I would like to welcome Ali McNamara to Royal Reviews
Question 1- Tell us something about yourself, so that we can get to know you a bit better…
Hi I’m Ali and I live in a small village near Cambridge, England with my husband, Jim; my two teenage children, Rosie and Tom; and my two labroador dogs, Jake and Oscar! Quite a house full!
I’m an only child, and this is where I think I get my very vivid imagination from! I find it very easy to think up new stories to write, just finding the time to get them all down on paper is the problem!
Question 2- Your novel, From Notting Hill With Love …Actually, is out now—congrats! Could you tell us about it?
‘From Notting Hill with Love…Actually’ is about Scarlett, who absolutely adores the movies, but her family and friends think she’s a bit too obsessed by them. So when Scarlett gets the chance to house-sit in one of her favourite movie locations, Notting Hill, she see’s this as a chance to prove to them that you really can live your life as if it were a movie.
Question 3- What inspired the series?
I was watching one of the music channels on TV one day. It was a countdown of the Top 50 best movie songs of all time. I just thought wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could feature as many of those movies as possible in one story, as that’s how the idea began to develop.
Question 4- What can readers expect next?
I hope US readers will love my first book as much as European readers have, because I have three more ready for you, with a fourth on the way! One of which is a sequel to this story called From Notting Hill to New York…Actually.
Question5- Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring authors.
Never Give up!
It took me approximately six years to get my first book published, with countless rejections along the way. If it’s what you really want to do, one day someone will love your story as much as you do, and they will be the right person to work with you on bringing it to the bookshelves.
About the book:
Movie fanatic Scarlett O'Brien dreams of a life as glamorous and romantic as all the big screen flicks she worships. When a chance house-sitting job in iconic Notting Hill comes along, she knows living in one of her favorite movie settings is an opportunity too good to pass up.
Leaving behind her skeptical friends, family, and fiance, Scarlett heads to London and finds herself thrust into the lead role of her very own romantic comedy. But can real life ever be just like the movies? Larger-than-life new friends, a handsome but irksome new neighbor, and a mystery from her past may prove to Scarlett that living her life like a RomCom is more complicated than she thought!
I have 1 mass market paperback copy to giveaway courtesy of Sourcebooks.
Sorry Giveaway is US and Canada only as it comes straight from the publisher.
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Giveaway Ends: October 31
Best Wishes & Good Luck,
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