6 Nov 2012

UK appreciation month: Keris Stainton - Guest post and giveaway

I grew up in a seaside resort, albeit a very faded, past its best one, so I've always loved the seaside, even out of season when it's drizzly and windy and there's no one around. There's a certain drama and romance about it.

We live about half an hour from Lytham St Annes now and we go there a lot. It's got pretty much everything I want from a place - a beach, a pier, independent bookshops, cute cafes and coffee shops, a boating lake and a fairground for the kids. And fish and chips. And ice cream. Honestly, why would anyone go anywhere else?

Plus, every single time I go I get snippets of story ideas. I've taken so many 'research' photos in Lytham that the locals probably suspect I'm some sort of spy. (Yes, I know, it's probably much more likely that they haven't noticed me at all, but, you know, I don't get out much, let me have my fantasies!)

When I was writing Della Says: OMG and wanted Della and her friends to have a day out, Lytham seemed like the obvious choice and the chapter set there turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the book. They go on a sunny day and do sunny seaside things, but I've recently been thinking about setting a book in a seaside resort in the winter. Something really appeals to me about snuggling up in a big coat and boots and drinking hot chocolate on a snowy beach, watching wild waves rolling in...

Now I just need to go back for more photos.

Emma's not sure that LA's for her, but when she accompanies her sister Jane to an audition, a chance meeting with a teen TV star starts to change her new sunshine lifestyle for the better... But what about Oscar, so far her only friend in LA, who's turning out NOT to be the idiot she thought he was?

Soon Emma begins to find herself torn between two boys and reconsidering her entire future.

Maybe LA's not that bad after all.

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Author bio

Keris Stainton was born in Canada, and brought up on the Wirral. She now lives in the Ribble Valley with her husband and two young sons, who make her laugh every day. Sometimes intentionally.

As a freelance journalist, Keris has written for publications as diverse as Practical Parenting, Scarlet and The Daily Express, and edited the women’s book site, Trashionista, for two years.

In 2005 she gave up her job as an administrator in Corporate Recovery and Personal Insolvency (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds) to write full time.

Her first novel, Della Says: OMG! was published by Orchard Books in 2010 and her second, Jessie Hearts NYC was published in 2011. Emma Hearts LA will come out in summer 2012.

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Book Passion for LifeBe sure to check out Book passion for life today for a guest post from C.J. Busby, author of Frogspell.

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