From TV screens to novels with J.D. Barrett

JD_Barrett_quoteOh my, this week’s episode is a banger! First of all, Vanessa announces some HUGE book news which we’ve excitedly been sitting on for some time. I’m so thrilled that such a lovely, generous and hardworking person like Vanessa has made her dreams come true by landing a two-book deal. A massive congratulations from me! Read more about her news here! 

I’m also delighted to bring you my interview with J.D. Barrett, an Australian television writer and script editor who has just released her debut novel, The Secret Recipe for Second Chances.

thesecretrecipe_secondchances_coverJ.D. has written scripts for popular TV shows including one of my faves, Love My Way, Wonderland and East of Everything. During our chat, we discuss the differences between writing collaboratively in a writing team versus writing in a solitary environment as a first time novelist. With a passion for good food and creating great meals, J.D. also talks about how her family’s love of cooking helped influence the foodie theme of her book.

Published by Hachette Australia, The Secret Recipe for Second Chances, is described as a surprising, smart, charming story that shows every day is a second chance. If you love Offspring and the ‘opposites attract’ charm of The Rosie Project, then you’re sure to love J.D.’s break-out novel.

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In this week’s episode, Vanessa and I also discuss the subject of writing romantic comedy and I share some of my tips on how to write credible romcom storylines that avoid typical cliches and one dimensional characters. You can find out more in part 1 of my blog series, which looks at writing romcom.

We also discuss my recent interview with Natasha Lester about what it’s really like to be an emerging writer. As well as this blog post about my shameful brush with royalty when I was living and working as a fashion blogger in London many moons ago. Cringe.

You can find J.D.’s book here.

You can also connect with J.D on Facebook and Twitter.


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