I love hosting new to me authors, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome Lucie Wheeler to Linda’s Book Bag today to help celebrate her lovely new book, The First Time Mums’ Club. Lucie has written a smashing post about friendship which is at the heart of The First Time Mums’ Club.
The First Time Mums’ Club was published by Harper Impulse on 5th May 2017 and is available for e-book purchase and paperback pre-order here.
The First Time Mums’ Club
After years of trying and a failed IVF attempt, Pippa is thrilled to see two little lines appear on a pregnancy test. Finally a precious baby to call her own. This is all Pippa has ever wanted…if only husband Jason could show just a little excitement.
A baby is the icing on the cake for Imogen and Alice – proof that their love for each other can overcome any obstacle. But when Imogen starts receiving malicious texts, it’s clear that not everyone is thrilled about the girls’ good news.
A drunken one-night stand and Ellie’s life is ruined! Pregnant, jobless and the relationship with her best friend, Chris, over- forever. Because Chris just happens to be the father of Ellie’s baby…and potentially the love of her life!
For these first time mums the road to motherhood is bumpier than most!
A Guest Post by Lucie Wheeler
I’ll be there for you….
I love the saying that “friends are the family we choose ourselves”. I even have a plaque …
Friendship was always a crucial element that I wanted to include in my writing. All the stories I write, involve friendship on a multitude of different levels. And friendship plays a key role in The First Time Mums’ Club with Ellie, Pippa, Imogen and Zoe forming an amazing friendship bond.
My friends are there to hold me when I am sad, congratulate me when I achieve, laugh with me when I am silly and kick me into shape when I go off the rails. I honestly do not know what I would do without them in my life. And I think it is important to have different groups of friends too. I have a number of groups of friends who help me in all sorts of different ways:
These girls are my lifeline in writing and a lot of the time, personally too. They are always there to push me harder to achieve what I want to achieve, career wise. They are my shoulder of support, my inspiration and my sisters. I class each and every one of these lovely ladies as my family. Thank you Celia, Laura, Catherine, Sue, Vanessa, Debbie and Jan.
My long term friends
Kayleigh: she’s my longest best friend. We have known each other since we were toddlers and she has been my rock. My daughter calls her ‘auntie Kayleigh’ and she really does hold a special place in my heart. She has been the most stable thing in my life prior to having my daughter and I know she will be my best friend forever. She is one of those people who has so many friends and is always socialising with someone – and I can understand why, because she knows how to be a great friend. I am very lucky to have her in my life. She holds an element of Zoe’s social side and, like Zoe, Kayleigh is the type of person that people feel able to open up to and go to for advice.
She gets married this year too and I am honoured to have been asked to be her Maid of Honour!
Tarnya: I have known Tarnya since we were at college doing our Performing Arts Diploma. Tarnya has always been there for me, through thick and thin, and I know she always has my back. Regardless of whether I am right or wrong in a situation, Tarnya is the girl that will be at the front, fighting my corner and then asking me afterwards what actually happened! Her unwavering loyalty is amazing. She has an element of Ellie in her!
Hannah: An incredibly special human being. We have been friends for about 8 years and I know she is going to be in my life forever. She is the weirdest person I know! Never before have I met someone so crazy, yet sane. So full on, yet passionate. So honest, yet supportive. Hannah will tell me if I have done something wrong, but she will be by my side to put it right again. She keeps my feet on the ground but equally, pushes me to fly. She makes me feel like part of her family. We go holiday with Hannah and her children at the end of this month and I am SUPER excited. Hannah has Pippa’s caring side and Imogen’s love for children. If I owned a nursery, Hannah would be my first employee because her love for children and making them laugh is incredible. She also makes me laugh – a lot!
My university friends
I knew it would take a lot of juggling going to university and I resigned myself to that fact that I wasn’t there to make friends! How wrong I was. I’m very lucky that my year group, as a whole, are fantastic and we all get on so well. Naturally, we do have our little close friendship groups within the year but I honestly feel like all of them are my friends and I could walk in and sit with any of them and not feel uneasy. I do have my close friends though and so I would like to shout out to Leanne, Abi and Alex for always being there for me and helping to keep me sane! Also special thanks to Claire, Ben, Louise, Esther, Katie and Hannah for giving me the laughs needed to get through a degree. I know I have made some friends for life.
My virtual friends
Well, this group of people play a massive part in my everyday sanity. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful group of online friends. Most of these online friends are authors, agents, editors and bloggers. And each and every one of them play a huge part in my everyday life. I couldn’t possibly name everyone but I just want you to know that you are all wonderful people. I wish I could post photos of you all.
About Lucie Wheeler
Lucie Wheeler lives in Essex with her husband and daughter, and her English Bull Terrier, Dame, who loves to sit under Lucie’s desk as she writes and keep her feet warm. Never one to sit still, Lucie always has lots going on in her life. Currently, she’s writing her novels alongside studying for a degree. She is also one of The Romaniacs.
Lucie loves reading, spending time with friends and eating chocolate – when she gets to do all three, she’s a very happy lady!
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