Today brings the publication of a new book and the debut of a new persona. My latest novel, The Valentine's Card, is published under the pseudonym Juliet Ashton. Juliet, although she looks, sounds, eats and laughs just like me, writes slightly differently to Bernadette Strachan. There's still plenty of rom and a dash of com but the story is thoughtful with a dark underside. I'm very proud of this book, which begins with a death, despite the dewy eyed title, and goes on to explore love in all its guises: friends; family; even foes. Ultimately, it's redemptive and optimistic and I hope it finds a niche on readers' shelves. read more
Publication days are odd. Flowers arrive from your publisher. Tweets chirrup good wishes. Your husband has to be reminded about it. The dog has no idea. I may pop a cork later but for now I'll simply enjoy my soft boiled egg and remind the world at large that Why Do We Have to Live with Men? by Bernadette Strachan hits the shops and the internet today. It attempts to answer the question that half-sozzled women ask each other in wine bars every night of the week. (Clue: it's to do with love ...) read more
My latest novel bursts forth today. It's called How to Lose a Husband and Gain a Life but no, it's not a manual, it's a romantic comedy. It's light and it's frothy but it has heart and if it doesn't make you laugh I haven't done my job properly. read more
Sometimes things happen to writers.