Today’s guest is Jane Lovering, who hails from the UK (told you we are a diverse bunch). I struggled with what to write about Jane. After all, it’s difficult to come up with something to say about someone you’ve never met. So I went to her website and read her bio. And fell in love. Or maybe I should say I fell in laugh. I hope she doesn’t mind that I snagged a section but after reading the following I felt an absolute kinship with her:

Finally, the savages were tamed, with a mixture of unlimited chocolate biscuits and regular whippings, and I felt once more able to return to the world of Being a Writer. Closeted in my little room, with its view of the pockmarked half-acre of garden and wearing only unsuitable hair, I wrote.

The children brought one another up.

Vienna remained a savage, sadly, and we have no choice now but to poke food under her bedroom door twice a day…

So without further ado, meet Jane Lovering:

Writers and Marketing

Being a writer, basically, is dancing on the table with your trousers off, in your second-best knickers. Not the writing part, obviously. That’s shutting yourself in a dark room, muttering and laughing to yourself and talking to people no-one else can see. But then the work has to be sold and that’s where the table-dancing comes in.

Depending on the kind of person you are, one or other aspect of the job becomes favourite. You are either a compulsive show-off, for whom the words ‘Book Signing’ occasion tremours of excitement and a desire to have enormous photographs taken of yourself, or you are the social recluse who keeps public appearances to a minimum; ie, turning up at your own kids’ birthday parties.

I, as you can probably tell, fit into the first category. Although I’m not averse to a few hours alone, self-publicity is something that comes as second nature. Well, first nature, actually, it’s a good job I’m a writer and therefore have something to publicise, otherwise I’d be a social pain in the backside.

‘Mentioning the book’ has become an occupation in itself. I am now unable to perform even the simplest social interaction without dropping into the conversation that I am a writer, that I have two novels published by Samhain, and that they are called Reversing Over Liberace and Slightly Foxed. At the merest glimmer of interest (and that includes my subject not actually running away) I will mention that these are both romantic comedies. Any further encouragement (ie, they still aren’t actually running, although they may be sidling a little) and I will tell them both these books are now available in paperback.

They’ve usually got away by now, but I am shameless in pursuit. I can project a tagline (‘Life, love and unlikely legacies’ – Reversing over Liberace, ‘They say you’ll know when you’re in love – what if you don’t?’ – Slightly Foxed… see what I mean?) over several hundred yards, and woe betide anyone who actually Asks Me What The Book Is About. Because I will tell them. Even if it means missing the bus.

One day, maybe, I will wake up and find that I have turned into the reclusive type of writer, forced into publicity with a rigid grin and a terrified expression; a sweaty tight grip on my signing pen and a dread that someone might ask me where I get my ideas from. But for now, I will dance on that table in my M&S briefs whilst shouting loud and proud “BUY MY BOOKS!”

Jane Lovering

Leah here jumping in with a bit of translation. M&S = Marks and Spencers (do you have them down in the States?) They’re sort of like a Sears. Anyway, Jane’s giving away a copy of Slightly Foxed (which sounds like it would be a perfect beach read):

They say you’ll know when you’re in love. What if you don’t?

Alys, a single parent and certified romantic disaster area, is always falling for unattainable men—the latest one being the dead author of a “borrowed” book of poetry. When she reluctantly returns the book to its rightful owner, she meets Leo. He’s very much alive, very much attracted to her and, well, it’s love at first sight.

Isn’t it?

After all, she’s a single mum with a boring job in a bookshop and, as her daughter puts it, gravity’s not going to hold off forever. Leo’s got the financial stability she’s been craving and he looks like an aftershave advert. So it must be love.

Mustn’t it?

Then there’s Piers, whose spontaneity draws her like a magnet. But is it love she feels, or just his infectious love of life? Before she can choose, an unexpected source threatens to lay bare the lie she has been living for the last sixteen years.

With happiness close to slipping out of her grasp, Alys is forced to ask herself whether she’s ever really been in love at all.

Jane Lovering’s Knickers – Not in a Twist

35 thoughts on “Jane Lovering’s Knickers – Not in a Twist

  • July 5, 2009 at 5:45 am

    This does sound like the perfect beach read….. I thinks I might have to investigate this one some more….. thanks for dropping by the party….. the drinks are over in the corner being served by Guitar Hero in the chaps…… 🙂

  • July 5, 2009 at 6:20 am

    What a delightful post!! Thoroughly enjoyed it and yes….I'm certainly going to check out your books!!!


  • July 5, 2009 at 6:22 am

    I dig the idea of book promotion being like dancing on a table in your knickers, Jane. I'm there with ya.

    I've posted this at Win a Book, Leah. 'Cause I like you and all.

  • July 5, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Great interview & excerpt. Makes me want to run up to you while you are dancing on the table hollering 'Buy My Book', put you out of your misery and buy your book! LOL

    kkhaas AT bellsouth DOT net

  • July 5, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Great interview!

  • July 5, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Loved the interview. Sounds like a great beach book, but I don't have a beach (Saint Louis has the river, but no beaches).

  • July 5, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Nancy – since I live in a province bordering Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Georgian Bay, Lake St. Clair and Lake Superior, and is filled with thousands of rivers and other smaller lakes, I forget that there are places that don't have many beaches. I guess it's a good 'pool side' book for you? Or 'sit in the back yard and veg' book?

  • July 5, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Probably "sit in the city garden and veg" book City Garden is the new "happening" place here; just opened on July 1, and is about two blocks from where I work, and I can lunch and read there daily if I so desire.

  • July 5, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Great interview. I'm totally with you about the fact that you should be proud of what you do. 😉

  • July 5, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I live next to the sea, so could sure use it here. I am lucky enough to see a bit of the bay from my window too 🙂 Well a lot if tress there now.

    Sounds like a fun book

  • July 5, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Slightly Foxed sounds like a great book.

  • July 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Sounds like a nice read. Count me in.

  • July 5, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I love Jane's descriptions of the two types of writers. It definitely made me laugh. With how well her sense of humor comes out in her post, I look forward to reading her books and enjoying the laughs I'll get while doing so.

  • July 5, 2009 at 10:27 am

    the drinks are over in the corner being served by Guitar Hero in the chaps HV? You got something for my motorcycle-riding, chap-wearing son, Guitar Hero. Is there something I should know about you two?

    uh oh, I think Blue Monkey may be on her way over … Which has more of a chance? A monkey or a hockey lovin' vampire?

  • July 5, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Nice idea about dancing in your knickers saying buy my books. would definately catch alot of peoples interest.
    lexeetoste at

  • July 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

    **** hands up in the air in mock innocence*****

    No Leah …. I just thought it was cool that Guitar Hero made an appearance at the party…. I have my own bartender… his name is Kellen and he is a were and I have my hands full keeping Angie Fox's hands off of him
    …. although the chaps do look good that monkey is a lucky woman…….. ***G***

  • July 5, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Another book to add to my ever growing list. I must remind myself to never show it to my husband. This sounds great!

  • July 5, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Sounds like a great summer read!

  • July 5, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for visiting, Jane. I'm sure there are a few of us that wish we were more like you. Looking forward to checking out your books.

  • July 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    thanks for visiting Jane i have to say i have never heard of you so thats a treat to get to learn about anew author to add to a ever groing list of people to read i agree i feel a lil bit of a kin ship to her as well so ty for that

  • July 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Jane – I think I need to hire you as my publicist. And BTW – have you thought of getting said underwear printed with a "brief" message? You're missing out on an advertising opportunity while you're on top of that table. 😉

  • July 5, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Jane, this sounds great and is added to my TBB list.

  • July 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Hi! Slightly Foxed sounds great!
    Going on my TBR pile 🙂

    Jnae, good luck with your future table dancing…

  • July 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    As a woman who has at one time or two (oh I don't even dare be honest about how many times!!!!) has been slightly foxed. Looks fabulous. What a fun post to read!


  • July 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    What fun post! Your books sound like great reads.

  • July 5, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Great sumer read!!!!

  • July 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I'm with Nancy — if St. Louis had a beach I'd be there with this book 🙂 I guess I'll have to do without the beach part 🙂

  • July 5, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I really enjoyed Jane's funny and true take on writing.

  • July 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Sounds like a fun book!

  • July 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Based on reading part of Jane's bio alone – her books have to be sooo much fun! I laughed during the bio and at the same time though – hey that's my house! Of course I don't say that I make the kids fend for themselves. No – they are being taught self-reliance. Dirt in the house builds up their immune systems. Shoving food under the door is simply giving them privacy.

  • July 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone! I'd just like to assure you that both my books are, indeed, great reads, and that my next book will be..mmmffff….all right, I'm going….

  • July 6, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I had never thought about promo as a tale dance but it works.

  • July 6, 2009 at 10:44 am

    not normally my type of book but this ones looks like I would really like it…I just moved near a beach and this looks like a beach read for me…thanks for the interview

  • July 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Great interview and I LOVE the cover! Well, and the title too!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

  • July 20, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Chey – you won a copy of Jane's book. Please send an email to Leah @LeahBraemel DOT com to claim your prize. (Rules of the contest are that the prize must be claimed within 30 days or you forfeit it.)

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