Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Welcoming Kirsten Hesketh to the blog

Today I am delighted to welcome to the blog, my lovely friend, Kirsten Hesketh, who had her debut novel, Another Us, published just last week. Hello Kirsten and massive congratulations! 

A book launch in the time of coronavirus ….

First of all, a huge thank you to you, lovely Heidi for welcoming me onto your fabulous blog! I really, really appreciate it. 

Hello everyone! 

I first met Heidi way back when, when I had just started writing and had just joined Twitter (for me, the two things happened simultaneously for some reason). We used to shoot the breeze in an online group and occasionally word-race together - which is where you see how many words you can write in - say - an hour and compare notes (lying if necessary!!) afterwards. We’ve met a couple of times in person at the Romantic Novelists Association conferences in Telford and Lancaster and let me tell you - although you don’t need telling - that Heidi is every bit as warm and wise and supportive in person as she is on-line. So, I’m delighted to be here!

 I’m here to share the exciting news that my debut novel, Another Us, was published last week by Canelo! I couldn’t be more thrilled. 

It is, of course, a very strange time to be being published and - obviously – the whole thing fades into complete insignificance compared to what is going on in the world at the moment. The launch party and most of the publicity has had to be cancelled and Another Us will just be an E-book for the time being – but, for me, it’s still marvellous and exciting and I very much hope that some of you will enjoy reading Another Us. It’s a ‘compassionate, poignant and funny’ story (I hope!) and is inspired by - but not about - one of my children who was diagnosed with mild Asperger syndrome when they were 11 and by a statistic I subsequently saw which claimed that 80% of marriages with a child on the spectrum break down by the time that child is 16. From my own marriage and from the families I personally know, the statistic seems to be rubbish, but it did inspire me to ask ‘what if’ and the idea behind Another Us was born …

Here’s the blurb:

What if Emma isn’t the person she thought she was?

Her younger son has just been diagnosed with autism.

She’s accidentally quit her job.

The marriage she was dedicated to suddenly seems like a sham.

She’s pretty sure that she is going to have an affair with a hot new dad at the school.

The only thing that stays the same is everyone else. Emma realises it’s not them – it’s her. But if she’s not who she thought she was, can her old life fit in with the new Emma?

Compassionate, funny and poignant, Another Us is perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Fiona Gibson.

And here’s a little bit about me … 

Kirsten has a background in advertising and now runs her own consultancy specialising in psychological interviewing and focus groups. Over the past 25 years, she has interviewed the Great British public on everything from Rolos to razors.

Married with two children and two exceptionally fluffy moggies, Kirsten is also a keen amateur archaeologist and loves to spend her weekends hacking through the mud on a local Roman dig. She is also a staunch supporter of Wycombe Wanderers - especially when they are winning!

I hope everyone is staying well and healthy and I look forward to seeing you on the other side. In the meantime, do come and say hello on Twitter. I'd love to chat!

Stay strong and lots of love. 

Thank you again, Heidi. 

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