new novel launched by former Burnham-On-Sea resident
former King Alfred School student has launched a steamy novel
this month described as 'daring, funny and thought-provoking'.
Stone, 42, who has the pen name of Becky Walsh, has written 'Cupcakes
and Coffee' which has been hailed as a cross between between 'Bridget
Jones', 'Eat Pray Love' and 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.
loosely on real life adventures, it follows the sexual escapades
of Sam, fast heading towards 40, who moves from London to San
Francisco and begins an unlikely fling with a younger man.
book, from Bristol-based Silverwood Books, is a remarkable achievement
for an author who is dyslexic and keen to prove the condition
is no barrier to writing a novel.
up in Burnham-On-Sea and a former pupil at Highbridge's King Alfred
School, Becky moved to London to attend the Central School of
Speech and Drama and then carved out a career in theatre production
and travelled widely before becoming a self-development coach
says these experiences helped with the book, which she began writing
after a 'light bulb' moment.
suddenly realised there was room for a new kind of genre
a fiction book that has a big dollop of steamy sex, but with a
more serious social commentary about what it is to be a woman
in the modern world," she says.
background in show business, working as a stage manager and in
radio, also proved inspirational. "A lot of people say the
book has great characters and I think that comes from absorbing
a lot during rehearsals in theatres like the Royal Court in London."
ago I also shared a flat with comedy actors Simon Pegg and Nick
Frost of Shaun of the Dead fame, and seeing them as Hollywood
stars inspired me to follow my own dream of writing a book."
Becky chose to write under a pen name, to make a clear distinction
between her writing and her other career as a self-help expert,
she said there were crossovers.
wanted to create a book that was an enjoyable read, while posing
some interesting questions about sexual liberation. In my other
career I have worked with many people like the characters of Sam
and Nat in the book, who dont want to miss out on love,
yet havent been able to find it."
and Coffee is now available from online booksellers, including
by clicking here. The book will be officially launched at
Boston Tea Party in Whiteladies Road, Bristol on February 5th
at 7.30pm when a San Francisco themed Cupcakes and Coffee party
will be held with performers and readings from the book. More
details are available here
- all welcome.