Friday, April 30, 2021

The Single Mums' Book Club by Victoria Cooke - Book Blitz

The Single Mums’ Book Club

Three friends, three single mums, one quest to find love…

It’s 8:30am and I’m already utterly exhausted. My son has lost his football boots, my daughter is ready for school dressed only in her vest and knickers, and of course, my 1-year-old has filled his nappy for what feels like the tenth time this morning.

As for my husband? He’s decided marriage doesn’t suit him, and well… buggered off.

All hope of ‘me time’ has but dwindled to sipping half a glass of wine whilst shouting after the kids. But everything is about to change.

I’m taking control of my life! I’ve joined… a book club.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Wow… live a little.’ But my fellow book clubbers, Amanda and Janey, are my lifelines. They understand the daily struggle because they’re mothers too.

And in between the prosecco, Doritos and googling everything about Mr Darcy on SparkNotes, they’ve convinced me to go on a date with my boss.

A single mum of three looking for romance… what could possibly go wrong?

A gloriously funny and relatable read for anyone who just needs a little more ‘me time’. Fans of Why Mummy Drinks and Has Anyone Seen my Sex Life? will snort with laughter at this utterly hilarious and heart-warming read.

Author Q&A
1.      What is the first book that made you cry?
I don’t often cry at books or movies but I did struggle to keep my eyes dry through Me Before You. I also found All the Bright Places a struggle.

2.    How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
About 4 months for writing a first draft with another few months of editing on top.

3.    How do you select the names of your characters?
I decide on their age / personality and physical attributes first then scour top 100 name lists from the year they were born. I would look at the rarer names for some characters or the top ten for others, depending on how I want them to come across.

4.    What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
If I said a sloth would you judge me?

5.     What are your top 5 favorite movies?
This is too hard. All the romcoms or anything feel-good like Tag, even dark comedies like Game Night.

6. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Eat what was left of all the nice food and then cry myself to death I think.

7. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Rachel Green (Friends) or David Rose (Schitt’s Creek)

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Have confidence in yourself, try not to self-doubt and just keep writing a little bit each day. The more you write, the more your story will grow. You can tweak and refine the bits you’re unhappy with later. I’d also read widely and invest in some writing books (I love Save The Cat).

9. What book do you wish you had written?
Bridget Jones’ Diary or Twilight

10. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
-I used to work in a bar in Greece

-I used to be a teacher

-I have two children and a dog

-I’m still friends with the people I met in reception

- I love to travel

-I love karaoke (but I don’t sound great)

-Disneyland Paris is one of my favorite places

-I’ve been married for almost 15 years

-I’m from Manchester but live in Huddersfield

-I would love to live by the sea

 11. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
I wouldn’t mind re-living the 80s and 90s. We were quite modern then without the drain of being attached to 24/7 technology.

12. What is your favorite genre to read?
Romantic comedy (obviously) and psychological thrillers.

Author Bio –

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she's not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she's always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers' courses before completing her first novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016.

Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018 and her debut, The Secret fo Falling in Love was optioned in 2020.

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