It's finally here! Good Grief is published tomorrow and I wanted to write a short blog about it. I do have four Q&A's with some lovely book bloggers coming up, and I answer a lot of questions about the book with them, but I wanted to write something else myself. Here goes. Strap yourself in. Perhaps get a cup of tea or coffee. Ready? Then I'll begin.
Being a novelist is hard. I don't mean actually writing books - although it is, but I love it and so it isn't hard because it's what I want to do with my time, and it isn't like working down a mine, is it? - but trying to be successful. I have had some success and it's been wonderful. But truthfully, I'm not where I want to be with it. I've written eight novels now and I've loved each one. From my first, This Thirtysomething Life, which became a kindle top ten bestseller, to my last, The Summer Holidays Survival Guide, which I think is my funniest book yet, they have all been different in their own way. They have all given me something different. I have also been overwhelmed by the support of so many people and fans. Some of the reviews and the time people have given me has been incredible.
But like I said, I'm not where I want to be. While writing Good Grief, I had the thought that I wanted to write something different. Something new. Good Grief is my most serious, dramatic book yet, and I really enjoyed writing it. I felt something different with this book. It wasn't about being funny, but capturing emotions and moments. It was deeper and more painful, and I really connected with it. I have also been reading a lot this year, and so I've decided for my next book to change genres. I feel the need to try something new. Something different. As writers, I think it's our job to entertain and to make people think and get lost in the worlds we create. So far the worlds I've created have been generally comedies and worlds in which there is always a happy ending. Eight books that I think are wonderful and unique to me. But my next book is going to be different.
In a way I'm drawing a line under my first eight books. I love those books so much, but book nine is going to be different. The novel I'm working on at the moment is a thriller. It's still set in London (surprise, surprise) but it's nothing like anything I've written before. I really hope the people who have loved and supported my work will enjoy this change in direction. I still want to entertain and make you think and I hope you'll get lost in this new world too. I've only written the first few chapters, but I'm really excited about it. It's so different and having the license to create bad characters, criminals, people with secrets and lies, and not having to make you laugh, has brought new challenges that I'm really enjoying.
I hope you go out and buy Good Grief. It's a novel I'm so proud of. It's a story that will definitely make you cry and I hope make you laugh a little. It's uplifting and life-affirming, and it's got two of my favourite characters yet. Good Grief is out on June 11th for just 99p! So go and grab your copy today! Buy it here.