Humorous, Unique and Legendary.
23 Review Street:
Q&A with Laura Kemp
Hi Laura, I am so glad to have you on my blog today. Your new book ‘The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green’ is an amazing read with such a gorgeous cover. I really loving the bright colours!
Oh, thanks so much for having me! Lovely to hear you enjoyed the book - it’s always scary wondering how it will be received. The cover was designed by the awesome Debbie Clement who I think captures the journey of Frankie Green.
How did you come up with the idea for ‘The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green’?
My amazing agent Lizzy Kremer put it to me: what if someone had read Fifty Shades of Grey and wanted to embark on an adult education? So I created Frankie, our lovely romantic heroine, who accidentally falls into bed with the brilliant Floyd to teach her the ropes. She resorts to it to win back her husband, who asks for some space when he tells her life is too predictable. But things don’t quite go to plan!
Are you working on any new ideas at the moment?
My next book, which is done, is with my publisher Aria for an edit. There’ll be countless edits as there always are! Fingers crossed, it’ll be out next year. I’ve just started working on book five, dreaming up new characters, which is brilliant fun!
What is your favourite genre to read?
I have three favourites - sorry! Psychological thrillers for the twisty-turns bits, rom coms and chick lit for the laughs and that comforting feeling that basically we all go through the same emotions and books set in far flung places for escapism.
What is your typical writing day?
It starts at 9.15am with a coffee and I go through until 1-ish, writing and researching (with Twitter, food and more coffee breaks). Then after that I reflect on what I’ve done as I go about with the rest of my life, looking after my son, doing the washing, walking the dog and shouting at my husband! If I’m on a deadline, I’ll get going whenever I wake up - which can be as early as 4am. It’s a time when it has to be done and if no one else is up then I can crack on.
Do you have a favourite book or author to read?
Loads! Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond, Mhairi Mcfarlane, Clare Mackintosh, the list goes on! In terms of my favourite book, I think I’d say Wuthering Heights because it was a game-changer aged sixteen when i did it at A Level. The drama, characters, setting and story-telling left me gob-smacked.
If you had to describe your writing in three words, what would they be?
Funny, touching and sweet. I hope!
Thank you so much for being on 23 Review Street! No, thank you! Book bloggers do such an amazing job - you rock xxx