Thank you for inviting me to chat to you about my new novel, Jan. It’s great to be here on OAPSchat, one of my favourite websites!
My latest novel for Choc Lit is Girl in Red Velvet, which was published in ebook format on 25th April 2017. It’s set in 1960s Oxford where I lived and worked for several years while I was in my teens and early twenties. I’m sure you’ll remember visiting me and checking out various pubs in the neighbourhood!
When the story begins it’s 1966 and Lily Denham is seventeen, all set to begin her studies at Oxford University. On her first day she meets best friends Harry Gale and Max Farley, who look very similar but are very different in character. While Harry is studious and hardworking, Max is restless and adventurous, and it quickly becomes clear that being a student in Oxford is unlikely to interest him for long.
Lily soon realises she is falling in love with both of her new-found friends, men who might offer Lily two very different futures. Harry would probably make a dream husband. But Max embodies the spirit of the sixties, being adventurous, rebellious, madly attractive and a little bit dangerous, too.