Last year I read a book that blew me away and I had a huge reaction to my review. The Good Enough Mother is on my Top 20 books of 2016 list so I’m very excited to be joining the blog tour today. I have a Q&A with the author, Anoushka Beazley, and you can also read my review again too.
Q&A with Anoushka Beazley…
1. Tell me about your journey to publication?
I started as a lot of writers do, trying to get an agent and a publisher the traditional way. With my first two novels and over a period of five years I got close but there was always something stopping me getting to the finish line; “we’ve just published a story set in Sri Lanka, so sorry.” Or “have you thought about setting the novel in India instead?”. After writing The Good Enough Mother I was reluctant to start the whole process again and after sending the manuscript out to a small handful of agents – where I bizarrely received the best feedback I’ve ever had – I suddenly got scared of years of my life passing me by only to hear the same rejections as I did before. I made the decision to self-publish and I’m so glad that I did.
2. What advice would you give to anyone starting on their writing career?
Try and write every day. Try and read other people’s books. So much is to be learnt from the practice of writing regularly and forming the habit of writing. It really doesn’t matter if you think what you’re writing isn’t good, similarly, if it is good. Often the writing you think is terrible is a doorway to something better and the stuff you think is Pulitzer isn’t as good as you think it is! Becoming a writer is one of the best ways to understand the purpose of life – it’s all about the journey. As amazing as my book launch was it was still the end of one of the most amazingly creative periods of my life. I reckon it’s not dissimilar to seeing one of your kids go off to university. You’re proud and you wish them the best but boy do you miss them.
3. Do you have a writing routine or any writing superstitions?
I’m superstitious about lots of things but not about writing! My writing routine is every day, preferably in the morning. By the evening there is little living in me that can be called creative and I tend to devote my attention to Netflix.
4. What, if anything, would you do differently when releasing your next book?
It was my first time and all in all there isn’t anything I’d drastically change as I think it all happened the way it was meant to but if I could, I would like to have had more marketing done before the publication date. I was lucky enough to have been selected by international book club Poppyloves as their September choice, their first self-published novel. I published the novel on Amazon in August and with the book club happening in September there was no time to devote to marketing, which is important when self-publishing as there isn’t anyone else to do that job but you.
5. What are you working on at present?
The book has been selected by the BBC and Creative Skillset to be turned into a film treatment so I’m working on that.
6. Which writers do you read?
I don’t tend to read specific writers, I read stories.
7. And who excites you at the moment?
The Curse of Mahenjo Daro by Maha Khan Phillips
And you can read my review of The Good Enough Mother by Anoushka Beazley here! Needless to say I absolutely adored this book!
About this book…
Gatlin – a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However all is not as it seems. Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan…unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin. Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA? A satirical and hilarious black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition.
The Good Enough Mother is available now to purchase from Amazon UK.
But if you’re feeling lucky you can enter a fabulous giveaway here to win one of 10 signed copies of The Good Enough Mother! Just click on the link HERE.