BBC to Best Selling Author

Founder of the BWN / Insiders Mandie Holgate met Chris Penhall when Chris was working on the BBC Essex David Monk show. Wind things forward a few years later and Mandie hosted the BBC Essex’s 30th Birthday party at her house. Current presenter of the morning show Ben Fryer ended up in Mandie’s hot tub when James Whale threw him in! So to say Mandie and Chris have known each other pretty well for years is an understatement.

Over the years Chris’s talents have helped Mandie raise awareness on mental health and small business and now as a radio and podcast presenter and best selling author it’s great that the 2 paths have crossed again.

Like many with exceptional careers before their own businesses Chris raised some good questions about what we can (and can’t) promote on this award winning website. As you’d expect, expert researcher Chris asks all the right questions. So we thought we would answer those and talk about Chris’s latest book.

Chris asked us what could be featured?

We love sharing ideas, strategies, success stories, good news, events and opportunities for business owners, charity leaders, professionals and public sector staff that are setting up a side business to help with the cost of living. So that’s a diverse range of subjects we can publish.

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We just love Chris’s story of dream to reality and achieving her writing goals in true style. We hope it inspires you too!

I’m currently writing my 6th novel and can’t quite believe that after achieving my childhood dream in 2019 when I won the Choc Lit Search for a Star Competition with my first novel, The House That Alice Built, I’d be saying that!

It took me a long while to get here, but I never gave up on my dream! I had my own author event at Clacton Library for The House That Alice Built as part of the Essex Book Festival in 2021, and have interviewed authors for the festival this year and in 2022, and have on-air experience at BBC Essex.

My 5th book was released in July and is available in paperback, e-book and audio to order online from Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, Blackwells, Audible and other outlets. 

It’s called Summer in Your Eyes and hope you fall in love with it like many readers have….

Sometimes life’s greatest adventures are found closest to home .

Travel writer Holly Merriweather knows a fresh start is just what she needs to get her life back on track.

Breaking up with her childhood sweetheart and the collapse of their artisan cheese business definitely didn’t help in that department.

So Holly’s thrilled to score her dream job at an iconic travel book publisher. She’s ready for sunsets in Marrakech, cocktails on the French Riviera and gondola rides through the Venetian canals.

And she’s had enough of men. She’s putting herself and her career first.

But of course her new boss Jack is drop-dead gorgeous. And it turns out the job is less glamorous sightseeing and more . . . crumbling offices and a struggling family business, rocked by the death of their larger-than-life founder.

She struggles to keep things strictly professional with Jack. They begin working together to ensure the company’s legacy and uncover a local mystery. Perhaps this summer she’s heading towards the most exciting chapter of her life . . .

I’m available for author talks if anyone wants to find out about my journey to publication.

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