Monday, 21 January 2013

The Next Big Thing 3

If You Were the Only Girl

Hello, I'm Anne Bennett, and I was tagged by fellow Novelista Valerie-Anne Baglietto for the Next Big Thing where I tell you all about my latest release ...


published by Harper Collins, available in hardback, paperback and Kindle editions.

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What is the title of your book?
My book is called “If You Were The Only Girl”. It was thought up by my editor and initially I didn’t like it at all, but the problem was I couldn’t find anything else. Off I went to the Novelistas’ meeting feeling sure my friends would feel the same way about the title as I did and probably could come up with something more suitable. However, they not only loved it, but also burst into spontaneous song, much to the amusement of the hotel staff. In fact my friends were so positive about the title, I began to see it in a new light and eventually came to love it myself, especially as I realized that the whole song is really the essence of the book.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I don’t really know where the idea came from. It doesn’t need much to start me off anyway; an overheard comment, a snippet in the paper or some tale I am told. Other times ideas pop unbidden into my head and that was the case with this one, though I did use details given to me from my older cousin, Maura. She told me how bad things had been for her as a child growing in Donegal Ireland after her father became bedridden after an accident. Her mother cultivated the garden and used any surplus to trade for other things in the shop. But, there the similarity ended, and the rest is pure fiction.

What genre does your book fall under?
It’s difficult to know what genre my book falls under because they keep moving the goal posts. Once I wrote Sagas plain and simple and then I was told that books written about the past 50 years plus were called Historicals and in some bookshops they are grouped with Romance. So take your pick. I will just write the books as I always have done.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
In a movie rendition my dream team would be Emma Watson to play Lucy, Dan Stevens to play Clive, Meryl Streep to play Lucy’s mother, Minnie and, finally, Judi Dench to play the doughty Clara.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about 4 months to write the first draft but as that’s known as the dirty draft that was just the start of the massive editing to get the book anything like the one that is now on the shelves.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
I don’t really know, but the popularity of Downton Abbey might help a little as people want to see the bottom-of-the-heap scullery maid make good. People in Britain generally cheer for the underdog.

Promotional calendar:




Washwood Heath Road, B8 2HF

Thursday 24 January 2013

10.30am – 11.30am


1221 Stratford Road, B28 9AD

Thursday 24 January 2013

2.00pm – 3.00pm


Highfield Road, B14 4DU

Friday 25 January 2013


Frankley Community High School

New Street B45 0EU

Friday 25 January 2013

2.00pm – 3.00pm

I also have two short stories coming out. One for My Weekly on 26th January, called “We’ll Meet Again” and the other in People’s Friend Spring bumper issue called “Brown Eyed Beauty” available in February.

 The next author I’ve tagged to tell you about her new book is ... Annie Burrows!

(This post was uploaded on to the blog on Anne's behalf.)

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