Who doesn't like a book packed full of humour and colourful characters? I absolutely adored Aimee Horton's second novel Mother's Ruined. It kept me thoroughly entertained whole weekend and that is why I invited Aimee for a virtual cup of tea and a chat.
Do you prefer tea/coffee( or perhaps something stronger) when you write/read?
I don’t actually have a preference. While I’m writing I tend to drink tea, fizzy water and LOTS of diet coke. If I’m lucky enough to get reading time in the day, the same. In the evening it’s either a G&T or a big glass of red.
Do you have any writing rituals/ quirk when you begin to plot a new book?
I tend to list a few incidents I want to happen in some sort of order, then just SPLURGE. I have a lot of URGH THIS IS RUBBISH moments, where I pace about, but really I just write and hope for the best. Often one thing leads to another quite easily, especially with Dottie.
How did you come up with the titles for the Survival series?
Being a mother of two boys I initially based a lot of it on real life. I like to think Dottie and I both have similar perspectives about keeping it real when it comes to Motherhood and I think a lot of mums appreciate it.
How much of the book is realistic?
The first book, Survival of the Ginnest is very close to my real life when I first had the boys. Survival of the Christmas Spirit and Mothers Ruined both have small elements of reality in them, mainly the odd incident or characters. Oh, and I really could hear my neighbours through the baby monitor, that’s what gave me the idea for Mothers Ruined!
Is writing books your dream career?
Yes, I absolutely love it. I didn’t expect it to impact my self confidence so much, but I guess when you’re putting yourself out there it’s going to take a while to grow a skin thick enough to fend off the Internet.
What does your family think of your writing? Apart from my mum and my husband who have been behind me totally from the beginning, I think it’s taken other members a little bit more time to come to terms with the fact that this is what I do, and I work very hard at it. Last year was a very good year in terms of progression for me, so hopefully they’re seeing it and will stop suggesting ideas for when I’m ‘ready to get a proper job’!
What are you plotting for this year ( I hope more Dottie Harris?)
I am currently working on the next Dottie adventure. I also have another story which I’ve been playing around with for years which I want to work on and have in some sort of order by the end of the year too!
Thank you so much, Aimee!
Aimee Horton's Fabulous Books:
Books on a #BlogTour
Professional Reader Badge
On my reading shelf in autumn #amreading