#BlogTour ~ The First Time Mums’ Club by Lucie Wheeler #GuestPost @lucie_wheeler @HarperImpulse

Today I’m welcoming Lucie to the blog. This book looks fabulous and I have heard great things about it, rest assured it is on my Kindle waiting to be read. Lucie has kindly given us an insight into how she manages her time and what elements of her characters are like her .. see below.

Meet Pippa…

After years of trying and a failed IVF attempt, Pippa is thrilled to see two little lines appear on a pregnancy test. Finally a precious baby to call her own. This is all Pippa has ever wanted…if only husband Jason could show just a little excitement.

Imogen…

A baby is the icing on the cake for Imogen and Alice – proof that their love for each other can overcome any obstacle. But when Imogen starts receiving malicious texts, it’s clear that not everyone is thrilled about the girls’ good news.

And Ellie…

A drunken one-night stand and Ellie’s life is ruined! Pregnant, jobless and the relationship with her best friend, Chris, over- forever. Because Chris just happens to be the father of Ellie’s baby…and potentially the love of her life!

For these first time mums the road to motherhood is bumpier than most!

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About the Author

Lucie Wheeler lives in Essex with her husband and daughter, and her English Bull Terrier, Dame, who loves to sit under Lucie’s desk as she writes and keep her feet warm. Never one to sit still, Lucie always has lots going on in her life. Currently, she’s writing her novels alongside studying for a degree. She is also one of The Romaniacs.
Lucie loves reading, spending time with friends and eating chocolate – when she gets to do all three, she’s a very happy lady!

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How my characters are like me.

For someone so organised, you would be right to assume that I am a tidy person. However, I am sorry to shatter the image but I am incredibly messy! My office mirrors the chaotic whirlwind that is my mind, with paper lying everywhere, screwed up rubbish in – and around – the bin, filing piled high and empty coffee cups strewn about the desk.
I can hear you laughing. You think I am joking, don’t you?

Who’s laughing now?
Actually, it’s not me because I am the poor so and so who has to tidy this all away! It isn’t always this bad but I have university deadlines as well right now, so things are hectic.
You see, I am super organised. I mean, SUPER organised. I have my to-do whiteboard which is split into four categories to reflect what I have going on in my life at the moment; University, Author, Home and Hen weekend. Without listing what I need to do with each one of them, nothing would get done. They are each colour coded so that I can see at a glance which lists I am neglecting and which I am flying through (which, let’s face it, is none of them!). And every few weeks, I will completely wipe off and rewrite – nine times out of ten I re-add things that I still haven’t done.

And then there’s my personal organiser. I bought a stunning Laura Ashley organiser in January and I am getting very good at keeping it updated – even if I do leave it at home a lot of the time!
Alongside my writing and university commitments at the moment, I am also planning a hen weekend for my best friend who is getting married in September and I have the privilege of being the maid of honour. And what an honour it is! So I have my hen weekend folder which has venue details, layout, information and payment details enclosed. I have also issued every hen with a payment slip and I have excel spreadsheets to keep track of all the different things I need to make sure the weekend goes to plan. The hen party consists of 28 ladies so if I didn’t have all this in place, it would be easy to get muddled… who am I kidding? I just love a colour coded folder!
So, I may be messy, untidy and fairly chaotic on the surface, but stuff gets done and I know what I need to be working on.
This is where I am a bit like Pippa in The First Time Mums Club. Pippa has my sense of organisational skills. She likes to know exactly what’s happening and when someone puts her out of routine, she doesn’t like it, it makes her anxious. Just like when Zoe ate one of her newly baked cupcakes and she no longer had a batch of 12. – she doesn’t like baking in odd numbers. However, unlike me, Pippa is tidy and super presentable. She likes to portray an image to people and will do anything to keep this image up – think Monica from Friends.
I like to try and put elements of myself into the characters in my books. No single character is a representation of any one person, but they are all a collation of many qualities of both myself and people I know. And Pippa is definitely my organised self. Ellie has my addictive personality streak and passionate nature, Zoe has my determination and work ethic and Imogen has my love for children and passion for working with them.
I have spent so much time with these ladies in my mind over the past year that I really think I will miss them when it is time to move on. Maybe I need to write the next chapter in their journey…

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