Toward the end of 2015, I received a very exciting e-mail from Twitter, that Sophie Kinsella was following me! It totally made my entire day and week! If it isn't already obvious, Sophie is one of my all-time favorite chick lit novelists. She always knows how to make me laugh and her stories are creative and clever. We're excited to share her latest novel, My Not So Perfect Life, which publishes on Tuesday. I read it and loved it! Check out my review. Thanks to The Dial Press, we have one copy to give away!
In addition to the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella is the author of the stand-alones I've Got Your Number, Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, and Wedding Night. She lives in England with her family, where she is working on her next stand-alone novel. (This news made my day!)
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Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for—particularly her boss Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh London townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she tries to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in her not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she firmly believes that one day, she will have that real life if she just works hard enough.
But when Demeter suddenly fires Katie, she must put those dreams on hold and moves back home to her family’s farm, where she helps them set up a luxe “glamour camping” business. Worlds collide when Demeter and her family unexpectedly turn up as a guests and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
Did My Not So Perfect Life go in the direction you were originally planning, or did it take on a life of its own?
I knew where I wanted Katie to end up, but I didn’t quite predict all the twists and turns. I found I loved all the subsidiary characters far more than I was expecting, and the romance definitely got more intense.
Were there any scenes that didn't make it into the book, but you would have liked to keep?
I wrote a couple more ‘revenge’ scenes at the farm, but my editors said, enough!
Who did you relate to more: Katie or Demeter?
Oh, Katie, for sure, maybe because I wrote the whole book through her eyes. But I did also relate to Demeter and I loved revealing more and more of her character as the story went along.
What was the last not-so-perfect thing that happened to you?
I was watching The Girl On The Train on my computer and it kept cutting out at all the most tense moments!
Which TV series are you currently binge-watching?
I’ve just started watching Fortitude. There’s something very cosy about watching other people trudging through snow and ice while you’re snuggled up on the sofa, although I do sometimes have to look away because it gets too gory!
What is something you had a good laugh about recently?
It was another not-so-perfect moment. I was sitting in a car trying to make a video conference call, with iPads, phones, everything on the go, but just couldn’t make it happen.
Thanks to Sophie for visiting with us and to Dial Press for sharing her book with our readers!
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