Excited to welcome Gillian Harvey to the blog this week to chat about Everything Is Fine.
Author Name: Gillian Harvey
Book Title: Everything Is Fine
Book Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Rom-Com
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Welcome, Gillian! Please talk a bit about Everything Is Fine.
A hilarious story about a social media influencer who tries to keep up appearances when her real life falls apart. The book reflects on what real happiness is, and whether it can be found online.
Sounds timely! What sparked the idea for the book?
I was talking to my sister about all the fun she seemed to be having! I live in rural France and have five young children so the opportunities to go out and party are very few and far between. “You seem to be having so much fun!” I complained.
She said: “but it’s only Facebook, it’s not real.” I knew what she meant – her pictures were real, but really they were just a snapshot of her real life. It made me question the purpose of social media – if it’s not real then what is it for?
How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you do have to do any research?
It took about a year to write the book. Five months for the first draft, five more for the rewrite and two for edits! I did a little research, as the main character, Jessica, is a Public Relations expert and I needed to understand a little more about the industry.
For you, what’s the hardest thing about writing?
I hate planning! Yet I’ve found that when I take the time to plan well, my writing is better. I’m just so impatient to get on to the fun bit – the writing – that I have been known to cut corners in this area!
What do you love most about it?
The excitement of it. When you write and read back and think: wow, I wrote that? When you have a great idea pop into your head for an aside or a chapter or a brand-new book, there’s nothing better.
If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read Everything Is Fine?
Reviews in the UK have been fab – and both men and women have enjoyed reading it. It’s a great break for your brain if you’re more into ‘heavy’ subjects. Yet it’s not insignificant – it has a poignant message at the heart of the humor. Think Nick Hornby meets Helen Fielding.
How does your day job inform your novel writing?
I used to be a high school teacher, but now work as a freelance writer. I’m often writing about inspirational women who’ve achieved great things against the odds – I’m so inspired by what others have done.
What are your interests outside of writing and reading?
I used to paint and play the cello. But since the kids came along, I have much less free time. Both are gathering dust at the moment, but maybe I’ll pick them up again one day.
I also jog a few times a week. Reluctantly.
Are you working on a new project?
My next novel, ‘Perfect on Paper’ is due for release in the UK in May 2021. Not sure when it will hit the US, but hopefully some time in 2022!
Where can readers find you?
www.gillianharvey.com – website and blog
@gillplusfive – Twitter and Instagram
Thank you, Gillian! Everything Is Fine is OUT NOW.
Jessica Bradley has it all: the perfect boyfriend; influential healthy-eating blog; successful PR company and wonderful daughter, Anna. Or at least that is what her thousands of followers believe.
The truth is, her boyfriend just broke up with her in four words on a post-it; her zest for healthy-eating has all but disappeared; her PR success is all reliant on her now not-so-honest online-life and she just got caught eating her daughter’s Coco-Pops.
So as they say: fake it ’til you make it. A few little white lies and phoney smiling selfies and Jess can keep up appearances. But when her real-life starts to spiral out of control how can Jess tell the truth from the lies? And will she be able to seize real happiness when it is right in front of her?
Hilarious, heart-warming and oh-so relatable, Everything Is Fine is perfect for fans of Louise Pentland, Anna Bell and Lindsey Kelk.
I graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2000 with a degree in English Literature, after which it trained as a secondary teacher. After eight years in the classroom, my husband and I move to France where we now live with our five children. I regularly write for magazines, including Woman’s Weekly, W&H Feel Good You, Take a Break Fiction Feast, Living France, Total France and popular medical website Patient UK. I also write a regular column for the best-selling ‘Writing Magazine.’
Everything Is Fine was longlisted for the Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize’ in 2020 (UK).