#AuthorTalk – The Middle Aged Virgin by Olivia Spring (@ospringauthor)

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  • Women’s Fiction
  • Romance
  • Humour

| Synopsis |

If you’d just come out of a long-term relationship and hadn’t been intimate for ages, how well would you cope with dating and having sex again? 

Sophia Huntingdon seems to have it all: a high-flying job running London’s coolest beauty PR agency, a lovely boyfriend and a dressing room filled with Louboutins.

But when tragedy strikes, Sophia realises that rather than living the dream, she’s actually an unhappy workaholic in a monotonous relationship, with zero personal life. Her lack of activity in the bedroom is so apparent that her best friend declares her a MARGIN, or Middle-Aged Virgin—a term used for adults who have experienced a drought so long that they can’t remember the last time they had sex.

Determined to transform her life whilst she’s still young enough to enjoy it, Sophia hatches a plan to work less, live more and embark on exciting adventures, including rediscovering the electrifying passion she’s been craving.

But after ending her fifteen-year relationship, how will Sophia, a self-confessed control freak handle navigating the unpredictable world of online dating?

If she does meet someone new, will she even remember what to do? And as an independent career woman, how much is Sophia really prepared to sacrifice for love?

The Middle-Aged Virgin is a funny, uplifting story of a smart single woman on a mission to find love and happiness and live life to the full.

Olivia Spring’s debut novel is ideal for lovers of women’s contemporary fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. 

| My Character’s Under the Microscope: |

  •  How do your characters begin in your writing process?  Do you have an incline for a name or do you know how you want them to look?

My character ideas often pop into my head just before I go to bed or when I’m in the shower (strange I know, but I think it’s when my mind is the most relaxed!). I’ve always got my phone or a notepad nearby to scribble down my thoughts.

I think about the characters’ personalities. Their tics, their likes and dislikes, how they dress, their insecurities…I really try and think a lot about their individual traits and what name I feel will fit. The protagonist in my debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin is called Sophia and that’s always been one of my favourite names. It sounds sophisticated and cool and that’s what she is like. She runs her own London PR agency and wears lovely clothes, so I instantly felt that would be the right name for her.

The first name I choose for a character doesn’t always stick though. For example, when I’d finished writing my novel, I changed one of the character’s names to Robyn as the name I originally gave her sounded too ‘young,’ whereas Robyn felt stronger and more in line with her personality.

  • How do you choose your names?

Lots of brainstorming and Googling! Also if I meet someone and I like their name, I always make a note, so that I can refer back to it later and see if it matches the personalities of the characters I am creating. I have lots of names stored up, but I’m always looking for more!

  • Which character is your favourite to write?

I LOVE Roxy, who is one of Sophia’s best friends in my novel. She’s incredibly opinionated, funny, feisty and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Some of the things she says will make you cringe and laugh out loud at the same time! Roxy has very strong views on love, romance, men and relationships. She really speaks her mind and often says the things we’d like to say, but would be too embarrassed to. She was an absolute joy to write. In fact, the dialogues between Roxy, Sophia and Bella (Sophia’s other best friend) are some of my favourite parts of the book.

  • Which character is the hardest to write?

Hmm…I wouldn’t say any of them were difficult to write. Perhaps the male characters were slightly harder as it’s more of a challenge to know how men think (if I could figure that out, I’d be a happy lady!) and how they might act in a particular situation. I did character planning before I started writing and developed them further as I went along, so that made the process much easier.

  • Are any of your characters based on a real-life person?

I get inspiration for characters from all around me. People I see on the train, in the street…ideas are everywhere. Some of my friends think that they recognise themselves in The Middle-Aged Virgin, but whilst they might provide a little inspiration, none of my characters are 100% based on a real-life person.

  • Lastly, if you could have dinner with one of your characters, who would you pick and why?

Most definitely Lorenzo – the sexy Italian chef! He could cook me a delicious ten-course meal (I love my food) and then we could sit across the table and gaze into each others’ eyes…Yes. That would be wonderful!

| Author |

Olivia Spring is a London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her debut novel ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’ has just been released on Amazon.

Olivia’s uplifting novel deals with being newly single in your thirties, dating, relationships, love, travel, holiday romance and living life to the full.

When she’s not making regular trips to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato, Olivia can be found at her desk, keenly pursuing her career as an author, whilst consuming large bowls of her mum’s delicious apple crumble and custard.

International Amazon Link: http://getbook.at/OSpring

Website: http://www.oliviaspring.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ospringauthor

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