Happy, single, divorcee.
Successful business woman.
Content on perving on the cute guy at the gym. At least until my best friend sets me up on an online dating site. Now, all I’m doing is blocking dick pictures.
Burned by bad breakup.
Going to kill my brother for not only setting up a profile on this online dating site but giving me this username.
Humiliating online profiles bring them together, while the universe tries try to keep them apart. Reluctant daters become determined lovers who will need to decide if they’re willing to fight for something they never wanted in the first place.
Hands up if you have had a dodgy online dating experience (raises hand. Maybe one day I will tell you about the guy who was waaaaay too excited about his job in the viscera room at a pet food factory).
Ava and Patrick's story is sweet and funny and at times frustrating. But most of all it was full of hope. Hope that things will fall into place. Hopes that this could be it, this could be the one.
The best thing about our lovelies? They are real. They are relatable. They have their own body image issues, they aren't all 8 packs you can crack coconuts on, they aren't all perky boobs and perfects bums. They have wobbly bits, and I for one love them even more for it.
There were times that I wanted to punch someone through my kindle, I laughed, I cried, but most of all I cheered on two amazing characters finding themselves and maybe love as well.
This is only Miss Traynor's second book, but I will definitely be reading more as they are released in the future. She has quickly become one of my one-click, must read authors.
Now I am impatiently awaiting book 2 in the Time series.
So quick things about me …
1. I write my character maps and synopsis by hand in art books (nice big pages).
2. I have a pen and sticky note problem. Seriously, wouldn’t have to buy a pen or sticky note for at least a year.
3. My favourite tea is Darjeeling.
4. My favourite season is Autumn. Warm sunny days with a crisp night for snuggling in bed with a book – perfection.
5. I’m right handed.
6. Dogs are fine but I prefer cats.
7. I usually write in silence.
8. I swear too much.
9. I can’t stand Brussel sprouts. I have a horrid childhood memory from me that has scarred me for life.
10. I’m able to lick the tip of my nose with my tongue. Don’t know why I’m sharing that, just thought it was interesting.
11. I’ve been writing stories for years but finally got brave when I got sick of seeing others living my dream.
12. My favourite food is bacon and eggs on crusty bread with Worcestershire sauce. Anytime of the DAY!
13. Josephine is her favourite girl’s name.
14. Traynor comes from Will Traynor of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You.
15. It’s been a struggle to get to 15 – I really do think I’m a typical suburban mum, dealing with life, two young kids, school, shift work and writing. I just want to make people happy with my stories. That’s my wish.
A little longer about me …
I’m a writer with a dream of sharing the characters I see in my head with others and have you fall in love with them too. I have been a writer since I was a little girl and finally got brave enough to show my work to a friend. My friend asked for more and that, in turn, resulted in me showing a couple more friends, who told me this book needs to be published.
On the other side of the pen name, I’m a mother of two and that’s a big part of why I’m using a pen name. This is MY career choice, not theirs. It’s not about being ashamed of my work, far from it, I am super proud but I have a responsibility. The other reason is due to wanting to keep the focus on my work. For the lack of a better pun, I’m an open book, ask me anything, but I think my books are far more interesting than I am.
I think about writing and characters all the time. I love nothing more than sitting down at my computer, or even with my pen and notebook, to get my imagination down on paper. I try to create characters that feel like friends, people that the reader would want to know. I aim to write stories that not only give you a laugh, but have you thinking about your own life.
About the actual name – I’d chosen another name and found out that there is another author out there with the same name. Back to the drawing board, I chose my favourite name – which was Josephine. As for the Traynor part, I’d just finished read Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You and Will Traynor’s choices and suggestions about living to the fullest and without regret was another push for me to follow my dreams.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you fall in love with a few laughs along the way.
ALSO BY JOSEPHINE TRAYNOR