Guys, guys, GUYS! Today I have the honour and absolute pleasure to reveal the cover for Laura Kemp’s new novel ‘The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green’. The book will be out on 1st of June (an amazing, gorgeous June baby, just like the author and me :)) and is published by Aria. Aria is the brand new digital imprint of Head of Zeus and boy, do they have amazing titles lined up for the summer. Don’t believe me? Then check their site. See what I mean? This is Laura’s third book and can be pre-ordered and knowing Laura, it’s gonna be one hilarious book. Now I will leave you to admire the GORGEOUS cover of THE LATE BLOSSOMING OF FRANKIE GREEN and also read on for my Interview with lovely Laura. Many thanks to Laura, Blake and the rest of the team at Aria for arranging the interview and the exclusive cover reveal.
The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green by Laura Kemp
Published by Aria
Published on 1.6.2016
Genres: chick lit, rom com
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A laugh-out-loud, feel good, romantic comedy, which will take you on an enlightening emotional rollercoaster. Perfect for the fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jane Costello.
Frankie Green's happy ever after is put on hold when her childhood sweetheart husband complains things are boring in bed.
When he asks for some space, she sets out to win him back by getting herself a sex education.
Little does she know that her hilarious, tender and embarrassing journey of enlightenment is going to change everything...
A story full of humour, heartache and happiness, of friendship, coming of age and overcoming insecurity.
INTERVIEW WITH LAURA KEMP
Welcome to This Chick Reads, Laura!
It’s been two years since the release of your last novel ‘Mums on Strike’. (Boy, did we miss you!) Your new novel will be published on 1st of June and you’re back, stronger (and I bet, funnier) than ever and with a new publisher (ARIA, digital imprint of Head of Zeus). However, what hasn’t changed is that you’re sticking to rom com/chick lit genre.
You’ll agree with me, latest trend seems to be women’s fiction authors stepping to the darker side and releasing psychological thrillers. Would you consider writing anything besides chick lit/women’s fiction?
- I love psychological thrillers – Clare Mackintosh, Rachel Abbott, CL Taylor, Colette McBeth, Paula Hawkins are among my favourites. The skill of creating an unreliable narrator with all the twists and turns is so incredible and I think you have to have a particular kind of brain to weave it all together. I have an idea for one myself (don’t we all!) but it makes my head hurt just thinking about it! Leave it to the experts, I say. I love writing comedy – it’s my natural home (I hope). Making people laugh is the best thing, we all need some feel good in our lives. I think comedy also reflects how many of us deal with disaster too, we end up finding the funny in something simply to get through it.
If you could sum up your upcoming release ‘The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green’ in just 5 words, what would they be?
- The happy book of 2016!
What’s the inspiration behind your new book?
- Most of us are late developers – finding your true self, being happy in your own skin and accepting who you are takes time. I’ve kind of got there – mostly because I’m 41 and I’m too tired to be bothered about what others might think – so this book is a love letter to the ladies who are worrying about the future. It’s also about friendship – the fierce bonds we have with our mates who get us through the toughest times.
How would you describe your heroine, Frankie Green?
- Frankie is a romantic who finds herself in an unthinkable position when her childhood sweetheart husband produces some handcuffs in bed. When she freaks out, he tells her things have become boring and predictable – and asks for some time out of their marriage. She’s read Fifty Shades of Grey but doesn’t quite get how to translate the words into action so she decides to get herself a sex education to win him back. Her teacher – the adorable and funny Floyd – takes her on a journey of enlightenment. She finds out she isn’t quite the innocent as she thought – and that her happiness lies in her own hands, nobody else’s.
How different is your new novel to your two previous ones, ‘Mums on Strike’ and ‘Mums like Us’? Does it mean you’re abandoning the topic of motherhood?
- The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green is very different to my two previous novels because there;s lots of sex in it! But actually, there are common strands running through all three, like most women’s commercial fiction, in the themes it addresses. My agent Lizzy Kremer says ‘there is no such thing as an ordinary woman’ and this is so true! Motherhood does feature in The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green, so no, I’ll never abandon it!
While most books these days are about women taking cooking lessons, your heroine, Frankie is getting a sex education! (Plus for originality) Do you think there would be fewer divorces in the world if people educated themselves in sex?
- Ha! Well, we’ve all gone on some self-improvement course in our lives – I’ve done languages, crafts, massage, screen writing, the lot! It’s just Frankie chooses a bit more of an adult education! The Late Blossoming of Frankie Green is sexy, yes, but I think the message is that it’s less about sex and more about communication. People have different ways of getting their kicks and making their bonds in relationships – for some it’s sex, for others it’s laughter or sharing common interests. It’s unique to every couple. Whatever it is, in my experience, you’ve got to keep talking to keep a relationship going.
As always, wrapping up this interview (though I could go on for days) with my usual question. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
- Aaargh, such a hard question! So many good ones out there. But I’d have to plump for Amanda Jennings’ In Her Wake – it’s a brilliant premise: a woman finds out she was abducted as a child and her whole life has been a lie. CL Taylor summed it up perfectly when she called it a psychological thriller with a heart. Thanks so much for having me! I’ve had a ball! xxx