After years of trying and a failed IVF attempt, Pippa is thrilled to see two little lines appear on a pregnancy test. Finally, a precious baby to call her own. This is all Pippa has ever wanted…if only husband Jason could show just a little excitement.
A baby is the icing on the cake for Imogen and Alice – proof that their love for each other can overcome any obstacle. But when Imogen starts receiving malicious texts, it’s clear that not everyone is thrilled about the girls’ good news.
A drunken one-night stand and Ellie’s life is ruined! Pregnant, jobless and the relationship with her best friend, Chris, over- forever. Because Chris just happens to be the father of Ellie’s baby…and potentially the love of her life!
For these first time mums, the road to motherhood is bumpier than most!
My Q&A with Lucie Wheeler
If you can tell us a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.
Thank you SO much for having me here, I feel so honoured to be part of your new author feature. So, a little about me? Well, I live in Essex with my husband and daughter – who is known on social media as LO – and my English Bull Terrier, Dame, who loves to sit under my desk as I write and keep my feet warm. Never one to sit still, I always have lots going on in my life at any one time. Currently, I am writing my novels alongside studying for a degree and working in various placements to broaden my experience with working in education. I spend far too much time on social media – predominantly on Instagram and Facebook – and I try to do a monthly vlog over on my YouTube channel to update everyone with my writing journey alongside all the other things I like to do. I am also very proud to be one of The Romaniacs.
I love reading, spending time with friends and eating chocolate – when I get to do all three, I’m a very happy lady!
Describe yourself using three words?
Driven, messy & helpful
What inspired you to write your first novel?
Quite simply – J K Rowling. I was reading her Harry Potter books and fell in love with the way she made me, the reader, feel. I was at home with my LO and I would spend hours reading and her words made me feel amazing. And I thought, if I could make just one person feel this way by reading something that I wrote, I would be complete. So I started writing.
What time of day do you like to write?
Either in the middle of the night or at around 5am. Once I have gone past 8am I’m pretty useless at staying focused on one single task.
What is your favourite book and why?
Earth Abides by George R Stewart. I read this book when I was about 12 and it drew me in like nothing I had ever read before. It was the first adult book I remember reading and becoming absolutely immersed within the story. It had been sitting on my mother’s bookshelf for years when I picked it up and I remember devouring it fairly quickly. It holds a special place in my heart.
How did you pick the title of your book? With the help of my lovely editor, Charlotte. We spoke about the concept of the book over coffee and cake one afternoon and as we were throwing around words and ideas, the title manifested itself.
With the help of my lovely editor, Charlotte. We spoke about the concept of the book over coffee and cake one afternoon and as we were throwing around words and ideas, the title manifested itself.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
I wouldn’t say they were exactly, however, there are aspects of every character that I have come across in people I have met – and sometimes characteristics that I have! I think for any imagination to function, we draw on aspects of our real life to form the fantasy. So in that sense, certain parts of each character are people that I know and have seen. But no single character is a replica of anyone in particular.
What’s your favourite word? Love
If you were a colour what would it be? Green
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I have to plan a certain amount otherwise I struggle to get the words onto the page. I have actually tried a new technique for the new book I am working on and I have done a mind map type plan for the plot of the story. My stories will always deviate and develop from my initial plan but I like to have a starting point and something to refer to should I get stuck in a rut with a scene or plot line.
Who is your favourite Author?
Wow, that is like asking who my favourite child is! (And I only have one child so that question is always easy!) Erm… can I say a top 5? What do you mean, no? Ok, well my absolute favourite author would have to be JK Rowling because she is my idol. Not for her fame, not for her success but for her determination, hard work, kind heart and amazing talent. Other favourites would be Paige Toon, Giovanna Fletcher, Sue Moorcroft, Dean Koontz, Giselle Green, all the Romaniac ladies… ok, I’ll stop now *whispers – but there are lots more*!
Are you working on a new project? Yes, I am working on my second book with Harper Impulse which I believe is due out towards the second half of this year. It is another story involving a group of mums but this time they embark on a little adventure abroad…
Do you have any events lined up that my readers can attend?
I am actually hoping to have a launch event in September in Chelmsford to meet people and sign copies of The First Time Mums Club. My agent is arranging it as we speak so if anyone thinks it would be something they are interested in, keep your eyes peeled for the date when it has been confirmed!
You can purchase you copy here: Amazon UK
Thank you, Lucie and Harper Impulse for taking part in my blog today. Come back soon with book 2. ~ K ~
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