I’m a UK author who loves all things funny, cats and chocolate.
Having been through the Catholic education system (that did not prepare me well for things birds-and-bees-related due to the exemption of faith schools having to teach certain things we’d only whisper about in the playground), I was fascinated by the idea of having a heroine that was clueless about men and dating. Sex and Relationship Education was brought in by the British government after I’d flown the educatory nest and now the government has changed the title to Relationship and Sex Education. Ministers realised there were sensible reasons for promoting having a relationship to children before embarking on carnal discoveries. Faith schools are still exempt from having to teach how to – and how not to – procreate (or shall I say, ‘go forth and multiply’ – I mean this in the biblical sense, not the euphemistic sense that’s described in the Urban Dictionary).
As my novel went through many transformations before it became the book it is today, I was lucky enough to have the idea to inject comedy into the previously serious novel – which hadn’t worked, confirmed by all the rejections I got.
Although Love & Pollination is not of the Hallmark level of sweetness, neither is it approaching anything like explicit. I have tested the safety of who you can confidently give the book to without raising an eyebrow, personally attesting to it having been visually devoured by two ladies in a care home (the pace at which they raced through the book was at odds with their physical mobility), read by men of a similar age who were still free of organised care – and they still want to know me – and at every age down to the twenties. I haven’t yet known of a teenager who has read the book but I hope that if they had the kind of education I’d had, they’d take heed of the lessons my hapless protagonist, Perdita, had to learn – before they embarked on a similar angst-ridden learning course of their own. One of my reviewers has even recommended Love & Pollination for use in schools. Wow. When I was at school, we were told to read the L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks for our single sex lesson at secondary level (but I can’t remember what the discussion, if any, had been like). Oh, I tell a lie, we were also taught about copulation in earthworms.
I love laughing and being around people who make me laugh. I love reading including emotionally-touching funny books, watching TV comedy series and laugh-out-loud films.
I hope those who buy or borrow Love & Pollination have as much fun reading it as I had in writing it!
Love & Pollination is – hopefully – the first in a series of whacky romantic comedy novels. My main protagonists have humorous behaviour, quirky personalities and demonstrate sharp, witty dialogue, and I adore them.
I was delighted when Love & Pollination was shortlisted for Choc Lit’s 2019 Search for a Star competition.