Fellow Chindi Author Carol Thomas is celebrating the release of her new book, Maybe Baby, and I have invited her to talk about it on my blog today. I have it on my kindle to read and I know I won’t be disappointed. Her last book, Purrfect Pet Sitter, had me in stitches. Carol’s observation of the trials of modern family life is so true.
Welcome, Carol. Tell me more about your book and where the action takes place.
Thanks, Rosemary. Maybe Baby is the sequel to The Purrfect Pet Sitter (Lisa Blake book #1), published by Ruby Fiction. While each book can be read as a standalone story, Maybe Baby revisits the characters readers have enjoyed in The Purrfect Pet Sitter as they move into the next phase of their lives. It is the story of what happens after the happy ever after …
Lisa Blake is back with her first love, she’s reunited with her best friend Felicity, and life is looking good; even her pet sitting skills are improving – everybody knows you can’t believe all you read in the local Gazette, don’t they?
Felicity is on the cusp of achieving her perfect wife-mum-life balance; Her husband, Pete, is being wonderfully attentive, and her four children are getting older and wiser (sometimes too much wiser) by the day.
But with secrets to be revealed and discoveries to be made, it seems life is full of unexpected surprises
Just like The Purrfect Pet Sitter, the story is mostly set in and around Littlehampton, in West Sussex on the south coast of England. With its mix of town, countryside and seaside it is the ideal setting for a heroine whose job takes her out and about in the local area.
However, not all of the action takes place in England. Lisa Blake’s parents have a home in Samoëns in the Rhone Alps region of France, where beautiful chalets are set amongst the mountains. In The Purrfect Pet Sitter Lisa visited her parents for Christmas, when she returns to France to celebrate her thirtieth birthday, in Maybe Baby, she discovers a different landscape:
“The air was clear. The only sounds were the chirping of crickets as they stridulated in the surrounding grass, and the faint rush of meltwater tumbling down the face of a distant mountain. As the two of them stood soaking in the view, Lisa couldn’t help but compare the verdant late spring surroundings with the winter landscape she had seen during her visit in December when snow had dominated the view.
Now the sky was a crisp light blue and cotton wool clouds hung low across the lush mountains. Lisa could see the ski runs she had watched being prepared in the winter, now slick carpets of green streaking down between the trees.”
Researching this part of the book was a pleasure. Holidaying in the area with my husband and children enabled me to capture the spectacular sights and sounds, as we were spoilt with mountain views, beautiful countryside and stunning lakes. While I am not as adventurous as my husband and children when it comes to exploring, I was certainly inspired creatively. Some of my favourite scenes in Maybe Baby happen during Lisa’s trip to France, as revelations are made and relationships blossom; I hope readers will enjoy them as much as I did while writing them.
Thank you, Carol. It looks a fabulous place to visit and write in and congratulations on the publication of Maybe Baby. I really look forward to reading it.
Ruby Fiction: https://www.rubyfiction.com/dd-product/maybe-baby/
About the author:
Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.
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