Well, where do I start? Blame it on the Onesie – my romantic comedy about work, water and wine has surprised everyone – especially me. Published on 27 June it climbed up the Amazon UK chart and hit the top 100 on 25 August, just under two months after publication. And I’m delighted to say that a month later, it’s still there. At the time of writing this it is number 29 in the Kindle UK store and number 1 in Romantic Comedy.
I loved writing Onesie, I fell in love with the characters, especially Nathan, and I was able to draw on many amusing work situations. Readers have written to tell me of similar experiences they’ve had in the workplace and people are giving me stories and situations for inclusion in my next romcom. It seems we all know annoying work colleagues – and lovely ones too.
Onesie was almost finished by March 2015, but publication was delayed for three months due to serious ill health in my family. So when the button was finally pressed it was late June and only a week before I went on holiday. Imagine my delight to see it already beginning to climb when I came back two weeks later. What makes this all the more exciting is that I am an Indie Author – that means no support from a publishing house, agent or a marketing budget – though fortunately I do have supportive family and friends.
What next? I have started writing my next romcom. Work will feature, so will romance, inevitable misunderstandings and there will be bitchiness – because life is like that (well, mine is anyway). Sadly it will be next year before it’s ready, but in the meantime, if you’ve read Onesie and enjoyed it, why not try my first book, The Finder. It’s not a romcom, but it is fun and magical (no swords or sorcery, I promise).
And if you have any funny work related anecdotes that you wouldn’t object to seeing in print – contact me. I picked up an amusing idea just yesterday at work; a colleague was eating soup and had added chilli flakes making it a bit too hot. It made her lips fizz and swell a little. Out of that came the phrase chilli trout pout – I’ll be using that in my next book; I even know which character it will happen to.