A warm welcome to my Guest Author, Carol Cooper. Carol is a doctor, journalist, and author, living in London and Cambridge. She is talking to us today about her latest novel, Hampstead Fever.
Carol writes for The Sun newspaper and teaches medical students at Imperial College. After a string of books on child health and an award-winning textbook, she turned to writing novels about dating in London. Carol got remarried in 2013. She loves a happy ending.
I asked Carol to tell us a bit more about herself.
What was the first thing you had published?
It was a music review in a student newspaper when I was an undergraduate. It didn’t pay, but music reviews turned out to be a great free pass to the best gig.
What do you like writing most?
Novels. I enjoy medical journalism – I wouldn’t have done it for over 20 years if I didn’t – and I also like writing non-fiction books. But there’s something extra special about fiction because it’s where I can really let my imagination go. Even so, my novels are laced with authentic medical details that come from my experience as a doctor.
Are you ever disappointed when you see your work published?
Sometimes. Then again, I suspect all authors find the odd passage in their books where they could have expressed themselves just a little bit more succinctly or elegantly. Once it’s published, however, it’s there in black and white for all to see, at least until the next print run.
What’s your favourite poem?
This changes on a regular basis, but I have an abiding fondness for John Betjeman’s How to Get on in Society. He was a witty observer of life, and this poem is all about how the nouveaux riches try too hard and end up getting it wrong. Although he wrote these lines in 1958, social climbers don’t seem to have changed their ways much.
What do you like to do to relax?
I’m not the sporty type, so for me relaxing is more about being than doing. Whenever I can, I like to spend time with my family, by which I mean my three grownup sons and my new husband. It doesn’t really matter what we do, as long as we’re together. I also love being by the sea or a river. And of course I read.
What do you like to read?
Novels! Mostly contemporary fiction and a little romance, including Kate Atkinson, Maggie O’Farrell, Nick Hornby, Tony Parsons, Jill Mansell, and Jane Davis (who wrote I Stopped Time and My Counterfeit Self, among others). David Lodge is one of my all-time favourites because he writes so movingly about relationships, and I also enjoy crime writers like Dick Francis and Ruth Rendell.
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Hampstead Fever follows the intertwined lives of six Londoners as emotions rise to boiling point one hot summer.
Here’s the blurb:
A heatwave in London and trouble is brewing…
Chef Dan should be blissfully happy. He has the woman of his dreams and a job in a trendy Hampstead bistro. But his over-anxious partner, engrossed in their baby, has no time for him now.
Stressed doctor Geoff finds solace in the arms of a moody actress. Journalist Harriet’s long-term relationship with Sanjay hits the buffers, leaving each of them with serious questions to answer. Meanwhile single mum of four Karen misses the intimacy of marriage, but lacks the appetite for a proper relationship.
Passion and panic rise in the heat, but who can spot the danger signs?
Hampstead Fever is also available in bookstores.
Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Carol. Wishing you lots of sales!