I’m delighted to be joined by Heleen Kist today and to take part in the blogtour for her latest book, Stay Mad Sweetheart. I read Heleen’s debut novel, In Servitude, and surprised myself by really enjoying it even though it was much darker than my usual type of reads! You can read my review of that here. Today, Heleen is sharing #TenThings you might or might not know about her…
- I studied chemistry at university and my first job was working in R&D the company that makes Fairy Liquid. I’m sure you all remember when Fairy Excel became Fairy Excel Plus… that was me.
- Although I’m Dutch, I grew up mostly abroad because of my dad’s job. I learned English when I moved to San Francisco when I was 10; it was my fourth language. It’s now my best because I’ve worked in it for so long and I’ve lived in the UK for twenty years.
- I have exceptionally straight hair and any curl anyone tries to put in it lasts about 10 minutes. I had a perm in the 80s but needless to say, that’s not for repeating. This is why there will always be characters with lovely curly hair in my books: envy!
- I don’t like mangos. People think that’s weird, but turns out it’s a gene that makes it taste like stomach bile (yeah, great) – just like some people think coriander tastes of soap.
- I can’t put a single word to paper on a new book unless I have completely plotted it out and outlined it chapter by chapter.
- I write in my garden office, at a standing desk, usually wrapped up in two cardigans (it’s a garden in Scotland, after all). For some reason, the words flow better when I also wear a pink woolly hat my daughter made for me.
- I am shameless about handing out little book business cards to anyone I meet. And I mean anyone… See a person reading a book on the train? “Hi! Do you read fiction?”. I guess that’s because I started out self-published but even though I now have a publisher I’ve still ordered new cards for Stay Mad, Sweetheart
- For Stay Mad, Sweetheart, I created a fictional data science company that sells smart tools for Human Resources in companies. It is inspired by a real business opportunity I perceived while working at a client, and the data science models are not too far away from being possible. So If anyone ends up setting up this business (and it sells for $100m like in my book), I’d like a commission please.
- I wrote my first book as a bit of a midlife crisis project. I’ve done crazy things because when I feel life is getting a little too predictable. Previously, I did stand-up comedy to challenge myself.
- I am not a sporty person at all. I do go for a 5k run on Sundays with my husband but that’s only because it’s an opportunity for uninterrupted chat about anything and everything, which I love.
My thanks to Dylan at Red Dog for inviting me to be part of the tour. You can buy a copy of the book from Hive and have it delivered to your local indie bookstore… https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Heleen-Kist/Stay-Mad-Sweetheart/24474068 Alternatively, you can buy directly from the publisher website: https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/stay-mad-sweetheart If you prefer to buy an e-book, the universal link for Amazon is mybook.to/StayMad which will take you to the relevant website for your country.
From the back of the book
THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN INNOCENCE AND GUILT. AN EVEN FINER LINE BETWEEN JUSTICE AND REVENGE.
Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real world – let alone that cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyberbullying, she makes it her all-engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.
Petite corporate financier Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm: she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start-up. If only she could get its brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.
Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-up’s annual conference after her colleague Emily fails to return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball.
As the women’s paths intertwine, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who’ve wronged them. But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crimes?
A pacy suspense fiction novel with its feet firmly in the #MeToo era.
More about the author
Throughout her life, Heleen Kist has been fondled, patronised and ordered to smile by random men. So she wrote ‘Stay Mad, Sweetheart’, a feminist tale of revenge, out November 19th 2019.Whilst her professional knowledge of technology start-ups fed the novel’s setting, its theme of insidious harassment and discrimination required no research: it is familiar to all women.
Heleen was chosen as an up and coming new author at Bloody Scotland 2018. Her first novel, ‘In Servitude’ won the silver medal for Best European Fiction at the Independent Publishers Book Awards in the USA and was shortlisted for The Selfies awarded at London Book Fair.
A Dutch strategy consultant living in Glasgow and married to a Scotsman, she’s raising their son to be a good man and their daughter to kick ass.
Heleen hopes you enjoy her writing, and would love to hear from you on twitter (@hkist), Faceboook (@heleenkistauthor) or Goodreads. You can also sign up to her newsletter on http://www.heleenkist.com.