Thursday, 19 September 2013

Elaine Jeremiah - The Inheritance

Today I have Elaine Jeremiah on the blog talking about her debut novel, The Inheritance. So without further delay, I welcome her to the blog.

The Inheritance
Follow Elaine on Twitter @ElaineJeremiah
"When Emma uses blackmail to force her father into giving her the inheritance owing to her early, it sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of her and her elder sister Kate forever. Although Emma and Kate have grown up on their father’s farm together, they each want two very different things. Emma is fed up with her boring, suffocating lifestyle and longs to break free. Kate by contrast is happy living and working for her father on the farm and can’t understand her sister’s urgency to leave.

With her inheritance, Emma is soon off to London with her wealthy friend Natalie. She begins to live a life of luxury whilst her sister Kate is left hard at work on the farm. But things are not all they seem. Before long Emma is finding that London life is not all roses, whilst Kate is forced to re-evaluate what it is she wants from life. And even though Kate and her father are living in the middle of nowhere, she discovers that a past relationship may pose a present danger to her. "


Hi Elaine, welcome to the blog!
What inspired you to start writing?

I can’t really say there’s one specific thing that inspired me to start writing.  I think it was a combination of things.  I’ve always loved reading as well as writing and I guess that reading and enjoying books did in part inspire me and make me want to be an author.  Also creative writing projects when I was at primary school and in the early years of secondary school made me realize that I enjoyed writing, that I was good at it and that it was something I wanted to carry on with.

Do you have a specific writing style and has it changed over the years?

I used to write mostly in the first person but now it’s mainly in the third person.  That’s not been a deliberate choice; it’s just how my writing has developed.  I tend to just start writing and go with what feels right.  But really I’m happy with either.  I also write in the past tense, although I have dabbled with the present tense.  I think I feel more comfortable with writing in the past tense, though I do like the immediacy of writing in the present tense.

How did you come up with the title of your latest novel?

The title for this novel was pretty easy to come up with.  The main thrust of the novel is what happens when one of the main characters, Emma the younger sister, blackmails her father into giving her the portion of the inheritance that is owed to her and her elder sister Kate when they’re twenty five.  So calling the novel ‘The Inheritance’ seemed to fit well with the narrative of the story.

Are events and experiences in your work ever based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes, definitely.  Not this novel so much but other stories I’ve worked on are very much based on events in my own life.  As a teenager I suffered a serious break down which inspired me to write a story that I haven’t finished and haven’t touched for years.  It’s very autobiographical.  And my current work in progress has elements to it that were inspired by my unhappiness at school.

How long did it take you to write your current novel?

I started planning it at the end of 2011 and then it took me pretty much all of last year (2012) to write.


When do your best ideas come to you?

Anytime really, though mostly when I’m not too tired.  I’m always meaning to keep a little notebook to hand so that if good ideas come to me I can write them down, otherwise I can forget.  Haven’t quite got round to doing that yet so writing the answers for this interview is a good reminder for me!

If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?

I think although personality-wise I’m more like Kate, I’d love to be more like Emma.  This is because she knows how to stick up for herself, which is something I struggle with.  She’s feisty and confident.  She’s also – at least for much of the novel – selfish and self centred and I wouldn’t like to be too much like that.
 
What is one of your guilty pleasures to enjoy?

I love watching a good old chick flick in the evening, especially in the winter when it’s freezing cold outside.  I huddle under a blanket with the fire on and my dog to keep me company.

What are at least five things you have on your bucket list and have you done any of them?

·        Go to America – I’ve been to New York but I really want to go to California, in particular San Francisco because it looks amazing.

·        Pass my driving test – I did pass nearly five years ago, so I’m not sure that counts.  But it did take me over eleven years (with lots of breaks I might add), was on my wish list of things I wanted to achieve for many years and I’m always amazed that I’ve done it.

·        I’d love to have copies of a novel I’ve written on sale in Waterstone’s and WHSmith.  Not sure I’ll get there, but self publishing ‘The Inheritance’ is a step along the way.

·        Make some money from writing – even if it isn’t much some would be nice and a real achievement.

·        Go to Venice and take a trip on a gondola.

  
Finally, tell us five random things about yourself.

·        I grew up in Hampshire not far from Winchester where Jane Austen is buried.  My dad used to take me and my siblings to buy books as a special treat from a bookshop which was literally a few doors down from the house where Jane Austen died.

·        I’m a Jane Austen fanatic.  I’ve got copies of all her novels and unfinished work, I’ve read spin-off books as well as loads of biographies and I’ve watched all the film & TV adaptations, most of which I own on DVD.  In fact I have different adaptations of the same Austen novels on DVD.

·        My favourite chocolate is Cadbury’s Dairy Milk.  Not very exciting I know but I just love it.  So smooth and creamy.  Mmm.

·        When I was about eleven I decided I really wanted to be an actress.  I’d picture myself winning the best actress Oscar.  Sadly it didn’t happen. L

·        I met my husband at a castle.  We were members of a re-enactment society which re-enacted Norman battles and Norman living covering the period in history from 1066 to 1215.  It was a lot of fun but very tiring and we’ve given it up now.
 
 

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Friday, 26 July 2013

Zanna MacKenzie - How Do You Spell Love?


A huge warm welcome on this particularly bright and sunny day to Zanna Mackenzie who is here to tell us all about her latest novel, How Do You Spell Love, as well as a little bit about herself. I’ve read her answers to my questions and I can’t believe she doesn’t own a single pair of high heels! I don’t know whether to salute her, or cry.

Now then Zanna, tell us more!......

How Do You Spell Love? 

Make A Wish…

Kat can’t help wishing there was more to life than this. What happened to her dream job? What happened with Nathan?

Summer is wondering where her life is going too… battling the developers of a controversial housing estate and working out why boyfriend Rob is increasingly distant.

When the developers win the battle and move into town everyone’s life is turned upside down.

Kat meets building site project manager Alex. She enjoys his company far too much, even though he’s on the town’s most hated list.

Summer meets Tom who has plenty of relationship troubles of his own, so things could get really complicated.

Soon everyone is keeping secrets, lives change and hearts are broken. Is everything falling apart, or does life just work in mysterious ways… 

A little taster:

Kat pushed the last of the cottage cheese and shrimp sandwiches into the cool box and slammed the van door shut. As if her life wasn’t enough of a disaster zone as it was – no money, lousy job, losing Nathan, having to move back home to live with her parents – now this had to go and happen. Plus, of course, it didn’t help that today she was feeling shattered after spending half the night chanting some ridiculous protection spell in the middle of the allotments with Summer.
Cringing as a van full of builders stopped at the nearby traffic lights, Kat braced herself for the inevitable. After the standard-issue wolf whistles had drifted across from their van, next came the leered, “Wouldn’t argue with that, love!” as one of them nodded towards her sparkling clean van, parked neatly at the curb. The words “A Bit of Crumpet on the Road” emblazoned down the side in deep purple, glittery lettering. Not for the first time Kat cursed her boss Janice for calling her bakery-cum-deli that name.
Kat sighed, well it certainly drew comments from the public and from their customers, not always welcome ones, but as Janice was always keen to point out, any kind of publicity and attention was, in her eyes, good publicity and attention.
Pulling her navy and white striped apron more tightly around her T-shirt and shorts, Kat ignored the builders and climbed into her van to begin that morning’s deliveries. As she indicated to pull out into the busy street in Luisborough, she mulled over the bad news – that she was to add the controversial Netherton Meadows housing development to her daily sandwich round.
Netherton Meadows. Yippee. If Summer found out, she’d surely be ostracised for fraternising with the environmental enemy. This was a development that pretty much everyone in Luisborough had fought against for getting on towards a year. It had been the focus of STW campaigns. It went against everything that Kat believed in environmental-wise. Everyone hated the Netherton Meadows developers. Except, it seemed, Janice, who was perfectly happy to, in her words, ‘supply yummy builders with yummy sandwiches.’
Lost in thought, Kat just managed to spot the approaching traffic lights had turned to red and hastily slammed a foot on the brake. The van lurched to a halt and several boxes of crisps and one of the cool boxes in the back tipped over. Damn. It was shaping up to be one of those days.
Two hours later Kat had visited all her usual drops, was extremely hot and bothered, and could put off going to Netherton Meadows no longer.
Driving through the assorted vans, machinery and portacabins Kat parked next to a building marked as being the Site Office and hit the button on the dashboard. Tinkling chimes filled the air as Kat climbed from the driver’s seat and made to open the back doors of the vehicle. It was embarrassing enough that the van had the company name in large lettering along its side but, just to make sure that it received maximum exposure – and achieved maximum embarrassment – Janice had had some irritating chimes fitted to the vehicle too. Kat was under strict instructions to sound the chimes when she called at all of the sites where people came out to the van; such as they were about to at Netherton Meadows.
A man came down the steps of the office with a grin on his face and walked towards her. “Hi, you must be Kat.” He wedged a clipboard under his left arm and offered a hand to shake. “I’m Alex. Project manager for the site.”
“Hi,” mumbled Kat, spotting a group of hard-hat-clad builders advancing towards her with hungry expressions on their faces.
“Right, lads,” Alex turned towards the men. “This is Kat and she’s very kindly agreed to venture onto this site to bring you all your lunch. Don’t give her any hassle, OK?”
The men laughed and then nodded. “Sure, Alex. You’re the boss.”
Fifteen minutes later it seemed that all of the team at the development had made their sandwich, crisp and drink selections and sloped off to devour them in the sunshine. Only one of the builders, a portly man who must have been twenty years Kat’s senior, had pushed the boundaries a little, despite Alex’s earlier warning. As he’d selected a smoked salmon and cream cheese roll – a choice that had surprised Kat somewhat, having pegged him as a ham and cheese kind of guy – he’d asked Kat if she’d fancy joining him for a drink sometime. She’d politely declined his offer, saying that she had a boyfriend. No need to tell him that, technically, she and Nathan were no longer an item. No need to tell him why either.
 

 

 
About Zanna

Zanna Mackenzie lives in the UK with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read.

Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!

Formerly a travel agent and therapist (she has qualifications in clinical aromatherapy, crystal healing, naturopathic nutrition and herbalism) she loves walking the dogs and gardening – that’s when she’s not writing or reading!

Zanna has written two novels, The Love Programme (Astraea Press) and How Do You Spell Love? (Crooked Cat Publishing) and both were published in early 2013.


What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always wanted to write and started out with non-fiction articles in various magazines, then moved on to writing short stories then progressed to trying a full novel. After that I was hooked.

Are events and experiences in your work ever based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No, not at all. My ideas are a combination of re-jigged and inspired-by bits I’ve seen on TV programmes or films, bits from articles I’d read in magazine or newspapers and bits which just randomly pop into my head.

How long did it take you to write your current novel?

To get the first draft done then it’s probably 4 months of writing here and there. Once that’s sorted I start the editing process which , for me, means going through the book over and over until I feel it’s the best I can get it to be, that probably takes another couple of months.


When do your best ideas come to you?

The ideas usually come to me when I’m not at the computer. The creative part of my brain seems to always be ticking away and I’ll get bits for scenes, dialogue etc come into my head when I’m walking the dogs, gardening, cooking - food often gets burnt whilst I’m frantically scribbling notes down!


When it comes to writing, are you a night owl or an early bird?

Neither, ideas seem to pop into my head all the time, day or night!
 
Do you listen to music while you write or do you relish the silence?

It varies. I do tend to have a particular CD or certain tracks from various artists which relate to each book so if I’m typing up my notes or writing first drafts then I’ll listen to music to ‘connect’ with the book but if I’m doing edits/tweaks to manuscripts then I usually work in silence to help with the concentration. The book I started writing last week is set during a long hot summer (probably inspired by the recent British heat wave!) in a small coastal town and there are music festivals and all sorts of summery stuff going on so I’m currently enjoying the Keep Calm & Be Happy compilation CD which is full of upbeat dance and pop tracks whilst I’m writing.

Do you plan your story or do you let it evolve as you write?

A bit of both. I have the overall plot and then the key plot points to guide me as to the next step as I write but invariably the characters and the plot evolve and end up different to how I’d originally outlined them.

 Do you write in short or long bursts?

Both. When a scene or snippet of dialogue pops into my head I write it down in my notebook and that might be all, just five minutes to write it down. At other times I can get completely caught up in the story and write all day given the chance.


Tell us five random things about yourself

• I hate hot sunny weather! I have skin which breaks out in prickly heat rash at the merest hint of sunshine and spent my childhood covered in soothing pink calamine lotion because of it!

• Favourite food is cheddar cheese, biscuits and a huge bag of salt and vinegar Kettle Chips

• Favourite holiday destination is the coast of Dumfries & Galloway in Scotland. We used to live in Scotland near Edinburgh and I still miss the amazing scenery.

• Favourite place for a meal out would be a picnic on a hilltop or on a windswept and deserted beach.

•I don’t own a single pair of high heels but do have four pairs of Wellington boots – different ones for gardening, walking the dogs, warmer weather and for slippery ice and snow in the winter! Crazy eh?
 
Follow Zanna on Twitter @ZannaMacKenzie
 
Thank you for stopping by Zanna. I wish you every success with your new release and I hope you find some relief from the glorious sunshine (well, not really - I'm loving it!) It was nice to get to know you a little better!
 
 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Sarah Louise Smith - Izzie's Cold Feet

Today I welcome Sarah Louise Smith onto my blog to talk about her latest novel, Izzie's Cold Feet. Lovely to have you Sarah, now take it away!
 
Izzy’s Cold Feet
One bride to be. Three ex-boyfriends.

Izzy is engaged to Greg, who is everything a girl could want.

The trouble is – all she can think about is the men she loved before she met him: sexy Ewan, the first love of her life; dependable Jason, who loved her more than she deserved; and irresistible Dexter, who broke her heart…

Then there’s the fact that her sister has been missing since Izzy was twelve. After such a traumatic childhood all Izzy wants is a normal, happy, settled life, but love is never simple.

In the week leading up to her wedding day, Izzy is forced to ask herself who she loves the most. And, given the choice, who would she want to spend her life with?

What inspired you to start writing?

I have been writing since before I can remember. As a child, I’d write stories with pictures and it was just always something I loved to do… so it’s hard to know what inspired me in the first place, but I love books. Reading has always been a passion so I suppose writing naturally followed suit.
Do you have a specific writing style and has it changed over the years?

I think my style is pretty much the same as it always has been but (hopefully!) I’ve improved when it comes to writing better prose, dialogue, etc.
How did you come up with the title of your latest novel?

It took me forever to decide! In fact, I submitted it to my publisher called ‘Untitled’. I wanted to use my characters name so I thought about it for a while and somehow, Izzy’s Cold Feet just came to me.

Are events and experiences in your work ever based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No, not deliberately. I’m sure my own experiences and feelings are reflected in the books but I would never based a character on a real person, that seems a bit mean somehow :)
How long did it take you to write your current novel?

I was writing notes and snippets for months but once I sat down and committed myself to it, about six months.

When do your best ideas come to you?

At the most inconvenient times! When I’m right in the middle of something… but also sometimes when I’m walking my dog, or driving alone in my car. I try to write them down as soon as I can so that I don’t forget.

When it comes to writing, are you a night owl or an early bird?

Early bird. I like to get up early and just sit down to write. By the evenings, I’m usually tired and not so inspired.

Do you listen to music while you write or do you relish the silence?

Silence, mostly… if I listen to my favourite music I just end up singing along and distracted. It’s not always possible to write in silence but it’s my preference.

Do you plan your story or do you let it evolve as you write?

I write the first few chapters and then start to plan… with Izzy’s Cold Feet, I actually changed the ending from my original plan!

Do you write in short or long bursts?

Long bursts. I go a week without writing and then I sit down and write 10,000 words in a day. It’s hard to get started but when I do, I can’t stop!

If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?

Ooh interesting question! Maybe Izzy. She goes through a lot, but she becomes a better person because of it, I think.

What is the last line of your last WIP you worked on that you wrote?

A few tears fell again and I wiped them away angrily.

What is one of your guilty pleasures to enjoy?

Cadbury’s milk chocolate. I have to ration myself.

 
What are at least five things you have on your bucket list and have you done any of them?

  1. Become a published author (done!)
  2. See the Grand Canyon (done!)
  3. Travel to each continent (working on it – I have a separate bucket list of places to visit)
  4. Meet my longest crush (since  I was 11), Robbie Williams
  5. Learn how to knit (random, I know)

 Tell us five random things about yourself.

  1. I love to cook.
  2. I’ve had my gallbladder removed.
  3. I have a golden retriever who is my surrogate baby.
  4. My favourite book is Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  5. I love boybands. The cheesier the music, the better!
 
Lovely to have got to know you a little better Sarah! I am also a HUGE fan of P&P!
Links:
You can purchase the paperback or e-versions from all the usual online book sellers.
A little more about Sarah Louise Smith...
Sarah Louise Smith lives in Milton Keynes, UK, with her husband, two cute cats and a loopy golden retriever. She has an extremely lovely step-daughter and spends most of her free time writing, reading, cooking, and taking long walks.
She’s the author of two chick-lit novels: Amy & Zach and Izzy’s Cold Feet, both published by Crooked Cat. Read Sarah’s blog at: www.sarahlouisesmith.com.

 

 

 
 

Friday, 5 July 2013

Kate Frost - The Butterfly Storm

Welcome to Kate Frost who is on the blog talking about her debut novel The Butterfly Storm.  I adore the cover. They say a picture paints a thousand words and in this case, I think it really does. Congratulations Kate - take it away!


Many thanks Laurey for hosting me as part of my blog tour for my debut novel, The Butterfly Storm. I say, debut, but it’s not the first novel I’ve written. There was the time travel one that I wrote when I was eight and another one set in the kitchen of a historic house that I started a couple of years later.

After a break in my teens from writing to concentrate on drama and acting I started writing two further books in my twenties – a sci-fi novel called Degeneration and an urban fantasy/adventure (I’m really not sure what you’d class it as!) called Tainted, neither of which I finished.

The Butterfly Storm is nothing like any of them; it’s contemporary women’s fiction with not a whiff of sci-fi or time travel anywhere near it. At its heart The Butterfly Storm is a love story but it's also a novel about family and belonging. It's strange because I started writing it when I was 27 and I've now published it at the age of 36 and I think it would have been a very different novel if I'd written it more recently. Whether intentional or not I think that certain experiences of your own life both good and bad have a tendency of feeding into your writing.

 

The Butterfly Storm is in no way autobiographical and the characters are all fictional, however I certainly took inspiration from elements of my own life. The novel is set in Greece and Norfolk and was inspired by the spent time in Greece visiting my Greek husband’s family, and Norfolk because that’s where my grandparents lived on their farm.

Place is very important in The Butterfly Storm so I needed two locations that were very different yet could rival each other for their sheer beauty. At the time I started writing The Butterfly Storm, my then boyfriend (now husband) and I were living with my parents in their house in Bristol. Firstly I should say that we all got on really well but we were there for nearly two years and independence and a longing for our own place and space to cook what we wanted when we wanted was very much on my mind and that filtered into my writing with Sophie feeling trapped and stifled by her parents-in-law to be. I wrote the first draft of The Butterfly Storm before I’d even got engaged, yet I went through the final editing process after I’d got married. In some ways my life had mirrored that of my main character, Sophie – without all the drama of course. Well mostly.

The Butterfly Storm


Four years ago life for Sophie Keech was perfect. A new start in Greece with Alekos, her boyfriend of just six weeks, removes Sophie from a mundane 9-5 job, takes her away from the difficult relationship she has with her mum, and gives her the opportunity and belief that she is finally doing something positive and exciting with her life.

But a lot can change in four years. An engagement, a domineering mother-in-law to be and the reality of life in Greece not being quite what Sophie imagined puts a strain on her relationship with Alekos.

When an accident forces Sophie back to the UK to look after her estranged mum, she has time to re-evaluate her life, her idea of family, where she wants to be and, most importantly, who she loves.


The Butterfly Storm >
Kate's blog >
Twitter: @Kactus77


COMPETITION TIME!

 
Anyone who buys The Butterfly Storm before June 28 and emails the amazon receipt to kactus@kate-frost.co.uk will be put into a prize draw to win one of two £5/$5 vouchers.
 


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

It's holiday time!


Ladies! I bring you good news on this god-knows-what-month-it-is-because-the-weather-is-crap day!

You won't have to wait long for a fabulous summer read!
Available on July 1st

How about dipping into over 30 romantic summer stories by some of the UKs best chicklit authors? Well on July 1st, you can embark on a journey that will see you jet-setting off to Italy, Greece, South East Asia, Australia, USA, Mexico, South America and everywhere in between.

The Sunlounger Anthology is the brainchild of chicklit author, Belinda Jones, and the ultimate beach read. I'm delighted to be able to say that my short story will feature among those by writers whose words I relish. And to think it all started with Twitter! Belinda contacted me through that delightful bluebird icon - and asked if I wanted to contribute. She'd read part of A Girl's Guide to Fairy Tales, and said she liked my style. Well only a fool would argue with an author who's had ten novels published and was nominated for the RNA's 2013 Romantic Comedy of the Year - and I ain't no fool.
 

My short story is set in Cambodia - in particular the ancient Angkor Wat temple in Siam Reap. Check out my author page - yes I have an author page!

So dearest fans of chicklit, I urge you to check out the fabulous Sunlounger website, which will banish the wintry-spring blues you may currently have and pave the way for a sizzling summer full of romance, adventure and laugh-out-loud moments.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

wattpad - what amazing news for chicklit!

My heart frowns when people say ChickLit is dead or not as popular as it was in the 90s. Of course it's still popular and perhaps there's even a greater need for such stories that show heroines of all ages, shapes and sizes kicking the backside out of life....and out of men for that matter.
 
Through such stories you can escape from the doom and gloom that swamps the daily news - from reminders about the recession and how little interest those saved pennies are netting you, you can forget all about the lack of jobs, redundancies, companies going into liquidation - and the fact you may or may not have eaten a horse meat lasagne.
 
Yes, ChickLit is alive and kicking and even more so now thanks to wattpad, who are launching their very own ChickLit category on Monday (February 11)
 What's even more exciting (you may disagree) is that;
1) My novel, A Girl's Guide to Fairy Tales, has been chosen as one of 50 titles to launch it.
2) I will be appearing alongside renowned ChickLit author - Marian Keyes!!!
 
I really am honoured and excited to have been invited to take part in such a venture in the hopes of spreading more ChickLit joy across the world. Cheesy, I know, but I am an eternal optimist. I love my glass to be brimming with bubbles, but half-full will do just fine.
 
For those of you interested in perusing the wattpad site from Monday visit: www.wattpad.com/chicklit
 
You will be able to read nearly half of my novel and I sincerely hope you enjoy  it - shout hallelujah, get happy and throw all your cares away as you read about the adventures my four characters embark upon.
 
Thank you and please spread the word :) 
 
 

Monday, 28 January 2013

The 1943 Guide to Hiring Women

This week’s blog post isn’t a Laurey-related story, rather a Second World War magazine article that a friend gave me when I was doing some freelance work last week…I could have done with a Tena Lady as I really nearly did wet myself with laughter. It’s from a bygone era and one of good riddance!

The 1943 Guide to Hiring Women: Transportation Magazine
                              Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees

There’s no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The important things now are to select the most efficient women available and how to use them to your advantage.

1.      Pick young married women. They usually have more a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they’re less likely to be flirtatious, they need the work or they wouldn’t be doing it, they still have the pep and interest to work hard and deal with the public efficiently.

Laurey says: Hahahaha!

2.      When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It’s always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.

Laurey says: I have met many cantankerous creatures and they’re not always older women. I’ve met many a crabby man too!

3.      General experience indicates that ‘husky’ girls – those who are just a little on the heavy side – are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.

Laurey says: I think this translates as ‘larger girls are bubbly and less likely to be bitchy because they’re not starving themselves and existing on a diet of celery and diet coke.’

4.      Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a special physical examination – one covering female conditions. This step not only protects the property against the possibility of lawsuits but reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job.

Laurey says: Ironic that today, most of the lawsuits now are from sexual discrimination and sexual harassment.

5.      Stress at the outset the importance of time – the fact that a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules. Until that point is gotten across, service is likely to be slowed up.

Laurey says: I doubt that men’s eyes were fixed firmly on the task in hand and more likely in the legs out of skirt in those days. Loss of productivity? Me thinks so! 

6.      Give female employees a definite day long schedule of duties so that they’ll keep busy without bothering the management for instructions every few minutes. Numerous properties say that women make excellent workers when they have their jobs cut out for them but that they lack the initiative to find work themselves.

Laurey says: Wtf? I have worked with many a man that has needed to be spoon-fed work while women got on with their own! Very often the men made the women more work when they failed to complete theirs properly.

7.      Whenever possible, let the inside employee change from one job to another at some point during the day. Women are inclined to be less nervous and happier with change.

Laurey says: Agreed. Women love change. Otherwise we’d still be following these rules.

8.      Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. You have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day.

Laurey says: Is this after she’d had sex with the boss in the store cupboard?

9.      Be tactful when issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they can’t shrug off harsh words the way men do. Never ridicule a woman – it breaks her spirit and cuts off her efficiency.

Laurey says: Agreed. Never ridicule a women – they often have more guts and balls than men do.

10.  Be reasonable considerate about using strong language around women. Even though a girl’s husband or father may swear vociferously, she’ll grow to dislike a place of business where she hears too much of this.

Laurey says: Bollocks.

11.  Get enough size variety in operator’s uniforms so that each girl can have a proper fit. This point can’t be stressed too much in keeping women happy.

Laurey says: Lol – I’ve met a number of girls who choose to have smaller sizes in clothes, therefore creating four breasts and pushing cleavage into chin, and copious amounts of muffin top.

So there you go folks – 70 years on and a lot has changed. Thank goodness for that! I Hope you had a little laugh too, but not so hard that you’ve had to change your underwear.