A little about me...
Rather than give you my ‘I was born in London etc.’ life story, I thought I would share some insights into the book (and just a little about me).
When I started writing this book, I never intended for anyone to read it, let alone publish it. Fast forward three years, and I still wonder how I got here. But from somewhere deep within, I found a smidgen of courage and took the steps to turn it into an actual book.
I spend more time listening to music than watching TV, which is why the book has a musical theme. I need music to write, and I assigned a song to each scene to help create the mood.
I have a love-hate relationship with the protagonist, Saskia. She’s a bit ‘Marmite’. Scrap that, let’s say Vegemite given that she’s Australian.
I chose the name 'Caleb' because I'm a self-confessed Kings of Leon groupie... and actually, when I picture the character, it suits him, and I couldn't imagine him being called anything else. To name the other characters, I picked out names from the closing credits of my favourite TV show. If it suited them, I assigned the name.
My favourite actor is Hugh Grant, so he gets a mention.
Like Saskia, I eat far too much pizza.
It was challenging. There were many moments when I stared at the keys on my laptop willing the words to come, yet I was thankful for the times when my fingers couldn’t type fast enough.
During the writing process, I discovered I had an unhealthy attachment to the Oxford comma.
The book is based on a collection of true stories.
The best accompaniment to this book is music, wine and an open mind.
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