Coffee Cup Fiction
Many thanks to Rachel for inviting me onto to her fabulous blog today.
As a serious coffee drinker- with an equally serious coffee shop habit- it won’t surprise you to learn that every novel I have ever written has taken shape in various coffee shops up and down the UK. I can’t write at home, with the distractions of ironing and dusting, so I pen all my words while sat at cafe tables. It seemed totally natural to me therefore, that when it came to creating my first contemporary fiction novel, to make a coffee shop the focal point of the story.
That decision to base a novel in a coffee shop happened over 6 years ago. When my Another Cup of Coffee came out, I had no idea that I had started a series rather than written a one off novel. Today however, as I sit at my cafe table, I am about to make headway into the publishers edits for the fifth (and last) in the ‘Another Cup of...’ collection; Another Glass of Champagne.
If you’d like to know how the whole coffee shop saga started, here’s the Another Cup of Coffee blurb-
Thirteen years ago Amy Crane ran away from everyone and everything she knew, ending up in an unfamiliar city with no obvious past and no idea of her future. Now, though, that past has just arrived on her doorstep, in the shape of an old music cassette that Amy hasn’t seen since she was at university.
Digging out her long-neglected Walkman, Amy listens to the lyrics that soundtracked her student days. As long-buried memories are wrenched from the places in her mind where she’s kept them safely locked away for over a decade, Amy is suddenly tired of hiding.
It’s time to confront everything about her life. Time to find all the friends she left behind in England, when her heart got broken and the life she was building for herself was shattered. Time to make sense of all the feelings she’s been bottling up for all this time. And most of all, it’s time to discover why Jack has sent her tape back to her now, after all these years…
With her mantra, ‘New life, New job, New home’, playing on a continuous loop in her head, Amy gears herself up with yet another bucket-sized cup of coffee, as she goes forth to lay the ghost of first love to rest...
The coffee shop that features within Another Cup of Coffee is Pickwicks, a cafe tucked away in Richmond, run by the ever bubbly Peggy, and her husband Scott. It is there that, newly arrived in London from Scotland, Amy Crane finds a refuge from her troubles, a temporary job, a possible future, and a potential friend in Kit.
In Another Glass of Champagne (published in summer 2016), Amy, Jack, Kit and the Pickwicks crew are all five years older. Time has dealt them each a life changing situation to overcome- all of which should (if things go to plan), lead to the chance to celebrate...or not...
Of course, until I have consumed a great deal more coffee myself, and edited another 80,000 words, the Pickwicks regulars won’t be getting anyway near a glass of champagne!!
I’m going to really miss writing these coffee cup stories. Amy, Kit, and Jack in particular have become part of my life over the last four years. They have all lived happily in my head for long enough to be a constant presence. I swear I ask their opinion sometimes before I realise what I’m doing. Yes- writing can make you a bit crackers...or maybe more than a bit...
If you’d like to read Another Cup of Coffee, you can buy it from all good bookshops, as well as from...
Another Cup of Coffee was followed by three seasonal novellas called Another Cup of Christmas, Christmas in the Cotswolds and Christmas at the Castle. Another Glass of Champagne will be available in paperback and as a download in the summer.
Thanks again for letting me stop by today Rachel,
Jenny Kane is the author the contemporary romance Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015), the bestselling novel Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the modern/medieval time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the bestselling novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), and Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014).
Jenny’s fourth full length romance novel, Another Glass of Champagne, will be published in 2016.
Jenny is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Coming soon from Hushpuppy)
Keep your eye on Jenny’s blog at www.jennykane.co.uk for more details.
Jenny also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee.