When Little Black Dress offered me a two book deal, the contract specified only that the second book should be a ‘short, funny romance’.
At the time, I had already started another novel. However, since Revenge of the Cow is a long, melancholy tragi-horror, I postponed it and started a book that featured more boners.
That covered the romance.
‘About Time’ is a sequence of snapshots over an extended period, narrated by both the male and female protagonists.
“Oh my goodness,” said my agent, when I told him I was writing half the book from a male perspective. “I’m not sure that’s such a good idea. Maybe you could write his sections in omniscient pluperfect. Or . . . something..”
Indeed, for a long time I wondered whether I could pull it off. I’ve always considered my humour fundamentally female, deriving as it does from exaggeration and dramatic over-statement; and Conn’s personality was the precise opposite. Although I had a clear idea of Conn’s character (highly intelligent but pathologically incapable of normal social interaction), getting his ‘voice’ right – the clipped sentences and formal structure – was an arduous process that felt entirely unnatural at the outset.
At least my sense of humour was ideally suited to Lara’s free-spirited character with an uncanny ability to pick emotional wankers.
The story is about the concept of fate or destiny as opposed to free will/choice.
Also, of course, boners.
I’m not going to get a chance to post over the next couple of days, but in the meantime here’s an excerpt from About Time. I hope you enjoy it.