So. I'm currently working on a new book series called BROOKLYN GIRLS.

The official line is ‘the first in a series of novels about a group of young women living together in a brownstone in hip, downtown Brooklyn, and trying to figure out love, life, and adulthood.’

It all started when I realised that I want to write about a group of friends navigating that incredibly difficult and exhilarating post-university period.

Because it is so fun, but so hard, and no one ever remembers that. It’s hard to get a place to live, and to survive on peanuts, and get the bus home in the rain when you can’t afford a cab. It's hard to get a job when you have no experience, and it's impossible to get experience without a job. It’s hard to figure out men, particularly when they’re seriously immature at 22, and to reacclimatize to the post-college dating rules.

In a nutshell: it's hard to figure out, not just what you want to do with your life, but how you’re going to get there.

In my head, the series is a cross between The Babysitters Club, The Group and The Best Of Everything. In movie terms, it's like Clueless meets St Elmo's Fire meets Mystic Pizza. And as a genre, it straddles the no-mans-land between chicklit and YA.

St Martins Press have coined a term for this new genre: New Adult. The first book is out in July 2013, the second a few months later....