The main character in this book is saddled with a lot of jerks in her life. An ex...a boss. But her love of lists leads her down a few interesting paths and ultimately helps her turn her life around. The charming story had London appeal that can cross the ocean and become beloved to those of us in the states as well. I found myself smiling over her son in the story as well as her friends at work. Those side characters made the jerks more bearable! I read this one pretty fast. I was anxious to see where it would lead.
How did you come up with the premise of "wish list addiction?"
I'm a great believer in making lists. Like Rebecca in the novel, I have several on the go at any one time. I am working my way down my 'Bucket List' - I've managed to visit New York and to be an extra in a TV show!! So I wondered what it would be like for someone who became so dependant on their lists that they forget that life whizzes on past them, like what happened to Rebecca.
Do you like to make lists?
I do like to have a list on the go. We all lead such busy lives now that it's easy to forget things without jotting down what needs to be done. It helps me feel organised and I love being able to cross an item from the list!
Do you find lists helpful or overwhelming?
I find lists very helpful way of keeping track of chores - but am careful not to put too many things on there. My 'Bucket List' occasionally has things added to it when my family suggest something that sounds like fun - but it has small things on it as well as epic trips - such as learn to Crochet and get round to growing a herb garden for my baking projects.
Have you seen a little green book like the one in the novel?
'The Little Green Book of Wishes' in the novel is real. I wrote it! It's a dip in/dip out book of gems to spark the imagination, just like Rebecca's colleagues found when they challenged her to try a few out. It's available on Amazon.
How did you from the characters like the main characters ex and her boss? They were abhorrent people!
Yes, you are absolutely right! Rebecca's ex-husband is abhorrent as is her female boss, Lucinda. As with all my characters they are formed in my imagination but have a sprinkling of traits that I have come across in life.
And what inspired you on the co- worker friend characters?
Rebecca was at an all time low when she started her new job, so she needed the friendship offered by her co-workers in 'The Wish List Addiction'. Their advice and actions were the catalyst in turning Rebecca's life around. We all need friends like these, don't you think?
You touched on topics such as paternal rights. Are you passionate about that?
Yes, I am passionate about parental rights. I know something about the topic and wanted to explore the subject from both sides of the coin - Bradley, who did not want to have contact with his delightful son, and Nathan, who was desperate and would do anything to see his daughter.
Do you have a cottage in mind when you write about the one in the book or is it completely from your mind?
I do have a cottage in mind for 'Rosemary Cottage'. I have a photo pinned to my notice board- it's in better shape that the one Rebecca buys, though!
Give us an overview of the book
Here is the blurb for the novel. I hope it's a fun read but with an uplifting, inspiring message.
Rebecca Mathews is a Listoholic—you name it, she has a 'To Do' list for it. Coupled with her daily 'Must Achieve' List, she possesses a mid-term, creatively drawn 'Wish List' and an exhaustively-researched 'Bucket List'. But so far, they have delivered nothing but spectacular failure.
With her much-loved career exploded in her face, her marriage terminated in an acrimonious divorce and her frail father's pleas to return to her native Northumberland ignored, Rebecca concludes that if it wasn't for her beloved four-year-old son, Max, she would be adding a trip to a Swiss clinic to her list.
A sparkle of light appears in Rebecca's life wrapped in the guise of 'The Little Green Book of Wishes', which challenges the reader to 'ditch the list' and instead to use its gems of wisdom as a 'dip in/dip out' lucky bag of challenges from all areas of life.
Persuaded by her colleagues to relinquish her obsessive reliance on her multiple lists, cast adrift from their reassuring structure, she agrees to complete random tasks selected for her from the 'little emerald book of miracles'.
Will it deliver the desired result and cure Rebecca of her Wish List Addiction?
And your other titles?
I have another novel coming out at the end of the year - 'Ugly Paradise - Beneath Beauty, Evil Lurks', set in the fabulous island of Bali. I also have a new novel out - 'Stiletto Heels or Bicycle Wheels?' a foodie romance set in New York which has recipes included for readers to try out at home.
Do you have any works in progress?
I'm currently working on a new romance - 'What is love?' - very much in the research and planning stage though. I'm a plotter when it comes to writing novels, not a pantster. I think it must have something to do with my love of writing lists!!!
Wish List Addition on Amazon