Evening my lovelies. Apologies for the lateness – another crazy day at work! Firstly today I’ve got a guest post for you on the blog tour of Freecycling for Beginners by Misha M. Herwin. Misha is talking to us about ‘How Freecycling for Beginners came to be written‘. But first up, here’s all about the book…..
about the book
Title: Freecycling for Beginners
Author: Misha M. Herwin
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Estimated page count: 303
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Penkhull Press (31 Aug. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
The time has come for Jane to sell the family home. Downsizing to a flat means that everything must go, but her late husband’s favourite chair is far too precious for the tip.
Meanwhile, Robyn, balancing her precarious career as a portrait artist with raising an autistic son, is searching for a chair with panache that will allow her sitters to pose in comfort.
Elsewhere in the city, Tracey is clearing out her wardrobe at the same moment that divorced and cash-strapped Debbie is frantically seeking a prom dress for her daughter.
None of these women have ever met until Freecycle brings them together and their lives are about to be changed in ways they could never have imagined.
How Freecycling for Beginners came to be written.
Misha M Herwin is a writer of women’s fiction and books for children. Her latest novel “Freecycling for Beginners” was published by Penkhull Press on September 16th. In this post she talks about the inspiration behind the book.
People often ask me where I get my ideas from and my answer usually is that I get an image either of the main character, or of a particular place. Once that happens I know there’s a story waiting to be told and all I have to do is find it.
“Freecycling for Beginners,” is the only one of my books that didn’t start like that. The idea began to germinate when I joined my local freecycling group. I’m a great fan of re-cycling. Not just the plastic/cardboard/metal stuff you do for the bin men but the whole concept of finding a new home for things you no longer need or want. I hate waste and the thought of useable things going to landfill makes me angry. Besides, one person’s rubbish can be someone else’s treasure. Take clothes. Some of my favourite things have been pre-loved. This month is Second hand September so I’ll be wearing a charity shop outfit every day and posting a picture on social media. I’ll also be going through my wardrobe to pass on things I no longer wear.
Although I take my unwanted clothes to Cancer Research, it was a post about a dress that sparked off the novel. Late in the summer term a frantic mum asked if anyone had a prom dress they didn’t want and would be willing to pass on to her daughter. She didn’t explain why they’d left it until the very last minute but all sorts of scenarios came to mind. Perhaps the family was short of money. Perhaps there had been a dress but something had happened to it, or maybe, like Cinderella, her daughter had a last minute chance to go to the ball. Whatever the reasons behind the request, my curiosity was piqued and a story line began to take shape.
It wasn’t the only one, because freecycling takes two. The person who posts and the one who responds. So the story of the prom dress wasn’t just about the girl who needed it, it was also about the woman who offered it. There was a definite give and take going on here which made me think what a brilliant way this is for people to connect, to help each other and to make friends.
Which is exactly what happens to Jane when she offers her husband’s old chair. As it says on the blurb, “The time has come for Jane to sell the family home. Downsizing to a flat means everything must go, but her late husband’s favourite chair is far too precious for the tip.
Meanwhile Robyn, balancing her precarious career as a portrait artist with raising an autistic son, is searching for a chair with panache that will allow her sitters to pose in comfort.”
The two women meet and for both of them life will change in ways they could not have foreseen.
about the author
Misha M Herwin is a Staffordshire based writer. When not writing she runs workshops for adults and children, including youth groups at the New Vic Theatre, and events such as the 6×6 Story Café for Stoke Libraries. She spends what spare time she has with family and friends, reading, working in her garden and baking. Scones are a speciality.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Misha for her fab guest post.
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