I’m delighted to be welcoming successful self published author Anoushka Beazley today. Anoushka is chatting to us today about her inspiration for debut The Good Enough Mother, her thoughts on movie adaptations plus much more.
Anoushka Beazley is the author of satirical black comedy novel The Good Enough Mother, currently sold in Waterstones, Daunt Books, Foyles and many other London independents. Voted top ten in Red Magazine 2016 gift books guide, first self-published book ever selected as September choice for Poppyloves book club. Reading and Q&A’s at Chiswick Book Festival and Archway Literary Festival and chosen by the BBC, BFI and Creative Skillset to turn into a screenplay.
Anoushka worked for six years as an actress on stage and TV, and before that worked as a presenter and researcher in television. She has a BA in Film , a Post Graduate Diploma in Acting, and an MA in Creative writing.
Connect with Anoushka Beazley
Instagram – anoushkabeazley
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
What was the idea/inspiration for The Good Enough Mother?
The inspiration for my novel came from desperation. I was going through a really difficult period in my life. My father had passed away very suddenly and I was feeling abandoned, scared and desperately out of control. A friend recommend I try and put some of my feelings down on paper. Six months later I had a novel.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most?
The scene I enjoyed writing the most was the one in which two of my character’s kiss. I don’t want to name names and spoil the story for those who haven’t read it yet but I enjoyed writing it so much because I felt like she deserved to have that moment and I was excited for her.
Who would you cast in the role of your characters if The Good Enough Mother were optioned for a movie Anoushka?
When my book is optioned for a movie I would cast Nadia Sawalha for the role of Drea, Olivia Cooke for the role of Ava, Nadim Sawalha for the role of Papa, Benicio Del Toro for the role of Rodman, Emily Watson for the role of Ann, Kate Beckinsale for the role of Henrietta, Rachel Weisz for the role of Regina, Melissa McCarthy for the role of Frampton, Emma Thompson for the role of Maude, Miranda Richardson for the role of Felicity
Do you have a most creative time of day?
My most creative hours are in the morning simply because that’s when my three children are in school. As the day goes on my creativity turns from crashing waves to a slim tributary so once I close my laptop I make sure I write down anything I think of in a notebook for later.
Do you have a favourite book?
There are many authors I love, or specific books I love by certain authors as in the case of Donna Tartt for her seminal novel ‘The Secret History’, one of my all-time favourite books. It is impossible to be anything other than obsessed with her characters. The world of her novel is rich and detailed and her characterisation exquisite so that it guarantees the reader’s emotional investment. I binge read Anita Shreve for a time because I couldn’t get enough of her poetic and lyrical prose and her acutely-drawn character studies. And I haven’t mentioned story yet so I will now in the same breath as Gregory Maguire. Despite his writing taking on existing stories his imagination and story structure is addictive.
What are your thoughts on movie adaptations Anoushka?
Movie adaptations from novels are interesting and I love going to see a movie based on a novel I loved. When a novel is loved it’s only natural that an expression of this love the alchemy from words into pictures but time is not on the director’s side. An hour and a half is not long enough for the time it takes to translate the story of a novel and as everybody will invariably love different parts of the story, depending on what is included and excluded, disappointment is inevitable. I have started talking to producers about adapting The Good Enough Mother so am about to find out first-hand how the process works and, I suspect, learn a whole lot.
Finally, what has been the best part of your writing journey so far?
The best part of my writing journey is being self-published. It’s only because I self-published that The Good Enough Mother was able to be read and to reach people. It was so empowering, a sense which can often be lost in artistic endeavours where the artist/writer is so reliant on others to respond to their work. I would definitely recommend it!
Thank you for being my guest today.
Wishing you success with all your creative projects.
Gatlin – a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However all is not as it seems. Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan…unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin. Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA?
A satirical and hilarious black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition.