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    Thank You!

    Just wanted to pop in and say a massive thanks for hosting me here this month! It's been a pleasure to be here. Many thanks to Grace for inviting me, and for everyone who has taken part!
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    Oh, yay! Thank you so much - I'm thrilled you...

    Oh, yay! Thank you so much - I'm thrilled you enjoyed it! :) I worked hard on the plotting, so I'm glad the twists and turns worked. :)
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    Jane, we could have a 'what is wrong with you?'...

    Jane, we could have a 'what is wrong with you?' day! I'd be up for it! I bet we'd learn A LOT.
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    Oh, I'm sorry you've not been feeling well! I am...

    Oh, I'm sorry you've not been feeling well! I am glad, though, that you're still enjoying the novel! :)

    Yes, part of the reason chick lit is having a tough time (still) is over-saturation of the...
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    Ah yes, I had two years of research... my...

    Ah yes, I had two years of research... my part-time job at a very upscale spa. *shudder* It was definitely interesting!
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    That's a great idea! I could totally get behind...

    That's a great idea! I could totally get behind that. 'Actually, your hair DOES look bad' or 'Yes, you have actually gained weight'. I reckon it could be a lose-friends-day, though!
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    Grace, I'm so pleased you enjoyed Serenity! I...

    Grace, I'm so pleased you enjoyed Serenity! I love that she says what she thinks -- and I really enjoyed having access to the thoughts in her head. Since I used to work in a spa, a lot of the time...
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    Hi Jane! Wow, I'm super pleased to be the first...

    Hi Jane! Wow, I'm super pleased to be the first chick-lit novel you're reading (I think!). You'll have to let me know your thoughts. hope you like it, and thank you!
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    Yay! I'm pleased to have surprised you. :) And...

    Yay! I'm pleased to have surprised you. :) And really thrilled you enjoyed it! I always struggle with my characters making such wrong decisions yet keeping them relatable to the readers... so I'm...
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    I can't wait to hear if it pans out the way you...

    I can't wait to hear if it pans out the way you think, Lucy! Please let me know! So happy you're enjoying it. Can I ask how you feel about Serenity so far? She's quite a flawed character -- she makes...
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    Feel better soon, Grace! xx

    Feel better soon, Grace!
    xx
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    Hi Anna Rose! Thank you so much for reading - I'm...

    Hi Anna Rose! Thank you so much for reading - I'm so glad you're enjoying it so far. Serenity was a fairly easy character for me to set up - she just popped into my mind! She's a lot like me, with...
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    Gasp! First chick-lit novel? Grace! :) ...

    Gasp! First chick-lit novel? Grace! :)

    Seriously, though, I didn't set out to write chick lit, either. I started with more general women's fiction, leaning towards literary fiction. I enjoyed...
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    Thanks, Jane! I'm so glad I'm not the only one....

    Thanks, Jane! I'm so glad I'm not the only one. It's worse now that I go to parties and conferences and people know me as Talli there, too. It feels strange now when people call me by my real name!
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    Hehe! Grace, I can so relate to that. I was...

    Hehe! Grace, I can so relate to that. I was recently sending a cheque and I realised I'd written my pen name on the return address! Honestly, sometimes I feel like Talli is taking over my identity....
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    Yay! Thank you, Lucy. I hope you enjoy it!

    Yay! Thank you, Lucy. I hope you enjoy it!
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    Thank you for having me!

    A big thank you to Reader's Retreat for hosting me and for your interest in 'Build A Man'!

    To respond to Grace's question:

    Having Serenity as a transplanted American does reflect my life, in a...
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