A warm welcome to my Guest Author, Kristen Bailey. Kristen's second novel, Second Helpings, has just been released by Accent Press and I'm delighted to be part of her blog tour to promote it.
Mother-of-four, gin-drinker, binge-watcher, receipt hoarder, hapless dog owner, enthusiastic but terrible cook. Kristen lives in Fleet, Hampshire in a house overrun by Lego and odd socks. Her debut novel, Souper Mum was released by Accent Press in June and its sequel, Second Helpings is released on 17th November.
I asked Kristen to tell us a bit more about herself
How did you get started writing?
To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure I remember! I’d always written: I was a big fan of diary writing and the handwritten letter but I remembered a time in between having my eldest son and the six month mark where the bones of a novel started to emerge. A lot of it at the time was cathartic – I was a new mother, we’d moved to a new town, I was in between jobs so naturally the writing was about my own experiences, just in new packaging. After about six months of drafting and editing, I entered the novel into a writing competition run by Cosmopolitan, Waterstone’s and Little, Brown Books and was placed runner-up. This just spurred me on to keep going...
What piece of writing/work are you most proud of?
Funnily enough, it was a short story that won the Readers’ Prize in the Riptide Journal in 2010. It was very unlike anything I’d written before: it was YA fiction set in a dystopian reality where a group of children had mutated and grown wings - the complete opposite to chick lit! It was just fun to write, and I liked setting myself that challenge of tackling a completely different genre and mood. I was extremely flattered, therefore, that it was shortlisted but even more so when it was awarded their readers’ prize. Even now, the proudest moments as an author come from when readers give me their feedback and tell me they’ve enjoyed my writing.
Are you ever disappointed when you see your work published?
I love this question! I think anytime a writer sees their name in print, it’s a reason for celebration (and in my case, a little jig!). I’ve loved seeing my short stories on websites and in magazines, it always feels like an accomplishment. Holding my books in my hands, for example, have been truly satisfying moments in my journey as an author. I will, however, admit to being a bit of a perfectionist so sometimes I do read my work back and wish I’d used different dialogue or rephrased things a little better. I think this is the dilemma of being a creative sort – you will always feel there is room for improvement but I hope, as a consequence, that pushes me to be a better writer.
I totally agree, Kristen. :)
Kristen writes a blog about being a modern mother. That and more can be found at: www.kristenbaileywrites.com
You can also find her on Twitter/Instagram: @baileyforce6
and Facebook: www.facebook.com/kristenbaileywrites
Fab covers - love the 'tin of soup'.
Exactly eighteen months after squaring up to a pompous TV chef, Jools Campbell finds herself back in the fame game as she becomes a judge on a family cooking show. How will she cope being back in the limelight, juggling being a working mum? What happens when she finds out her old nemesis, Tommy McCoy is her fellow judge? The knives are sure to fly as 'Souper Mum' makes her triumphant return
Souper Mum is the story of Jools Campbell, a stay-at-home mother of four, who becomes an unlikely foodie hero when she stands up to a pompous celebrity chef, Tommy McCoy on a reality show. Armed with fish fingers and a severely limited cooking repertoire, we watch as she becomes a reluctant celebrity and learns some important life lessons about love, family and the joyless merits of quinoa.
Thanks for dropping by to tells us about your wonderful books, Kristen. Have fun on your book tour. :)