What would you do if the stars aligned to put everything right in your home?
If Roles Were Reversed …
Caroline and Noel Morton are two people who need a change. One wants to escape the rat race while the other hopes to join it!
When Noel is asked to begin working from home he’s quick to say yes. More time with his three children? How could he not? Meanwhile Caroline is considering starting a new job. How amazing would it be to hit goals and targets and have people actually thank you for a change? And when she receives an offer from the failing Eden Street box company, an organisation in chaos, she’s ready to change the world!
But is an organisation brimming with employees who are tired, disillusioned and waiting to be let go what she really needs? And can Noel work from a chaotic home with three children, an obsessed work colleague and a disillusioned mother ready to thwart his plans at every turn?
Join Caroline and Noel as we return to Riverside to see if everyday changes can guide a relationship back to solid ground or if they’ll further tear it apart!
Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
Oh my god growing up I lived for comics, there was Dandy, Beano, Whoopee, Whizzer and Chips, Bunty, Mandy and Judy and I had the worl’d biggest stack, which sadly I think I handed over to a book fair (I never give up searching Mum’s house just in case I didn’t!!)
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
Ah my dad was a journalist and then editor of a magazine and reading was a given, Friday night we went to the bookshop and Saturday morning the library.
When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
I’m lucky I write rom coms so the worst I do is have a ‘baddy’ fall over or nearly knocked down or something.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
They just kind of come to me. Saying that if I’m ever told by my editor to change them (if their name sounds like another in the book for example), I’m bereft, as it’s really hard to picture the character with a different name!
Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?
Not really, unless you count the odd diary entry I’ve written to put in my kids’ boxes for when they’re older. Oh and I’m a list maker. I love ticking things off a good ‘To Do’ list!
If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
Ooh, great question. I think I’d have certain marks they’d need to hit and some jokes I’d want in, but other than that, fire away!
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
J K Rowling, not for any political reasons, just to find out about her processes etc.
Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I have contacted different industry people for different things, eg in Pushing Her Luck (always free on Kindle, Apple, Kobo and Nook), which is about a lottery winner who wants to save the town of Abbeyglen, I had to find a financial planner and also contact the actual Irish lottery!
Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
Ah I’m so lucky I belong to a number of chick lit and writing groups where people are only to happy to help you out!
What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course).
Oh I hate no comments, especially with a low rating more because as a reader I go to the low stars to see if they resonate with me, so if a person says they like gore etc in a crime thriller and I want none, bam, I’ll buy. If they say it was too slow burn, again, I’m in!
So that’s me, thanks so so much for having me, much appreciated!
Thank you, B R Maycock and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Hi Readers, I’m Berni and I’m a rom-commer!
My start: Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and the entire contents of our local library, then Sweet Valley High, Point Horror, Babysitters Club and The Saddle Club before drifting into adulthood where I found Jenny Colgan, Marian Keyes, Patricia Cornwall, Stephen King and John Grisham.
I am now an absolute chick lit, rom com, and thriller addict and former book blogger (you might know me from B R Maycock’s book blog).
My goal is always to give someone something they can settle down with for a bit of escapism and a laugh with small town series, ‘mom lit’ books and sparkly standalones.
Then there’s the official line…
B R Maycock (Berni to all you lovely people!) writes romantic comedies that are warm, sparkly and fun. She can be found in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, their four epic little men, and four cats She has one goal and that’s simply to make readers smile and/ or laugh (a splutter rates highest;)).