Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Tag!

This week, I've been blog tagged.  Unfortunately this didn't involve playing kiss chase but I was nominated to answer some questions about my work in progress, which happens to be ‘The Ghost Hunters Return.’  So many thanks to Julia Hughes for nominating me and if you want to follow progress of my new novel, then please like (that’s like, not lick) my Ghost Hunters Club Facebook page

What is the working title of your book? 

The working title of my book is ‘The Ghost Hunters Return.’  I thought this was an extremely cunning title that was highly original.  No one will ever guess that this is the sequel to ‘The Ghost Hunters Club’ and therefore will buy that as well.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone.

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

I got some of the ideas for this book from a TV programme called ‘Great British Ghosts.’  It’s a bit like ‘Most Haunted’ but without the fake mediums and irritating squealing.  I was sitting in a boring meeting at work and planned the novel in the back of my diary when everyone else thought I was taking diligent notes.  I thought that the first story, The Ghost Hunters Club, had some threads that hadn’t been entirely resolved and I wanted to follow them through.  It was also an excuse to go to Paris for a location visit and to eat a lot of ‘steak frites vin rouge.’

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s definitely deep literary fiction with a highly intelligent political critique of the state of modern living.  This is all cunningly hidden in an acerbic chick lit novel where the main characters are hopeless with men, go hunting for ghosts but usually get drunk instead.  I expect it to be short listed for the Man Booker Prize next year.  (For those who do not have a sense of humour, I am of course taking the piss.) 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

The male actors would all have to be someone I fancied so when I visit the film set I can delude myself that I have a vague chance of pulling them.  Therefore as Chaz is ginger, he would have to be played by Damien Lewis.  Graham would have to be someone short so Tom Hollander would do and David Wallis can be Toby Stevens.  Whoever plays Stewart has to be prepared to behave like a complete pillock, so any man on this planet really.

I would have to play Linda, as it takes a sarky bossy madam to play one.  Karen can be played by the bird who was Alice in Twilight (she needs to be small and cute) and Anna can be played by Nigella Lawson as she has to have long dark hair and be buxom.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

The Ghost Hunters Club is back – and this time it’s personal!

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This will be self-published.  The Ghost Hunters Club has been thoroughly rejected by most of the agents in England and I think this is a good thing.  First of all, I have always been a kidder and I live under the veil of self-delusion.  Secondly, I don’t think the characters in The Ghost Hunters series are fluffy enough to be considered mainstream chick-lit for an agent or publisher.  They are sharp; they have normal jobs and get drunk.  They are definitely not girly or particularly ladylike. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

Both novels took about four months to finish the first draft and they both weigh in about 95k words each. Then there will be the long road to editing and in the last year I have learnt a lot about this.  So when I launch The Ghost Hunters Return, I’ll relaunch a new and improved version of The Ghost Hunters Club as well.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The Ghost Hunters Club was first inspired by having one of the worst dates that anyone could experience.  He was supposed to be a handsome, professional and witty individual.  Instead, he was bitter, alcoholic and mental.  What started off well ended up with me having to haul a six foot inebriated man across Leicester Square and then fighting to get him into a taxi.  He then ran off, leaving me on my own so I got a cab back to my friend’s flat.  I later discovered that he had spent the night sleeping on Trafalgar Square and was punched in the face to boot.  Not by me I might add.  While in the cab, I already knew the key thread to the story and The Ghost Hunters Club was born. 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 

There are more ghosts in The Ghost Hunters Return and some characters that you thought you’d seen the back of make a come-back.  Both the living and the dead...
Anna has a Fifty Shades of Grey verses The Exorcist moment; Karen kicks some more backside and Linda meets her match.

I’ve tagged the following female authors, all of whose blogs you should visit and of course, buy their books!


  1. ROFLOAO! Genius answers! Not sure we can better these, but the challenge is accepted! The Ghost Hunters Return is a sequel to The Ghost Hunters Club? We'll be jiggered! We love that book!

  2. Looking forward to the return of the Ghost Hunters - "Fifty Shades of Grey v The Exorcist" should be worth the entrance money alone!


  3. Fifty Shades of Grey vs The Exorcist???!!! You have really got me intrigued now ... write faster!

    I love the fact that you consider it a good thing that The Ghost Hunters Club was rejected by agents. That's the spirit!