I am delighted to welcome the bestselling author and enterpreneur, Lizzie chatree to the website today. She has a new novel, published today and has taken time out of a busy launch day to tell us about it. Thank you, Lizzie.
Tell us the basic premise of your novel.
The little ice cream shop by the sea is about a close family who run a seaside business buried in tradition, but a sudden incident throws them into turmoil and they all try to cope with the repercussions in their own way. The main character Genie doesn’t know why her family suddenly decides to sell the family business that she’s worked in since before she left school, but she’s determined that they won’t throw away her heritage so easily and fights to make them stay.
The friendship between genie and pensioner Ada, who starts as a customer, becomes a lifeline for both women. Throw in some dashing locals who set their heart on helping Genie and a furious grandson who is out to protect his grandmother, and you have a sizzling story full of sunshine, secrets and finding love when you least expect it.
How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?
This story was quite emotional to write because Genie feels abandoned by her family when she needs them the most and Ada is grieving for her husband. Both are at a crossroads in their life and meeting each other sets them on a new path. It’s not easy to dissociate yourself from the story when you are writing it and you do really feel for the characters and want them to overcome any obstacles. There is also lots of humour in this story though, so I do find myself giggling at their antics!
International bestselling author and award-winning inventor, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office's British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now works as a business mentor and runs a trending networking hour on social media, where creatives can support to each other. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, that are about women with unusual and adventurous businesses, who are far stronger than they realise. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex.
Visit her website at www.lizziechantree.com or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree