Holly Smale talks about writing The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky – her first novel after writing the bestselling Geek Girl series.
They start with a spark – unexpected, giddy – and deepen as I get to know them better.
With Geek Girl I didn’t see it coming, and my infatuation surprised me. I could spend solid weeks, months, years with those novels without getting bored; would forget to eat, refuse to leave the house, struggled to sleep because they were all I could think about. Over a full decade, my love for Geek Girl grew until it was such a part of me that I wasn’t sure who or where I’d be without it.
Then the end came: the right time to let go. I brazened it out – I’d be fine, I’d move on, I’d find another – but I didn’t actually believe it.
Instead, I secretly mourned. I got scared and sad. It had been the great love of my life, and I was quietly resigning myself to a life of nearly-but-not-quites. Of comparing, of pining; of rebound romances. Of going through the motions, feeling nothing at all.
Then there it was: a spark.
Three sisters, three voices, three faces. Three extraordinary lives filled with ordinary emotions: a huge, dynastic comedy about a family tragedy that arched over three books.
I stopped eating. I stopped leaving the house. I stopped sleeping. I thought about this new family constantly, desperate to know everything: what they thought, what they wanted, what scared them, what made them laugh. And I realised, for the first time in my writing life, that love isn’t constrained or limited. That it can happen, again and again. Because every good story brings its own love with it.
I had fallen in love with the Valentines too.
Introducing The Valentines. Fame – It runs in the family!”
The Valentine sisters – Hope, Faith and Mercy – have everything: fame, success, money and beauty. But what Hope wants most of all is love, and it doesn’t matter how far she has to go to find it.
Except real life isn’t like the movies. Unless of course you’re a Valentine…
Happy Girl Lucky is the first hilarious, heart-warming book in The Valentines series. From the internationally bestselling author of Geek Girl, Holly Smale.
The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky is available now.