This week Charlotte Butterfield is set to published her book Me, You and Tiramisu- what a delectable cover!
I would like to welcome Charlotte Butterfield for a Virtual Cup of Tea/Coffee" with Sparkly Word.
Do you prefer tea or coffee when you write/read?
Coffee. And keep it coming! I keep meaning to cut back on my caffeine intake, and then when I count the empty mugs littering my desk at the end of the day I think, Oops. Maybe tomorrow.
There have been plenty of books with a baking theme, do you think the way to a reader’s heart is through a book with a scrumptious title and storyline?
I think most women would love to be cooked for every now and again, and if the person doing the cooking is easy on the eye and amazing in every way, then that doesn’t hurt either! There’s something about decadent desserts and hearty meals that make you feel cosy and warm, and that’s also what you want from a good book, well I do!
Do you have any writing rituals?
Turn off facebook and twitter! I tend to write in focus mode, so no notifications pop up and distract me, and I always have a mug of hot coffee in front of me – or if I’m writing in the evenings a glass of wine to keep me company. I have to have complete silence though, I get distracted so easily, if there was music playing I’d be dancing along and not writing enough, so an empty house, a full mug/wine glass and I’m all set.
Where is your favourite place to write?
I wrote my first book at my desk in the corner of my bedroom, and most of the second one got written while we were on our family holiday in France last summer. I remember sitting underneath a Willow tree, glass of rose next to me as the sun set writing a particularly romantic scene thinking, ‘well, it doesn’t get much better than this!’
How did self-publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I’ve been a journalist for 15 years, and I think I just wanted to see if I had a novel in me. I didn’t want to open myself up to all the rejections you hear new authors getting, and so decided to go down the self-publishing route first. I think I put less pressure on myself writing it as I thought that only my friends would read it, and it was a really good learning curve. When it got picked up by Harper Impulse it was interesting to see the bits they wanted me to change or work on – thankfully there wasn’t too much!
Who is your favourite author/writer and why?
I eagerly devour everything by Jojo Moyes and Lisa Jewell, their characters are so compelling and I feel like I lose myself in their books. I did my dissertation at university on whether Jane Austen was a feminist, and so I’m drawn to quite feisty female characters.
How long did you spend researching your book?
There were bits in the book that I had to research – some of the recipes and locations, but most of the details were of places and things that I knew about, or at least could make up, so there wasn’t too much research to do. I would like to write a novel that needs more research though, so am brainstorming plots at the moment for book 3.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Like most journalists, I always said that one day I would write a novel, but deep down I was wracked with self-doubt of whether I actually could, so it was a wonderful, and totally unexpected, surprise when my fingers started flying over the keyboard and the characters began to take shape. I love writing, I always have, but writing novels catapulted my love to an entirely different level; I literally jump out of bed every morning itching to get to work – how many people can say that about their jobs!
Thank you so much, Charlotte! I think readers will very quickly fall in love with your fabulous book Me, You and Tiramisu ( Amazon UK)
Find out more about Charlotte Butterfield writing world here!
Happy Reading! xo
P.S don't forget to check out my review of Me, You and Tiramisu in the next couple of days!
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