My babelicious Twitter pal, Miss Mootastic, has suggested the topic for today’s blog so, as she’s one of my most loyal and supportive fans, I’ve decided to run with it.
Miss Moo is one of the many people I’ve met on this self-publishing journey who have enjoyed what I write. That was always my intention, to entertain people and create characters and plots that give people a laugh and leaves then asking for more.
And people have been asking for more. More, as in a sequel. My readers want to know what happens to the likes of my Mummy Misfit and her side-kick, the affluent and outspoken Fenella.
When I wrote the diary, and completed exhaustive editing, it was almost as if I’d given birth. Yes, thank you very much but I don’t think I want to be doing that again too soon!
Then I got the slightest niggle of an idea for the sequel and started plotting and planning. The first birth was still a bit too raw though so I left it on the back-burner to brew. And of course, I always had the excuse that I was too busy promoting my firstborn and blogging.
But then I started to get proper unbiased feedback from people who didn’t know me but liked the way I write. Suddenly I could feel the stirrings - I could endure that pain again and, actually, I’d quite like to. The time was right, the book knew what it wanted me to say and I had to channel it.
For anyone who’s read my debut novel, you’ll know that the sequel couldn’t continue in the same vein - things are very different in the Mummy Misfit’s life by the end of the first book - so that gave me the perfect starting point for ready-made characters to be involved in a whole new plot.
Having already made my observations about certain types of bitchy mothers and the differences between the ‘Haves and the Have-Nots’ I could then take them to another level - I’m hoping that level has all the same humour but, this time, with a little more bubbling under the surface.
And so was born ‘The Darker Side of Mummy Misfit’.
Well, not yet born, still in gestation, but the pains are becoming more intense and the arrival is imminent.
I know Miss Moo will be at my bedside with grapes and flowers, telling me patiently to push - she wants this ‘baby’ by Christmas and I’m puffing and panting like a demon to deliver because it’s SO close now.
And in answer to her other questions - what gets my creative juices flowing and how do my books get written?
I’ll tell you how … lots of swearing, chocolate, coffee, whingeing to fellow writers on Twitter, use of the backspace button and the uplifting support of my readers.
If it wasn’t for you, there would be no point to it all.
Have you read ‘Diary of a Mummy Misfit’? Do you have any blog suggestions or questions? Happy to answer anything, so leave your comments here, Tweet me or visit my Facebook page. If you haven’t read the diary, what’s stopping you? It’s a little over the price of a cup of coffee and will keep you entertained for much longer! You can’t come over to the dark side if you haven’t been on the journey so far.
Diary of a Mummy Misfit is available at Amazon for Kindle. Now also available in paperback at Lulu.