My favourite vintage thing is this aquamarine ring that belonged to my grandmother, given to me by my aunt when she died. It was part of a collection of jewellery passed on from my aunt, and is very much intertwined with my writing career.
Without this jewellery I’m not sure I’d be where I am today. The fact that I was made redundant during pregnancy is no secret, and crops up a lot when I talk about my writing as it was my chief motivator to pursue the ambition. My husband pointed out, as I was looking for a new job (by the way, no one wants to hire a new mother part-time, for some reason we can’t be trusted to do a proper job…don’t get me started!) that I had a golden opportunity to finish my book and get it out there, and he was right. I also knew deep in my gut that I had to go to the Festival of Writing in York, because I’d been before and knew it offered so many opportunities to get in front of agents. And it was indeed where I met my agent so it turned out I was right on the money. But therein was the problem: money. With a baby, a mortgage and only one income, I just knew we couldn’t afford for me to go to a conference for a weekend, so I approached an antique dealer with the jewellery. I kept this ring, though, to remind me to make it count. I wear it whenever I know I need to push myself, to take every opportunity that comes my way.
A Robot in The Garden by Deborah Install is out now. I absolutely loved this book. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Ben Chambers wakes up to find something rusty and lost underneath the willow tree in his garden. Refusing to throw it on the skip as his wife Amy advises, he takes it home.
And as you may have guessed, because the clue’s in the title, the rusty and lost thing is a robot! He’s called Tang and I want one of my own because I LOVED him. Ben finds out and his awful wife doesn’t want him to keep it, because basically she’s vile. But Ben, decides he needs to help fix Tang and they go off an adventure to sort him out.
Tang is just the best. Deborah's clever writing which makes him come alive and it is impossible not to fall in love with him. I’m desperately hoping Deborah has another book out soon.
Thank you for guest posting, Deborah!