Q&A with Alexandra Brown
1. Your third full-length Carrington’s novel is out this summer – Ice Creams At Carrington’s! Can you tell us a little bit about it?
I’d love to – Ice Creams at Carrington’s continues the story of Georgie and her relationship with Tom, her dad and best friends Sam and Eddie. It’s summertime in Mulberry-On-Sea and Georgie is delighted when asked to help organise the summer regatta, but she’s about to get the offer of a lifetime – one that is just too good to turn down and something that will test her loyalties to their limits … Will Georgie be able to pull it off once again, or has her luck finally run out?
Ultimately, Ice Creams at Carrington’s is about working out what really matters, it’s about friendship and family and seizing the moment.
2. Would you class your novels as chick lit and do you find the term offensive?
I’m happy to go with that, and no I don’t find it offensive, I reckon there are far more serious things going on in the world to get offended about.
3. Did you always want to write love stories?
Not intentionally – I started writing as a child, at a time when I wasn’t very happy and made up stories as way to escape into another world. That’s how it all started really; it wasn’t about love as such, more the vicarious pursuit of happiness through my characters. My stories now are about relationships, whether that be with a potential partner, a friend, colleagues or as in Georgie’s case, the bittersweet relationship she has with her dad. I write about life – the issues and emotions we all experience and feel – I guess love, or lack of, is an integral part of all that.
4. If you could meet four other chick-lit authors for dinner, who would you choose and why?
I’m not sure if these authors would be classed as chick-lit, but here goes …
Jackie Collins – because I bet she knows someone who knows someone who could get me up close to my man, Tom Hardy.
Helen Fielding – I met her briefly at the last RNA awards party and she seemed so nice.
Barbara Taylor Bradford – I was at my publisher’s Christmas party last year when she arrived – like Hilary Clinton, complete with entourage, it was very exciting. Plus I’d love to hear more about her life story and her fabulous jewellery collection.
Fern Britton – we share the same editor but haven’t actually ever had a proper chat about this … I should clarify that my editor is very lovely.
Can I be greedy and pick an extra author please?
Rebecca Chance – I love her books and reckon she’d be hugely entertaining, very witty and quite possibly totally outrageous. I sure hope so!
5. Lastly, in one sentence, can you sum up what you love most about the chick-lit genre?
The diversity of the books, and the friendship and kindness of the awesome readers.
Alexandra Brown’s first novel, Cupcakes at Carrington’s was published by Harper (HarperCollins) in January 2013, followed by Me and Mr Carrington, a short story eBook exclusive, in October 2013. Christmas at Carrington’s was published in November 2013 and Ice Creams at Carrington’s is out in June 2014. Alexandra lives near Brighton with her husband, utterly adorable daughter (fondly known as QT) and one very shiny black Labrador.