TRASHI TALKS TO: Talli Roland
With two successful novels behind her, Talli's new, third chick-lit offering Build a Man is following suit! The tale of wannabe tabloid reporter Serenity Holland is a fabulous, funny novel and we couldn't wait to have a catch-up chat with the lovely Talli...
So, what have you been up to since we last spoke to you?
Since we last spoke, I've launched my second novel, Watching Willow Watts, and I've just released my third, Build A Man. It's been a busy year! I've also imbibed a lot of wine and countless cups of coffee.
Can you tell us more about your latest book?
Build A Man features an ambitious tabloid reporter, who goes undercover to build the nation's perfect man. When her quest goes disastrously wrong, she must choose between following her heart or grabbing the chance for her dream job.
What are you reading at the moment?
I've just finished reading Maria Duffy's Any Dream Will Do. It's a fun, fresh read, and I loved it!
Are there any authors who have inspired you?
I've met quite a few authors recently who have published over fifty novels! That's very inspiring to me, because I see writing as a career and I want to have that longevity.
What kind of research did you do for your latest novel?
Build A Man is set in a cosmetic surgery clinic, and since I used to work at a spa (which also did Botox and fillers) in a wealthy part of London, I felt I had more than enough knowledge. Too much, in fact! I also worked as a journalist, so I have an understanding of how information can be manipulated to suit the needs of the public - knowingly or not.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I loved that Serenity, my main character, could voice some of the many things I would have liked to have said while working at that spa!
What are you working on next? (If you can tell us of course!)
I'm working on Construct A Couple, the sequel to Build A Man. It follows my main character as she attempts to lay the foundation for the ideal relationship. Unfortunately, she soon discovers perfection isn't easy to come by.
Check out Talli's blog for more info and book news!