With me today is debut author Joanne Brown who is here to chat about her forthcoming novel, Caviar Don’t Mean Class. It’s a bit of an exclusive sneak peek as it’s still some time until publication. Welcome Joanne. First of all, would you tell my blog readers a little about yourself?
I am a debut author, and soon to have published my humorous whodunnit novel, “Caviar don’t Mean Class” with LR Price Publications. I was born, bred, and live in Wales. My novel is set in the Welsh countryside where I love and live. I love the intrigue of a good mystery, and that primarily is what my novel is about. I have bipolar disorder, and my novel is also about championing the cause of severe mental illness.
What inspired you to start writing?
Shyness inspired me to start writing at a young age. I still write better than I speak!
Tell me about your journey to publication
After quite a few rejections from publishers I finally got accepted. LR Publications are a publishing house that select new talent to publish. My book is in the process of final editing with them.
In a nutshell, what is your book about?
When Caviar, a psychiatric nurse inherits a salubrious hotel from her father, she finds it close to bankruptcy. As a solution to her financial crisis, she decides to open a wing of the hotel to five handsomely paying psychiatric patients with extreme mental health issues. This is much to the dismay of the hotel staff, who are used to exclusively catering for the affluent and elite. Little do the staff and patients know that their intertwining lives would soon change forever, as three murders occur at the hotel.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
“Caviar Don’t Mean Class” denotes that the affluent and polished and elite of society, especially that of the Hotel Caviar, are definitely not what they appear to be, and are not quite class at all.
How do you plan to celebrate publication day?
I plan to celebrate thanking those who have helped me on my writing journey.
Do you have a work in progress just now?
Yes, I have a work in progress now. It’s called “The Girl Who Swallowed Her Voice” and it is a spin off of Caviar Don’t Mean Class.
What one book would you recommend to a friend and why?
I would recommend “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, because it represents such an ideal world, and the diction, and depiction of each character is masterful.
What are you reading just now?
I am reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
If you were on Desert Island Discs, what one book would you take with you?
I would take the complete works of William Blake
Is there a book you’d love to see made into a film?
Yes, I would love my book to be made into a film!
How can people follow you or connect with you on social media?
My Instagram account is Authorjbrown9818. My Facebook page is Jo Brown
And finally, if you could be a character in any book you have read, who would it be and why?
I would like to be Sherlock Holmes. His complexity of character astounds me, and I would be able to discern his personality by being him.
Thanks Joanne for chatting to us about the book. I look forward to hearing more about it and will add buying links for readers when the book is available to order.