I admit: when I finished Lucy Holliday’s A Night in with Audrey Hepburn, I almost went berserk, at the time unaware that this was the first in a three-book series. I calmed down (some) when Lucy’s publicist informed me I would soon have the sequel in my impatient hands … but that still meant I had to wait, like, a whole month. When you love a series, a month HURTS, okay? And I do love the Libby Lomax Series.
Libby is a failed actress who likes submerging herself in the pretend world of classic films, especially those featuring the beautiful, charming Ms. Audrey Hepburn. After a serious fudge up at work, Libby is prepared to sob her sorrows into her new, ugly, vintage couch until Audrey (yes, THAT Audrey) shows up and starts giving her advice about fashion, love, and what life is all about.
A Night in with Audrey Hepburn is hilarious and cheeky. Libby is the perfect mix of hysterical, level-headed, and lovable, as is Audrey, of course. However, as Libby’s life spins out of control, can even the famed Ms. Hepburn show her the way back to sane? Then again, how sane is it to spend time with a dead Hollywood icon? Well.
As I prepare to delve into book two (A Night in with Marilyn Monroe), meet author Lucy Holliday, a gift to the literary world and my world, as well.
What’s so magical about Audrey Hepburn anyway?
What’s NOT magical about Audrey Hepburn? Seriously, when I was first thinking about this slightly nuts idea about a magical sofa and Hollywood icons, Audrey Hepburn was the first, and most obvious, inhabitant of the sofa that sprang to mind. I don’t know if it’s her real life, which she herself always seemed to regard as magical (surviving the Nazis and then becoming a world-famous movie star) or the magic she displays on screen… A bit of both, perhaps? The more I read and wrote about her, the more “magical” she became, somehow. And even though I’ve always found her beauty to be quite magical, it’s actually more than that. She kind of exuded something more than “mere” beauty. Star quality? Kindness? Humanity? Magic…?
Do you have any personal experience as an actress?
I do indeed have a very little personal experience as an actress. I was a fully-committed stars-in-my-eyes thespian while I was at school (and I have a horrible feeling my daughter is headed the same way…) and then I had big ambitions to become a West End star of musicals. Only problem, I was nowhere NEAR good enough. Fortunately I realised this myself before having to make anybody else break the news to me. Oh, and I am in fact an extra, a bit like Libby Lomax, in one episode of a very well-known British sitcom called One Foot In The Grave. It was about 20 years ago and the main thing I remember is how exciting the on-location catering bus was. Perhaps that’s where Olly came from…
You are SO GOOD at humor. What are some tips for writing funny?
Tips for writing funny… er… that’s very, very difficult to say! Don’t try too hard to be funny. And yet, conversely, work really hard at actually crafting the jokes when you’ve got a sniff of them. But… yeah. Don’t try too hard. When I try too hard, it all goes horribly (and I mean HORRIBLY) wrong.
Libby hooks up with a serious celebrity hunk. Who’s your celebrity crush, and why?
Who ISN’T my celebrity crush? (insert blush emoji here…) I’m always partial to a bit of Daniel Craig, because… well, I’m alive. I have a sort of secret (not so secret now) and guilty crush on Christian Bale, because clearly I must have a Thing for intense men who look good in Batman costumes. Oddly, given these other two, I have a very soft spot for Eddie Redmayne, whom I once bumped into in Selfridges (and he apologised to ME) so in his case, I think the perfect manners and charm must do it. Hm, this all sounds too Brit-centric… I kind of love Matt Damon, too. I can imagine he and I would get on very well together. In fact, I once bumped into HIM (star encounters aren’t usually my thing, by the way) on the back staircase of a hotel in Cambridge, England. I was sleep-deprived and looked like a wild woman having just had a non-sleeping baby three months earlier. He was lovely, and smiled gorgeously at me, and said he was lost… obviously, if I HADN’T looked like a wild woman, this encounter would have ended quite differently. I mean, I feel sure of it. Right?
This is the first in a three book series. The second one will feature Marilyn Monroe. How are you choosing your Hollywood icons? Can we get a teaser about book three’s featured guest?
The first two icons were chosen very easily indeed… like I say, Audrey just “came” to me, and Marilyn was a pretty close second. They’re just the two really obvious ones, when you’re thinking about true Hollywood icons, and fascinating women that other women can really relate to. As for the third… a BIG teaser… also a 50s star, another VERY iconic look, a muse of Alfred Hitchcock, and the inspiration for a famous Hermes bag… amongst other things!
Do you have a favorite picture of Audrey? If so, which is it?
I had this image in my head a lot as I was writing. I think it shows the “real” Audrey, goofy and adorable, and how many of us could still look THIS beautiful when pulling THAT face…?