Why I've moved into Cosy Chicklit
However, a little part of me has always wondered if I could write something else, something modern. But that’s a scary thought for a woman whose head is permanently stuck in the Regency period. Was I ready for such a challenge? And if I did leap forward two hundred years into the twenty-first century, what the devil would I write about? I know nothing about modern policing and there’s an awful lot of people out there writing better contemporary crime fiction than I could ever create.
I first met Jean Gill on the (now defunct) online writers’ website, Authonomy about eight years ago. We made friends with a few other girls and eventually formed our own very supportive little private writers' group. We call ourselves the Historical Fictionaires because, amongst other genres, we have all written historical fiction. We chat every day via FB messenger and are sometimes hysterical rather than historical.
The girls and I have holidayed in Provence, Northumberland and the Canary Islands and we’ve attended a number of literary conferences together. Jean and I also famously crashed my car in Alnmouth. If friendship can survive that, it can survive pretty much anything – even co-writing fiction.
‘But I know many successful and fulfilled, single women aged over fifty, who do remarkable things and lead fun-filled lives,’ Jean said.
‘Me too,’ I agreed. ‘Everyone seems to be giving it a go these days. Even their disasters are impressive.’
We decided that the world needed some cosy chick-lit featuring some of these remarkable women and the characters of Carys, Moira and the rest of the girls were born. We finally found time to start work on our first warm-hearted comedy this spring. In our hands, these stories would never be anything but comic; we just don’t take life seriously enough to get heavy.
Life After Men is the result of that collaboration. A second short story, Moira's Highland Fling, is planned for 2019 – and all five of the Silver Sex Kittens will eventually reveal their full potential as the series continues.