Wednesday, 22 December 2010

On... my favourite books of 2010

I love reading.

What a painfully obvious thing to say. Never mind, let us continue.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

On... Mannerfrei

The German cover for The Dating Detox just landed! I adore it. I am clapping my hands with glee.

It's called Mannerfrei: Roman in German (Man Free: A Novel) Which I kind of love. Claudia Geng translated it. I hope she enjoyed it... I wonder what 'cockmonkey' is in German?

By the way, this is how Google translates the German back blurb. It works for me:

Problems with men? The solution is men free!

Men are dangerous and have various side effects. After the sixth failed relationship Sass decides to start a romantic Lent: no men, no divisions, no disappointments. And what happened? Their lives - usually filled with joy-traumatic with dates, clothes, and the relationship of vodka after that - is suddenly released! Abstinence is cool, and suddenly you're flying to all, especially men, especially Jake: witty, intelligent and ever ... If Sass break the rules? Or is the carefree life too good to turn it to gamble?

About the Author
Gemma Burgess moved to London at age 22. She worked at an advertising agency and was looking for happiness. Eight years later she decided to process the most important findings of this beautiful and turbulent period in a novel. Men free is for all self-conscious, intelligent, witty women of style who have difficulties to recognize the love, even when it is standing before them.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

On... what I wore

Yesterday was the photoshoot and interview for North East magazine.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

On... publication nerves

So my second book, A GIRL LIKE YOU, is coming out in a few weeks.

Naturally I feel sick about it.

Friday, 10 December 2010

On... cover shoot

I have my first ever photoshoot on Tuesday.

What the sweet hell am I going to wear?

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

On.... my fauxmance

I just found something that I wrote years ago. It was crumpled in the bottom of a box of keepsakes, old tickets, cards, letters and things.

It's a pretend page from a fauxmance - that's a parody of a Mills & Boon-style romance novel, of course - called Hot Nights And Cold Shoulders.

On... overhighlighted hair

My hair was overhighlighted by an overzealous hairdresser about six months ago, and promptly started to break off. I've been trying to protect and nourish it ever since - singing to it in the morning, taking it out for quiet dinners and spoonfeeding it organic risotto at night, etc.

(That's not what I mean, of course, I mean I'm not using hairdryers and tongs, but it seemed such an obvious thing to say that I thought I'd surprise you.)


I realised today that on a hangover, when my back hurts, I look exactly like this.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

On... an ode to my glasses

I am reclaiming my glasses.

On... Snow

There are a lot of pictures of the snow around: it's -6 in London today. So I'm a-jumpin' on the frosty bandwagon. This is the view from my place.

Notting Hill is quite the winter goddess, n'est-ce pas? I just saw a little girl rugged up like a teeny Arctic explorer, doing a joyful skippy-hoppy-jump into the square.

Now what the sweet hell am I going to get Fox for Christmas?

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

On... writing tips

The lovely @bookgal, @bookbuzzr and @marelisa just RTd this on Twitter, and it seems like the kind of thing you lot might be interested in.

54 Writing Tips For Writers, From Writers

Mwah. x