Hi Jill, thank you for taking some time out to talk to me about the book you have written with Tottie Limejuice and Janet Holt, ‘Take Three Birds’.
How did you all meet?
We initially made friends on the internet and joked about turning up on each others doorstep, and I thought well why not go to France to see Tottie, it’s only over the border I don’t actually have to fly. Though it wasn’t until i considered writing about it that it became a serious idea, to do it just for fun was one thing but to turn it into a book made us see things from the business point of view and suddenly it became more viable.
Tottie and me discussed it and invited Janet to be the third bird. In the beginning we had another person interested in being the UK bird but she dropped out and we decided we really wanted to go ahead so we got Janet onboard, and we were either very lucky or very clever because she fitted perfectly for what we wanted.
It was always a risk, as we were all aware that internet friends can be very different in person, but we went in with open minds and came out laughing, so it was an amazing experience/experiment and the memory of it will stay with all three of us because we all had such a fabulous time.
Take Three Birds
On a mountaintop in Italy, English writer Jill comes up with an idea – to meet up in the flesh with two other writers she encountered on the internet and has shared many online laughs with. One slight problem is that Janet lives in England and has never flown. Another is that Tottie lives in France and, like a good wine, doesn’t travel.
So intrepid Janet boards her first ever flight to meet Jill in Italy and together they embark on a crazy road trip in a twenty-year-old Fiat Punto, to disturb the peace of Tottie’s little ‘grottage’ in France’s Auvergne.
When two sixty-somethings and a forty-something meet up, there’s lots of laughter and plenty of chatter. But will it turn out to be a lasting friendship or will the Three Birds part company vowing never to meet again?
Take Three Birds is out on Dec 15th. How can people pre-order their copy?
For pre-order – AMAZON UNIVERSAL LINK SMART URL: smarturl.it/17q33q