Remember that time in 2015 when I was feeling all bleagh and down? Have you been here that long? If you have, you can call yourself an ‘Oldie But Goldie’ for sure.
Well, that was a time. I tried not to share too much of that online because nobody subscribed for a giant pity party but it was there and it was a lot. Fast forward five years and we’re in 2020.
Admittedly 2020 isn’t what I’d consider a ‘great’ year in terms of the entire planet (what a concept) but when I look back to 2015, the year I started writing, shit me it’s amazing.
So, here I am, August 2020 and I’ve just released my fifth book. FIFTH. This is starting to take up a sizeable chunk of bookshelf space!
My fifth book baby is called MumLife and what started as a fluffy listicle about motherhood has, over the writing process, developed into something much more.
I’d now describe it as a memoir of womanhood, a big dive into the dark parts of my childhood and a loving look at everything #mumlife has offered me.
I released it last week and guess what? It’s gone quite well. It’s in the Sunday Times Best Sellers list and it’s landed at number 3. I’m VERY ok with this!
Not to toot my own horn or anything (I’m totally tooting it), but that is now five books in a row in the Sunday Times Best Seller list – not a bad track record for the girls who’s was told in high school that she didn’t ‘have the aptitude for the written language’. Tehehe.
Such a huge thank you to every single one of you who has supported MumLife. Whether that’s buying the book or liking a photo about it on instagram, I’ve been astounded at how attention this book has garnered. Truly.
Usually when you release a book, there’s a bit of fanfare around it- that’s how you let people know it’s coming out.
You talk about it in social media, you answer questions on the radio, you have interviews the daytime tv slots and you chat to your readers on a book tour (unless you live in a world with a deadly virus #2020).
That’s normal and that’s what I expected. What I didn’t expect though was how many of you would TALK BACK! There’s always a certain degree of feedback but MumLife has been a different level of that.
My Facebook group for book worms has been alight with thoughts and reviews on it, I’ve been reading and replying to hundreds of DM’s where people have bravely shared such pivotal moments of their lives, I’ve had childhood friends text me, family members ring me and even my manager Meghan, who has a heart of stone* said she was proud.
I enjoyed writing the previous books. They were fictional and about a fabulous single mum called Robin Wilde who didn’t always manage to win at life.
It was fun to write. MumLife was another kettle of fish altogether. It’s a non fiction and I’ve really, really laid it all out on the table.
It wasn’t fun in the Robin Wilde sense but it was cathartic. It was perhaps more needed than I thought. Funny how life usually finds a way of sorting itself out isn’t it?
Now, as soon as I’ve finished celebrating this fabulousness, I’m starting on the next! I’m writing a stand alone fiction this time which once again, is new territory- I like trilogies, you can take your sweet time with them haha!
If you’d like any of my book babies in your life, I’ll link them all below for you. I’d love to hear what you’re reading right now, I’m always glad of the book worm inspo!
PS – I also recorded an audiobook of it! You can find it HERE.
Lots of love to you,
*Not actually but very nearly.