Good morning everyone I’m excited to be on the Birthday Blog Blitz for Oh! What A Pavlova by Isabella May this morning. I have a great Q&A with the author to share with you, but first here is a little bit about the book.
Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.
Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.
Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.
And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…
But will she escape before it’s too late?
Oh! What A Pavlova is available in ebook and paperback now. The ebook is currently only 99p. Purchase your copy of both here.
Q&A with Isabella May:
1: Where do you write?
I wish I could say that I have an office. But the sad reality is that I write at the dining table. To be fair, if I stand up, I can see the Mediterranean Sea as we live on the beach (right on the beach!). This means I can’t grumble too much… except our little house by the sea does have a tendency to be treated as a B&B by friends and family from the UK. When that happens, I find myself relegated to cafes. But then I can eat churros and drink coffee. These very important muses really help the words to flow.
2: How long did it take you to write ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’?
About seven years! I spent a long time brainstorming when I first moved to Spain and my now seven-year-old was a baby. Then I joined some local ex-pat writing groups, realized my novel was too long at 125,000 words, signed up for a writing class, chopped and hacked away at it, killed off lots of Darlings, polished and polished and polished it.
And then it was just about ready to go…
3: Which genres do you like to read?
I think variety is the spice of life on so many subjects. Books are no exception to that. I do love an uplifting, witty, mind-blowing book shot through with travel. It’s not often all four will happen in the same novel!
I’m a big fan of Joanne Harris’s style of magical realism and Jonas Jonasson’s inimitable humour. I love a good romcom that’s intelligently written (ie. more empowered female main characters, please!). Daisy James pulls this off with aplomb and no swear words. Julie Caplin has nailed this too, even with the addition of a healthy serving of expletives!
Occasionally I like to lose myself in a psychological thriller. I am not a fan of doom and gloom style reads though, so it’s important that I am in the mindset to come at this genre with an Agatha Christie detective style ‘I-will-sniff-out-those-red-herrings!’ attitude.
4: What are the biggest things you have learned since becoming published?
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. This is a cliché but it is also so, so true!
Just because your friends and your family love you… it doesn’t mean they will a) read your book and b) buy your book in the first place. Grrr!
5: You love to weave food (and drink) into your novels’ threads. Is there anything culinary you wouldn’t want to write about?
Avocados, stem ginger, mayonnaise and salad cream, artichokes, aubergines… how long have you got?
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