We have recently had the privilege of getting together with the fabulous CAROLE MATTHEWS, the bestselling author of twenty-six hugely successful romantic comedy novels. As well as appearing on the Sunday Times and USA Today bestseller lists, Carole is published in 31 different countries and has sold over 4 million books. Carole’s writing style is relaxed and easy, you feel like you’re catching up with a friend over coffee and cake for a good chat. Her easy style of writing makes her books the perfect escape, ideal for reading during some well earned downtime. She has an incredible ability to capture the reality of life’s challenges, but still keep that great sense of humour she is so well known for.
We are running a competition and you could soon be the proud owner of a signed copy of Carole’s new book, THE CAKE SHOP IN THE GARDEN, and a set of EIGHT HOUR STUDIO sleepwear. Two of the most perfect items to help you relax. Please see below for details on how to enter.
We wanted to get to know Carole better, so we asked her 8 questions about herself.
What do you love most about being a writer?
I love being able to create my own worlds. I’ve always loved reading and stories. As an only child, I spent a lot of time reading and books were my friends. It’s lovely to have been able to turn a lifelong passion into my job.
What is a typical day in your life?
There’s nothing glamorous about writing a book! I spend eight hours a day at my computer and get weekends off for good behaviour. I always start the day with a bit of chatting on social media to get me in the swing. Then I write from about 10 am until about 6pm with an hour off for lunch. I try to set aside some time for a walk in the park outside our house or watch something like Bargain Hunt while I’m on the treadmill. I like to be on the sofa in front of the telly at about 9pm. I love rubbishy telly, box sets and films.
Where do you get your inspiration from for your writing?
All around really. Friends tell me stories or there are pieces in magazines or newspapers that leap out. My books deal with little issues that affect contemporary women, so there’s always plenty of ideas to choose from.
Who is the most interesting person you have ever met and why?
It has to be Mary Berry. I’m a huge fan of baking and my readers and I all watch The Great British Bake Off and chat about it on Facebook. I had the great pleasure of meeting her at a book signing a couple of Christmas’s ago. I think she’s such an inspirational woman. She started to read my books and has become a big fan which is such a thrill for me.
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m a chain consumer of books! Just finished The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton - a stunning and quirky debut novel. Next up is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which has been a huge book.
What genre do you like to read?
I have very eclectic tastes in books. I love historical and Philippa Gregory is my favourite in that genre. I also like crime, psychological thrillers and, of course, a good romantic comedy. The only thing that leaves me cold is fantasy - but I’m prepared to give the books by George R R Martin that inspired Games of Thrones a go!
What is your favourite book?
Currently, Us by David Nicholls. A witty and word perfect observation of family life. But ask me next week and it might be different.
What do you love to do to unwind and relax?
I do love a good long walk. I’m never happier than when I have my walking boots on and my rucksack on my back. If I can’t do that, I love to bake.
To enter the competition, please email your answer to the question What do you love to do to unwind and relax? to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on 23rd March. We will announce the winner at 8pm on 24th March.
Carole’s latest book is THE CAKE SHOP IN THE GARDEN out in paperback on 23 April.
Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and taking care of her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will?
Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made.
When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most?
Life, love and family are about to collide in . . . THE CAKE SHOP IN THE GARDEN