So I'd like you all to welcome....Lynda Renham, whose new book 'The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties' is available today on Kindle!
Lynda, I've got a few questions for you, so that readers may be enlightened about you and your writings, if I may...
Oh. Sorry. I'll take off the gag and blindfold, that will make things easier...
I note that The Valentine Present and other diabolical liberties features a stammerer (as does my wip, incidentally, chaps).. would you say that stammering had any hand in your becoming a writer?
I had a stammer from the age six until nineteen. I still stammer a bit now when nervous or excited. You can imagine if I have anything urgent to tell Andrew it can sometimes take a while. I used humour as a way to deflect from my embarrassing stammer when I was young. I suppose in that way it set a humour course in my writing.
Lynda talks in italics. Posh, eh? I've only just learned to speak in sans-serif...
How do you come up with your, very funny, titles?
Andrew and I do a lot of brain storming. We throw out ridiculous titles like ‘Teacakes and Jam’? or ‘Croissants and knickers’ until we come up with something that sounds right. In fact, ‘Pink Wellies and Flat Caps’ was initially ‘Pink Wellingtons and Flat Caps’ but our cover designer, when querying something, referred to it as ‘Pink Wellies’ A result! Sometimes it is called ‘Pink Willies’ - damn predictive text.
Oh, I dunno. Seems reasonable to me.. Probably a good job the book isn't called 'Green Wellies and Flat Caps'....
What is your view on scented candles?
Apart from giving me a headache and sending Bendy into a coma, I love them.
Bendy is Lynda's cat. He's very lovely, but then, he is a cat...
Your cover art fits your books so well, how do you arrive at the covers you use?
We found a superb artist by the name of Gracie Klummp. Her work is amazing. She always seems to know what we want and she reads extracts before starting work. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I believe the cover is very important.
You've always been a huge supporter of mine (for which, many thanks!), who do you consider your greatest help during times of strife?
You’re very welcome. I love your books, but let’s get back to me… My rock and greatest support is my husband Andrew. I never give him enough credit as he won’t allow it. But I’d be back in the gutter without him. I am his Eliza Doolittle (if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.
I now have visions of you, hunched over a rail yelling 'move your arse!', but, of course, you'd never be so coarse, Lynda, would you? Oh, sorry, the gag again...tut...I just can't remember to leave that off, can I?
Who (and I admit this may be a leading question) is your favourite band?
Erm, erm… Let me think. Ah yes, it is the hugely successful indie rock band Willow Down.
Of course, of course...mmmm...Ben Davies.....
My latest novel, Hubble Bubble, is about a bunch of women who try to perform magic. If there was one piece of magic you could do, what would it be?
Apart from bringing world peace and all that malarkey, it’s got to be to make chocolate calorie free.
I know you are a lover of yoghurt, and yoghurt-based substances, but what is your favourite flavour of ice-cream?
Mmmm, where do I start? Strawberries and cream.
Sadly misguided, because we all know it's anything with marshmallows and caramel in, but I shall let you have that one.
And finally - rhubard. Yes, or no?
Yes, yes, yes. I love rhubarb. Rhurbab yogurt, rhubarb crumble, rhubarb and custard. I’d have rhubarb tea if I could find it.
Good. Good. That's the right answer. Stop wriggling, I'll let you go in a minute. First I want to tell people how they may participate in your competition, giveaways and general high fallutin' doings today..
Go over to Facebook, where the online launch is taking place, just here . Like Lynda's Page, which will give you many more details about her books, and check out her website.All these places will give you maximum chance to win copies of The Valentine Present and Other Diabolical Liberties, Lynda herself will be there, just as soon as I've released her from the chair and made sure she's not running off with any of my Hobnobs or anything. You can also, should you so desire pop Twitterwards, where Lynda will be delighted to hear any tales you may have of liberties taken with your person. I'm just off over there to mention those packets of Hobnobs I can see her stuffing in her pockets this very minute. Oy! Stop it!