Robert Bryndza joins me today to take part in my Getting to Know the Character Interview with Coco Pinchard on Blog Tour today
‘Coco Pinchard has to be one of my favorite female characters. If you love the Bridget Jones series, then you need to check this out!’ Kerensa, Amazon Reader
For the first time, all 5 books in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series are available in one! And this box set includes a new introduction by the author.
Book 1: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard
If you enjoyed flipping through Bridget Jones’s diary, you’ll love perusing Coco Pinchard’s emails! Coco confides in her quirky, supportive friends as she deals with her life falling apart. Read the emails that tell the heart warming and often hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel-good Romantic Comedy.
Book 2: Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding
Coco thinks she’s on the road to happily ever after with Adam, until he inexplicably breaks up with her. Will one mistake cost them their whole future? Coco sets out to discover what has really happened, and uncovers a shocking secret Adam has been hiding from her… Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy – the stand-alone sequel to no.1 bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard.
Book 3: Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex
Coco Pinchard has a great life, a bestselling memoir, and a handsome second husband. Things are going exactly as planned — until her adult son runs into disaster, her ex’s mother butts back into her life, and she finds out she’s pregnant! Maybe life is more fun if you throw your plans out the window… The third book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard series (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story) is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time.
Book 4: A Very Coco Christmas
It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco Pinchard is home for Christmas after her first term at University. She’s fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, but Coco’s mother wants her to be with Kenneth, the son of posh friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.
As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel short story to Robert Bryndza’s smash-hit Coco Pinchard series.
Book 5: Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story
A sparkling feel-good comedy, which asks the question – how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy?
It’s December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy – almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz.
From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley’s with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that four-year-old Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.
Can you describe your character?
Coco Pinchard is an everywoman, a person who I hope readers can relate to. She is a successful writer, who has an interesting mix of friends and a useless husband and terrible in-laws. Much of the comedy in the books comes from her relationship with her awful in-laws, in particular her mother-in-law, Ethel.
What is Coco’s job role and where do they work?
Coco was a teacher (and not a very good one!) but she is now a full-time writer. Coco is at home a lot, with all the distractions that come with it
Where did the original idea of her come about?
I was on the train home one night in 2007. I was living in London, and the first iPhone had just come out, and so many people were on the train and completely engrossed in their new phones. I wondered what they were saying, and this was the starting point for The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard.
What makes Coco original?
What makes The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard original, is that the emails are written as one sided. The reader only gets to see what Coco writes and not the response of who she writes to. I’m not sure of any other writer has used this style. Yet.
What makes her tick?
I think what makes the books tick is class difference. Britain is such a class-ridden place. Everything is about class and social status. Great stories are about conflict between characters, and Coco is a middle-class girl who fell in love with a working- class lad, and she finds herself in the middle of the two families who don’t get on. It makes for endless drama and lots of comedy situations. The series begins with the first book in 1985 and the fifth book is currently at 2012. There are more books to come!
What is her biggest fear?
Not being liked.
If you and your character met in real life, do you think you’d get on?
I don’t know. Perhaps we’d just go for coffee and take it from there.
Who would you like to see play Coco if your books were made into a film or TV show?
I don’t know, part of me wants them to stay as books. Too much would have to change to make the leap from book to TV or film. However, if it did happen, I would let someone else do it. Often an author is too close to their book to adapt it to the screen. I would have loved Victoria Wood to play Coco. She was a true idol of mine.
How many books do you have in the series so far?
What’s in store for Coco next?
In book 5, Coco had just given birth and moved to the country. Several years have passed, so the next book will deal with her being the mother of a 7-year-old, adapting to life on a farm. There is also going to be a big revelation from her past which turns her life upside down. I can’t wait to write it, and hopefully, I can start on it next year.
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.
The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.
Robert’s books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.
In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.
You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza
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