The best things in life happen when you least expect them
Nat’s husband has just said the six words no one wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you anymore’.
Caroline’s estranged mother has to move into her house turning her perfectly ordered world upside down.
Living on the same street these two women couldn’t be more different. Until the beloved local community centre is threatened with closure. And when the only way to save it is to form a community choir – none of the Hope Street residents, least of all Nat and Caroline, expect the results…
My Q&A With Annie Lyons
Describe yourself using three words?
Chaotic, funny, lucky.
What inspired you to write your first novel?
Being made redundant from a job in publishing and wanting to see if I could manage to write a whole book.
What time of day do you like to write?
In the morning after the school-run, fueled by a massive pot of coffee!
What is your favourite book and why?
Wuthering Heights – I read it for ‘A’ level and it was nothing like I expected – so dark and gripping.
How did you pick the title of your book?
I’m not very good at this but thankfully I have a brilliant editor who is! My husband thought of ‘Not Quite Perfect’, which was my first published book and he likes to remind me of this fact. It is a good title, mind!
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No – I think that’s a bit of a dangerous approach to take. I find inspiration from people, places, and situations but won’t use them verbatim. My children, in particular, are a huge source of inspiration!
What’s your favourite word?
If I can only pick one, I’ll go for ‘button’
If you were a colour what would it be?
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
A bit of both. I have a rough idea but I find that if I over-plan, it doesn’t flow so easily.
Who is your favourite Author?
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Elizabeth Bennett as I think we might share the same sense of humour, Bertie Wooster because I’ve always wanted to live in the 1920s and he would bring music and laughter, Paddington Bear because, well he’s Paddington Bear and Emma Morley from ‘One Day’ because she’s the perfect book heroine for me.
What book are you reading at the moment?
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I love her books and I want her to be my best friend.
Where in the world is your happy place?
A beach-hut in Suffolk with my husband and kids – ideally the sun is shining and we’re drinking coffee (or Prosecco depending on the time of day)
If you had one superpower what would it be?
A ray-gun that fires out tolerance and kindness wherever it’s needed.
Are you working on a new project?
Yes – it’s another Hope Street story with three new characters and I’m very excited about it – watch this space!
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
My lovely choir and I will be doing an event to celebrate The Choir on Hope Street at Waterstone’s in Orpington on Saturday the 29th of April between 11.30 and 1.30 – it’s going to be all-singing and lots of fun!
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Thank you so much to Annie Lyons and Sahina Bibi at @HQstories