Elle is holed up in an exclusive retreat where women pay thousands to mimic her extreme lifestyle, or die trying. But who’s bankrolling Elle’s new empire?
Abi just wants to marry her true love in the garden on New Year’s Eve. But her ex-husband is building a inancial cult in the shed and her teenage daughter’s YouTube channel is gaining followers for all the wrong reasons.
Frances has a newborn and a WhatsApp mothers’ group that’s giving her anxiety. But she’s certain that if she can just be more like those itmums on Instagram, things can only get better.
Enter the world of How to be Perfect… fake gurus, green smoothies and bad influences included.
Which character would you like to be in this book?
I don’t think I’m dying to be any of them! Abi has parts of a life that I’d love – a beautiful house in the country. the chaos of kids and a loving partner and an independent income (!) but she also has an ex-husband living in the garage who’s starting a cult and a teenage daughter posting nude videos on the Internet. Which is all part of the book’s story really, that nothing is ever as perfect as it appears through the shop window of social media.
Do you always take a book/reader wherever you go?
Yes. And I always have. I’ve always needed to have a handbag big enough to have a book in it!
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Well, it depends on how bad the ‘bad one’ is! But in my experience, the bad one is more memorable! Far more people come up to talk to me about Elle than any of the other characters in The Mummy Bloggers books.
Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
Standalones generally. But after I wrote The Mummy Bloggers, there was a comfort in revisiting these characters whose stories didn’t seem entirely resolved.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
In the bath or in bed. I have two young kids, so reading time is precious and those are the best two places to hide!
Where can I find you wen you are not writing/reading?
Podcasting! My ‘day job’ is at Mamamia, a women’s media company, and I spend a lot of my days talking to smart women about everything from politics to parenthood to our favourite books on our podcasts.
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
My preference is to never. I love bookshops with a passion and I have made the mistake of telling my kids that I would never say no to a book!
What are you most proud of?
My daughter’s independent spirit. My son’s unique sense of humour. And the fact I have two books with my name on them!
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Immense pride and a big dose of incredulity – I really wrote all those words? Yep, I really wrote all those words.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Just write. And write and write. I’ve never met a writer who says it’s easy. It’s really, really hard to get a significant number of words out of your head and onto a page and be happy with them. There are always a million reasons not to do it in any given moment. The ‘muse’ is bullshit, just start.
Thank you, Holly Wainwright and Legend Press.
About the author
Originally from Manchester Holly lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a journalist and editor, originally working in travel and celebrity magazines and now online as Head of Entertainment at Mamamia. Holly hosts a parenting podcast and has two small children.
Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Perfect-much-anticipated-follow-up-laugh-out-loud-ebook/dp/B07NRG8L3R/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=how+to+be+perfect+holly&qid=1572121074&s=digital-text&sr=1-1