`A cracking tale...the pace never flags in this funny, fresh debut novel' -- PUBLISHING NEWS
From the Author
A little bit about me
Hi there I'm Lauren McCrossan the author of Serve Cool. Thanks for logging on to this part to make my pathetic attempt at four-finger speed typing worthwhile. Of course, as the author I would be bonkers to say anything about Serve Cool other than - 'It's brilliant, you must buy this book' - or perhaps - 'A rollicking good read, I couldn't put it down' (I've always wanted to say that!). So, I'll let you make up your own mind. All I will say is, I hope Serve Cool makes you laugh and that it brightens your day. I hope it helps you to escape to that special place - where the sun shines, where you win the lottery once a fortnight, where the streets are paved with Galaxy Caramel, where donuts are a health food etc. etc.. Basically, I hope it makes you happy.
My novel centres around Jennifer Summer and her best friend Maz and is largely set in the Scrap Inn pub, Byker. Yes, as in Byker Grove - say that without singing the theme tune. You may think that setting my novel in a pub was just a weak excuse for doing all my research in one but, believe me, I wasn't hanging around in swanky bars with A, B or Z list celebs (whatever they are). I did all my research in and around Newcastle, which seemed to me to be the perfect setting for a comedy fiction novel. I especially love Newcastle for the vibrancy of its characters, for the great shopping and for the bright lights of the Bigg Market and Whitley Bay - where I have been known to consume the odd low-alcohol Babycham and late night elephant leg kebab. I'm also engaged to a Geordie, which helped when it came to writing the accent, so I will be becoming an honorary Geordie myself later this year.
Now a little bit about me - I am 27 and eleven twelfths (!), I divide my time between Biarritz, Hawaii, Newcastle and Winchester and I used to work as a trainee solicitor in London. Working in law, I soon discovered, was not for me and the day my boss told me I smiled too much to be a lawyer, I knew it was time for a career change. I was already writing freelance and had a regular column in Surf Mag so I took the plunge (and a few temp jobs in between) and wrote Serve Cool. Here I am 3 1/2 years down the line, still smiling boss! Book 2 is in the editing stages and I have started Book 3 so, don't worry, I am working hard to keep you entertained.
I just want to say thanks to those of you who have bought Serve Cool and taken the time to write a review (especially the really good ones!). I really appreciate it and I'll speak to you again when book 2 hits the shelves. Bye till then,