On… my next book

10 things I can tell you now about my next book. 1. It’s the first in a series of books called Union Street, about five twenty- something girls sharing a house in Brooklyn, that I’m writing for St Martins Press. 2. The protagonist is stylish, spoilt, sharp – and kind of awesome. I adore her. [...]

On… chicklit and humour

I’m trying to write a feature for Novelicious for International Chicklit Month. And I’m having trouble getting started. Why? Because the topic is Humour And Chicklit. What right do I have to write about humour and chicklit? Fuck all, honeynuts. I mean, I try to write humorous books, but everyone thinks they have a sense [...]

On… Sweet Valley Confidential

Are you an Elizabeth or a Jessica? I know a cultural phenomenon when I see one, particularly one that has lay dormant for a decade or two then come back, bigger and brighter than ever. And that phenomenon, my friends, is SWEET VALLEY HIGH.Personally, I’m an Elizabeth, most of the time. I always wanted to [...]

On… my newsletter

I send out a newsletter now and again about what I’ve been up to. Sorry, ‘newsletter’ sounds ridiculous; it’s more like a long, chatty, mildly pointless email. But, you know, it’s fun. And fun goes a long way. If you’d like to get it direct to your inbox, just email me gemma@gemmaburgess.com and put ‘Email [...]

On… thank yous

I have been a very poor blogger of late, my friends, as I am in the very last stretch of the first draft of my next book. But I want to say thank you. Because yesterday I found out that A Girl Like You sold over 10,000 copies in the first six weeks of publication [...]

On… true stories

I keep being asked about this, and yes. Almost every single thing in my books is made up. The characters, the storylines, the events. The emotions and reactions are based on things I’ve felt, obviously – I’ve been cheated on, and fought with people, and worked with cockmonkeys, and fallen in love, and broken up [...]

On… a new newsletter

I send out a newsletter every now and again, just to say hi to people who’ve emailed me in the past year. And this is the one I sent out today. Want to get the next one? Just email gemma@gemmaburgess.com with ‘Email Me’ in the subject line.Why, happy new year, you funky funsters. Hope you [...]

On… John Hughes music

I watched Easy A last night. Apart from being hilarious and smart, it had a kicking soundtrack of 80s songs, and footage from my favourite EVER film, Sixteen Candles. Dang, I love that movie. I love all John Hughes films, but Sixteen Candles is perfection. I mean, duh: I named the hero of The Dating [...]