Ice Creams at Carrington's has been described as the perfect summer read and is the fourth story in the Carrington’s series. It continues the story of Georgie and her relationship with Tom, her dad and best friends Sam and Eddie.
It’s summertime in Mulberry-On-Sea and Georgie is delighted when asked to help organise the summer regatta, but she’s about to get the offer of a lifetime – one that is just too good to turn down and something that will test her loyalties to their limits… Will Georgie be able to pull it off once again, or has her luck finally run out?
Ultimately, Ice Creams at Carrington’s is about working out what really matters, it’s about friendship, family, seizing the moment and the joy of a truly scrumptious swirly wurly 99 ice cream with your favourite topping.
What is your favourite flavour of ice cream and what does it say about your personality?
It has to be the 99 with a chocolate flake, strawberry sauce and rainbow sprinkles - I love reminders of halcyon days gone by, hence the 99, and the strawberry sauce is because I’m a natural redhead but I’ve only recently mustered up the courage to embrace the red after years of being blonde. It’s taken me a few weeks to banish the school playground ‘ginger’ taunts that were still inside my head, but I’m loving it now, and the rainbow sprinkles are because I’m a massive drama queen.
Please tell us about your time as the City Girl columnist for The London Paper.
Ahh, it was so much fun, an anonymous expose of working life in the corporate world of finance in London - every week I got to write about mine and my friends’ colleagues and bosses truly appalling behaviour. Think The Wolf of Wall Street before it was tamed for cinema audiences – we had seen it all, it’s a horrible world and I thank my lucky stars every day that I’m away from it. Writing the column was very therapeutic.
You have written for a range of publications such as YOU, Cosmopolitan and Elle, so which has been your most memorable?
The piece I wrote for YOU magazine on adopting my daughter. The response was overwhelming, but not all of it was positive. I had many heartfelt messages from people all over the world that had been touched by adoption in some way or another, but one person took serious offence and sent me a string of threatening messages culminating in accusing me of stealing a baby. I found it difficult to deal with and ended up going through a stage of being very reclusive, but eventually the messages stopped after the police got involved, and I’m now getting out much more.
You live on the south coast of England so how inspirational is this setting for your writing?
Hugely inspirational - I live in a semi-rural village not far from Brighton so I’m lucky to be near the sea, which is wonderful when writing about Mulberry-On-Sea, the fictional setting for the Carrington’s series. I also have the gorgeously green English countryside with its pretty villages all around me, so perhaps this will feature in my novels very soon.
What is next for you?
Well, while Georgie and the rest of the Carrington’s gang take a break, I’m writing a new series, which I’m very excited about. More soon, promise!