I’m giddy (see what I did there?) with anticipation for tonight’s Friday Night Drinks because it is with one of my favourite people in the bookish world, and someone I have been lucky enough to meet in person through our shared membership of the RNA. It is book blogger, Bookouture Publicity Manager, book festival organiser and, since Wednesday, published author of TWO books (gosh, I’m tired just thinking about it all)……Kim Nash.
Kim, welcome to the blog. It’s so lovely to have you here. First things first, what are you drinking?
Gin and Tonic for me always if I’m going with alcohol, and coffee otherwise. I do like my gin to taste like gin though, so none of this fancy stuff for me! Also I did discover some Grapefruit and Pomelo gin at the weekend from Chase Distillery which was blooming gorgeous and I think is my new favourite drink.
Gin is also my tipple of choice, although I do like to try different ones. I had a lovely Earl Grey Tea one the other week. If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
Well Friday nights are dog training nights for us, so our night out would consist of going to meet our wonderful friends at ChasinTails (http://www.chasintails.co.uk/) . Roni is our rescue dog who came to live with us about 19 months ago and he’s changed our lives! Friday night dog training is not just for him, but for all of us to have a social meet up with lovely new friends that we’ve met through the club. Then it’s to the chippy to pick up fish and chips on the way home, before relaxing with a gin and tonic and celebrating the weekend ahead.
Sounds great. I know Roni is a spaniel, like my lovely Lola, we should have a doggie date next time I am down your way! If you could invite two famous people, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
As I’ve recently read Michelle Obama’s Becoming, I’d love to invite her. She’s such an inspiration and a lovely lady! She’d be a great night out guest. I’d also invite Jenny Éclair, as I saw her recently at the Hachette showcase and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much in such a short time. I think they’d both be great fun and would love a chippy tea and a G&T!
Great choices, that would be some girls’ night out. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
Gosh! Where do I start. I’m promoting Book 1, Amazing Grace, which came out in April, Book 2, Escape to Giddywell Grange, is also now out and I’m writing Book 3. I’ve also been working with our local museum to organize Chase Bookfest which a local book festival with the most amazing best-selling and award-winning authors that we are so honoured to have join us. Hopefully it’ll bring the authors together with readers who get the chance to meet their favourite authors and hear them read and answer questions. This is happening TOMORROW! Saturday 21st! SOOOOO EXCITED!!!
Such a busy lady, and that is without even mentioning the day job! What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment is when my son admitted that it’s quite cool to have an author for his mum! He’s my biggest cheerleader, along with my lovely sister, and is constantly checking chart positions etc. I think it’s the first time he’s ever really thought I’m cool! LOL!
The biggest challenge is to write while working full time. In my day job, I’m Head of Publicity at Bookouture and it’s busy and I’ve a head full of other people’s books. I’m a binge writer so find it very difficult to get into a routine of writing some words every day and go for long spells without writing at all, but then will sit for hours once I get into the swing of it.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I think I’ve already achieved it and I’m totally honoured. I wanted to touch people with my writing. I wanted someone to be inspired, moved, or motivated to do something, or feel something through my words. I’ve been incredibly lucky that lots of people messaged me while reading Amazing Grace and also Escape to Giddywell Grange to say that they’ve laughed and cried and some who have been inspired to try something new or to change their lives. That feels really special.
That is such a great ambition to have and pretty much exactly how I feel about my writing, i’m so happy for you that you have achieved it. What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
I’m writing Book 3 and have other ideas whirling around in my head, some a little bit darker and deeper than my normal rom com writes! Watch this space.
Exciting! Those voices never quite shut up do they, and they always bring the best ideas to you in the most inconvenient of places…. middle of the night, driving the car, in the bath, lol.
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
I’m very lucky to have travelled well in the past (before child! LOL!) My favourite place is The Maldives, and whenever I’m struggling to sleep, I always go back to my sunbed on my private beach outside of my beach bungalow. It works every time to relax me and ground me.
I would love to go back to Dubrovnik, which I went to once as a quick stop on a cruise, but we didn’t stop long. The streets are so shiny it looks like fairies have been up all night polishing them. I’d love to spend some more time exploring there.
Another place is Italy. I had a bad experience once, where I went to Turin, and was in a bar and needed a wee, and had to go across a courtyard, into a garage like building and there was a hole in the floor which I had to stoop over. It put me off Italy for a while but I really would love to go to Positano and Lake Garda.
And I’ve read so many books about Martha’s Vinyard and Nantucket that I would love to go and explore there too. I’ve only ever been to Florida in the US and want to sit on a swing on a porch overlooking the sea and I’d love to visit the places that I’ve conjured up in my mind from so many fabulous authors.
That’s one of my favourite things about reading, the armchair travelling. I am such a sucker for a book set anywhere along the US coast. I have been to New England, but not to Nantucket yet. Definitely a bucket list destination.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
This is hard! I’m very open so people know most things about me. I could say that I’m a Reiki Level 1 Practioner, I could say that I’ve been to see David Essex about 35 times (all my sister’s fault!) or that I believe in life after death! Take your pick!
Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
I love to read personal development books and one of my favourites is You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. It’s so inspiring and everyone should read it.
The fiction book that changed my life was A Spring Affair by Milly Johnson. It made me realize that I was unhappy and needed to make changes. I did, and Milly encouraged me to start a book blog and I became immersed in the publishing world and merged my marketing and PR background with my love of books to work with Bookouture and I pinch myself and thank my lucky stars every day!
‘Clear your house and clear your mind. Don’t let life’s clutter dictate to you. Throw it away and take back the control!’
When Lou Winter picks up a dog-eared magazine in the dentist’s waiting room and spots an article about clearing clutter, she little realises how it will change her life. What begins as an earnest spring clean soon spirals out of control.
Lou‘s loved ones grow disgruntled. Why is clearing out cupboards suddenly more important than making his breakfast, her husband Phil wonders? The truth is, the more rubbish Loulets go of, the more light and air can get to those painful, closed-up places at the centre of her heart.
Even lovely Tom Broom, the man who delivers Lou‘s skips, starts to grow concerned about his sweetest customer. But Lou is a woman on a mission, and not even she knows where it will end . . .
Lovely Milly, what an inspiring story. It is amazing how much writing can inspire people to change their lives. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Oh it has to be a big pint of water before bed and a good old Wetherspoons breakfast. Then home to tuck up on the sofa under a blanket with a great book. Never fails.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Saturday mornings normally start with a nice early dog walk over Cannock Chase Forest, then just hanging out with my son for the day. Jimmies are on quite early and we snuggle up with a film or watch some TV. Sundays I can normally be found on the sidelines, cheering on his team with the other fabulous footy mums that are my football family. Then another walk over the forest with Ollie and Roni before a good old Sunday roast.
Sounds like bliss. Kim, thank you so much for coming on the blog tonight, I have had the best evening. Huge luck with the new book and the book festival tomorrow, I hope it all goes wonderfully.
Kim’ new book, Escape to Giddywell Grange is out now and you can buy a copy here.
Maddy Young thought she had it all.
Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.
Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.
Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.
Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.
Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.
But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?
If you would like to read my review of Kim’s first fabulous book, Amazing Grace, you can find it by following this link.
Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger.
Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.
When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.
Next week I will be joined for Friday Night Drinks by blogging superstar, Kaisha Holloway of The Writing Garnet, so please do join us.