20 Apr 2014

Interview with the bestselling author Sasha Wagstaff

I'm delighted to have the lovely author Sasha Wagstaff here with me today. Come and meet her...

Do dreams inspire your writing? What did you last dream about?
Honestly, no I don’t think my dreams do inspire my writing! Unless I happen to be grappling with a particular issue in my book and in which case, I may well find myself trying to figure it out in my sleep. That’s when I tend to wake up, grab a notepad and pen and scribble notes in the dark. What did I last dream about? Going on holiday!

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I first started writing…years ago, on my commute into London. I used to read then I started to write and then it became an obsession. I was first published in 2009 by Headline Review…Changing Grooms, a novel about a celebrity wedding, a gorgeous stately home in the Cotswolds and various glamorous types falling in and out of bed with each other.

How would you classify your books?

My first four novels would probably be described as ‘bonk-busters’ – so glamorous, romantic, sexy and fun and my new novels are ‘emotional, issues-based, women’s fiction’. So more serious (but some laughs and fun, as I can’t help that creeping in at times) but hopefully also emotive and affecting.

What is it about this genre that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres? If so, which?
I love issues-based fiction because it makes me think. What would I do in a certain situation…how might a particular situation affect me? I read other genres too…recently I have been reading a bit of ‘young adult’ and what is being called ‘new adult’.

What's the title of your latest book? Can you tell us about it?

My latest book is called ‘Pieces Of You’ and it will come out at the end of September under the name of Ella Harper. It’s about a couple called Lucy and Luke Harte who appear to have the perfect relationship. They have struggled to have a baby but are pregnant with their final IVF baby at the beginning of the novel and they feel excited and hopeful. In a short space of time, Luke is involved in a serious car accident, Lucy loses their baby and a woman steps forward claiming to be pregnant with Luke’s child. The novel is very much about Luke being the lynch pin of the family…and how his sister and mother fall apart without him. Lucy has to re-trace her relationship with Luke to try and figure out if and when it went wrong. It was incredibly emotional to write and certain parts of it still make me cry now! It has a strong love story at its core but it’s conflicted and hopefully affecting and I am very proud of it.

What inspired you to write it?
After writing my other novels, which were loads of fun, I guess I was drawn to writing something more in-depth and emotional. I really wanted to explore that side of myself through my writing, if that doesn’t sound strange. It was a huge learning curve but I am inordinately proud of how it has turned out.

Is it part of a series?
No, it’s a one off. I have another one planned but it’s a completely fresh story.

Have you ever spotted anyone reading your books anywhere?
No! But tons of friends have sent me texts to say they have spotted people in cars at petrol stations, buying them at airports, reading them on sun-loungers….it’s just me that needs to see it now!

Who designs your covers?
Various fantastic teams have been involved in the artwork for my gorgeous covers. I am dying to see the new one!

If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast?
In the role of Luke…wow, that’s tough. An English actor, for sure, so maybe a cross between…Douglas Booth, Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy…oh, it’s too difficult to decide! For Lucy, maybe someone like Emily Blunt. She has to be ‘quirky-beautiful’ rather than conventionally stunning, so I think Emily might fit the bill.

What's your favourite Chick Lit book that made it to the big screen?

Cliched, but Bridget Jones’s Diary, I guess. Iconic.

What were the last two books you read?

I’m currently reading ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky and before that, I read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green, which was wonderful.

Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known.
My good friend Alexandra Brown, who wrote ‘Cupcakes at Carrington’s’ and the rest of the series for Harper Collins. She’s a warm, lovely person and her books reflect just that!

Where do you write?
I am lucky enough to have my own office in my house, which gets a good dose of sunshine throughout the day. I have the best desk…an elaborate cream affair with a Louis-something style chair which always makes me feel like a proper author when I sit on it.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Many things, but not a writer! A pop star, a dancer, an actress. An actress, I think was my obsession for a while.

In the movie of your life, who would play you?
Lordy. No idea! Someone on the short side, as I am only 5ft1, ha.

Speed Round...
Top drink to make you tipsy?
 Prosecco. Light, bubbly, glamorous.
Shopaholic or shopadon't? Shopaholic, without a doubt. I love clothes and shoes with a passion.
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Heels, every time. Apart from on the school run.
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? Jilly Cooper. I love her and would go all fan girl if I was ever lucky enough to meet her.
Cry baby or tough cookie? Tough cookie with a proper cry baby side.
Exotic beach or enchanted forest? Exotic beach. I adore beaches.

Sasha Wagstaff's stunning bestselling debut, CHANGING GROOMS was featured in all major bookstore and supermarket promotions in the UK and was the Asda Bookclub pick for April 2009.
After acquiring a BA in French and Russian Studies, Sasha Wagstaff spent eight years working in an investment bank as an Assistant Vice President. She started writing a novel on her long commutes into work and when her dialogue and characters became more important than participating in three hour conference calls with New York, she knew it was time to leave. Encouraged by her husband, she left to puruse her dream and become a novelist. Sasha lives in a pleasant rural town in Essex with her husband and two daughters.
Author of CHANGING GROOMS, WICKED GAMES and HEAVEN SCENT, Sasha's fourth novel, RECIPE FOR LOVE is available in hardback on 1st March and in paperback on May 10th. Writing as Ella Harper, Sasha’s new novel PIECES OF YOU will be out in late September.

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