Q: How did you get started in writing novels?
A number of years ago! I wrote diaries, plays at university and had adapted a show too when I was working as an actress. I didn’t ever plan to become a novelist, but I obviously enjoyed writing. Before social media was born, I used to send chain emails to friends and family if I went abroad and people commented that they were quite funny. I suppose those things gave me my start and confidence to keep going. I didn’t have a clue how to write a book though! I finished my first novel in 2005 but it wasn’t until 2015 that I got one published…!
Q: What are themes that readers will find in your new release, Maybe Next Time?
Well, it is I hope both a heartbreaking and heartwarming read. It is I hope a book that will make you laugh and fall in love with this couple but also move you to examine what you want out of your own life, examine how you are using your time.
I wrote it because I had forgotten how to notice the small things that bring joy to the everyday.
It’s a bit of a fierce roar for women everywhere too – I think a lot of women will identify with the
insane juggle that is Emma’s life and feel very “seen”. In this crazy world of social media pings, family, work hours bleeding into personal, friends and more it is a reminder to stop and look and slow down.
Q: Tell us, readers about your latest release coming out soon, Maybe Next Time.
It’s been described as when Groundhog Day meets One Day and hopefully it has the right balance of light and dark. The story centres around a busy literary agent and mother, Emma, who finds herself reliving the same day over and over again. It’s any normal Monday, the only difference is at the end of this one… her beloved husband Dan is dead. Can she work out what to do to break the time loop and save her husband?
Q: Who are the main characters portrayed in this new novel?
The book opens with a letter from Dan – our hero and protagonist’s husband – who is writing a letter in 2007 on the 1 st anniversary of his first date with Emma. Then we meet Dan and Emma in the present day after 15 years together and two children on the day when Emma has forgotten to write her letter on their anniversary (for the second year running…).
Q: What would you say is the magic in writing a great novel?
Those rare and incredible moments when a better idea lands even though you have mapped your novel! There was a moment writing MAYBE NEXT TIME where that happened. I can’t share it sadly as it would ruin a good reveal, but I was so happy to have been gifted it by the Book Gods.
Q: What is your advice for aspiring writers?
A lot of people can write well but the trick many need to learn is to write a well-structured, page turning story. My early books were so messy, the pacing all wrong and the structure confused, and it is why they remain in a drawer. I think the trick to learning how to do that is to read in the genre you wish to write in (the good and the bad) to see how they do it and also, I’m a huge fan of a craft book.
Q: What other projects are you working on that you can share with us, readers?
Well, I’m actually finishing edits on the book after Maybe Next Time. IF I WERE YOU is another speculative love story – a genre I adore – and this big love story is an emotional and funny body swap set around a stressful family wedding!
Q: Who are your favorite characters in your book, Maybe Next Time?
AuthorLou!!!! Oh my goodness poor AuthorLou – all writers, or creatives, are AuthorLou. She is the needy, terrified novelist who constantly WhatsApps Emma with absurd, petty questions and she was so much fun to write. Writers are all a little bonkers when it comes to their books and it was great fun to put all the angst into one poor creation…!
Q: Using only three words, how would you describe your writing style?
I honestly can’t do this!! I would hope it ‘makes readers feel things’ but that is four words.
Q: Where can readers find you and your books online?
My website is http://www.cescamajor.com and I am on Twitter and Instagram the most (Cesca Major or (CescaMajorAuthor). I do have TikTok, but I am not really cool enough to be on it a lot and people can find me over on Facebook too.
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