Welcome to the weekend you lovely bunch! 🙂 We had a lovely May Bank Holiday here in the UK last weekend but I’m glad that the week is finally over. Do you ever have one of those weeks where you think ‘argh, can you just stop now?’ well, I had one of them! However, one positive was the weather, it has been glorious (minus a few showers).
Today, I am trying to contain my excitement because on the blog I have a Q and A with YouTube sensation Sprinkle of Glitter aka Louise Pentland!
Q and A with Louise Pentland
Wilde Like Me is your first step into the fiction world, how does it feel?
Louise: It’s so thrilling to be a published author, I feel really honoured to be moving about in such a prestigious world and I feel really excited to write more and have a few more books under my belt!
I’m sure you’ve been asked this question many times before, but would you say that some of Robin’s characteristics are loosely based on your own experiences?
LP: So Robin Wilde is the hero of the book, and she is a 29-year-old single Mum working as a make-up artist and bringing up her beautiful six-year-old daughter. Where on earth could that inspiration have come from? *cue sarcasm*
For anyone who watches my channel, they’ll instantly know that Robin and I have a lot of similarities, and there are definitely real-life inspirations in this book. When I began writing Robin’s story, I had only been divorced a short time and was getting used to being a single working Mum and I knew firsthand what a struggle it can be!
How have your family and friends reacted to the novel? Do you get nervous when people you know read it?
LP: My friends and family have, on the whole, been really thrilled for it. A couple of my friends have told me they really related to the idea that you can be your own hero and felt inspired to believe in themselves more which really meant a lot to me. My Grandma though maybe isn’t as much as a feminist as Robin Wilde, so wasn’t too thrilled at some of the sexual themes running through the book. God bless her though, she still found a way to compliment it and said, ‘lovely spelling and grammar’. I had to laugh!
When they’re older, will you want Darcy and Pearl to read your books?
LP: Absolutely. I am immensely proud of the books I’ve written and I’d like the girls to see what I’ve spent their childhoods doing!
What can we expect from book number two, Wilde About the Girl, are there any sneak peeks you can give us?
LP: My god I’m so excited for Wilde About The Girl. It’s my best-kept secret this year because I’ve been dying to spill all the details but I won’t spoil it for you (I think my publishing team would scrap me if I did!). I can tell you though that each character progresses on their personal journey, we have life and death (woah), romance where you’d least expect it, a secret snog in a cupboard and a bunch of new characters to love or hate! It. Is. Juicy.
If you could have written any famous book, what would it be and why?
LP: I get asked this a lot, and my answer every time is Bridget Jones Diary. Firstly, because it’s done so amazingly well and made into a movie! What authors don’t want that? But also because I just love all the characters and how it accurately portrayed a modern single woman just living her life and doing her best.
Everyone that visits A Book and Tea gets asked this question, how do you take your tea?
LP: I’m going to say something a little bit shocking now. I don’t like tea. I’m sorry.
Wilde Like Me Book Review
Do you think the post stopped there? Nope, not today because I’ve written a book review too.
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Published: 17th May 2018
Pages: 385 Pages
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Romance; Humour.
Series: Robin Wilde #1
Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make-up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back.
But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel … grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.
What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with – someone who’s always on her team. After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life.
Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin’s way. Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime. What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?
My Wilde Like Me Thoughts…
I’m sure you are all aware that I admire Louise for her YouTube channel. However, my (short) review will be honest.
Robin Wilde is a single woman that deserves happiness. She’s dual-parenting with ex-husband Simon and enjoying her job as a makeup artist. It’s difficult for Robin to appreciate just how lucky she is because she’s suffering from the Emptiness. Wilde Like Me is all about Robin trying to get back to the woman she once was and to have fun!
Firstly, I’d just like to say that I don’t have children and therefore can’t relate to the challenges of being a parent. To be honest, I didn’t feel that Lyla badly behaved if anything she was an angel. Lyla complimented Robin and they were a dynamic duo.
I loved Robin’s mantra on life and how she loved Lyla to pieces, but do you know what annoyed me? Robin’s need to be fulfilled by a man. Now, I’m a firm believer in being in love and feeling happy, but no man is ever going to make you feel that, unless you feel it about yourself. The Emptiness is a horrible thing I’m not going to lie, but no, you don’t need that Robin!
Wilde Like Me was funny, light-hearted and a breeze to read. Grab your beverages, get comfy and join Robin along for the ride. Book two is on its way too!