Beautiful, fashionable, rich celebrity Darcy McGregor knows all about perfection.

She’s famous for stripping bare, restyling, and rejuvenating women on her UK TV show, Style Surgeon. Millions of fans, from London and Sydney to Cardiff and New York, hang off her iconic #EmbraceDesigner social media posts and there’s no challenge she can’t meet.

That is, until the day she meets brash, imperfect, security guard Kate Bonvilston. Kate doesn’t care about fashionable clothes, quests for perfection, or impressing anyone, especially after having her heart shattered. She only bothers to strut into Darcy’s changing room after her mother volunteered her for a makeover without asking first.

Sizing up this impossible and annoyingly attractive woman, suddenly Darcy is the one in danger of being laid bare and exposed.

A lesbian romance about facing and embracing your own unique design.

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I was lucky enough to get a chance to ask Jody a couple of questions about her book!

Why did you want to write this book, specifically?
I specifically wanted a write a book that would resonate with an uplifting and powerful message that we are all one-off designer creations and beautiful because of it. I wanted to show an imperfect “bitch” of a main character and peel back her layers to find her inner hero. On all levels the book is about how we look isn’t always who we are and who we are can change the way others look at us.

I took characters who would all be social outcasts for different reasons and showed how love dissolves all barriers. #EmbraceDesigner.   

What do you like best about it?
One of my favourite moments was writing the “bodypaint” scenes. (You’ll see when you get there.)

One of my favourite story progressions is Darcy and her daughter Susannah and how Darcy discovers in her lowest moment what gives her the strength to break the cycle ingrained in her from childhood.

One of my favourite characters is Mikey “the Sproutman.” He shares the same disability but he wears it sooo much better. Mikey-oh! 

Can you tell the readers something about In Fashion that they might not know just from reading the book?
Look out for: The billboard outside Mikey’s school. Who stars on it each time says a lot about the underlying subplots.

Readers won’t know: That the book is specifically designed to create a cinematic feel to enhance the “visual” affect of Darcy’s celebrity world, from the way Darcy is lit during scenes to the bodypaint scenes.

In ten words or less, tell us why we should buy this book?
An uplifting, inspiring, hopeful, laugh out loud, loving, romantic adventure.

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Jody Klaire

Jody Klaire

Jody Klaire lives in South Wales with Fergus, her golden retriever. She is an award-winning, best-selling author of eleven books and has many more short stories in anthologies. When Jody isn’t writing, mentoring, teaching creative writing, or talking about writing, she is partial to a spot of cake.

In Fashion is her first book with Ylva.

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