Hold onto your hats, Jennifer Brown is a whirlwind ready to rip apart your reading list. Jennifer Brown’s Journey is Angie Langley’s debut novel but it more than packs a punch”
Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown lights up the room. She has a gorgeous partner, a wicked best friend, and a boss who doesn’t mind that she’s the worst typist on the planet. She’s loyal, generous and irredeemably ditzy. Everyone loves Jennifer Brown.But can she learn to love herself? When her world caves in, she needs every ounce of her steely core to step back from the abyss and take charge of her life, reinventing herself first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets.Peopled by a battalion of hilarious characters from the caustic, cross-dressing confidant to the besotted ex-boyfriend with a barmy ex-wife, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a heartwarming, thoughtful, often poignant portrait of the trials of life as a thirty-something woman.Jennifer Brown champions the importance of self-belief, and the value of a bucket-sized glass of wine in a tight spot.And, always in the background, there’s the quiet man with the warm eYes, and the velvet vowels.What on earth is Jennifer Brown going to do about him?
The first in a series of three books, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a story of female self-empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of challenges that many women will recognise. Lighthearted and poignant, the story gives readers a very real sense of a woman, initially rather ditzy, maturing into a redoubtable, self-possessed individual who faces her many challenges with developing aplomb.
Angie Langley grew up in Somerset and has lived in the south west of England all her life. Nowadays home is in the beautiful Woodford Valley near Salisbury, on the banks of the river Avon. A tiny piece of heaven and a true writers paradise. When she’s not writing, Angie isa keen photographer and is currently working on a book of poems for children all about the local wildlife who live along the riverbank.
Writing Jennifer Brown’s Journey was a labour of love as most of the book is based on her true-life experiences, enhanced by a furtive imagination which takes over as humorous characters and situations are brought in to provide the chapters with the emotional balance. Many of these humorous elements are the result of everyday observations.
Jennifer Brown’s Journey is her first book, inspired by the highs and lows of a distant past that has given her the strength to tackle each day with a smile.
- What book first ignited your love of reading?
The secret diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend. It had me in fits of giggles from the first page.
- If your current book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
I suppose the cliche song would be Dolly Parton’s Nine to five as it depicts the stereotype blonde secretary, but I think my song would have to be ‘When you believe’ Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey ’ the lyrics say it all.
- Which book have you read more than once?
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee, For the pure romanticism and vivid description of the English countryside.
- Do you plan your writing or go with the flow?
I have a rough plan, but humour isn’t always spontaneous and it’s usually a case of never knowing what I’m writing until it’s written.
- Do you enjoy the editing process?
I tend to write in a flurry which needs to be untangled later down the line several times. Editing for me is rather like painting a picture, once I have my basic story, it needs to be sharpened, defined and coloured.
- If you could what advice would you give your sixteen year old self?
Listen, learn and treat everyone with respect. It’s nice to important but it’s more important to be nice.
- Do you read your book reviews?
Absolutely! although I get a little nervous when I see a new one pop up. Thankfully they’ve all been good so far.
- What is your opinion on social media and it’s unique gift of connecting writer and reader instantly?
As a new author I totally rely on Social Media. At first I was clueless and quite timid at even contacting anyone, but I’m happy to say that my confidence is growing and I’m really beginning to get my head around the power of it all. I’m receiving reviews from as faraway as Tasmania and South Africa. Amazing!
- If you could give one literary villain a happier ending, who would you pick and why?
Hm, tricky, but I always felt sorry for Mr Boldwood in Thomas Hardy’s Far from the madding crowd. Not sure was the prime villain though?
- If your book could come with a preemptive message for the reader, what would yours say?
Sometimes without warning life takes us on a journey which is totally outside our comfort zone.
- What are you currently reading?
Us, by David Nichols
- Where did you get the inspiration for your current novel?
That’s easy. I am Jennifer Brown.
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