Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jane Wenham-Jones: Prime Time

I'm happy to welcome author Jane Wenham-Jones who's promoting her romantic comedy novel, Prime Time.

Jane is the author of four novels and two non-fiction books – Wannabe a Writer? - a humorous look at becoming a scribe  - and Wannabe a Writer We’ve Heard Of?  a guide to the art of book and self promotion.  As a freelance journalist she has appeared in a wide range of women's magazines and national newspapers and writes regular columns for Woman's Weekly and Writing Magazine, where she is the agony aunt. Jane is an experienced tutor who is regularly booked by writing conferences and literary festivals to run workshops and give talks on all aspects of the writing process. She is also a member of Equity, has presented for the BBC on both TV and radio and has done her fair share of daytime TV, particularly when promoting her controversial second novel Perfect Alibis (subtitled How to have an affair and get away with it...) It was those – sometimes hair-raising – TV experiences that inspired Prime Time, her new novel. For more information see http://www.janewenham-jones.com and http://janewenhamjones.wordpress.com/.

And now, here's Jane...

When my second novel, Perfect Alibis, was first published, its then shout line “How to have an affair and get away with it” gained me a bit of media attention. I was a little more na├»ve then than I am now and I said yes to all offers, including going on various TV programmes to talk about infidelity.
And can advise that if ever YOU ever get invited onto one of those “discussion” shows where the participants start getting over-excited and there are bouncers at the back of the studio, you try a lot of deep breathing and repeating to yourself over and over: “it’s only television.”

Although, when I went on Kilroy, I must say, it was that very thought  - of this spectacle being broadcast across the land and particularly into the living rooms of anyone who knew me -  that sent the sweat running down my back.

As I attempted to defend myself – it felt as though some of the audience had been bussed in specially to do booing and hissing - against the  accusations that it was women like me, tempting hapless men to break their  marriage vows, who were the root cause of 98% of all known  crime, death, destruction and the inexorable slide towards the demise of the planet, my resolution to talk about my book in a calm and dignified manner, no matter what,  went out of the window and I was soon squawking and waving my arms around with the best of them.

I watched the video from behind a cushion, asking myself why, why, why…
But the answer is here now – out in paperback in a good bookshop near you. If you’re a writer, no experience is ever wasted and it was the horror of seeing myself on the box on that particular occasion – and others! – that inspired Prime Time…


PRIME TIME - A British romantic comedy by Jane Wenham-Jones, author of 'Perfect Alibis'.

Laura Meredith never imagined herself appearing on TV, she's too old, too flabby, too downright hormonal, and much too busy holding things together for her son, Stanley, after her husband left her for a younger, thinner replacement. But best friend Charlotte is a determined woman and when Laura is persuaded on to a daytime show to talk about her PMT, everything changes. Suddenly there's a camera crew tracking her every move and Laura finds herself an unlikely star. But as things hot up between her and gorgeous TV director, Cal, they're going downhill elsewhere. While Laura's caught up in a heady whirlwind of beauty treatments, makeovers and glamorous film locations, Charlotte's husband, Roger, is concealing a guilty secret, Stanley's got problems at school, work's piling up, and when Laura turns detective to protect Charlotte's marriage, things go horribly wrong. The champagne's flowing as Laura's prime time TV debut looks set to be a hit. But in every month, there's a "Day Ten" ...

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