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Today I’m on the ‘Probably The Best Kiss In The World’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Pernille (pronounced Pernilla) Hughes studied Film & Literature at uni and took her first job in advertising, having been lured by the temptation of freebies, but left when Status Quo tickets was as good as it got. After a brief spell marketing Natural History films, she switched to working in Children’s television which for a time meant living in actual Teletubbyland, sharing a photocopier with Laa-Laa.
Now, she lives in actual Buckinghamshire, sharing a photocopier with her husband and their four spawn. While the kids are at school she scoffs cake and writes RomCom stories in order to maintain a shred of sanity.
Her debut novel was SWEATPANTS AT TIFFANIE’S, soon to be followed by PROBABLY THE BEST KISS IN THE WORLD (April 2019). Previously her writing has been printed in The Sunday Times and the fabulous SUNLOUNGER summer anthologies. Find out about her new books at www.pernillehughes.com.
Jen Attison likes her life Just So. But being fished out of a canal in Copenhagen by her knickers is definitely NOT on her to do list. From cinnamon swirls to a spontaneous night of laughter and fireworks, Jen’s city break with the girls takes a turn for the unexpected because of her gorgeous, mystery rescuer.
Back home, Jen faces a choice. A surprise proposal from her boyfriend, ‘boring’ Robert has offered Jen the safety net she always thought she wanted. But with the memories of her Danish adventure proving hard to forget, maybe it’s time for Jen to stop listening to her head and start following her heart…
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How did you become an author? Was it always a childhood dream or …?
I always made up stories as a child, often talking to myself, playing both sides of the dialogue. I loved the story writing tasks at school. As a teen I wanted to be a journalist but my teacher told me my writing wasn’t good enough and I believed her, which put me off any writing for ten years. When I then had kids, I picked up the pen again, mainly to stop my brain from shrinking while I wasn’t working. I started with children’s books (I’d been working for a children’s TV company), then teen, then Young Adult, writing longer and longer pieces each time. On a whim I had a go at a short fiction piece for The Sunday Times Travel section and sent it on spec, which they liked, and bought, so I wrote a lot more of those as a regular contributor. My lovely Critique Partner and I set each other a challenge to ‘get out there’ more and enter a competition. I came runner-up in a short story competition which gained me a published slot in the Belinda Jones Travel Club Sunlounger anthology and at that point I realised (because I am slow like that) that adult fiction, especially humour, was where my writing voice lay.
Which authors did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Enid Blyton’s boarding school stories were a top hit, as were all the Judy Blume books and also the Nancy Drew books.
Now my tastes are a mix, from modern romances (Mhairi MacFarlane, Meg Cabot), to YA romance for it’s snappy dialogue (David Levithan, John Green) to historical crime (Lindsay Davies) and Amish crime (Linda Castillo). I do like funny crime too, Janet Evanovitch being my go-to, there.
Why this specific genre and not t.ex. Thriller or …?
I believe love and laughter go together, so that’s what I write. Which you can also take as meaning I’m a big sap, who likes a laugh. A full-length novel is long to write, and I’d find it very hard to live with it for the duration if there weren’t any laughs in there. I’d start writing a sad story and be incapable of not sneaking funny things in there which I’d only end up editing out again…
Where did you come up with the idea for this novel?
It came about over several visits to Copenhagen where my sister lives. On one trip my husband I navigated the city just visiting micro-breweries, which was great fun and very slurry by the end of the night having started at 10am. But it made me think about a woman who wanted to be a Brewster. On another trip, I took lots of pictures of houseboats, and subsequently wanted a character who lived on one. Many of the things Jen sees are my favourite things about Copenhagen. In terms of character I also wanted to examine being in control vs being controlling. From my own experience having had four babies in a short space of time, I’ve come to see that there can be a fine line between the two. Jen, the heroine of Probably … is a control freak, an app, spreadsheet and to-do list fiend. She has to learn that sometimes you have to relinquish control in order for things to turn out right.
What do you enjoy about writing?
Dialogue! I think in terms of dialogue, so my stories form around snippets. I like hearing what the characters would say in certain situations. And generally I just like making stuff up.
What are your future plans as an author? Another book in the same genre or …?
For now it’s just to keep writing and building up my list of books. I’m not a quick writer unfortunately – I wish I was! I’ll stick to Romantic Comedy for the foreseeable future, that seems to be where my voice lies, but if I ever try elsewhere I’m pretty sure there will be a comic slant to it.
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