Can you tell us about your novel?'Life's A Drag' is set in
A struggling San Francisco Drag club.
An idyllic English village.
What do they have in common?
More than meets the eye.
'A magical bucolic frolic with a cast of characters you'd love to meet.'
What kind of man is you hero?I have two heroes – Drew Berry ( Honey
With a heart to match his waistline he is larger than life – charismatic and compelling - an extrovert who lives life to the full.
Jamie is a straight talking Scot. He is an actor, full of fire and passion, embracing life with energy and enthusiasm.
What about your heroine?Roz is my heroine – she is Jamie's wife and also an actress. She is kind and compassionate – she cares deeply about people and worries for
They are both struggling to come to terms with some recent life changing news and have moved to
to start a new chapter in their
What do you absolutely need to write? I know I need - but rarely get - silence and a reasonably neat house.
I like to have peace and quiet to write at home but bizarrely I am able to write in trains, busy cafes, planes etc. I usually try to get up at 6.00am and get words done before the day starts and madness ensues! I aim for 1000 words a day – sometimes happens – sometimes doesn't!
I love finding titles for my novels. What about you? Do you find it difficult to come up with titles for your novels?This is my debut novel – so I've not really had a problem with titles yet .... having said that this novel did go through about five different titles before we settled on 'Life's A Drag.'
I think it's a great title! How do you pick names for your characters?I try not to use names of close mates or family....there are quite a few characters in this book and to be honest I have no idea where the names came from .. they just seemed to pop into my head. It was quite a challenge because I also had to make up names for the drag queens!
What are you working on at the moment?I am working on my second novel at the moment – which still remains untitled....
It also has a dual setting – Marrakech and
After that I hope to write the sequel to 'Life's A Drag' which has been tumbling around in my head for a while!
Thank you so much, Janie, for being my guest today. I wish you lots of success with your novel and with your writing!
LIFE IS A DRAG Blurb:
Fabulously funny debut fiction!
Actress Janie Millman opens up the world of ‘women’s’ fiction in this warm-hearted and hilarious debut, as she brings together an English village fighting for its traditions and some of the San Francisco’s hottest drag queens…
Roz and Jamie have moved to leafy
search of a quiet life so it is a surprise to find that the village is
embarking on its riotous annual drag competition. Fuelled by large quantities
of alcohol and ubiquitous community spirit, they soon find themselves caught up
in a battle for the identity of the village itself. London
, Drew is fighting his own battle to save his
club and the livelihoods of his closest friends. Though they seem worlds apart,
it soon becomes clear that appearances are not everything and that sometimes
human connections can surprise us. San
Drag is the new cool – think Conchita Wurst, Ru Paul, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Kinky Boots in
. This fun-filled
and life-affirming romp will appeal to anyone who enjoys humorous fiction. London
“High jinks and high heels… imagine The Archers in drag, with a huge heart and lots of laughs.” Veronica Henry (award-winning romance author)
Author Janie Millman was an actress for twenty-five years, appearing in the West End, on
on television and film. Her least-recognised role was as Leonardo the Ninja
Turtle. Since 2009, she and her husband have lived in south-west Tours where
they run Chez Castillon in an eighteenth-century house which provides an
idyllic setting for painting, photography and creative-writing courses. She
contracted breast cancer a couple of years ago and was inspired to write a
popular blog: ‘Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow’ which sparked an interest in wild and
unusual wigs, which probably helped when writing the Drag Queen characters. France
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