling the shipping, the giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada addresses only. The giveaway will end Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 11:59 pm EST.

Don’t forget to check out my review of the book and my interview with Jill Mansell!

**Please note that this giveaway is now closed**

Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate.

© 2009 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Jill Mansell, author of An Offer You Can’t Refuse, to Diary of an Eccentric. If you haven’t yet read my review of this entertaining book, please click here, and check back later for a chance to win a copy.

I’d like to thank Jill for taking time to answer my many questions, and I’d also like to thank Danielle Jackson from Sourcebooks for setting up the interview.

What inspired you to write An Offer You Can’t Refuse?

In old films where parents use bribery to break up a relationship they don’t approve of for their child, the good characters always refuse the money and the bad characters accept it. I wanted to see what would happen when a good character is forced to take the money and run away from the love of her life. And in the story she ends up running a bookstore, because I love bookstores so much. Plus, it’s my book, so I can make her do any job I like!

How long did it take to write the book?

I write one book a year. That’s plenty for me. I write by hand, with a Harley Davidson fountain pen (actually I have several, ordered specially from a shop in New York) and my daughter types my work up for me. Not out of the goodness of her heart – I do have to pay her. I work while my kids are at school and always have the TV on while I’m writing. It’s not distracting – it’s research!

Do you have a special place where you write?

Either on the sofa in the living room, with my feet up on the coffee table in front of me, or upstairs in bed where I have a great view over the sports field behind our house. Having to keep an eye on all those hunky sportsmen out there is a tough job, but somebody has to do it…

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what songs help get the creative juices flowing?

I have the TV on, and that’s fine, but I couldn’t work and listen to music at all. That would be way too distracting for me. We all write differently, don’t we? One of my friends writes historical novels and has to have Meatloaf blaring out!

What’s the best book you read recently?

I’m a big fan of Marian Keyes. Rachel’s Holiday was just completely brilliant.

How do you feel about the term “chick lit?”

I don’t get irate about it. It’s just a kind of short-hand really, isn’t it? And in the UK last year one of our top magazines called me The Queen of Chick Lit, which I took as a massive compliment. My only slight quibble is that it might make people think my books are only about young single girls, whereas I like to have a wide age range for my many characters. My fans range in age from fifteen to ninety, so I like to provide something of interest for everyone.

Are you working on another book? If so, any hints as to what it’s about?

My next novel out in the USA is called Miranda’s Big Mistake and it’s one of my absolute favourites. It’s about a hairdresser working in a glitzy London hair salon and having an eventful time! This is one that will make you laugh and cry. A lot!

With regard to writing, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

It’s not rocket science, but it makes so much sense to practice writing in different styles until you find your true voice. I tried to write for Harlequin many years ago but they told me my work was too humorous for them. I tried really hard to cut out the comedy aspect but couldn’t do it. In the end, someone told me to just write the kind of book I’d enjoy reading myself. So that’s what I did. I upped the comedy quotient and allowed my characters to say the kind of things my friends and I said in real life. I finally found my natural writing voice and the book I wrote was snapped up. See? A happy ending – my favourite kind!

Thanks again, Jill. I wish you much success with your U.S. releases and look forward to reading more of your work. And I think your writing advice is brilliant!

Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate.

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