To tie in with the release of What a Girl Wants, Lindsey Kelk answers 12 questions about books.
Can you tell us a bit about:
1. Your new book
It’s called What a Girl Wants and it’s the follow-up to last summer’s About a Girl. It’s fun, funny read, all about the choices people have to make in life and what the consequences might be if they make the wrong ones!
2. The book you’re most proud of writing
Any time I get to the end of one of those buggers I’m pretty pleased with myself but honestly, it’s probably What a Girl Wants. I was going through a lot of personal struggles while writing this one and I honestly didn’t know if it would be okay. At the end I came out a book that I think is the most personal and honest thing I’ve written and I’m pretty pleased with that.
3. The book you had most fun writing
This sounds like such a shitty thing to say but they’re rarely fun at the time! The pressure of deadlines and getting it right can really take the fun out of it if you’re not careful. I Heart New York was written as a fun pastime so I suppose it was that one. I did have a good time with parts of I Heart Christmas and I seem to remember not freaking out about I Heart Paris but it’s a bit like giving birth, terrifying and painful at the time and afterwards, it never seems like it was that bad. Says the girl who has never given birth.
4. The book you had most trouble writing
The Single Girl’s To-Do List was hard because it was my first non-I Heart and What a Girl Wants was tough because it’s difficult to write a sparkling romantic comedy when your life is anything but. That said, both experiences have left me a stronger person and a better writer so I’m grateful for them now.
5. The book of yours you’d most like to see made into a movie
I’d love to see any of them on the big screen. I think it’s awesome to see someone take your material and turn it into something else, even if you don’t love the end result. I’m really curious as to how it would turn out… I suppose it would be most fun to see I Heart New York come to life. I can’t even begin to imagine how it would work!
6. The book that got you hooked on chick lit
I’ve always been such a big reader that I’ve never really been hung up on one genre – I don’t think I realised there were any boundaries when I was young – but the first book I read that could really be considered straight up chick lit was Bridget Jones’s Diary when I was about fifteen and I was obsessed. I find the genre thing weird, when you’re a teenager it’s perfectly acceptable to read horror stories and romance novels but as you get older, it isn’t. I don’t get it.
7. The book that you’re reading now
I just read The Leftovers and Little Children by Tom Perrotta, and The Vacationers by Emma Straub while I was on holiday and loved all three. Now I’m reading This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper and I’m already totally in love with it.
8. The book that you wish you’d written
All of them. No really, every time I read a book with one killer line or a fantastic story I want to kick myself in the face for not thinking of it first. I have terrible professional envy.
9. The book that makes you laugh
Anything by Lucy Robinson. She’s a genius, I say, a GENIUS.
10. The book that makes you cry
I’m a pretty tough cookie, not much gets me going to be honest, but Alice Munro turns me into mush.
11. The book you’d save above all others
Oh god, that’s too hard. It would probably have to be my battered copy of The Secret History just because it’s been everywhere with me since university.
12. The book you’re working on now
I’m finishing up my ebook, Jenny Lopez Saves Christmas and then I’m onto a brand new project, out next April!
Tess Brookes was the girl with a plan. Now she’s the girl with a choice.
Should she stay in London and start her own advertising agency with her best friend and potential boyfriend Charlie? Or should she head to exciting Milan to pursue both a new career as a photographer and a new man, the enigmatic and elusive (and highly irritating) Nick?
For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. With her heart and her head pulling her in different directions, Tess has to make a life-changing decision about What a Girl Wants.
Lindsey Kelk is a British writer and used to be a children’s book editor. When she isn’t writing, reading, listening to music or watching more TV than is healthy, Lindsey likes to wear shoes, shop for shoes and judge the shoes of others. She loves living in New York but misses Sherbert Fountains, London and drinking Gin & Elderflower cocktails with her friends. Not necessarily in that order.