Amy Cole is a stay-at-home mum and a woman on the edge.
After a very public breakdown and failed suicide attempt, Amy finds herself trying to make it through her everyday life as a high-functioning zombie.
Elle De Bruyn is a force of nature ready to shake Amy back to life whether she likes it or not.
After a fortuitous meeting, the two embark on a journey together which will change them both and help them find out exactly what they’re capable of when rock bottom is just the beginning.
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MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!!
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I wrote my first book when I was 5-years-old. I couldn’t write a word of course, so it was more of a picture book. Come to think of it my stick figures were total rubbish too so I guess that doesn’t count – but it sounds impressive eh? I spent all my school years, right up until the final year of university, planning to be a teacher and then when the time came to go through with the application I realised I don’t have any of the skills to actually be a teacher. I guess I just fancied the summer holidays. I went on to PR, journalism and then sales and marketing but I was always starting stories in one form or another. I never sat down and decided this was the career path for me but after I started the blog (mayhem and beyond) I remembered just how much I enjoyed writing. It’s always been my dream to have the discipline to sit down and finish one of those stories, this just happened to be the one that stuck.
What inspired you to write this book?
Again, this was down to the blog. The more people would comment and send messages saying they enjoyed it or could relate to what I was writing about, the more my confidence grew and it spurred me on to sit down and see this book through to the end. It’s very frustrating to finally figure out what you want to do but lack the discipline to actually make it happen so every time there was a like or a comment on a new post it made me get back to the keyboard and get the work done.
If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Does “Please buy this book so I can feed my starving children” work? Probably not. Ok, I’ll go for “If you want an uplifting read that definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously (and will probably make you feel like you’ve got your life together in comparison) then give it a read.”
What are you up to next?
Next up is the sequel. I will be stuck in writing and editing hell for the next few months and then ‘Amy Cole is Zen as f*ck’ will be out at the end of the summer. That’s if I finally stick to a deadline…
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my mum. Corny, yes. She’s an amazing woman and has encouraged my writing right back from that rubbish picture book, when I was five. This book is dedicated to her and I owe my love of all kinds of literature to her. She placed such an importance on reading and writing and basically using my imagination as a whole, so without all that I would probably still be trying to figure out what the hell I’m meant to be doing with my life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth McGivern is a former journalist turned hostage-in-her-own-home surrounded by three men and a horrible dog named Dougal.
In an effort to keep her sanity she decided to write a parenting blog after the birth of her first son so she can pinpoint the exact moment she failed as a mother.
In an unexpected turn of events, the blog helped her to find a voice and connect with parents in similar situations; namely those who were struggling with mental health issues and parenting. It was because of this encouragement – and wanting to avoid her children as much as possible – her debut novel, Amy Cole has lost her mind, was born.
Elizabeth lives in Northern Ireland although wishes she could relocate to Iceland on a daily basis. To witness her regular failings as a parent you can find her on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mayhemandbeyond
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MayhemBeyond
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mayhemandbeyond/
Picture credited to Jess Lowe