Interview with Aimee Horton, author of Survival of the Ginnest
Survival of the Ginnest is about Dottie Harris. Dottie used to work hard and play hard, but now she’s got kids she only seems to have time to play Spider-Man.
I promise this isn’t your same old Slummy Mummy kinda book, because it’s made up entirely of Facebook-style statuses.
Since Survival of the Ginnest was released, the feedback has been that it’s funny, the reader keeps wanting to click “like” and it’s a bit addictive with the intention of reading “just one more status” turning into finishing the book.
Tell us more.
Full of humour and honesty, watch Dottie as she trades in her social life for the sofa and a bottle of gin, watching her children grow older and her less enthusiastic. A book that all ages can relate to.
Facebook updates? Maybe an extract will help us visualise what you mean.
That’s really inventive. What genre is it?
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Tell us a little more about Dottie Harris.
Struggling through the issues of pregnancy and motherhood, Dottie turns to social networking. Once there to help organise her social life, she quickly becomes reliant on it, using it as a way to reach out to others and beginning to come to terms with the funny side of motherhood, whilst realising that she’s not the only person to consider anything after 7am a lie in.
Have you written any other books that we should read next?
What can you tell us about it?
With Dominic Jazz, producer to the Stars helping her career build momentum, and scorned people from her past coming out of the woodwork, Lottie struggles to hide what she gave up to get where she is, what her plan was and how she’s beginning to regret it all, especially as she’s not allowed to turn to the one person who knows everything.
We can’t wait to read it. Promise to come back and talk to us about it when it’s published. In the meantime, tell us something about yourself.
For the first thirteen years of my career I worked in e-commerce and marketing, but when my youngest son was eight months old I realised that I wasn’t enjoying myself anymore – I was only doing it because I thought I should carry on with what I’d already started.
After a few weeks of blogging and copywriting whilst I tried to decide what I wanted to do with my life (I’m not a natural stay at home mother type of person), my husband informed me I am actually a much nicer person when I’m writing.
That’s when it all became very clichéd, everybody kept saying “You should write a book”. So I thought “what the heck” and I started to. I got about half way through before I realised that actually it wasn’t anything special, it was funny, but if I’m honest you might as well just have read my personal blog for free. However, I had another idea and I’ve been plugging away at that for just over a year and am nearly finished.
In the meantime, I’m a tad impatient, I like everything NOW NOW NOW, so I’ve been working on a Novella (a shorter novel), and I’ve decided to go down the self publishing route…just to test the water.
When I’m not writing stories, I’m topping up my gin and ASOS habits by writing marketing copy and lifestyle features.