She began her writing career over twenty years ago but that first novel - ‘Baringer Manor’ - remains in a cardboard box on top of the wardrobe. Her favourite writing place is a peppermint and white summerhouse (shed) also stuffed with books she can’t bear to throw away.
An avid baker, with a willing family and neighbours as tasters, when she is not scrutinising her fellow human beings for ideas for her next novel, she is to be found perfecting her swing on the golf course – a hopelessly over-optimistic ambition.
'The Wish List Addiction' is Lindsey's second contemporary romance novel.
Rebecca Mathews is a Listoholic—you name it, she has a 'To Do' list for it. Coupled with her daily 'Must Achieve' List, she possesses a mid-term, creatively drawn 'Wish List' and an exhaustively-researched 'Bucket List'. But so far, they have delivered nothing but spectacular failure.
With her much-loved career exploded in her face, her marriage terminated in an acrimonious divorce and her frail father's pleas to return to her native Northumberland ignored, Rebecca concludes that if it wasn't for her beloved four-year-old son, Max, she would be adding a trip to a Swiss clinic to her list.
A sparkle of light appears in Rebecca's life wrapped in the guise of 'The Little Green Book of Wishes', which challenges the reader to 'ditch the list' and instead to use its gems of wisdom as a 'dip in/dip out' lucky bag of challenges from all areas of life.
Persuaded by her colleagues to relinquish her obsessive reliance on her multiple lists, cast adrift from their reassuring structure, she agrees to complete random tasks selected for her from the 'little emerald book of miracles'.
Will it deliver the desired result and cure Rebecca of her Wish List Addiction?
Lindsey tell us a bit about writing 'The Wish List Addiction'
I thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing 'The Wish List Addiction'. I listened to many friends and relatives explaining what was on their 'Bucket Lists' and why. We are consistently advised that happiness lies not in the amassing of monetary gain but in the connections we make and sustain with others. In the novel, the main character, Rebecca, stumbled upon a book in a bookshop entitled 'The Little Green Book of Wishes'. 'The Little Green Book' does not advocate that you draw up a finite list of things to do before you reach a certain age or event and then you can die happy in the knowledge that your dreams have been achieved. Far from it - it's too stressful by half! The risk is that in the strenuous pursuit of one goal and the satisfaction of striking it from your list to move headlong on to the next, the Wish List Addict becomes oblivious to the fact that real life rushes by alongside - exactly what happened to Rebecca. I wanted to explore what would happen if she was challenged to 'ditch the list'. Would her life change?
What about the genre you write and your journey to publication.
My favourite genre is romance, but I also enjoy real-life travel memoirs. I started with 'A Year in Provence' and have read shelves full of books written by authors who have ditched the treadmill of the 'nine to five' and gone off to chase their dream of living in a different country. My first novel was written over twenty years ago - in longhand - and still languishes in a shoe box on top of my wardrobe. I don't think it will ever see the light of day. It took several years to complete 'The Wish List Addiction' and to write the companion book, so I was delighted when Prism Book Group agreed to publish the story. You asked if I have any advice for aspiring writers. As a newly published author, I've got a lot to learn, but one of the nuggets of advice given to me remains with me and that is to persevere. Keep writing, writing, writing.
Have you another work in Progress?
I have a second book with Prism Book Group called 'Ugly Paradise', a novel set in the sun-drenched, paradise island of Bali. I loved researching this book too. It's a magical place. I have just finished editing a Middle Grade/ Young Adult book. 'Star Jumpers' is a story of Magic and adventure set in a fantasy world.
Where can we purchase, 'The Wish List Addiction?'
Barnes and Noble
You can find Lindsey on Facebook and Twitter - https://www.facebook.com/lindsey.paley.9
She would love to hear what is on your 'wish list'!