One of the unexpected pleasures of reading reviews on Amazon is when readers liken my writing in Saving Saffron Sweeting to authors who are more accomplished and far more famous. I thought I’d take a closer look at three who have been mentioned, to see what I have to live up to:
Who: Sophie Kinsella, pen name of Madelaine Sophie Wickham, British, lives in London, age 44
Published novels: 20, some under the Wickham name.
My favourite: Remember Me
Noted for: Writer of the Year, Glamour Magazine (2009). Best Laugh Out Loud Novel, Chick Lit Plus (2010).
What we have in common: We both met our husbands while at university (her: Oxford, me: Canterbury).
Who: Katie Fforde, British, lives in Gloucestershire, age 61
Published novels: 23
My favourite: I’ve only actually read Practically Perfect, but the gorgeous covers on Fforde’s website make me keen to read more.
Noted for: Patron, National Short Story Week
What we have in common: Her perfect Saturday includes an afternoon nap.
Who: Jane Green, pen name of Jane Green Warburg, British, lives in Connecticut, age 46
Published novels: 14 going on 15
My favourite: Swapping Lives. I love books with a transatlantic element!
Noted for: Philanthropic work supporting children’s diseases, breast cancer and public libraries.
What we have in common: She’s held onto her British accent, despite living on the other side of the Pond.
One of the challenges of being a writer with a day job is making the time to read. I would love to say I’ve read everything by these three inspiring novelists, but, while I’m working on that, a big thank you to the reviewers who were kind enough to make the comparison!
Who’s your favourite author in the chick lit / women’s fiction genre?
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