Today I would like to welcome contemporary romance author, Anna Bloom, joining us with her book - The Art of Letting Go!
Meet Lilah McCanon and a Lifelong love of wine.
It’s a question I have been asked quite often: How many bottle of wine did you drink whilst writing The Uni Files – The Art of Letting Go?
Answer: Rather a lot.
It’s not like I needed to drink to be able to access the character of Lilah McCanon –if that was the case then I probably should not have been writing at all. It’s just, you know, you write about a woman who needs a drink to cope with emotional situations and whose probably at her most entertaining after having a few Pinot’s and it kind of rubs off after a while.
It probably highlights my incredibly immature nature but to me there is something rather amusing about a perpetually bad hangover – hell I’ve had enough of them myself.
Whilst I always state categorically that The Art of Letting Go is no way autobiographical I have to admit that I may have snuck in a few of my classic hangovers.
Let’s be honest there are grades of pain when it comes to a hangover and I am pretty sure that I have experienced them all.
There’s the classic niggling headache that does not let up all day and makes you want to eat crisps. Then there is what Lilah refers to as the ‘Lilah Locomotive.’ Come on we all know what the locomotive feels like, it is louder and more brash than the all-day headache and throbs in your head every time you move – the locomotive is normally caused by sharing three bottles of wine with only one friend. Two bottles between two is okay, the third is always a mistake.
Then, well then there is my personal favourite ‘The Alcoholic Bulimic Hangover.’ Now this hangover is created by taking part in the above - the three bottles of wine with one friend but where instead of sensibly calling a cab and going home you have in fact poured the dregs of your bottle into your glass and then called for fresh one. Or worse. A shot of something terrible. At this point in your own mind you already know that you are not going home. Oh no. You’re going to do something bad instead. You’re going to go dancing. You are going to talk to the whole pub like you have known them the best part of forever – you have also told them that you love them all and you can’t wait to see them the next time you are allowed out which will be in about a year once you have lived the embarrassment down.
The next day is spent talking to The Big White Telephone (the toilet) whilst cursing yourself for A. Dancing. B. Singing. C. Hugging. D. Not going home when you should have done.
So there it is, when you are reading The Uni Files: The Art of Letting Go, spare a thought for the amount of lifelong pain I have given to researching the perfect hangover and when you find yourself reaching for a nice glass of Pinot to support Lilah through whatever crisis she is living through then don’t blame me for the hangover. I told you to stop at two bottles!
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