Something for the Weekend?
New Romantics Press is thrilled to invite FABULOUS debut author Janet Brigden into to our den to learn more about her novel AS WEEKEND GO. Fabulous cover, Jan.
Jan has been a great supporter of the NRP over the years and it’s great to have the opportunity to Pay It Forward and help her celebrate in style. Here we are at Waterstones, London last year with Jan and other members of the Romantic Novelists’ Society.
So tell us all about AS WEEKEND GO, Jan, you have the floor.
It was on Valentine’s Day 2015 that I found out As Weekends Go had been shortlisted in the Choc Lit and Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star Competition. One month later, I discovered I’d won! I can’t tell you how elated I felt upon signing my Choc Lit contract.
Aspiring authors will want to know how you did it, Jan. Any tips ?
The idea for the novel stemmed from a creative writing course assignment I completed a few years back via The Writers Bureau. I had to create a tense scenario involving two characters only. I chose a husband and his wife’s best friend. He’d secretly invited her to his house on the pretence of discussing his wife’s surprise 30th birthday party. Instead, he confronted her about some gossip he’d heard regarding a recent weekend trip the two women had taken together. Which afterwards begged the question in my mind: ‘Well, what did happen during that weekend?’ And so the story slowly evolved…
I didn’t have any buddies or contacts in the literary world, at the time, so made the effort to attend lots of author talks and events, subsequently connecting with writers and readers on Facebook and Twitter. I then became a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s fantastic New Writers’ Scheme, receiving two fabulous critiques for the early drafts of As Weekends Go from my assigned reader, which gave me the confidence that I could actually write and that my book had much promise. Music to a budding author’s ears, for sure!
I went on to form an online writing/blogging group with seven very special ladies, who became The Romaniacs. Two of our biggest highlights to date include releasing a charity anthology last year, entitled Romaniac Shorts: Fashionably Brief’ and more recently, proudly receiving the RNA industry Media Award. RNA Industry Media Star Awards We even got a mention in The Bookseller.
And now, as the year draws to a close, I’ve had the biggest thrill of all in proudly seeing Choc Lit publish As Weekends Go. I hope you enjoy it, here’s the blurb.
What if your entire life changed in the space of a weekend?
When Rebecca’s friend Abi convinces her to get away from it all at the fabulous Hawksley Manor hotel in York, it seems too good to be true. Pampering and relaxation is just what Rebecca needs to distract herself from the creeping suspicion that her husband, Greg, is hiding something from her. She never imagined that by the end of the weekend she would have dined with celebrities or danced the night away in exclusive clubs. Nor could she have predicted she would meet famous footballer, Alex Heath, or that he would be the one to show her that she deserved so much more …
But no matter how amazing a weekend is, it’s always back to reality come Monday morning – isn’t it?
As Weekends Go – available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com
You’ll find Jan at these places – Facebook, Twitter and @theromaniacs
I hope you enjoy it. Love Jan.
We know we will Jan, thanks for appearing on the NRP blog – happy sales and happy Christmas. Now get on and write the next one, that’s what we do. LOL.
Posted on December 13, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged Adrienne Vaughan, As Weekends Go, Choc Lit, debut novel, guest blog, Jan Brigden, June Kearns, Lizzie Lamb, Mags Cullingford, New Romantics Press, Pay It Forward, Romaniacs, women's fiction. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.
Reblogged this on Lizzie Lamb and commented:
I’m pleased to give my lovely friend Jan Brigden a shout out for her debut novel AS WEEKENDS GO. Go Jan !!
I am so thrilled to welcome Jan onto the hallowed pages of our blog (ahem) to celebrate the launch of AS WEEKENDS GO. Happy sales, Jan.
Ladies, I can’t thank you enough for featuring me and my novel on your blog. Lizzie – I love how you’ve put it all together. You’ve all been such a massive support to me and an inspiration too. Love Jan xx
Our pleasure Jan. I’m getting better at putting the blogs together now WordPress has changed its format. (Lizzie)
Jan what an inspiration you are! Thrilled at your success, you deserve all and everything! Enjoy every moment! Xxx love you.
Thanks so much, Adrienne. It’s all still sinking in. So grateful for all your support. Love you too 🙂 Xx
We’re all so pleased and excited for Jan – new publishing deal, fab new book! It couldn’t happen to a nicer person, (and I’m soo enjoying the read!)
June, thank you for everything. I’m so pleased (and relieved!) that you’re enjoying AWG. It’s always so nerve-racking to think of people actually reading it! 😀 Really appreciate your support Xx
It’s on my Kindle ready for my travels this week!
Thanks for your support, Angela. I really hope you enjoy it. I’m all nervous now. A nice nervous though 🙂 Xx
I’ve just started it Angela and loving it so far ⭐️
Congratulations Jan, the book sounds most intriguing and I hope you have mega sales!
Hi Margaret, you know how Choc Lit works, I’m sure, being published by them yourself. Thanks fir popping by, look fed to seeing you in 2016.
Thanks so much, Margaret. I’m so excited. Really appreciate your comments 🙂 X
Thanks for your lovely comments, Margaret. Really appreciate them! 🙂 Xx
🌟 Thank you everyone who has taken the time and trouble to give Jan and her book a great send off. It’s so lovely to have the support of other writers. 🌟
Apologies for arriving late, Jan. I too am looking forward to reading AWG – great title. And fascinating to read how you began your journey as a writer. By the way, is that a real cat in the background to the Romaniacs’ Award? Perhaps too well behaved not to be an ornament.
Thank you, Mags! Really appreciate your lovely comments. Not a real moggy! 😀 Xx
On second glance, thought not, though our mog sits on widow sills looking out but not so still.
Congrats to Jan on the debut novel. I think it is always interesting and intriguing to find out something about the story behind a novel so thanks for sharing.
I was also interested to find out that the anthology supports Dyslexia Action who helped diagnose my son’s dyslexia. I think I can feel some tweets coming on…
Hi Sarah, thanks so much for your lovely comments. I enjoyed writing the post. Scary but exciting too (I’m more used to being the interviewer rather than the guest!)
Dyslexia is something very close to our Romaniac hearts. Great to know there is a connection there with your son and that they managed to diagnose! I shall pass on the info to the rest of the Romaniac girls. 🙂 X
Its great to know that Jan’s book is also helping those amongst us who struggle to read.
Thanks, Lizzie 🙂 X
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