December 9 2013 Latest news:
By Helen Wright, Reporter
Thursday, October 3, 2013
A FORMER model turned author from Welwyn Garden City released her second book last week and will appear at the Hertford Children’s Book Festival.
Holly Smale’s second book, Geek Girl: Model Misfit, hit the shelves last week and is the second novel in her Geek Girl series, which follows the life of Harriet Manners, a high school student and model.
The series is loosely based on Holly’s own experiences of being a teenage model; hiding in school toilets, falling over on catwalks and breaking things she couldn’t afford to replace.
The second instalment picks up six months after book one ended, and sees Harriet dealing with a whole new set of problems.
Holly told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “She’s just finishing exams, she’s about to get a new sibling, and the fairytale didn’t go quite as smoothly as she assumed it would.
“When she’s given a chance to run away from it all with a modelling job in Tokyo, she jumps at the opportunity.
“Obviously she manages to make everything a whole lot worse.”
Holly’s first book, Geek Girl, was released earlier this year, and received rave reviews.
So far it has sold more than 50,000 copies and the 31-year-old, who grew up in Attimore Close, said she has been overwhelmed by the response.
“I couldn’t have asked for more, and it all feels slightly surreal.
“Every time I walk into a shop and see it in the charts, I feel so incredibly lucky.
“As a debut author, I didn’t expect anything. There are thousands of really excellent writers and books being launched every year, and all you can do is feel glad you’re one of them.
“Instead, it hit the bestseller lists and people seem to be really enjoying the fact that it’s a bit different.”
After being approached by Essendon-based author Freya North, Holly agreed to appear at the Hertford Children’s Book Festival, and she couldn’t be more excited to be taking part.
“I was thrilled to say yes. I’d just been lucky enough to do the famous Hay Festival in Wales, and had so much fun I was keen to repeat the experience somewhere a little more local,” she said.
“I’m so excited.
“There’s something really special about coming back to where you grew up, and we used to shop in Hertford at weekends regularly.
“Plus it means my family can all come to this one.
“And you can bet they will be heckling from the back!”
Holly Smale will be talking about her book at the Hertford Children’s Book Festival on Friday at 10.30am at the Hertford Theatre.