Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.
He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.
Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?
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My Q&A with Jackie Ladbury
Describe yourself using three words?
Mum, wife, writer.
What inspired you to write your first novel?
I liked the idea of a busker falling in love with someone far out of his reach and working out how he could get the girl. It seemed natural to make her a snooty air-stewardess as I knew the airline world well. It didn’t quite work out like that though, as Dylan, my busker, became attractive, funny and clever and I no longer wanted him to be a smelly down and out. In the end, it turns out he wasn’t poor either, as he takes her to his parents’ house in Southwold, which if you’ve ever been, you will know is a decidedly middle class seaside town on the east coast of England. The pier on the cover of Air Guitar and Caviar is Southwold pier.
What time of day do you like to write?
Early morning, except I keep checking emails and Facebook!
What is your favourite book and why?
The Other side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon. It was the first book I read as a ‘grown up.’ I was probably about fifteen! I used to sneak it from the shelves at the newsagents where I worked as a Saturday girl and read it in my lunch hour. It was the first time I’d read a book that kept me gripped and it opened my eyes to a new world.
How did you pick the title of your book?
The title, Air Guitar and Caviar, came to me out of the blue one night–which is funny because it was nearly called Out of the Blue.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No, sadly as I would love to meet Dylan. He’s a dish! I have met a few air stewardesses who think they are something special, though. There is a strange kind of hierarchy in the private sector of the airline world–a bit like labelling someone by the kind of car they drive. ‘What aircraft do you fly?’ is the question most aviators want to ask. It pretty much defines you. Watch ‘View from the Top’ starring Gwyneth Paltrow, and you’ll get the idea. I love that film.
What’s your favourite word?
Lugubrious. Can never remember what it means, but it sounds so good. Oh, and ‘bucolic’ is always an interesting one, because to me it doesn’t sound anything like what it actually means.
If you were a colour what would it be?
Pink- and glittery. Except I don’t think glitter is a colour.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
Plan it, but not in massive detail. I did write myself into a corner once and it was such a lot of hard work wasted that I think I learned my lesson.
Who is your favourite author?
I adore Anita Shreve’s emotional arcs. The Pilot’s wife was so beautifully written I read the first chapter about three times.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? I always wanted Pinkie from Brighton Rock to mend his ways and fall in love, so I’d probably choose him–bit of therapy could work wonders on him.
Are you working on a new project?
I’m desperate to get started on book three of the airline series but book two is proving more time consuming than I hoped. Book three is about an FBI man (handsome of course) who is sent to seduce an air stewardess believed to be a drug smuggler. It’s set in Africa and England with a bit of Russia thrown in, and I have planned it all out- just want to get started on it.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? N
No, but there’s always a bottle of wine chilling in my fridge if you want to stop by.
Book Title – Air Guitar and Caviar
Publisher – Fabrian Books
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Huge thanks to Jackie for being on my blog, we will have a review of Air Guitar and Caviar up soon too.