Happy Thursday!!!! The weekend is in sight!!! Now I’m off to London today so while I’m gone why don’t you enjoy this Q&A with Lucie Wheeler and I will tell you all about my trip soon.
Lucie, can you tell us a little about you?
Well, I am 31 years old, mum to 11 year old daughter Gracie, wife to husband Craig and also mummy to 12 year old English Bull Terrier, Dame. When I am not writing stories I am a full time student at Anglia Ruskin University studying for my degree in Early Childhood Studies. I am also course representative for my university and any other spare time I have I work at a preschool. I am also beginning to try my hand at writing for children and young adults alongside my women’s fiction. Oh, and I am also one of The Romaniacs, too!
Can you tell us about your new recent book?
Mums Just Wanna Have Fun follows the story of two best friends who are struggling as parents but for very different reasons. Nancy’s son is autistic and after going through the trauma of her husband walking out on them, she has to find the inner strength to keep going for the sake of her son. And best friend Harriet is struggling on a whole different level – not that she will ever admit it! Both ladies escape from the chaos to the sunny climate of Ibiza where they both get more than they bargained for!
Can you tell us about the characters in this book?
I love the characters in this story because I think there will be someone for everyone to identify with. Nancy and Harriet are best friends, each with their own inner challenges to overcome. Nancy is more open to talk about things whereas Harriet wants to continue to sweep everything under that carpet and power on through – no one needs to know she isn’t coping. Cameron is our love interest and what a hottie! He has a very interesting job and is quite the cheeky chappy. We also have a great mix of children in the story; Jack and Aiden are the same age (7) but very different children. Isla is 5 and Tommy just a year old. Even the secondary characters were great fun to write; Harriet’s mother, Jayne and Cameron’s sister, Becca.
Who is your favourite?
This is tough because I like them all for different reasons. I love Harriet because I feel she makes the biggest leap in terms of personal journey throughout the book. I love her feisty character but I also think it is great that she begins to show a softer side as the story progresses. However I do have a soft spot for Cameron because, well, he is incredible. Awesome job, amazing personality and a very deep back story which really explains why he is like he is.
Do you have a favourite scene from this book? What is it and why?
Yes, I think my favourite scene is when Cameron and Nancy go for fish and chips. I just love the conversation between them and the hidden agenda they both have for the meeting. And something happens at the end of the scene which still makes me smile when I think about it – I just love that moment. I can’t tell you what it is though – I don’t want to spoil it!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Well, as an author, I will always choose to read when I am not writing. I just love to lose myself in someone else’s story. I also love going for walks – come rain or shine (or snow!) and I enjoy watching films. I also have an addiction to watching YouTube videos so that tends to be my go-to when I am not writing too!
Chocolate or sweets?
Chocolate all the way! I sometimes fancy sweets but there isn’t ever really a time I would say no to chocolate.
You have a free flight and accommodation to anywhere in the world where would you go?
Ooh, I like this question. After a lot of thought, I think my choice would be Iceland. I really want to see the northern lights and a friend recently went there and her pictures of Iceland were incredible. Expensive though! But totally worth it!
What is your favourite season?
I am a winter girl at heart! I love the autumn too – I am just not a hot weather type of person. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the sunshine and I love going on summer holidays, but if I could only have one season forever, it would be either autumn or winter. I just love being snuggly and walking in the rain / snow!
Do you have a favourite childhood/teen story/novel?
When I was younger I used to love reading Judy Blume and especially ‘Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing’. I still have my childhood copy. And my favourite classic, Matilda by Roald Dahl.
What do you love about writing?
I love the freedom it gives me to be who I want to be. The escapism and the limitless opportunity to get lost within your own imagination. I love the way it makes me feel and I hope that it does the same to the readers too.Mums Just Wanna Have Fun by Lucie Wheeler
Published by HarperImpulse UK Genres: Chicklit, Love & Romance
Amazon UK, Amazon US
Single mum Nancy will do anything for her little boy. Jack’s autism makes life difficult at times, but she’s determined to ensure he lives the best life possible. So, when her best friend Harriet suggests a holiday to Ibiza, Nancy is torn: will Jack cope with the change in routine…will she?
Workaholic mum Harriet convinces Nancy it’s the break they all need. A chance to have some fun with the kids, away from the stresses of normal life. And she’s determined to switch off her laptop, ignore her inbox, and just have fun with her kids for seven whole days…
Cocktails and kids’ club – what could go wrong?
Ibiza is beautiful, but Jack struggles with everything, Harriet refuses to put her laptop away, and Nancy begins to think she’s made a huge mistake. And then Nancy meets Cameron and his young son, Aiden and discovers that sometimes the best fun happens when you least expect it…
Can these two single-mum’s swap their mummy guilt for sunglasses and sangria?