THE WISH LIST is now officially on sale in Australia and New Zealand! To celebrate publication of the novel, I’ve taken over a fabulous website called The Sweet Escape. Whether you’re Down Under or anywhere else in the world, check out the website now for everything from my favourite cake recipe (Calories per serving: Don’t ask), obsession with Karen Millen jeans and my adventures in Iceland (the country, not the purveyor of frozen prawn vol au vonts) as I researched several chapters in The Wish List. It’s a tough job this . . .
I’d thought today was irredeemable after stepping on the scales for the first time following my pregnancy. I’d hoped to be pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t.
Then, like magic, some news arrived in my inbox that cheered me right up: ‘All The Single Ladies’ has been nominated for a RoNA award!
It’s in the Romantic Comedy category and I’m in esteemed company – up against Jenny Colgan, Victoria Connelly, Nicola Doherty, Belinda Jones and Jane Wenham-Jones. We find out who’s won at a glittering ceremony (surely the best kind) on 26th February… and as if that wasn’t enough, Richard and Judy are the hosts. I can’t wait!
I spent this New Year’s Eve inhaling mood-altering substances, making a lot of noise and, ultimately, falling madly in love. Yes, I saw out 2012 by giving birth to my new baby boy, who we have named Isaac. He came into the world on December 31st at 10.21am, with the aid of what I suspect are record volumes of gas and air – although given that he weighed a not insubstantial 9lb 11oz, that was probably no surprise. Life feels slightly chaotic at the moment but I’m absolutely loving having my little bundle of joy around – he’s slotted into life in the Costello household very nicely! xx
My next book finally has a title, a cover and a release date – hurrah! It’s called ‘The Wish List’, you can see the cover here (gorgeous isn’t it?) and it will be out in paperback in April 2013, which suddenly doesn’t feel all that far away. I can’t wait for the release of this one – it’s set in the run up to my heroine’s 30th birthday, which is such a massive landmark in anyone’s life… at least it was in mine. Here’s the official blurb:-
There are six months left of Emma Reiss’s twenties . . . and she has some unfinished business.
Emma and her friends are about to turn thirty, and for Emma it’s a defining moment. Defined, that is, by her having achieved none of the things she’d imagined she would.
Her career is all wrong, her love life is a mess and that rambling country house she pictured herself in simply never materialised.
Moreover, she’s never seen the Northern Lights, mastered the guitar, jumped out of a plane or snogged anyone famous – just some of the aspirations declared on a list the girls compiled fifteen years ago.
As an endless round of birthday parties sees Emma hurtle towards her own thirtieth, she sets about addressing these issues. But, as she discovers with hilarious consequences, some of them are trickier to achieve than she’d thought…
I don’t know if that was the reason I loved writing it so much – or simply because the characters, particularly my heroine Emma, resonated so much with me. Either way, I am seriously excited about the prospect of people finally getting to read it!
Being an author is generally a fairly solitary job – 99% of my work involves sitting in a study by myself, trying not to tear my hair out as I work out some plot twist or other. So on those rare occasions when I’m let out for good behaviour, I tend to have a jolly nice time. Yesterday was one such occasion – the Liverpool Echo Mum of the Year event.
It was a wonderful day – full of inspiring stories, such as that of the winner Lyndsey Crowder, who discovered she had cancer when 8 weeks pregnant. Despite doctors telling her she may have to have a termination, she was determined to continue with the pregnancy, during which she endured a bone marrow transplant and radiotherapy. Her daughter was born fit and healthy at 34 weeks and, three years later, Lyndsey is back at work for the Ambulance Service and in remission. As you can imagine, it was a fairly weepy day.
I was sat next to former Atomic Kitten and Masterchef winner Liz McLarnon and the two of us got through several packs of tissues (and nearly lost a set of eyelashes!) during the course of the event.
I’d never met Liz before and, given that lots of people you meet in real life are nothing like they appear on TV, I feel duty bound to report that she’s one of the loveliest people you could meet; extremely down-to-earth, very bright, and with a fabulous sense of humour. She also loves her chick lit – I think she should consider Mastermind with it as her specialist subject next time.
Jane Costello, actress Ann-Marie Davies, Masterchef winner Liz McLarnon and actress Suzanne Collins