Lexi: We’re all about finding comfort around here. And what brings more comfort than curling up on the couch to watch a romcom? Well that’s easy….curling up on the couch to read a romcom! So it’s perfect that we welcome, Jenny Colgan!!
Hello! It’s lovely to “be here” ☺☺☺
Lexi: We know 500 MILES FROM YOU was written well before the pandemic, but it’s quite serendipitous that it’s release is right now, when we all so desperately need an escape. And an escape is what your main character, Lissie, needs. She suffers from PTSD resulting from experiences at her nursing job and as a reprieve, she’s sent to a quaint, Scottish Highlands town to fill in for their paramedic who’s being sent to London. What are you doing to ‘escape’ from reality right now/what far-off locations would you like to escape to?
Well I am very lucky as we live in the country with a huge garden and a wood next door so I feel like it’s a big of an escape. (if you want a sticky beak at where we live, I always post lots on Instagram at @jennycolganbooks)
Also for Scotland the spring has been unbelievably sunny, the weather’s just been amazing so we’ve been outside a lot. I’m obviously looking forward to seeing friends and family but honestly I can’t complain. To escape I’m playing a lot of piano, reading a lot, usual stuff. The children talk to their friends on Skype but the rest of the time they’ve been amazing, doing their school work and pottering about.
We’ve found ourselves really concentrating on the dogs, it’s odd. I suppose because their world has changed so much for the better- we’re home all the time! There’s always someone to play with in the garden! They never need to wear their leads and go into the city!
We had to up their feed, they were getting too skinny with the perpetual exercise.
Lexi: The blurb for 500 MILES FROM YOU reads right from a Hollywood movie. And *dreamy sigh* half of it takes place in the Scottish Highlands. This is my favorite romcom trope: city meets small-town! Were you inspired by any particular romcoms when you dreamt up 500 MILES?
Well I loved Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, I just can’t not watch them all the way to the end if they’re on tv, so it was a bit of that kind of energy. Especially these days when everyone is on social media all the time. Well loads of people aren’t- my husband doesn’t have a social media account, so I thought that was fun too. Really meeting someone without knowing what they look like.
Ha, and although it’s not a bit like 500 Miles, I got just as obsessed with Love is Blind as everyone else!!!
Lexi: After reading this blurb, and knowing I have to wait until June 9th to pick up a copy, I’m inspired to watch You’ve Got Mail. I’m a sucker for a couple writing to each other, not really knowing who the other person is, but getting to know one another’s true fears and loves without all the other stuff getting in the way; which is exactly how Lissie and Cormack communicate…from 500 miles away. Can you tell us Lissie’s favorite part about writing to Cormack?
Well, they’re health care professionals who swap jobs so they have to discuss their patients on a confidential email …and then it gradually becomes not just professional chit chat.
My favourite part in the notes they exchanges is that I’m a failed cartoonist, I love to draw but I’m not very good. So I gave that to Cormac, and he draws in the book. He’s not meant to be any good either but if you’re a friend of mine you’ll get scribbles from me all the time. It’s a real kick to see them in print!
Lexi: We’d love to have a penpal like Cormack, he’s honestly kind and melts our heart! Thank you so much for stopping by today to give us a little escape and Cheers to your release of 500 MILES FROM YOU!! We’re incredibly excited for this book!