Mad about the Boy

Mad about the Boy

What can our readers expect from your new book Mad About the Boy?
 
Mad about the boy follows the journey of three women as they become more and more obsessed with a rising pop star. The storyline also follows the pop star and his girlfriend and explores their relationship as his (Adam's) fame grows. We see how the fans lives begin to revolve solely around their obsession at the expense of just about everything else in their lives. And we see Adam's relationship take a catastrophic turn for the worse. The book gives an insight into a world that some readers will recognise but will be new to people that have never experienced obsession.
You say that the book is fictional, however it is written around the experiences of following a pop artist, can you expand upon this for us?
 
Yes, the book is a fictional story with the main character and his girlfriend being  figments of my imagination. But a lot of the experiences that the fans have are written from my own experience. I became a member of an online fan club five years ago and have been to around 40 gigs of that artist during that time, all over Europe, the UK and further afield. It was a little scary in a way to find oneself becoming totally obsessed with a young pop singer and it was good to find others online in the same boat.
You have spent your working life in childcare and have now progressed to management, when did you know you would write a novel?
 
I have always enjoyed writing and always thought that one day I would write a novel. I just wasn't sure when. I was actually standing in Moscow airport on my way home from a gig when the idea just hit me that I could write a book around some of my own experiences.
Your love of pop music inspired Mad About the Boy, do you have any other passions that may spark a future book?
 
I would love to write for Children. Childcare and children are one of the loves of my life and I am sure that I would really enjoy writing in that genre. I may also write about losing someone you love to dementia as that is what happened to my mum and I feel very strongly about the topic. But I don't feel that I have finished with Adam yet and would love to continue writing about his life and those of his fans.
Do you feel that every relationship will inevitably suffer if one has huge fame and fortune?
 
I think it must be very very difficult to cope with the pressure and that it must put a tremendous amount of strain on a relationship.
What was your favourite thing about writing this book?
 
I loved the freedom of allowing the story to go exactly where I wanted it to go with no restraints. Although I was winding a lot of the story around real life experiences I found that the fictional part of the story just grew it's own legs and ran and ran. It was great fun!
How easy did you find writing this book when you have spent a career in something completely different?
 
Once I had got the idea and got started it just took off. I didn't find writing it difficult at all. My natural instinct to write and to express myself on paper just sort of took over. I throughly enjoyed it.
 
Interview by Lucy Walton


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