Today we welcome Bella Osborne to Meeting the Authors as we travel to The Midlands, UK and learn how finding the humor in the darker moments of life, board games, biscuits, Scooby-Doo, and conversations in the toilet weave into Bella’s writer’s life. Grab the large bag of popcorn and get comfy ….
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have been jotting down stories as far back as I can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that I finished a full length novel. Since then I’ve written four best sellers and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
I live in The Midlands, UK with my family who thankfully, accept me as I am (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).
In which genre do you write?
I write romantic comedy with a bit of a punch. My stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. I like to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weave these into my stories.
How many published books do you have?
A Walk in Wildflower Park was out on 27th June and it is my fifth novel.
What do you do when not writing or marketing your books?
Apart from feeling guilty that I’m not writing or marketing my books I can usually be found trying out new recipes to the dismay of my family, getting beaten at board games by my daughter or expanding my gin knowledge with friends and family.
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned about yourself through writing?
I can get through an alarming amount of biscuits. I also learned that I loathe editing. I love writing the first draft when it’s all new and fresh and exciting but rereading my book for the tenth time makes me want to set fire to it.
What is the most amusing, crazy or inspiring thing that has ever happened to you?
I met Katie Fforde, bestselling romance author and president of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, in a toilet and during our conversation I proceeded to jump up and down with excitement as I told her that an editor had just asked to see my full manuscript. Thankfully it all ended well – the manuscript went on to be my debut novel and Katie didn’t take out a restraining order.
If you were trapped in a cartoon world from your childhood, which one would you choose and why?
Scooby-Doo! I loved that programme. It had a great mix of fun and mystery and who didn’t want to be part of a cool gang that went around in a van?
What’s the last movie you watched and why did you choose to watch it?
It was ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ on Netflix and it was hilarious. I chose it because I’d heard good things about it and it was a different take on the classic romcom. As a writer of romantic comedies I see this as essential research not an opportunity to veg out on the sofa with a large bag of popcorn (although, obviously I did that too).
If you could ask your pet three questions, what would they be?
Why do you have to join me in the toilet?
Do you know that none of the other cats play fetch?
You know I don’t eat mice, right?
Which of your personality traits has been most useful and why?
Planning. I am a huge planner and this comes in very handing for plotting my novels. I spend a lot of time getting to know my characters and working out the plot before I start to write. It also means I have a legitimate excuse for indulging my post-it note obsession.
Tell us about your most recent book.
It’s titled A Walk In Wildflower Park – a feel good summer read.
When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn’t be falling for?
Anna’s neighbour Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces.
Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other – and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as they map out a path to find the happiness they both deserve…
Thank you Bella for joining us on Meeting the Authors. It was great fun learning more about you and your writer’s life! – Camilla
Where to buy:
It’s available in paperback from Sainsburys and all good bookshops from 27th June 2019 and also online:
Amazon Kindle US – https://amzn.to/2J4d83F
Amazon Paperback US – https://amzn.to/2Nb1CJ8
Amazon Kindle UK – https://amzn.to/2ZFWPRd
Amazon Paperback UK – https://amzn.to/2J3mXis
Connect with Bella Osborne:
Website – www.bellaosborne.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/osborne_bella
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bellaosborneauthor/
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