Tess Woods shares six things she never considered until after she was published.
1. Who would read it.
So I wrote passionate descriptive love scenes that I hoped would take my readers’ breath away. I forgot that my readers could well include the following people:
- my children’s principal at their conservative Catholic high-school (adultery between two atheists, oops.)
- my mother-in-law (a married woman having an affair. Again, oops.)
my son’s teenage friends (poor Tommy!)
my traditional Egyptian nanna and even more traditional Egyptian cousins (hot phone sex, oh lordy!)
2. That people would think this was me journalling my own life.
It’s FICTION PEOPLE, FICTION! If I had a dollar for every nudge-nudge wink-wink comment made about me and my husband since publication, I would never need to work again.
3. That I would start liking people based on whether or not they like my book.
Before getting published, I would make judgements about people based on whether they were kind, had integrity, were caring etc. Now it’s based solely on whether or not they like my Facebook posts about Love at First Flight. Hit like and you have my loyalty, ignore it and we are over.
4. That my whole day’s mood would depend on how many stars reviews have.
5 stars, I’m a loving floaty goddess, 3 stars or less, look out kids, you’re mumma is a black-hearted she-devil!
5. That I’m expected to write again.
I visualised basking in the glory of Love at First Flight for a good six months, lapping up praise and collecting fans. Not quite. The most common question is, “When is your next book coming? When? When?”
But you have this book everyone! Why be greedy? Do I really have to write again already? Apparently, yes. Okay then, but I’m warning you now, I’m pretty sure I used up all my good ideas already!
6. That the internet is full of lunatics.
I have made some amazing new friends through the wonders of Facebook, authors and bloggers who were complete strangers before but who are now so important to me. And connecting with fans of Love at First Flight has been such a thrill. I love hearing from them. But whoa baby – the trolls! My thin skin has had to thicken up mighty fast. And the creepy men who are trying it on- eww, ick!! Love that ‘block’ option, thank you Facebook!
Overall, the experience of being published has been overwhelmingly awesome. And I wouldn’t swap it for anything! So the school principal – he bought the book for his wife, my Nanna hasn’t stopped bragging about me, my husband is loving the fact that everyone thinks it’s him in those hot scenes, thankfully the vast majority of reviews are amazing and I’m super excited to start work on book two now. And if you want to contact me, I would LOVE to hear from you. Unless you are Eric from Singapore who thinks I want to see him naked again – you stay away!
Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. the second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. the me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.
What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?
Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture-perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.
What begins as a flirty conversation betweenstrangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.
Tess Woods is a health professional who lives in Perth, Australia with one husband, two children, one dog and one cat who rules over all of them. Love at First Flight is her first novel for HarperCollins. When she isn’t working or being a personal assistant to her kids, Tess enjoys reading and all kinds of grannyish pleasures like knitting, baking, drinking tea, watching Downton Abbey and tending to the veggie patch.