I’m thrilled that Daisy James has joined me today for a Q&A to celebrate the recent publication of When Only Cupcakes Will Do.
Without further ado, over to Daisy…
First of all, can I say a huge thank you to Clair for having me as a guest on her lovely blog. It’s great to be here.
Arh thank you, it’s lovely to have you here 🙂 Your latest book was released on the 4th August, what was your inspiration behind When Only Cupcakes Will Do?
I’ve always loved baking. One of my earliest memories is of me and my sister standing on a little wooden stood helping my grandma stir the cake batter and as a treat afterwards we would get to lick the bowl. So I just had to include cupcakes in some way in my third book. When Only Cupcakes Will Do is about Lucie, an Italian pastry chef, who sets up her own Travelling Cupcake business using a marshmallow pink and white vintage ice-cream van. Do you remember those? The tune Greensleeves will always be synonymous with rushing to order a 99 with a flake!
Marriage is theme through your books, was this a deliberate jumping off point?
I love a good wedding. I especially love the dresses. If The Dress Fits was inspired by a cute little haberdashery shop I use to dawdle in when I was younger. I love all things ribbons and lace, mohair and silk and I’m an avid knitter so that had to be included too. I loved writing the story of celebrity, Lilac Verbois, searching for the designer of her favourite wedding dress which she’d ran a competition to find.
Baking is also a bit of a theme, are you an avid baker yourself?
Absolutely. In The Runaway Bridesmaid Rosie finds her aunt’s old journal which is entitled ‘Bake Yourself Better’. She indulges in a frenzy of baking such delicious morsels as Strawberry Tarts for Broken Hearts and Lavender Macaroons for Lazy Afternoons. I baked a lemon drizzle cake to celebrate the publication of When Only Cupcakes Will Do – Fancy a slice?
Yum, that cake looks delicious! Can you tell us about your journey to publication?
I’ve been writing for years – my first novel is written in long-hand and is still in a shoe box on the top of my wardrobe! I was so excited when Carina said they wanted to publish The Runaway Bridesmaid. It was a dream come true!
What is your writing process, are you a planner? Pen and paper or straight onto the computer?
Yes, I’m a planner. I like to know where the story is going. And, sadly, I have to admit that I do still write my first draft long-hand. It’s something I’m working on as it takes ages!
Finally, are you working on your next project? Any clues you can share with us?
I’ve finished the first draft of book number four – lots of yummy recipes in this one too. It’s available for pre-order and will be published next March.
Many thanks to Daisy for taking the time to answer my questions for your reading delight!
About the books
Published: 4th August 2016 (Carina)
When life gives you lemons, make lemon drizzle cupcakes…
Lucie thought that proposing to her boyfriend in Tiffany’s would be the best day of her life. Until he said no. In just a few seconds, her whole world is turned upside-down! And when she accidentally switches cocoa powder for chilli powder at work, she finds herself out of a job, too…
Baking has always made life better in the past, but can Lucie really bake her way to happiness? Starting her own company, selling cupcakes out of an old ice cream van might just be the second chance that Lucie needs!
Of course, she never expected to find love along the way…
Published: 12th May 2016 (Carina)
She might be the most famous person in the country, but no one even knows her name…
Callie’s exquisite, glittering silk gown has been shortlisted for the celebrity wedding of the year. But just as all her dreams are coming true, disaster strikes!
Leaving behind the bright lights of London, Callie is forced to return home to sleepy Althorpe. And there’s one man she hopes to avoid – the childhood sweetheart who turned her life upside down. But now she’s back, is it finally time to stop running?
Yet, as Callie faces her past, a Cinderella-like hunt begins for that perfect, pearl-embroidered dress, mysteriously submitted without a name…
Published: 28th September 2015 (Carina)
A deliciously enchanting read, The Runaway Bridesmaid is set to steal readers’ hearts and keep them guessing until the very last page!
What a girl wants…
Squeezing herself into a frothy, flouncy, bubble-gum pink dress, Rosie Hamilton thinks that being a bridesmaid for her spoilt little sister Freya can’t get any worse.
But discovering her boyfriend in a cupboard with the bride, ten minutes before Freya is due to say ‘I do’, is the icing on the sequinned wedding cake – and Rosie’s cue to pack her bags.
Swapping her Louboutins for Wellingtons, Rosie throws her bridesmaid bouquet in the air and flies from bustling New York to sleepy Devon. Her late Aunt Bernice’s cosy countryside cottage is the only place that’s ever felt like home.
Now, for the first time in her life, and with the help of her beloved Aunt’s diaries, Rosie must put herself first for a change – and decide what she really wants…
About the author
Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. Her husband and young son were willing samplers of her baking creations which were triple-tested for her debut novel, The Runaway Bridesmaid. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.