My top 10 shaggable fictional heroes

This post originally appeared on the lovely This Chick Reads blog.

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Psmith: you so would, right. Right?

Ellie in ‘It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend’ has Jacob from Twilight on her list of fantasy dinner party guests. “Call me lowbrow, but you so would, wouldn’t you?” she says. I don’t share Ellie’s crush on Jacob (step away from the weird paedo werewolf, Ellie!), but here are my top 10 shaggable fictional heroes.

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My first interview

Here I am at Novelicious banging on about myself.

Can you tell us a little about your average writing day?

I aim to write 2000 words a day. On a good day, I potter around on social media and procrastinate for a bit before getting stuck in, and have my words for the day written by about 3pm. Then I go for a run or to the gym and have an afternoon nap with the cat (my favourite thing about working from home!). In the evening I read over what I’ve done and think about the next installment. Of course, it doesn’t always happen quite like that and some days I’m still stuck on a tricky scene at midnight.

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My writing room

From Novelicious again, a bit about the space where I write.

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I have a mental picture of Sophie Ranald, Writer. In it she works at an antique writing table with elegant, spindly legs that looks like it could go skittering away across the carpet at any minute. Next to her is a bone-china cup of green tea, and she takes the occasional sip, turning her head to gaze at the profusion of roses blooming in the garden outside. Their fragrance wafts through the open window. The sun catches Sophie’s smooth, glossy hair. Her hands on the keyboard are soft and white. Her silk dress is freshly ironed.

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Can chick lit be feminist?

Here's a post I wrote for The Vagenda about feminism and chick lit.


 

Darcy is dead, so Bridget is back! Having disappeared into blissful obscurity for 14 years, the woman who gave us singletons, smug marrieds and emotional fuckwittery, and in so doing spawned an entire genre of fiction, has returned to our bookshelves – or, rather, to our Kindles, the world having moved on a bit since Bridget first rhapsodised about the wonders of 1471. Despite the lamentations of fans, it was inevitable that the too-perfect-by-half Darcy would have to be killed off – after all, the pursuit of happiness is the raison d’etre of chick lit and, mostly, that means bagging a man. 
 

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Twelve days and counting…

Yes, that’s what I make it until “It Would Be Wrong…” hits the shelves – or rather, hits Amazon.com. Things are beginning to come together – the manuscript is being formatted (although every time I look at it in Word I find new errors and new things to hate – as a friend put it recently, I am feeling the urge to cringe so much I turn inside out, and then leave the country).

The cover design has been selected – and what a process that was, with endless vacillating from me. And I am slowly, rustily setting up this website and various bits and bobs of social media. And working full time. And doing a great deal of panicking. No sooner do I get one thing ticked off the do-do list, it seems dozens more sprout up to take its place – a bit like grey eyebrow hairs. And on that depressing note, I’m off to update my Facebook page…

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