Kelly Florentia guest post: Magic in a Nutshell

Today, I’m delighted to hand over control of my blog to a woman with a touch of magic at her fingertips. Let’s have a huge, fat welcome to fellow Accent Press author, fitness fiend and all round top girl, Kelly Florentia. Take it away, Kelly.

If I had a pound for every time someone asked me where I get my ideas from, I’d be a millionaire. Well, okay, not quite a millionaire but I’d have several hundred quid in the bank. This, along with, ‘What’s your book about, then?’ is the most frequent question that I’m asked whenever I tell anyone that I write fiction. They’re both perfectly reasonable questions, yet I find them quite tricky to answer. I thought about this recently and concluded that it’s probably because they’re almost impossible to answer in a nutshell, which I think is what most people expect. But a story has many layers and elements, and the inspiration behind each novel often comes from several sources. I keep a little notebook of ideas that spring to mind; sometimes I use a couple to create a novel, sometimes more, sometimes less. For my debut, The Magic Touch, published in 2016 and relaunched and updated earlier this year, three ideas from my notepad stood out.

Firstly, I wanted to write about finding love again after a bad relationship. I like to create very ordinary characters, warts and all, and, thankfully, this had been well received by readers. In The Magic Touch, the heroine, Emma King, has quite a few insecurities, and this is because she’s been through a lot in her life – an unhappy marriage and a not so good relationship with her father as she was growing up. The second idea, the psychic app, came from a conversation I was having with my husband. We were sitting on the sofa one evening, phones in hands, marvelling at all the new apps, when I turned to him and said, ‘Imagine if there was an app that could predict your future.’ He told me there were lots of psychic apps doing the rounds. ‘Yes, but what if there was one that could predict it with alarming accuracy?’ I went on. ‘What then? Would you download it?’ And so the seed was sown. I quickly jotted the idea down in my notebook and left it to brew. I got the third idea, spying on your partner’s phone, from something a friend told me over coffee one afternoon. We were discussing the pros and cons of technology, and she let slip that someone she knows found out her husband was cheating on her by reading his texts – something my friend swore she’d never ever do herself because it’d be an invasion of her partner’s privacy. But then she turned to me and said, ‘Would you, Kelly?’ I replied in a heartbeat, and The Magic Touch now had legs to stand on and was good to go.

Answer in a nutshell: Ideas and inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere – a comment, people watching, something I might read online or in a magazine, and sometimes *whispers* from eavesdropping.

Now on to the second question – What’s your book about, then? The Magic Touch is a romantic drama set in north London. It’s about a very ordinary couple who seemed to have lost their way a little, the romance has dwindled, they don’t seem to have much time for each other anymore, complacency has well and truly set in. But things take a turn for the worse when Emma stumbles across a string of flirty texts on boyfriend Harry’s mobile phone. Fuelled with suspicion and the unbearable thought of losing him, she goes on a mission to get to the bottom of his affair with the help of her 93-year old neighbour, her best friend, and a psychic app. It’s an ‘is he or isn’t he?’ story. It has a ghostly milieu, a heroine who is addicted to her mobile phone, and a big, fat Greek family in the mix. Although it has been described as a rom-com, and it is, it does have a darker, more serious side, too.

Answer in a nutshell: It’s about a magic app, a woman who thinks her boyfriend is having an affair and starts spying on his phone, and a big, fat, Greek family.

I really enjoyed writing The Magic Touch and absolutely loved updating it. I didn’t plan on writing a sequel, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to ignore the little voice in my head that sometimes whispers, ‘Do it!’

Thank you so much, Laura, for inviting me to write this post as part of the blog tour for the relaunch of my debut novel.

Pleasure. If you’d like to buy a copy – and I recommend you do – click on the links below and abracadabra, one will wing its way to you!

Blurb:

Once bitten, twice shy, Emma King is in no rush to join Harry’s bustling, big, fat Greek Cypriot family and become Mrs Georgiades. So it comes as no big surprise when, after plenty of Dutch courage, his proposal of marriage at a family gathering is met with rejection.

Emma doesn’t think they need a piece of paper to prove how much they love each other. They’re solid – unbreakable. After all, Harry’s a loving and loyal partner whom she trusts implicitly. But when she accidentally stumbles across a flirtatious text message on Harry’s mobile phone from a female colleague alarm bells start going off in her head.

Overcome with suspicion and an impending fear of losing the love of her life, Emma goes on a mission to get to the bottom of his secret affair with the help of her best friend Ola, her ninety-three-year-old neighbour Alistair, and Harry’s sister-in-law’s app, The Magic Touch. Because no one is going to snatch Harry from her – no one!

Bio:

Kelly Florentia was born and bred in north London, where she continues to live with her husband Joe. HER SECRET (2018) is her third novel and the sequel to NO WAY BACK (2017).

Kelly has always enjoyed writing and was a bit of a poet when she was younger. Before penning her debut THE MAGIC TOUCH, relaunched and updated in 2019, she wrote short stories for women’s magazines. TO TELL A TALE OR TWO… is a collection of her short tales. In January 2017, her keen interest in health and fitness led to the release of SMOOTH OPERATOR a collection of twenty of her favourite smoothie recipes.

As well as writing, Kelly enjoys reading, running, drinking coffee, scoffing cakes, watching TV dramas and spending way too much time on social media. She is currently working on her fourth novel.

Links:

Buy link: https://amzn.to/2Mt17sM

Website: http://www.kellyflorentia.com

Twitter: @kellyflorentia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KellyFlorentiaAuthor

Instagram: @kellyflorentia

 

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