Today I’m on the blog tour for I Can’t Tell You Why by Elaine Robertson North and am delighted to bring you a guest post ‘But what do you actually do Mummy?’ and a giveaway
Having an affair is inconceivable to Dani and yet she’s having one with Alex. He’s married, he’s an actor and she’s his agent.
Then Dani meets Sean, a paparazzi photographer with a formidable reputation. It’s a profession that makes him unpredictable at best. A dangerous trait when his motivation to expose becomes personal.
Dani knows she’s made mistakes. She also knows she’s not the first person who wilfully hurt someone they love and is simply unable to explain why.
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‘but what do you actually do mummy?’
Although I had an exciting career that spanned a good 25 years, my sons have only ever really known me as a stay-at-home mum. Of course being around for them was a huge part of wanting to give up working, but as they were just 1 and 4 years old at the time, it didn’t seem appropriate or necessary to explain to them that Mummy was finally getting the chance to fulfil her dream of becoming a full-time writer.
It wasn’t until my youngest started school that I really focused on getting my first book finished, polished and published. While the boys were in school, it was a case of fingers to the keyboard, trying to get into a pattern of writing at least a few hours a day, and finally, I started to make progress.
So feeling as I did, that my days were busy and that productivity was high, it was a bit of a shock when they started asking me, ‘But what do you actually do Mummy?’ They told me with very earnest faces that they knew I did lots of shopping and the occasional Pilates class; they understood that Daddy went to work every day, but had no idea how I whiled away the hours. Typically, while I thought about how to answer, they moved on to something else and the moment passed.
I didn’t think about it again until I bought my youngest the extended version of ‘One Two Buckle My Show’ to help him learn his numbers. As we hit thirteen, the focus turned to maids. Inquisitive eyes studied the pictures of women in uniforms of sort, busy in the kitchen and waiting on people. I felt my heart start to sink and then it came. “Mummy, are you a maid?”
Immediately, I wanted to talk him through the many highlights of my career, how I’d given up running a small company to be able to spend more time with him and his brother, and how I’d tossed my career aside to be around to support them both through the highs and lows of school. And then I went for the simple answer. “No,” I told him. “Because Mummy doesn’t get paid.”
So me and my bruised ego gathered ourselves up and left it there. Until of course, a large box arrived with the first copies of my book. My ten year old was aghast. “Mummy!” he cried as he thumbed through it. “Did you actually write all these words?” The look of respect in his eyes was unmistakable and brought a tear to my own.
A few days later, the 7 year old had a friend over. “So what’s your mum’s book about then?” his friend asked. There was a slight pause while he contemplated the front cover, then he turned to his friend with a knowing smile. “It’s about a lady whose head explodes.”
His friend’s eyes widened and my youngest looked suitably smug.
It took a long time to be able to call myself an author, and right up there with the immense sense of achievement is the knowledge that my sons now believe I do something useful with my days.
about the author
Elaine spent 25 years working in marketing and communications in the media and entertainment industries. This included seven years marketing national newspapers and a variety of senior executive rolesin TV, radio and film. I Can’t Tell You Whyis her first novel.
Elaine lives in North London with her husband and their two sons. When she’s not writing, she can be found looking harassed on the school run, cheering on the side lines of her sons’ football matches or singing her heart out at her local branch of Popchoir.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Elaine for sharing her guest post with us.
Hope you’ve had a wonderful day all!