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Today I interview author Laura Kemp & feature her book Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope’s Back Up Man

Title: Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope’s Back Up Man?
Author: Laura Kemp
Release Date: January 1st, 2017
Publisher: Aria
Genre: romantic comedy

A tender, funny and haunting coming-of-age novel which asks if the past can ever be part of your future.

Twenty-one and insecure, Vicky Hope comes up with a plan on the eve of travelling the world with her high flying friend, Kat Lloyd: if she isn’t married by the time she’s thirty, she’ll marry her geeky best mate Mikey Murphy.

Fast-forward eight-and-a-bit years, Vicky, now Vee wakes up on her thirtieth birthday in Brighton, expecting a proposal of marriage from her arty boyfriend Jez. Instead he tells her their relationship is over and she has no choice but to return to her parents’ home.

Devastated and alone in her childhood bedroom, she decides she has nothing to lose and tracks down her two old mates. With shock, she discovers Mikey, now Murphy, is a successful app designer driven by his tragic upbringing. Kat, or Kate, never made it – but she hides a devastating secret, which threatens the happiness of all three.

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Say Hello to author Laura Kemp!

Laura lives in Penarth, Cardiff with her supportive husband, gorgeous son, playful dog and ancient cat. Writing is compulsive to Laura. With 15 years journalistic experience and several successful books to her name, writing is her escape and her love.

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Tell me what made you want to become a writer?

I loved reading as a kid but it wasn’t on my radar then – I wanted to be Princess Leia! But I always enjoyed English at school and then after uni I went into journalism, which I can see now was the start of it all. Fifteen years later, I started freelancing opinion pieces and funny features for the national newspapers. And then an idea came to me for a book and I just went for it.
What are you reading right now?

I’ve just started The Summer of Impossible Things by the wonderful Rowan Coleman and I love it already. I’ve heard it’s fantastic.
If you’re a TV watcher, what are you addicted to?

I love drama – whether that’s Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Broadchurch, Peaky Blinders or a Dickens costume drama. I sometimes need the storyline explained to me because I get carried away with the relationships between characters, that’s what keeps me watching.
What’s a hobby you have that’s got nothing to do with books?

Lego. I’m a brick geek. But funnily enough, I pick the sets from fiction such as Star Wars and Harry Potter.
What’s your favorite reading/writing snack?

Coffee, crisps and sandwiches for writing, tea and biscuits and chocolate for reading!
What is your favorite season?

Spring because it’s such a relief after winter. The clocks going forward is a huge moment – lighter nights are brilliant for walking the dog, taking my son out on his bike, gardening and drinking outdoors!
Tell me your favorite part of the writing process?

When you’ve written out a synopsis, know your characters and look forward to specific chapters, which you’ve had in your head for ages.
Now the writing process you hate the most?

Editing! It’s long and hard work! But I do appreciate the input of an editor because they see it with fresh eyes and help you to improve it.
Do you have a favorite writing spot that you get the most done?

Just at the kitchen table. I often dream of a writing room tucked away in the garden but I can’t afford one and I’m a bit superstitious – what if I changed the location of where I write and it affects my writing?
Where are you most inspired?

After my first coffee in the morning!
What are you working on now?

My new book, which is my fifth. I’m halfway through. I can’t tell you anything about it at the mo because it’s a secret but all will be revealed soon!
Coffee, Wine or something else?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and then if I’m drinking, it’ll be either white wine or gin. Or both!
What type of scenes are your favorite to write?

There are always a few key scenes that I’ve created in my mind long before I’ve put fingers to laptop. My characters live in my head 24-7, I’m always thinking of them, like imaginary friends. I hope this is normal!
What kind of writer are you when beginning a new story – pantster, planner or something entirely different?

I’ve done both and while pantster is a real buzz, planner wins! It’s very easy to veer off course so structure is really important but I’m also open to thinking on my feet as I go. That sort of change doesn’t affect the ending, I always know how it will end, without question. I might just take a different route every now and again.
Do you find a certain time of day to be better for writing for you and why?

Morning is my best time. My brain goes fuzzy after lunch. But with breaks and food, I can write anytime of day or night!
What’s been your favorite line in a review of one of your books?

Anyone who says they laughed and cried (at the bits I intended them to!) makes my day. To know you’ve struck a chord or helped someone escape or created a place and characters that they have an emotional reaction too is just awesome.
We all know authors shouldn’t read reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, do you?

Yes, definitely. The reader is queen. Criticism is good – you can learn if something resonates with people and a good review is the best feeling ever!
What is your favorite social media platform and why?

Instagram because it’s generally a really happy place. Twitter a very close second because it’s my first port of call for news – and it makes me hoot with laughter. To get to chat with readers and authors is a total treat too.
What was the last movie you saw in the theater and what you thought of it?

I’m not a film person really! An hour is about my maximum attention span.
Which book do you wish was a movie or TV show?

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik. A hilarious and insightful book featuring a hijabi Bridget Jones after a husband.
Do you have a book you read as a child or teen that has stuck with you through adulthood?

Yes, Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend. So funny, so zeitgeisty and it works on different levels.
Who is your favorite author and why?

I have loads – but I’ll be naughty and choose three if that’s okay. Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond, Mhairi McFarlane are so good at reflecting how women think, the situations we find ourselves in and friendships and relationships. They make books that become best friends.
You get to have lunch with anyone from the past, who do you choose and why?

Han Solo. A liquid lunch! With a snog at the end.
You can grab Laura’s previous release below.

Title: The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green
Release Date: June 1st, 2016
Genre: romantic comedy

A laugh-out-loud, feel good, romantic comedy, which will take you on an enlightening emotional rollercoaster. Perfect for the fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jane Costello.

Frankie Green’s happy ever after is put on hold when her childhood sweetheart husband complains things are boring in bed.

When he asks for some space, she sets out to win him back by getting herself a sex education.

Little does she know that her hilarious, tender and embarrassing journey of enlightenment is going to change everything…

A story full of humour, heartache and happiness, of friendship, coming of age and overcoming insecurity.

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Thank you, Laura, for allowing me to feature you and Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope’s Back Up Man? on For the Love of Chick Lit. I too have my characters talking in my head 24/7 so you are definitely not alone in hearing ‘voices’.

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