AN award-winning Uttoxeter author is going all out for the launch of her seventh book as she prepares to undertake four life-affirming challenges.
Carol E Wyer will release her humorous novel, Three Little Birds, on August 15, and has revealed that to celebrate the big day she will complete things that the characters put themselves through when they put together their ‘carpe diem’ lists.
Although she has not yet confirmed what the challenges will be, she will also take on a bonus challenge that she said would test her own mettle to the limit.
The 53-year-old said: “I will definitely be undertaking four of the challenges from the book. I have already done two of the remaining challenges, as well as learning to fly a helicopter, driven a quad bike up a mountainside, swam with dolphins and taken kickboxing classes.
“Like the characters in the book I have made a conscious decision to ‘seize the day’, even though I shall be terrified at the time of doing the challenges. Sometimes it does you good to come out of your comfort zone and you never know where it might lead you.”
The novel focuses on Charlie Blundell, who has been in limbo since the death of her daughter and subsequent divorce. Charlie spends her days working at a small café and presenting shows for local hospital radio. Her best friend, the irrepressible Mercedes Thomson, has problems of her own having been left paralysed following a horseriding accident.
After one too many glasses of wine on New Year’s Eve the friends decide to write a ‘carpe diem’ list.
Mercedes, knowing she won’t be able to complete her challenges and trusting they will do Charlie good, swaps the lists, extracting a promise that both will complete all the tasks on the list.
What follows is a tale of friendship, coming to terms with life’s difficulties and surprises.
Ms Wyer, a former teacher, chose to have Charlie working on hospital radio based on her own experiences.
She said: “When I was younger I spent 11 weeks on traction, flat on my back, bored rigid, and several more weeks later undergoing spinal surgery and recovery. Hospital radio kept me sane.
“I felt I owed it to all those presenters who do such a good job lifting patients’ spirits to bring hospital radio stations to people’s attention.”
Challenges which Ms Wyer could pick from the book include a Bush Tucker Trial, belly dancing, a ride on Oblivion at Alton Towers while playing Rollercoaster by The Red Hot Chili Peppers on a kazoo, or risk life and limb diving with sharks.
A linguistics expert, Ms Wyer has written a series of educational and amusing books for children.
In 2010 she decided to turn her attention to adult books after her son flew the nest.
Her best-selling novels have won several awards for humour and much attention from the media.
Since then she has appeared on more than 30 BBC radio stations, several international radio stations, NBC television and BBC Breakfast television discussing age-related subjects such as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’.
Her writing style has been described frequently by the media as ‘witty’ and ‘humorous’ and has even been compared to the style of Jeremy Clarkson and the humour of Robin Williams.
Ms Wyer has also written articles for and featured in several national women’s magazines including Take A Break, Choice, Woman’s Weekly and Woman's Own and has also wrote about her journey towards becoming a best-selling author.
Currently writing a series of novels and articles aimed at the ‘older’ individual, she is also engaged in writing byline articles and posts for American magazines and websites including the Huffington Post.
Three Little Birds is published by Safkhet Publishing and will be available in both paperback and eBook format from bookshops and online stores.