We met through our husbands who trained in the City together. We first got to know each other properly on a drunken holiday in Tobago, which involved a shocking hair braiding incident (the photographs have been burned), Bushwacker cocktails and a bizarre relay race involving throwing plastic chairs off a balcony and swimming a length of the pool fully clothed. We still holiday together, but in a slightly more sedate fashion and with our children in tow.
The idea came from a chance discussion about ideas for books that we both had. Penny mentioned the idea of writing a book about a woman working in the City, when Jo revealed she had always wanted to write a book about a lawyer working on a deal who met her partner over a boardroom table. The idea grew from there. We knew that four women had been used successfully in other media, such as Sex and the City and Mistresses. We also loved the idea of writing about a cosmetic surgery business and felt that it tapped into the current zeitgeist.
We developed the characters together, ensuring they were all different but believable personalities. Then we worked on the central plot, which would form a backdrop for all of the books. When we had that, we separately worked up short synopses of each of the books. Once we had put pen to paper, we met regularly to cross edit and ensure consistency. Two heads were always better than one. We had great fun dreaming up improbable characters and story lines, which we subsequently toned down to protect the not-so-innocent and our own reputations.
No. Each of the women has their own story. The fact they are all working on the same project is a common thread, but their own perspective and experience of the deal is totally different. Each plot is driven by their personal stories, relationship and friends. The women's personalities and backgrounds are very different - so are the men in their lives.
Women of all ages who enjoy smart, contemporary, fast paced fiction and who are keen to gain an insight into the world of cosmetic surgery. The books would make a great holiday read and will also be enjoyed by women working or interested in the four professions featured in the books.