Just Say It! is the bittersweet story of the first forty years of journalist Lisa Grant’s life.
After growing up with her narcissist mother, Elizabeth, she struggles to commit to a long-term relationship in her adult life.
Turning forty, Lisa finds happiness and decides to harness her journalistic skills to find out more about her mother’s past. There must be a reason why Elizabeth has always been incapable of showing love or displaying even a modicum of affection.
Lisa is shocked by what she finds, but now she knows the truth, will it release her from the feelings of indifference, hurt and betrayal she feels towards her mother? Can she let those feelings mellow enough to allow herself to forgive Elizabeth for her appalling behaviour over the years? If they have, can she complete that absolution, and find it in her heart to love her mother?
Doc Martens v Dior, never the twain shall meet.
I started writing Just Say It! after being made redundant in June 2015. The story had been whirring around in my head for years. I’d made a half-hearted effort to get it onto paper years ago, but life kept getting in the way.
Writing a book is the easy part. Honing the story, and editing the manuscript is excruciatingly hard. Recently, Just Say It!, along with my flagging confidence, has been given a boost.
Melissa Levine of Red Pen Editing has edited the manuscript, and Lawrence French an editor/proofreader from Bristol, offered to read it. Individually, they have both given me some tremendous feedback, for which I am enormously grateful. There is still much work to be done, but armed with their combined input, I am more determined than ever to get my firstborn novel into print. 🤞