When her life is irrevocably altered by a post-Rave tryst on her mother’s floral patio recliner, Erin Roberts’ long-standing relationship with Humiliation takes her down a path that’s not so much ‘less well trodden’, more ‘perilous descent down sheer cliffs’.
Armed with a fierce devotion to her best friend and the unrequited love for the boy she might have accidentally married at age seven, when Erin falls pregnant at sixteen, life veers off at a most unexpected tangent.
Her journey to adulthood is far from ordinary as Erin learns that protecting the hearts of those most precious to you isn’t balm enough when your Love Punked heart is as sore as your freshly tattooed arse.
Whilst raising football prodigies and trying not to get stuck in lifts with Social Work clients who hate her, Erin discovers that sometimes you have to circumnavigate the globe to find the very thing that was there all along.
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1717868096
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MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always loved writing and using creative language to make people laugh or to entertain. In my ‘Day Job’ I am a Social Worker with teenagers and in that role, I have to use my words and my written reports to encourage and support people to make positive changes in their lives, to make their lives safer and happier. There’s a true and underestimated power in the written word, people often pay more attention to written text than anything you say to them! You can paint much richer pictures because a reader is more focussed. When you talk, people are only ever listening to a small portion of your words but in a book, you command the reader’s full attention. I like that! I don’t think I had an exact moment when I wanted to be a writer but in February 2016, I sat down in the dilapidated armchair in my lounge at 2am and I started writing about two people who left my life when I was seventeen but who had lived large and colourful lives for many years in my head. I turned them into two characters and I wrote 650,000 words over the course of 8 months, telling the story of these boys and a girl who changes their world. I’m still working on that book. I created something substantial because I suddenly and desperately needed those characters to leave my head and take a real, written form. That February late-night session was probably the point at which I became a writer. I’m not actually sure I’ll ever consider myself to be an ‘author’, I don’t feel I’ll ever be qualified to use that name badge! ‘Love Punked’ popped up straight after I finished my first book and it took form really quickly.
- What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration for ‘Love Punked’ is a whole collage of things that happened to me, with me and around me when I was a teenager. My initial inspiration was a short story that I wrote, recounting a hilariously mortifying true-life incident in a nightclub when I was about sixteen and from that piece of ‘Life Writing’, Erin emerged from my imagination with her story that was begging to be told. I wanted to write a story that would make my readers laugh out loud as I pulled at their heartstrings with a character that they genuinely grow to love. I wanted to paint a picture of a 90’s adolescence because I hold those memories so dearly and I wanted, desperately, to write a story that championed an amazing young mum because they are so often perceived negatively or with a complete disregard for their skills as parents. Some of the most amazing parents I have ever encountered were in their teens and I’m not sure people acknowledge it enough when they encounter it. I also wanted, in creating the character Jamel, to show a side of a challenging young man that perhaps readers had not previously encountered. I wanted to demonstrate that young people in the Criminal Justice system are far more than stereotypes and statistics. Wanting to elicit positive and genuine emotions from the readers about two marginalised groups of young people definitely inspired me to write ‘Love Punked’.
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
“Readers are not advised to consume ‘Love Punked’ in a public place because when you cry, giggle and snort simultaneously with no control over the noises you produce, you will find that people give you a wide berth and concerned looks”
- What are you up to next?
Promoting ‘Love Punked’ for the rest of this year but I have also got some serious editing to do on the first book I wrote, “Choices Shape, Losses Break”. I’d love to have it ready to release by December but there is a lot of polishing and tweaking needed. It’s a very different tone from ‘Love Punked’, it’s darker and more gritty but I love working on it. Then there’s the small matter of working every day in my ‘day job’ as a Social Worker with vulnerable teenagers which keeps me pretty occupied!
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
I am in awe of strong, hilarious and honest female writers like Caitlin Moran, her writing has always inspired me. She and I are very similar ages and I grew up reading her early work in magazines and newspapers before she became a novelist. Her style of writing and her honesty has been a massive inspiration.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am a UK based author of Contemporary women’s fiction who is passionate about telling the stories of strong, sympathetic, entertaining and engaging female characters and the lives that they lead. My Welsh heritage and my life as a practising Social Worker with teenagers and their families heavily influences my work as does my love of all things 90’s and an adolescence spent immersed in clubbing culture.
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