Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Next Big Thing

Thanks a bunch to the lovely Pauline Wiles for tagging me to take part in The Next Big Thing. This involves me yacking on about myself and my books while also spreading love to other authors that I admire!

Like me Pauline is a British ex-pat, and when she left the UK eight years ago she was not quite sure how she was going to survive without afternoon tea, historic homes, the local pub and oodles of rain but is now living in California with her British husband and getting her head around the constant sunshine and cheerful people! She calls herself a “trailing spouse” so that's what I will think of myself as herewith.

I beg of you please take a peek at Pauline’s engaging debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting. It is about Grace, an English woman living in USA with her husband and living a charmed life until she finds out he's doing the dirty on her. Unable to stomach the betrayal Grace flees back to her homeland, and somehow lands in the clutches of the quaint village of Saffron Sweeting....

Buy the book and find out what happens next and be aware that the book will leave you yearning for English treats like sticky toffee pudding. So do yourself a favor and get stuck in!

Now, onto my Q&A section:

What is the working title of your book?

Cocktails at Naptime - A Woefully Inadequate Guide to Early Motherhood.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Once upon a time...two mums who really should have been doing housework wrote a book together....they called it "Cocktails at Naptime" and some nice Australian publishers called Finch Publishing laughed out loud when they read it on the train home and thought their readers would laugh out loud too on their trains home, possibly startling some fellow passengers along the way (read more here)

What genre does your book fall under?

Pregnancy and Childbirth Humor.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That the book will become a movie is something of a given - two bloggers meet over the blogosphere and write a book. The plotline is marvellous. Once Hollywood comes a-calling the question will be who will play Gillian and who will play Emma?

Emma (me)

I am a kind of bossy no nonsense English type but frankly Emma Thompson's getting a bit long in the tooth to play someone as stunning and vivacious as me so I'm going to have to put my thinking cap on here. I am also one of those clumsy types with no sense of direction so I am thinking maybe Tamsin Greig?

Gillian Martin

Gillian is a plain speaking Scott so maybe Michelle Gomez who played that Scottish woman who was bonkers in Green Wing? (although Gillian is not really bonkers)

Sue White (Michelle Gomez) and Dr Caroline Todd (Tamsin Grieg) in Green Wing

But here are some other options:

Kath and Kim

Rennee Zellwegger and Julia Roberts

Meryl Streep and Judi Dench

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

There are secrets that no baby book will tell you, and stories that no parenting magazine will touch with a set of forceps. Thats a shame because out of postnatal nastiness and the struggle with sleep-deprivation, couch stainage and perineum bruising, comes forth humour lots of it!

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The book was first published by Finch Publishing in Australia but we would be over the moon if a British or American publisher wanted to publish it too. You can purchase it on Amazon here.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A few months of emailing eachother, gallons of Chardonnay and a very messy house (as the housework didn't get done)!

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

The book was written by two authors who met via the internet. Gillian lives in Aberdeen, Scotland and I live in Baltimore, USA and we have never met! We are both successful bloggers who wrote the book in cyberspace and have been promoting it all over the internet ever since.

Cocktails at Naptime tackles the first year after birth for first time mums in a way that will have you in stitches. Go here for chapter headings and extracts.

The book is also like stand up comedy on a page and includes off-beat stuff about how Mothers of History (including Queen Victoria and Marie Antoinette) dealt with getting their figure back as well as an essential guide to transforming your partner into a sex symbol using only household bleach and a pair of rubber gloves.

If you want to know how Marie Antoinette got her figure back post birth read Cocktails at Naptime.


Now to continue this series of author-self-interviews, I would like to tag:

Jill Smokler aka Scary Mommy who lives somewhere in Baltimore although I have yet to meet her. Her latest book is the side-splitting Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies) Check out her amazingly popular confessional on where you can let it all hang out and not feel judged.

Joanne Clancy is a fabulous writer from County Cork, Ireland. She is an avid reader, self-confessed Kindle addict, and tea fiend. Joanne was a quarter finalist at the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2013, with The Secrets and Lies Trilogy. She has also written The Wedding Day; Unforgettable Embrace; My Love, and Watched.

Nikki Kneppler is the author of Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind. Blurb: Attention all potty-mouthed, cheap-wine-drinking mothers: Prepare to meet your match. Any bad thought you’ve had about your kids, Nicole Knepper has had worse. Much worse. It’s not that she doesn’t love her kids. It’s that she understands what a mind-f*?% it can be to try to civilize those wild little beasts.


Other books you can buy written by me (and make me very happy) are Seductive Viennese Whirl and Her Ten Year Itch. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.


Pauline Wiles said...

Just goes to show the power of the blogosphere, if you two have never met: that's really impressive that you completed a project of this size. And clearly, the Australians have better taste than other English-speaking publishing houses!

Anca said...

I must say I admire you for your work, bravo and I wish you luck

New follower from the blog hop

Joanne Clancy said...

Thanks for the tag, Emma. It was fun!
Here are my answers and tags:

EmmaK said...

Joanne Clancy...thanks for that Joanne. I am sure once Bradley Cooper reads Shattered he will be reaching for the phone!

Jax Blunt said...

Great interview. Particularly like the movie suggestions.

Bachelor Mum said...

Good luck with the book - sounds like you had a hoot writing it x

Joy said...

Great interview! You asked all the questions I wanted to know!

SlapdashMama said...

I cannot believe I am only just discovering you and your blog now. You have basically just become my hero!

EmmaK said...

....thank you lovely lady. Pleased to have found you down under and delighted in your ribald wit

EssentiallyJess said...

Ok now I'm intrigued and would love to read it!
Yay for getting a book deal! I'm in the process of self publishing myself but it's such hard work!!

Glen said...

Tamsin would do you proud - The way in which you guys got that book done is bloody impressive, mighty - in fact.

Tamsin would do you proud, but another possible pairing? Watson & Oliver (entirely underrated by the Internet, but I like them) If you've never heard of them over there then here is soe detail

Staci Luker said...

Thanks for sharing this! I would love to check it out :)

Clare Taylor said...

I loved Green Wing... Ah, Mack...

Fiona Naughton said...


I'm now following your Blog via Bloglovin through the Aloha Friday Blog Hop! I would love for you to check out my blog and follow if you like.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Peace and love from Ireland.

Sarah Louise said...

Well, you have definitely sold me, I would love to read your book! It sounds very intriguing! I'm a new follower, it would be lovely to have you follow back. :)


Jessica P said...

Great blog! New follower here from the Friday Blog Hop and The Second Thought ( :)

Jessica Bevil said...

My daughter's name is Emma :) I will def have to check out your book. Also, I think it's awesome that you were able to write a book with someone you met online. It's a pretty cool thing :) TY for sharing!

SlapdashMama said...

Ha! Thank you :-)

Tricia said...

Love your site! I'm a new follower from the link up at Dysfunction Junction.


anyonita green said...

:) How lovely! I'm an expat blogger too! As one of the co-hosts from the My Favorite Posts Weekend SHOW OFF Party! I wanted to personally thank you for linking up with us & to invite you to add me to your G+ circles or follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I’ve done the same with you. Also, I run a link party on my food blog, Anyonita Nibbles where you can link up recipes or food related posts. This week’s party is here:

Ashley @ Downsizing said...

I found your blog on Aloha Friday and started following on google friend connect and Bloglovin. It is so cool that you've written a book!

Ashley @

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