blog post here a little while ago suggested that hotels make great settings for
novels. Having spent a life-time in the hospitality industry, I completely agree.
began way back, when as an unhappy teen at an all girl’s grammar school, I left
home, much to my parent’s horror and for a couple of years’, waited tables on
the south coast. Deciding that hotel life was for me I studied, worked hard,
took relevant jobs and eventually ended up owning my own pub, followed by a lovely
country house hotel. I’d always wanted to write but having had a poor start
with education, which I endeavoured to put right along the way, I thought I wasn’t
good enough and that no one would want to read my work. Life was busy too, with
a demanding job, frequent disasters, family to care for and many
responsibilities. There was little time to indulge my fantasy of writing but
the hotel was a perfect setting with an ever-changing cast as guests came and
went and I never knew who was going to walk through the door or what would
happen next. Confidences were shared over cocktails and as a hotelier, I learnt
to be discreet, little knowing that ideas had been subliminally planted in my writing
brain. The beautiful old building was a character too, constantly demanding in
its upkeep and changing moods as the seasons came and went.
years ago, with the years creeping on, I had an epiphany. Start writing! A
story set in an hotel had been in my head for a long time and would no longer
be silenced. It demanded to be written and determined, I glued my rear to a
chair and began. It was frustrating, exhausting and difficult as I snatched
hours early in the morning and late at night until eventually, Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me was born. Next,
I trawled through publishers and agents but no one wanted to know and in
frustration, I self-published. I’m no expert in publicity, nor did I ever
imagine that the story would take off but shortly after publication, it did.
The book went to number three in women’s fiction on Amazon, was E-book of the
Week in The Sun and a small publisher signed me for a follow-on. Three novels later
and thrillingly, I have recently signed with the award winning independent
British publisher, ChocLit, under their new imprint, Ruby Fiction.
next book is all about mid-lifers making their boomer years the best. I want my
characters to mentally run down the road to happiness as the years’ advance,
not hobble through the fog of thinking they’re past it. The Best Boomerville
Hotel is a retreat that offers courses from Clairvoyance in Midlife to Sharing
with the Shaman, alongside Boomer’s Boot-Camp and a plethora of studies to
enliven later years. If I still had my lovely country house, I know exactly what
I’d do with it, a real-life Hotel Boomerville would be created. In fact, I’d
want to be the first guest checking in.
learnt during this time not to give up, that it is never too late to follow
your dream. My writing dream is coming true and if you are an aspiring writer, whatever
your age, I hope that the same will happen to you.
set in the Lake District, is a fun retreat for mid-lifers and has been
described as Britain’s entertaining answer to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
It will be published in 2018.
all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels.
She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever
she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline writes articles
and short stories and contributes to many publications.
debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous
gypsy horse fair. The book went straight to number three on Amazon and
was E-book of the Week in The Sun. So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was
runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of
celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune: Coffee, Tea, The
Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015
and is an Amazon best-seller and top
recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in
Australia, revolves around a TV game show.