So I did something very cool last year that I kept super secret…I wrote a book! An actual book, that’s been published by Pop Press TODAY and you can buy on Amazon right now. Mad, I know. I still can’t help but do a double take when I see my name and my bio on Amazon. COOL.
How to Tie a Headscarf: 30 Simple, Modern Styles was a project commissioned to me by one of the wonderful editors at Penguin Random House, who’d seen my writing online and got in touch over email. We met for lunch at Granger & Co on one scorcher of a day last summer and before I knew it, I was putting a full book proposal together for a brief they had in mind. They knew they wanted the book publishing this spring, so it all happened pretty quickly: I was researching and writing in August/September, frantically swapping in and out new styles and pages when we were on the Amalfi Coast in October, and it was all wrapped up by the end of November.
Now there’s not a tonne of the copy in the book, I’m by no means suggesting I wrote a novel here, but what was amazing was to be involved in the whole process and to see exactly how a creative and visual-led book like this gets put together. I worked closely with my editor from start to finish, and was responsible for everything from researching and choosing the styles to include, to penning the copy, finding the perfect stylist (wonderful Ruby Leonard, who styled my Asos Magazine shoot a few years back), calling in the different scarves, proofing the final edit, finalising the book title, and even helping choose the cover. I can’t say I’d truly ever envisaged me, little old me, authoring a book before this, but it definitely whet my appetite and I would absolutely LOVE to go through the process again...
What I’d say this process really hammered home for me though, is that you NEVER know what paths will lead to which doors. I studied Fashion Design at university but swiftly left the design days behind me to pursue a career in writing, with journalism internships in New York. From there, to the likes of Refinery29, being made redundant from fashion start up website, falling into PR, writing a blog, picking up freelance writing jobs on the side…to getting the attention of a publisher and writing a book! Life's a journey and I’m a big believer in taking ALL of the opportunities.