JJ is delighted to be welcoming Robert today.
Robert Bryndza was born in the UK and lived in America and Canada before settling in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján. His debut novel ‘The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard’ became an Amazon bestseller and two sequels have followed, ‘Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding’ and ‘Coco Pinchard, The Consequences of Love and Sex’.
When he’s not writing Rob is learning Slovak, trying to train two crazy dogs, or watching Grand Designs – all in the hope that he’ll be able to understand his mother-in-law, build his dream house, and get the dogs to listen.
Or, for a far more interesting option, you can now follow Coco Pinchard on Twitter at @CocoPinchard
So you’re an author… Where do you get your ideas?
The one question I’ve been asked the most as an author is, Where do you get your ideas from? It’s always a tricky one to answer. Sometimes things will just pop into my head from nowhere, often an idea will develop slowly and I’ll have to take a few wrong turns to get it right, and sometimes I’ll fall in love with a place or an experience I’ve had and I think I just HAVE to put that in a book!
I’m British and I live in Slovakia. The first time I came here I was blown away by the beauty of the country, and the gentle pace of life. I stayed in my sister-in-laws country house which she bought a few years ago as a crumbling wreck. A tree grew out of a hole on one side the roof, and the garden had grown up and over the other. Only recently Google Earth updated its entry, showing the results of four years hard work.
The house is now beautiful, and cosy, with a garden full of sweet smelling flowers. It’s part of a tiny Hamlet of five cottages tucked away in a crease in the fields. Over the road is a stream with a crumbling water mill. To one side wetlands glitter in the sunshine, and to the other, fields of sunflowers sway lazily in the breeze. And they’ve got a famous neighbour, the guitarist in one of the biggest rock bands in Slovakia.
I’m not name dropping here, I just thought you may have heard of this place before. I used it as a location in one of my books, The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard. Over the years, the fictional version has become confused by the events in the book. My husband Ján says that whenever he sees the garden, he thinks of the party which is thrown for Coco Pinchard’s birthday, of Coco having a drunken one night stand in the field by the mill… with the guitarist of a famous rock band.
My sister-in-law said they recently saw their neighbour, the famous guitarist, on who the character is based. He had poked his head over the wall to say how much he was enjoying the Slovak language edition of The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard.
“This woman isn’t real, is she?” he asked nervously. “Did she come and stay with you?” They could see him, mentally running through the wild parties he’d thrown in the past.
She assured him it was a work of fiction.
Sadly, the house is about to be sold. So we’ve come here to stay one last time, and it’s going to be tough to say goodbye.
You have immortalised your sister-in-law’s home Robert 🙂
Keep those memories alive!
Since Coco Pinchard found first husband Daniel in bed with another woman, she hasn’t just picked up the pieces: she’s now a best-selling author married to her hunky soul-mate Adam. She feels stronger and wiser and surely the second time round she’ll have learnt from her mistakes?
But things aren’t going quite according to plan… Adam has lost his job, Coco’s grown-up son Rosencrantz seems to have derailed his life in spectacular fashion, and ex-mother-in-law Ethel keeps letting herself into the house thanks to an endless supply of spare keys. When literary agent Angie takes on Coco’s arch rival, the indomitable Regina Battenberg, it looks as though things can’t get any worse. And then Coco discovers she’s pregnant; at 44.
Can she really go through it all again? Sleepless nights, stretch marks on top of stretch marks, and poo as a normal topic of conversation?
The third and final book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling series is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time.
Coco Pinchard, the Consquences of Love and Sex is touring with Fiction Addiction Book Tours.
|Tour Date||Tour Host|
|28th July||Fandom Monthly Magazine|
|29th July||Brook Cottage Books|
|30th July||Deal Sharing Aunt|
|31st July||Lost in Chick Lit|
|1st August||M’s Bookshelf|
|4th August||The Book Corner|
|5th August||Books are my life|
|6th August||Katie Oliver|
|7th August||Inheritance Books with Rhoda Baxter|
|8th August||This Chick Reads|
Tour giveaway is 3 x signed copies of Coco Pinchard, The Consequences of Love and Sex plus Coco Pinchard bookmarks. You will be able to enter via tour host posts.
We hope you’ll join in and check out the fun posts as well as reviews.