Take some time out to experience happier, sunnier days and an end to the restrictions of lockdown life with this month’s Relax and Read Book Club book. It comes with a chance to win the ultimate package from Sensory Retreats, plus a signed author copy of the latest heart-warming read from one of the UK’s favourite female writers.
Sunny Days and Sea Breezes is the ultimate feel-good, fun-filled, life-affirming novel from Sunday Times bestselling author, Carol Matthews. It’s the perfect escapist book to take with you on a spa break away, ideal to relax and read in a pampering spa or poolside setting. As lockdown lifts and the mood of the nation lightens, this joyful novel will make the heart sing, bringing some much-needed joy back into our lives. At Spabreaks.com we believe everyone deserves a little time out and to experience a life that’s filled with Sunny Days and Sea Breezes, and with that in mind, we spoke to the author about rest, relaxation and writing.
I have a home office on the top floor of a three-storey house with a view over a park. It’s a lovely, dedicated space. I’ve tried writing in coffee shops but that doesn’t work for me as I’m too easily distracted by the conversations on the next table.
Buy a piece of jewellery to mark every book that is published. I’ve written 34, so I’d have a great collection by now!
It was a very modest amount of money so nothing very much, I’m afraid. I was just grateful to have had a publishing contract with my first attempt.
Nothing. I do very light edits as I prefer to maintain the chatty style of my books rather than edit the life out of them. If anything, I tend to add colour and bits and bobs as I do my final run-through, so I edit up rather than down!
I’m hugely into crafts, particularly crochet and papercrafts, so I’d like to think I could do something that would utilise those skills. It would have to be something creative, and I’ve worked for myself for so long that I think I’d be unemployable in a regular job now.
I don’t think you can avoid book reviews these days and, thankfully, they’re mostly good. I think it’s just so rude to write a bad review. A book might not float your boat but we’re all just trying to do our best. I work on the principle of ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.’
A tricky one. I was such an avid reader as a child that I raced through books and would read them time and time again. If I had to choose one it would probably be Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
A bit of both, really. There are days when the writing flows and you get a great buzz and there are days when you squeeze out one word at a time and that feels like flipping hard work! Though I’ve been writing for nearly 25 years, so I think I’ve got it down to a fine art now. If I have a bad day, I’ll abandon the book and go and do something distracting or fun. There’s always tomorrow!
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