Okay, it’s confession time here – my name’s Linda and I’m addicted to glossy magazines. I love those home-improvement ones best of all, and over the years I must have bought at least twice my body weight in Ideal Home, Living etc, House Beautiful, and their ilk.
I can’t bear to think of the money I’ve spent on them – possibly enough for a world tour. I’ve kept all my favourite issues, and this would be hilarious if it wasn’t also a bit sad because I have never, ever, bought a tin of Farrow & Ball paint, or a designer anything. My bathroom still sports the white plastic lampshades I bought for 2/6d (yes, really!) back in 1969. In 1972 I took all the seats (except the driver’s, obvs) out of my Renault 4 and went to Woolworth’s to collect the flat-pack, white, malamine wardrobe unit which is still in my bedroom today (assembled, of course) – well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and all that.
Sometimes I think it is best to dream a little – would I be wanting to change everything on an annual basis if I coveted (and bought) everything I saw in glossy magazines? Probably. But I think there must be an interior designer in me somewhere wanting to get out and flash her samples and her mood boards about. And she has. Her name is Carrie Fraser and she’s the heroine of my novella, GRAND DESIGNS.
As we all know, a little research is essential when we write novels. So, as Carrie was going to go to the south of France and mingle with the rich, the famous, and the beautiful, I thought it my duty to go there too. So I did. And I had a lovely time. And as we all also know, there has to be a bit more to a novel than girl meets boy, girl parts from boy, girl makes it up with boy and lives happily ever after. So, while GRAND DESIGNS is published under Choc Lit Lite there is depth to it, too….we all have sadness and regret in our lives and Carrie has her fair share. As – she finds out – does Morgan Harrington.
So, I hope that like Carrie on the front of GRAND DESIGNS (thank you, Berni, you’re a star!) you will sit down and get comfortable and find out what designs Carrie has on Morgan – or was it the other way around?