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November Book of the month: One Day in December by Josie Silver, Read and join our author webchat on Tuesday 4 December at 9pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 01-Nov-18 17:42:18

After a couple of nail-biting reads, our November book of the months offers you something a little different and is the perfect book for curling up and reading on a cold winter's night.

Josie Silver's One Day in December follows three characters through 10 years of love, heartbreak and friendship. Find out more about the book and read or listen to an extract and then join us in reading in November before our webchat with Josie on Tuesday 4th December, 9pm.

MrsDeaconClaybourne Tue 04-Dec-18 22:09:33

That's so exciting! I never win anything usually. Thanks MN and Josie - it's made my night smile

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 22:03:24

That was fun, and went by in a blink!
Thanks so much for inviting me and making me so welcome, and especially for reading One Day in December.
Wishing you all a truly fabulous Christmas!
Love Josie xx

SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Dec-18 22:02:52

(Also just to say, Big Magic is a personal fave of mine too. Highly recommend, especially to those pursuing creative paths!) star

ButDoYouAvocado Tue 04-Dec-18 22:01:41

Thank you so much for coming on. I am very much looking forward to your next book!

SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Dec-18 22:01:28

And that brings us to the end of the webchat. Thanks so much for your thoughtful answers, Josie and to everyone for joining the webchat this evening. Best of luck with your next book - we look forward to reading it. Plus watching the film featuring as many of the Nashville cast as possible...

The winner of the draw for next month's book is… MrsDeaconClaybourne. Congrats! PM with your details and we'll get a copy of The Woman in the Window sent out to you asap.

Until next time smile

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 22:01:22

WhatWouldLeslieKnopeDo

Oh no! It's come around so quickly. I haven't finished the book yet as I've not been well. But I'm really enjoying it. So, thank you very much Josie smile

I am especially enjoying the friendship/flatmate relationship between Laurie and Sarah. It seems very real. Was that inspired by a real life friendship of yours?

Hi LesieKnopeDo!
I'm really lucky to have some truly fab ladies in my own life who definitely inspired and informed the friendship between Laurie and Sarah. I actually enjoyed writing their relationship as much as the romantic ones in the book.

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:58:44

SorchaMumsnet

There are still a few more questions but before I forget, Josie - could we put to you the questions that we ask all our book of the month authors? -

What was your favourite childhood book?

What was the last book you gave to someone as a gift?

What was the last book you read?

Can you describe the room(s) where you wrote One Day in December? (Perhaps an elaboration on FernieB asking about where you write? smile )

Hi Sorcha! Here's my answers...

Favourite childhood book - I was a big Enid Blyton fan as a kid. The Famous Five, The Naughtiest Girl in the School, her Fairy Story Collection, I devoured them all.

Last book I gifted - Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman - I’ve given this book out to pretty much all of my friends now, it’s hilarious but so tenderly observed too. It made me cry, and then made me cry laughing! Another book I often gift (mostly to creative people) is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s full of great advice for writers, artists, anyone creative really on how to capture your inner magic and make things happen for yourself.

Last book I received - I’m always buying books, it’s an addiction! So I’ll share my most recent amazon spoils instead - The Cactus by Sarah Haywood, You by Caroline Kepnes and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I’ve yet to read them; I’m on a tight deadline for my next book so I'm saving them as rewards!

Room I wrote the book in - We recently moved house, so One Day in December was the last book I wrote in my old office. I’m the only female in my house so my office was a much defended feminine space. My new office would be best described as a ‘work in progress’ - full of boxes and junk. I’m sure I’ll find time at some point to organise it, but until then my office involves headphones, my laptop and the sofa!

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:55:48

MrsDeaconClaybourne

I could see Gunnar as Jack - definitely with dark hair though. Clare Bowen would be a good quirky Laurie too - though I know what you mean about it being a Brit (she's obviously good at accents though!) Maybe you could get the whole cast back together for it😀

(Apologies for the slight de-rail)

Am sitting here trying to find a part for Deacon in my head now! wink

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:54:59

ButDoYouAvocado

Where did you get the inspiration for Jack's wedding speech? One of the most moving moments of the book in my opinion.

Ah, thank you ButDoYouAvocado! That scene went through several re-writes, I had that fabulous speech from Four Weddings & a Funeral in my head and kept deleting it.
In the end I had to forget everyone else and focus on Jack. I knew him pretty well by that stage so I had to dig deep into his head to pull out what he might want to say. I have a huge soft spot for him, I wanted him to really come good for Laurie and melt hearts.

yUMMYmUMMYb Tue 04-Dec-18 21:53:35

Oh yes. I need to add Michelle Obama to my santa list.

A lovely read for a cosy evening. Thanks!

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:51:26

FernieB

Thanks for answering my questions Josie. A couple more! Do you have a strict routine for writing (I know some writers get up with the sun and then write for a few hours before breakfast)? And where do you write? Do you have music on or silence?

Hi again FernieB,
I'm lucky enough to write full time, so I get the kids off to school and then start work from my sofa. I'll work until they come home again, and often again later at night too. I'm a bit of a night owl so I prefer to work late nights than early mornings.
I love music as I work, I always have a playlist that suits the manuscript on in the background. Never TV or radio though, I find it too distracting.

ButDoYouAvocado Tue 04-Dec-18 21:49:37

If tge book is made into a movie (HI REECE!) who do you think would play Jack, Laurie and Sarah?

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:47:13

starlight36

Hi Josie,
I really enjoyed the book. Like others I thought the description of the girl's ongoing relationship was as compelling as the love story.
My question is whether the London setting was an important part of the story or could it have taken place anywhere?

Hi Starlight36,
For me, London is one of the stars of the book, right from that opening love at first sight moment on one of our iconic red buses.
Our capital so well known around the world and easy to imagine, whether your reading the book in the UK, the US, or in the latest country to buy it - South Korea! Having an instantly recognisable setting helps readers bring the story to life.
I think (hope!) it adds to the Christmas movie feel too.

WhatWouldLeslieKnopeDo Tue 04-Dec-18 21:46:21

Oh no! It's come around so quickly. I haven't finished the book yet as I've not been well. But I'm really enjoying it. So, thank you very much Josie smile

I am especially enjoying the friendship/flatmate relationship between Laurie and Sarah. It seems very real. Was that inspired by a real life friendship of yours?

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:40:42

yUMMYmUMMYb

Really enjoyed this book. Thanks! Similar to others I wonder whether you thought of an alternative ending? Do you have personal experience of a holiday romance / love at first sight or moving to another country for love?
What book would you like to receive as a Christmas gift?

Hi yUMMYmUMMYb!
Ah, I wish I had a romantic transatlantic love story to tell at this point, but sadly not! Like many people, I met my husband through work.

Which book would I like to get from Santa? Def Michelle Obama's - she is one of the most fabulous women on the planet, isn't she!

MrsDeaconClaybourne Tue 04-Dec-18 21:38:09

I could see Gunnar as Jack - definitely with dark hair though. Clare Bowen would be a good quirky Laurie too - though I know what you mean about it being a Brit (she's obviously good at accents though!) Maybe you could get the whole cast back together for it😀

(Apologies for the slight de-rail)

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:37:22

andadietcoke

How did you react when you found out Reese Witherspoon had chosen it for her book of the month for the book club? Was it a surprise?

I loved the book - I read it as an ARC and adored Laurie and Jack's story.

Hello Andadietcoke,

It was a totally brilliant shocker of a surprise!

I didn’t have a clue until a very excited email from my american editor landed in my inbox at about 9pm one Friday evening a couple of weeks back. It was one of those OMG OMG OMG moments - I never expected it would happen, I didn’t even know the book was on Reese’s reading radar. Things went crazy here on social media when it was announced on Saturday - I needed a really big G&T to calm down after trying to keep up on instagram / twitter / Facebook! It was the loveliest kind of shock though.
I STILL can't believe it when I look at the photographs of Reese with the book. Hollywood magic!

SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Dec-18 21:34:45

There are still a few more questions but before I forget, Josie - could we put to you the questions that we ask all our book of the month authors? -

What was your favourite childhood book?

What was the last book you gave to someone as a gift?

What was the last book you read?

Can you describe the room(s) where you wrote One Day in December? (Perhaps an elaboration on FernieB asking about where you write? smile )

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:34:34

bettyskitchen

I really enjoyed this book - a really fun, festive read.

Were you torn on how to end the book? I could see it going either way, what lead you to your final decision?

Hi bettyskitchen,
Thank you!
I didn't really waver from my initial plans for the ending of the book. Thinking back to the original brief (to aim for the feel good Christmas movie factor) it needed a really satisfying, romantic end. I see it in my head like a movie as I write it - it's the kind of ending I'd like to see on screen. smile

ButDoYouAvocado Tue 04-Dec-18 21:30:58

Where did you get the inspiration for Jack's wedding speech? One of the most moving moments of the book in my opinion.

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:27:54

ireallylovechessenonioncrisps

Really enjoyed the book. Here are my qs (also *spoiler alert*):

1) Did you have the happy ending in mind from the start? Were you ever tempted to give it a more tragic, messier ending?
2) Do you see Laurie and Jack's relationship lasting in the long-run?
3) Why did you decide to set it over 10 years?

Thanks!

Hi IRLCNOC! smile
I wasn’t, really, but I agree It could have gone a few ways. I have to confess that when Laurie first met Oscar on the beach in Thailand I fell a little bit in love with him when he called her starfish - I certainly wavered! I had a pretty good idea where everyone would be by the end, but not their paths to get there. Jack in particular had a more difficult time than I first thought, he wandered a long way off piste. That's they kind of guy he is though - unpredictable.
I like to think Laurie & Jack would stay the distance. They worked hard for their love, I think they're grown up enough by the end to cherish it.

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:23:48

BearAusten

I really enjoyed One Day in December. A lovely book for any romantic. I liked how all the relationships within the book change and develop, not just between the central characters of Laurie and Jack. Heartwarming, but it did make me sniffle a bit.

I am looking forward to your next novel, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.
When is this one going to be available?

Moreover,

- What was the inspiration for the story? Have you ever fallen in love at first sight?

- Why 'bus boy'? Just because of the alliteration?

- Do you believe in destiny?

Hi BearAusten -I’m not even going to apologise for the sniffles, that’s a good thing in my eyes! wink

The initial idea for the book came from a couple of things. Firstly, I was approached to write a ‘Christmas movie’ style book by an editor i'd previously worked with - Love Actually, The Holiday, those kind of films. So that was a base - to try to make readers feel the way we do when we watch those beloved films. Escapist, romantic, a bit of humour, some heartbreak. Real life, but with an extra sprinkle of movie magic, if you like?
Secondly, I’ve always wanted to write about love at first sight, so it became an opportunity to do that too. Putting the two ideas together formed the beginnings of the book - that love at first sight moment on the bus at Christmas.

Has it ever happened to me? God, No! I do believe in it though - and lots of people who’ve read the book have since messaged me to tell me their own love at first sight stories, so it definitely happens.

Busboy - that took a little settling on. I initially used bus-man but it felt too clunky and grown up for the stage Laurie & Sarah were at in their lives at the time, and Bus Boy sounds more like the flippant kind of thing Sarah would come up with. I wasn’t 100% to begin with, but it went in and stayed there!

Do I believe in destiny? I guess to a small degree, although I think you make your own luck too.

FernieB Tue 04-Dec-18 21:23:19

Thanks for answering my questions Josie. A couple more! Do you have a strict routine for writing (I know some writers get up with the sun and then write for a few hours before breakfast)? And where do you write? Do you have music on or silence?

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:18:28

I seem to have answered that a million times - I promise I haven't been drinking wine! wine

JosieSilver Tue 04-Dec-18 21:16:35

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