Posted on 14 Jul 2009
Thought you might like to see a copy of my Red Editor's letter that kick started my thinking about The Stepmothers' Support Group
Posted on 13 Jul 2009
Welcome to my website! If you’ve visited my website before, you might have noticed it’s had a makeover. If you haven’t – good job too, it wasn’t very good...
Welcome to the new look website!
Posted on 13 Jul 2009
Welcome to my website!
If you’ve visited my website before, you might have noticed it’s had a makeover. If you haven’t – good job too, it wasn’t very good and I, lazily, hadn’t updated it for ages. But all that’s going to change from now. My new novel, The Stepmothers’ Support Group is published in the UK next month (August 20th) by Harpercollins.
The Stepmothers’ Support Group came about when I wrote an editor’s letter for the magazine I edit, Red, about being a stepmother. I was inundated by reader emails, deluged even. And it made me think there was something going on there. So I started to ask around and every time I turned around I bumped into someone who turned out to be a stepmum or who was going out with someone who already had kids or they knew someone who was in that situation. Take last night. I went to a party and every single person I told what my new book was about had a stepmum story.
And you know what, they can’t wait to talk about it, because it’s not like you go up to someone at a party and say, ‘Hi, my name’s Sam and I’m a stepmum,’ is it? That’s where your friends come in. They might not always say the things you want to hear, or do the things you think they should do (and vice versa), but nine times out of ten, they get you through... And so, The Stepmothers’ Support Group was born.
But SSG is not just for stepmums, it’s for anyone who ever had a relationship – what modern relationship isn’t one minefield after another? -, and anyone who ever had a great group of girlfriends (love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t live without them.) Anyway, thanks Red readers, and everyone else who emailed me to tip me off. Fingers crossed, I haven’t let you down.
Publication is still a couple of months off, so it’s not <too> manic yet. I’ve just started work on my next novel (of which, more to follow), plus there’s the small matter of the day job to concentrate on. But come August there’ll be lots of things happening: several mags have confirmed reviews and there are lots of features in the pipeline. Also we have an exciting link up with Mumsnet coming very soon. Watch this space for more info.