The cocktail bar – Isabella May

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one.




I hope you enjoy this interview


1. When and where do you prefer to write?

In a café with a decent coffee and a huge slice of cake is always nice… but in reality, I have to grab my writing moments when I can, and milk them for all they are worth! So I can be found writing almost anywhere: bed, sofa, table, desk, planes, trains, even in the car while the kids are at football and dance.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

Not really. I think it’s important to regularly show up though, that way the muse offers consistency and the ideas can flow.

3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

Coffee works wonders, but I only have one a day as I am a huge water drinker, so I try to eke it out and make a vat of a mug…

4. What is your favourite book?

I’m fickle. I could never have a favourite. There are way too many unique and wonderful stories out there and not enough hours in the day to read them all. One of my favourites from this year though was Zoe Folbigg’s ‘The Distance’. A fabulous and highly original love story, written with absolute zest.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I think romcom meets magical realism (with a foodie thread) is my niche. It’s what I love to do. If I can’t uplift, empower and entertain through my words, then I find I’m just not inspired to write.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Yes, but subconsciously. Without realising it, I take elements of personalities and mannerisms… and then I have the Eureka moment and realise it’s 1/3 of X, 1/3 of Y and 1/3 of Z. It does make me laugh!

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

Definitely. You never know when an idea might strike.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

Being a Law of Attraction junkie, I tend to avoid hard crime, psychological thrillers (and what I call ‘misery’ books) as much as possible! Of course they have their place and they are highly successful and often brilliantly written, but I find I can read them less and less these days as they powerfully affect my mood.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

It would probably be a laugh to pen something with Jonas Jonasson!

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?

I’ve travelled a lot but never for research. I’ve tapped into my banked up memories for most of the travel elements of my books. That said; I would love to go to Capri to check that my portrayal of the island in novel four is accurate enough!

Thank you, Isabella May and RachelsRandomResources


About the author

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s ‘rules’.

Social Media Links – Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks Facebook – Instagram – @isabella_may_author


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