Title: My Perfect Life at Cornish Cottage
Author: S J Crabb
Release Date: January 1st, 2017
Genre: chick lit
A deliciously romantic and humorous read about love, loss and starting again.
Sophie Bailey is your typical yummy mummy. She lives in a small village where life is all coffee mornings and party plan. You may think she has the perfect life – she certainly did until she woke up one morning and her husband dropped a life changing bomb into the mix. Maybe I should let her explain.
Hi my name is Sophie Bailey.
One day, completely out of the blue, my perfect life explodes all around me and now things will never be the same again.
My rose tinted glasses are firmly knocked off my head and suddenly I am thrust into a whole new world.
My husband of 20 years has left me for a younger woman and I am left to pick up the pieces.
Giving up isn’t an option though so let’s look at the situation I am now in.
I now have: No husband-no self esteem-no money-no job- no family to count on & no prospects.
What I do have is:
A 6 year old son
A boisterous puppy
A mad friend
A huge crush on my son’s teacher
An online dating profile – apparently!!
To add to my problems I am the subject of the village gossip, pursued by the mafia (playground variety), forced into servitude and resigned to a lifetime of shopping in poundland. To cap it all I will be 40 in a matter of weeks.
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse – my life went VIRAL!!!!
A bittersweet love story that will have you laughing out loud before crying into your latte. When life explodes around you who can you really count on?
This is a story of shattered dreams and broken promises. When life deals you a hard blow you have no choice but to carry on. Throw in a mad dose of humour and you can get through anything. Can’t you?
Say Hello to author S J Crabb!
Sharon Crabb lives in Surrey England with her husband, daughter and little westie. She started life after school working in a department store but soon left to become an Air Stewardess. After five years she left to pursue a career in sales.
She started writing a short time ago and has been well and truly bitten by the bug. Her first book was actually Premier Deception but before she could edit this the need to write The Diary Of Madison Brown took over and became the first book that she published on Amazon.
She loves Florida with a passion, eating chocolate and listening to non-stop Nickleback.
If she could she would have learned the guitar and played in a rock band.
Tell me what made you want to become a writer?
I always knew that I wanted to write a book from as far back as school. It was only when my daughter told me she would be driving soon, that the alarm bells went off like a fire alarm in my head, and I developed a full blown mid-life crisis. It was now or never and I have never looked back.
What’s a hobby you have that’s got nothing to do with books?
Every year my daughter and I act in our village pantomime. We start rehearsals in November and finish in February. It helps get us out in the winter months.
What’s your favorite reading/writing snack?
Crisps – I’m addicted. At the moment it’s salt & vinegar
What is your favorite season?
Definitely Summer. I am so envious of people that live in hot countries. Everything seems so much better on a sunny day.
Tell me your favorite part of the writing process?
Telling the story and getting lost in it. The hours just fly past and I lose all sense of time.
Now the writing process you hate the most?
Probably the endless editing. At first, it’s ok but can get quite tedious after a while.
Do you have a favorite writing spot that you get the most done?
I write in our study that is a little room next to the kitchen. I am always disappearing off there when I should be cooking or cleaning. I burn a lot of dinners due to the lure of the computer.
What are you working on now?
I am currently re-editing my first ever novel that I unpublished a while ago. This will be re-launched next month before I begin work on the 7th book in my Devil’s Children series. I am also going to write a Christmas chick lit story for release in October which I am very excited about. I love Xmas and really go for it, so it’s the perfect subject for me to write about. (My husband has threatened to leave if I buy one more Xmas decoration. I have to weigh up if it’s worth ending my marriage for – close call!)
Coffee, Wine or something else?
Tea throughout the day, wine when cooking and Pina Coladas on holiday!
What kind of writer are you when beginning a new story – pantster, planner or something entirely different?
Definitely a pantser every time. I write nothing down except my character’s names and place names. It’s all in my head from start to finish. I don’t plot it out just think about what I need to write throughout the day and then go for it when I get home from work.
Do you find a certain time of day to be better for writing for you and why?
Early morning before everyone gets up. I can concentrate then and get a lot done without any distractions. I always look tired, though!
We all know authors shouldn’t read reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, do you?
I do read them because I ask my readers if they would be good enough to leave me one, and I appreciate the time and effort they take in doing so. I try to learn from them and if I get a bad one I take the comments on board, if constructive, and use them to make my writing better.
If I get a good one I sometimes use them in advertising and on my website.
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
After resisting it for years it has to be Facebook. I am on it way too much and love “meeting” my readers there. I am a bit of a Nickelback stalker too!
What was the last movie you saw in the theater and what you thought of it?
The latest Jack Reacher film with Tom Cruise. My husband wanted to see it and we were both a little disappointed. It didn’t help that we booked those seats that beat you up, rain on you and shake you around – most distracting!
Who is your favorite author and why?
It has always been Jeffrey Archer. Weird for someone who writes Romance but I love the twists and turns of an Archer book and his writing style.
I also love the queen of Chick Lit, Sophie Kinsella. My favorite is Undomesticated Goddess. I loved the first couple of Shopaholic ones too.
I am also a huge Harry Potter fan and feel an overwhelming need to visit his world at Universal Florida. I need to run through the wall on that platform and just hope I pick the right one!
At school, I used to devour the Jackie Collins novels – a must in an all girls school – along with Jilly Cooper. (Riders was my favorite.)
You get to have lunch with anyone from the past, who do you choose and why?
She’s not in the past – thankfully! – but it would have to be The Queen.
She has met mostly everybody dead or alive and must have some amazing stories to tell. In fact, I would probably insist on a week with her because Lunch just wouldn’t be long enough.
Thank you, S J, for allowing me to feature you and your fabulous book My Perfect Life at Cornish Cottage on For the Love of Chick Lit. I’m noticing a trend in authors writing snack answers, crispy seems to be the way to go!