Guest Post: The Inspiration for The Story After Us by @fionaperrin @lovebooksgroup


Sometimes the end is just the beginning...

If she tries very hard, Ami can remember when she used to have a dynamic and exciting career and a husband who she loved more than life itself, and who was equally smitten with her...

Now she has two children, a terrifyingly large mortgage, and no idea who she has become - or why she and her husband can't even be in the same room anymore.

With life as she knew it in tatters around her, Ami is heartbroken, and in no way pulling off 'consciously uncoupling' like a celeb. But she's starting to wonder if she just might come out the other side and be... happier?

As funny as Helen Fielding, as poignantly touching as Marian Keyes, Fiona Perrin's dazzling debut is a story that is as much about finding out who you really are again, as it is about the exhausting balancing act of motherhood. Unmissable for women everywhere.


Guest Post: The Inspiration

The Story After Us was inspired by me very unconsciously uncoupling from a husband I loved very much, a long time ago: it’s important to say that it was inspired by that, but it’s definitely not my story. Instead, I took that experience, of two people who loved each other very much but still found that life with careers and kids got in the way and made it into the story of Ami and Lars.

It really asks, is love enough to keep you together when life gets really tough? And then it asks what the story after happy ever after might look like? I’ve been lucky enough to ‘come out the other side’ and find happiness in a new marriage and have a very modern, blended family now of kids, step-parents and so on who all get on with each other mostly. So again, that was an inspiration – that there is life after love.
My inspiration also comes from all the fabulous, funny, clever women I know and the ones I am lucky enough to meet. I just love the conversations women have – the ones we have with our close mates when we can cry and laugh all in the same moments; the random ones we have with women we meet on the bus or in a shop where you know you are both sharing the same life experiences and finding the humour in them.

Our lives now are modern, messy and mostly a bit mad and there is drama and a lot of humour in that. So, my books reflect the spirit of women I know and meet but is also a homage to them. What I want most is that readers recognise just a little bit of their own lives in the pages – not perfect, not necessarily the versions we put on social media but the lovely reality of us.


About Fiona Perrin:

Fiona was a journalist and copywriter before building a career as a sales and marketing director in industry. Having always written, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative Writing course before writing The Story After Us.

As a mother and stepmother to four teenagers while holding down a fairly full-on job, she wanted to write grown-up commercial fiction about messy, modern love and families - with all their heartbreak, humour and hope.

She grew up in Cornwall, hung out for a long time in London and then Hertfordshire, and now she writes as often as possible from her study overlooking the sea at the end of the Lizard Peninsula, back in Cornwall. She’s currently there, writing her second novel for Aria

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