An avid reader with a devotion to books, one of my favourite things to do is talk about the stories. Then there's movies, TV, and music, and the stories they tell... Stick around and get all the ups, downs, ins and outs!
Caroline Batten is the author of #Forfeit and Nearly Almost Somebody, contemporary romances she likes to call
“Chick Lit with Edge” – forget shoe-shopping and cupcakes, expect binge
drinking, eating disorders and Class A drug-taking.
So let's see what Caroline has to say about herself...
is the sordid tale of five friends who play a game of increasingly dangerous
dares. Nearly Almost Somebody is filled with Wiccan love spells, murder and
local scandal. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Anywhere I can. Music, films, the
Totes. It’s where I saw the antique
forfeit ball that Daisy rolls in the book.
us your usual writing routine.
I work full-time, we have a 6 year-old daughter
and we’re renovating an old farmhouse - writing routine, you say? Lol. There
isn’t one. When I’m in the zone, I’ll write whenever and wherever I can, but
when I’m not... life does get in the way.
How much time do you spend procrastinating on Facebook?
you have a favourite snack when you are in your writing zone?
Does Prosecco with a sliced strawberry
in count as a snack?
was the first book you remember reading and enjoying?
Without a doubt, Jill’s Gymkhana by Ruby Ferguson.
you have a favourite literary hero/heroine as a child?
That would be the Jill with the
gymkhana. The girl was a superstar. Practical, witty, sharp, utterly dismissive
of all things soppy - including her own mother’s nauseating Enid Blyton style
books. She dreamed of becoming the first female MFH and so introduced me at the
tender age of nine to equality and sex discrimination. And she beats the rich
girl in the gymkhana. Hurrah.
the wine in that glass?
Er... Prosecco. Obvs.
you ever given up on a manuscript because it just wasn't working?
No. A few times people told me to put
Forfeit in a drawer and move on, but I couldn’t. I loved Daisy and Xander too
much to give up on them and the story.
your sex scenes make you horny?
*Blushes* A wise friend once told me to
write books that I wanted to read because chances are someone else would want
to read them too. Another wise friend, Kitty French told me to write sex scenes
as though no one would ever read them. Put the two together...
a bit of a loose-moralled minx–
She’s great, right? I loved writing her
we see more of her in your next book?
You’re not the first person to ask that.
can your readers look forward to?
should be out later this year. It’s about
backpackers getting up to no good inBondi
said, ‘should be.’ Does that mean you’re not in the zone yet?
*Is watching cat videos on Facebook*
went to a Book Signing earlier this year. Are you planning any more?
Yes. Dublin and Birmingham this July,
then Aberdeen in August. Oh, and Dublin again in 2016.