Tonight I am so happy to welcome to the blog, fellow blogger and author….Berni Maycock.
Berni, it is an absolute delight to have you on the blog for Friday Night Drinks tonight. First things first, what are you drinking?
Funnily enough I was going to say I’m drinking tea. Everyone around me will be shocked because I was always wondering what the big deal was about tea, and in Ireland it’s practically a crime not to be a tea drinker, but I’ve recently become a fan! Since we’re out though … I’d say a Smirnoff Ice or a Prosecco, teamed with a toasted ham and cheese sambo and a packet of crisps (I have four kids so I take proper advantage when I get out!!!)
Prosecco with a cheese & ham toastie! Not a combo I’ve tried before but I’m game. Are you a Tayto or a King girl? 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?
Do you know something I think I’d be taking you to a cosy pub for some nice pub grub, and given the weather, it’d have to be somewhere with a fire and possibly a good cover band playing too!
If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
I’ve always wanted to meet Simon Cowell to talk music with him and see what his music spectrum is and to ask him honestly what his favourite version of Halleluliah is (apparently he owns the rights to them all), so then I think I’d have to have Louis Walsh too, because that’d be a good chat! Oooh, ooh, ooh, also Paul McCartney to ask him face to face about the rumours re: him being the real Paul McCartney (I think it’d be kind of cool if these were true!) and Agnetha from Abba to just have a chat on her decisions with the band. (I am totally aware I sound like a nutcase saying this!!)
I’m fairly sure that’s more than two, but I’ll let you off because it looks like a good party! 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?
So I’m a blogger and a writer, and at the moment blogging wise I’m trying to cut down my Netgalley (an online sweet shop of books for bloggers and reviewers!) list, so basically I have list of just over thirty books to ingest, all books I chose and can’t wait to read, but I haven’t had the chance to get to them and it’s something I said I’d do for 2020.
Writing wise I’m writing the second in the Abbeyglen series, which came to me when I read about a lottery winner helping people around her. It’s warm chick lit and the second book involves the arrival of a blast from the past to shake things up. I’m loving it as I get to write an epically sarcastic dark character!
I have to say, I have the same goal re: NetGalley this year but my unread number makes you look like an amateur, I’m afraid! What has been your proudest moment since you started writing/blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment was getting word back from bloggers and authors that didn’t involve diplomatic skirting around reviews. It is insane to think that people would enjoy my words!!
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!
Do you know something I’d love that when people talk about warm, funny reads they’d look to me in the way people think Sophie Kinsella or Marian Keyes! I’d also love to be on Netgalley because I love hanging out there so much!
What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
I’ve the second book of two series going at the same time and I’ve laughed out loud writing both, and am excited about both which is always good!
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’ve four kids so the dream was always to get them to Eurodisney, which we did last year. I’d love us all to see Sydney together, I went there after college and adored it!
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I tell everyone about how I’ve done a paraglide and climbed the Sydney Harbour bridge so an everday one that nobody knows is … you know when you read a chick lit character and they giggle or speak to themselves or dance around the place, and you don’t believe they’re real? I do that!!
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 just closed my eyes and thought of a book in the same way people stick a pin in a map. From the last few years (ie since blogging) I’d say B A Paris’s The Breakdown or Kathryn Croft’s The Girl With No Past. I’m sorry I said two, but they’re always the first books to come out of my mouth, I think they really got me going on thrillers!
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?
It used to be horrendous stuff, crisp sandwiches and coke the morning after, or a massive fry-up or McDonalds, but honestly I think if you ignore your gut feeling and go instead for fruit and water, you’ll be in a better state quicker!!
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Either a loungy day in or a madly active and hectic (but always fun and lovely!) day at the park followed by a movie in, maybe something like Cheaper By The Dozen or Pitch Perfect. If I’m lucky that’ll inspire me back to hit the keyboard with some new comedy later that night!
Berni, it has been a joy to spend the evening with you, thank you so much for joining me, and best of luck with the new books.
Holly Caulfield has won the Irish National Lottery and sets in motion a plan to save the village of Abbeyglen. But who would have thought that giving money away could be so difficult?
With a resident’s association that’s clamouring for more and more money, an old lady who’s decided that a dream cruise is in her grasp and a couple who may not want that dream wedding after all, Holly’s finding it hard to keep it together!
With a new love interest and an ex-husband hot on her heels, it’s up to Holly to figure out what can truly make her happy.
When B R Maycock (Berni to all you lovely people!) isn’t dreaming up vibrant leads for romantic comedies, she’s ingesting books for her blog, in particular chick lit (her first love!) books, romantic comedies and thrillers. She can also be found playing footie or watching Marvel, DC or Star Wars movies and cartoons in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and their four epic little men.
She has one goal and that’s simply to make readers smile and/ or laugh (a splutter rates highest;)).
Next week, please join me again for Friday Night Drinks with author, Nell Dixon.