Happy October! I am so excited for Fall! New books, TV shows and crisp air plus HALLOWEEN! Big Halloween lovers in this house 🙂 Nothing says October like a good thriller, suspense novel. Nicola Moriarty’s latest, Those Other Women is the perfect accomplice to your hot apple cider. It’s little bit of drama, mixed with a whole lot of vengeance as determined mothers go against each other testing their loyalty and relationships with one another. I was thrilled that Nicola joined us all the way from Australia where she picked a few of my favorite things. Think- Anna Kendrick, Harry Potter beauty and Liana Moriarty (they are sisters ❤ )!!!
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“A firecracker of a novel…” -Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies
The author of The Fifth Letter takes a laser look at the uneasy relationships between women and the real-world ramifications of online conflicts and social media hostilities in this stunning domestic drama. A story of privilege, unspoken rivalries, and small acts of vengeance with huge repercussions sure to please fans of Sarah Jio and Ruth Ware.
Overwhelmed at the office and reeling from betrayals involving the people she loves, Poppy feels as if her world has tipped sideways. Maybe her colleague, Annalise, is right—Poppy needs to let loose and blow off some steam. What better way to vent than social media?
With Annalise, she creates an invitation-only Facebook group that quickly takes off. Suddenly, Poppy feels like she’s back in control—until someone begins leaking the group’s private posts and stirring up a nasty backlash, shattering her confidence.
Feeling judged by disapproving female colleagues and her own disappointed children, Frankie, too, is careening towards the breaking point. She also knows something shocking about her boss—sensitive knowledge that is tearing her apart.
As things begin to slide disastrously, dangerously out of control, carefully concealed secrets and lies are exposed with devastating consequences—forcing these women to face painful truths about their lives and the things they do to survive.
What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
It is SO hard to choose just three, but I’ll have to go with: Charlotte Bronte, Anna Kendrick and Zooey Deschanel.
Current binge series?
The Originals. (I discovered Vampire Diaries quite late and now that I’ve finished it, I was so excited to discover there was a spin-off series).
Last favorite book?
I recently read an advance copy of my sister Jaclyn’s new book ‘Gravity is the thing.’ It’s MAGNIFICENT!! Make sure you read it when it comes out, trust me, you’ll love it.
What 3 things to you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it?
Swimmers, sunhat and a good book. Probably the Maldives or really anywhere with crystal clear water, sunshine and sand.
Sunday NYT or US Weekly?
Hmm, as I live in Australia this is a hard one to know which one I would read… which one is more fun? Let’s say NYT.
Last person you sent a text message to?
I was so sure it was going to be my husband but I just checked my phone and it was a group message to all of my sisters organising a get-together for Father’s Day.
Book you read that you wished you wrote?
The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. It’s just such a wonderfully magical book that I adored as a child and I’d love to have that entire world inside my head!
Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?
My Year Five teacher Mrs Walsh read out a children’s story I wrote to my class. It was about a little girl going on an outing with her grandfather and I was so proud and excited.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?
Absolutely. It helps to put me in the right mood. I listen to The Head and The Heart, The Hilltop Hoods, Weezer, Charles Bradley, Alabama Shakes, The Submarines, Amy Shark, Seeker Lover Keeper, Tash Sultana, Thundamentals, Deathcab for Cutie, The Lumineers, Bliss N Eso, Badly Drawn Boy, 360, Vampie Weekend, The Wombats, Grouplove, Mark Ronson. I should probably stop there, shouldn’t I?
Describe your writing space?
It varies. Sometimes it’s my desk at the office I share with my husband (where he runs his graphic design business), sometimes it’s at home on the couch with a glass of wine, sometimes I sit up at the bar of a café called Youeni and chat to the super friendly hipster staff, sometimes it’s a table at the Mini Espresso Bar, which is next door to my kid’s school where I chat with the super friendly owner named Pete.
Coffee or tea?
Half strength Cappuccino in the morning, Green or Peppermint tea before bed night.
Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
I always gift different books – and I do judge a book by its cover, so I pick a beautiful or interesting looking cover when I’m gifting books.
Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?
The Colours of Madeleine Trilogy by Jaclyn Moriarty. The imagery in these books is spectacular, so it would be amazing to see how they would translate to the screen.
If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?
Where is my mind? By Pixies. Because I love that song and also because I’m often wondering where I’ve put my mind.
What/Who inspires you?
Music, my sisters, my husband, my kids, delicious chocolate, good wine, great books.
Bravo reality TV- yes or no?
Hmm, I don’t have that channel, but I do like some reality shows here in Australia, my favourites are Masterchef, The Block and The Voice.
Favorite Instagram account?
https://www.instagram.com/zongbim/ – absolutely gorgeous photos!
If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
How about ‘Butterbeer’ after the Harry Potter books. It could be a nice creamy, neutral shade!
Current #TBR pile?
I’m about to read my sister Liane’s book Nine Perfect Strangers, due out later this year. I already know I’m going to adore it because I love everything she writes!
Best advice you’ve ever received?
That it’s okay to want more.
Basically, I used to think it was a bad thing that I was always looking ahead to what was coming next instead of being satisfied with what I have now. For instance: landing an agent, landing a publisher, your first great review, your first sale, your next book deal, your first overseas book deal… You always think the next step is going to be the one that makes you feel like you’ve made it… but a little while back, my dad pointed out to me that maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe if I felt completely satisfied, I’d stop trying. So, I’ve embraced this advice and I’m going to keep striving for more!