|Posted by Matt Posner on June 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM|
I live an hour from the bright lights of London, and I know and love it very much. All my novels bar one are centred in and around the city.
What do you imagine when someone mentions London? For me it’s bright lights, bustle, people, shops and West End shows.
Two of my three novels are placed in England’s capital. A Proper Charlie is right in its heart, and my new novel The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am is based on the outskirts of London.
Write what you know, they say, well, I say base your stories in locations you know well (or at least able to research).
The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am is a slightly more dark than the usual chick lit. It asks the questions: How fragile is the human mind? Nurture or nature? What makes us us? And Valerie Anthrope is that fragile person caught up in a chick lit novel. What makes a cut-throat business woman so afraid of life?
The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am is due to be released later this month on Kindle, and the paperback will be launched in July.
If you want to sample the first chapter please head over to my website: http://louisewise.com . For the people who tweet the page I will tweet their Twitter bios!
Being a misanthropist is Valerie Anthrope’s defence.
She is a cut-throat business woman and happy being alone. She answers to no-one. She has no time for romantic trivialities, and definitely no time for Ellen who nominates herself as her fairy godmother.
But what of Ellen’s playboy nephew? The one who Ellen coerces into buying insurance from Valerie’s brokerage? The one who is full of himself and smitten with Valerie’s cool demeanour. His cocky know-it-all manner, posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are more than enough to put Valerie off – or is it enough to keep her interested? After all, being in a relationship with a playboy means there’s no burden of commitment.
Or is there?
Matt comments: I've enjoyed three visits to London, although next time I won't be there on Boxing Day -- wrong time to go to Harrod's, I must say! And as for bitching, Valerie has nothing on a group of professional teachers like I see every day... Glad to have you on the site, Louise!