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'Truly Madly Greekly' by Mandy Baggot is Book of the Week!
18 June 2015

Author Mandy Baggot Author Mandy Baggot

Well how proud am I to be mentioning a rising star amongst my writing colleagues? Fellow author and fun lady Mandy Baggot has released a brilliant beach read. 'Truly Madly Greekly' is one of the best titles I've seen, and it's a fab book - well deserves to be riding high in the Amazon Kindle UK charts as we speak! Well, as we write...

1.    Your new book is doing really well how did you think of the title?

Ha ha! The title is all my own work, however, the book did have quite a boring original title and my lovely agent, Kate Nash, suggested it needed sparkling up a bit. She came up with a good one with ‘Greek’ in the title, but it wasn’t quite hitting the spot with me. Then a flash of inspiration hit when I was looking at the title of the Romantic Novelists’ Association anthology I have a story in (Truly Madly Deeply). Change Deeply to Greekly and there we have it! People do like it!

2.    Tell us about the hero and heroine.

My heroine is Ellen Brooks. She’s a 30 year old accountant who had the perfect life. She had plans for her own accountancy practice, an attractive, successful boyfriend, power shoes and designer suits - everything a modern woman could need. Then the boyfriend proposed and everything fell apart.

Yan is the hero and he’s a Bulgarian animator at the Hotel Blue Vue. He’s late twenties with a body to die for and a good heart. He’s sexy, funny and sweet – the perfect package in one hot ripped-abs exterior. He’s hard-working, loyal and he’s not looking for love because he’s too busy hiding a big secret.

3.    Where is it set?

Truly Madly Greekly is set in Agios Spyridon, a small village in the north of Greek island, Corfu. I’ve been visiting this area of Corfu since 2003 and in the past couple of years, twice a year. I adore everything about the island – the beaches, the landscape, the perfect weather, the wonderful warm welcome from the Greek people. We always stay at the Mareblue Beach Hotel and there is no doubt, my visits to the hotel inspired the hotel featured in the book.

4.    What section did you enjoy writing most?

I adore writing dialogue so I love all the scenes with sisters Lacey and Ellen. They’re fast-paced and fun. I also love the delicate love scenes with Yan and Ellen. It was also so nice to be able to describe to the readers this picture postcard island I love visiting so much.

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5.    And are there any other characters that popped up while you were writing that surprised you but pleased you?

I didn’t have any surprise characters pop up out of nowhere for this book. I did make a little more of the cross-dressing secondary character, Dasha than originally intended. He’s a whole lot of fun and dropping someone completely over-the-top into a novel always makes the comedy flow!

6.    What's the nicest thing anyone said about the book?

That is a real tough one because since Truly Madly Greekly came out I’ve had so many messages, tweets, emails from people telling me how much they enjoyed the book. I guess the best ones are where readers have been looking for a tonic, an escape from everyday life and they tell me my book has cheered them up, was just what they needed, made them remember their holiday/enjoy their holiday even more. I like to think I write feel-good fiction so if I’ve made someone feel good when they come to the end of one of my books then I’m very happy!

7.    For writers out there who want to be inspired that you've got so high in the UK kindle charts, what marketing strategy did you or your publisher use?

 *Laughs* I have no idea! I have a feeling the team at Bookouture have an underground bunker with lots of technical things going on in the background. I’m sure it’s very secret and if I told you anything else I might self-destruct.

 I do know that, for this book in particular, I managed to get a lot of support from Facebook groups full of people who love Corfu. They want to read about the place they holiday in every year and they want a fellow Corfu lover to do well. I’ve had lots of sharing that way. I’ve also had a lot of support from various travel agencies and tour operators.

Other than the above, I’ve just been tweeting and getting the word out of Facebook as much as I can, hoping not to bore the pants off everyone!

8.    And what is your writing process?

It’s very dull! And completely uncomplicated and probably not at all professional! I have an idea for a story, I start writing it, I write a blurb, I write some more, I finish it, that’s it! I’m not a planner at all. I’d be bored if I knew the outcome of the book before I started putting fingers to keyboard.

9.    How many revisions do you do? Have you got a particular routine or trick for getting a book done?

I tend to write the story, go back through it tweaking things, then pass it to my agent and editor. Then they tell me what’s wrong with it and I revise it. That could be it if I’ve done a good job, if not there might be one more round of ass-kicking and then it’s done. I’ve been told I write quite a clean manuscript so I’m lucky!

 

10. What's in the pipeline?

 I’m just editing my next book for Bookouture which will be out in the autumn. It’s a romance set in wintery New York featuring a single mum and a billionaire who’s dying. It sounds like a weepy but it’s a romantic comedy that will hopefully make people feel all warm and Christmassy! 

Thanks Mandy!!

You can visit Mandy Baggot via - 

Facebook  Twitter   Website   Amazon UK  Amazon US

 

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-  Julie Cohen writing course at Kingston Poly is filling up! at a ridiculously low price! End June - Kingston Surrey – find out more here 

-  ChickLitChloe loves Take a Chance on Me! Hawaiian Escape is the prequel to this book so my little 99p promotion followed this fabulous review from lovely Chloe, who is doing a 2015 reading challenge to read 100 books and is 41% of the way there! She said "Debbie Flint's writing was fantastic - really drawing me into the story and making me want to keep reading from start to finish. I hope I'll be reading more from Debbie Flint - this was a great book!" Read more here.

 best wishes

debs

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Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing -  a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

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My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher  available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback

 

SHORT STORIES

‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do, following freedom eating and the Food Freedom technique. As used and recommended on our Back to You QVC Facebook group!  In paperback or eBook.

January 2015 - hardback signed with bonus content, Aqua cover, supplied exclusively to QVC, get it here whilst available.

NB the original, is included within version 2.0. The original on its own is also on Amazon (2002)

 

OTHER WORK IN PROGRESS (see Work In Progress tab for updates!)

 ‘The How to Find a Husband Manual’ – hehe. A spin off from the Hawaiian trilogy’s character Kate, Helen’s friend in New York.

‘French or Dutch’ – a cross between Mr Selfridge, Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, following life-changing adventures around Britain of early pioneers of birth control.

 

 

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