Hi Kelly. Can you tell us about The Magic Touch?
Hi Jennifer. Thank you so much for inviting me onto your fabulous blog today.
The Magic Touch is a romantic drama with a paranormal swirl. Emma King, a 39-year-old divorcee, isn’t keen on tying the knot with Harry, her partner of five years. She’s been there and done it and is in no hurry to go down the aisle again. So it comes as no big surprise when she turns down his marriage proposal, yet again. Harry seems to take the rejection in his stride. So all is well in the King/Georgiades household, despite a blip in the romance department, which she blames on a heavy workload. That is until she stumbles across a flirtatious text message on Harry’s mobile phone from a female colleague. Fuelled by suspicion and an impending fear of losing Harry, she goes on a quest to get to the bottom of his secret affair with the help of her best friend Ola, her ninety-three-year-old neighbour, Alistair, and Harry’s sister-in-law’s psychic app, The Magic Touch.
What was your inspiration behind the book?
It was actually mobile phone applications. I was intrigued by how much we rely on them these days – from keeping us entertained to booking a restaurant. There seems to be an app for everything. I actually plan my week around my weather app. Then I thought, what if there was an app that could predict your future with alarming accuracy, what then? And The Magic Touch was born. Of course, I had to create a story around the app. As with all my stories, my inspiration came from people watching, conversations, and paying attention. I was particularly curious about men who were eager to get married because usually it’s the other way around. So I did a bit of research and my story surfaced from there.
When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing. I used to write poetry when I was younger. I still have some of my poems stuffed in a drawer or in a box in the attic. But I suppose I started to take it a bit more seriously when I began writing and selling short stories to magazines. That was the start of it all and I’ve not looked back since.
What has been your greatest experience of being a writer so far?
Creating immortal characters and stories that will (hopefully) be around forever. But I do love all the research that goes into creating it all.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I suppose it’s a cliché, but don’t give up. Read a lot, join a writer’s forum, sign up to the RNA New Writer’s Scheme if your genre is romance. And don’t let rejection bite! I know it’s disheartening but it is a part of the process.
What was the first book you ever bought yourself?
To be honest, I can’t remember. But I think it was one of the Jane Austen classics.
What was the last book you read?
The Bones of You by Debbie Howells. It was very good.
Finally, what are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on my third novel, which is a sequel to Broken, out on 20th August 2016.
Find out more about Kelly Florentia at www.kellyflorentia.co.uk