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GUEST POST: The story behind The Goddess Society by Kelly McKain

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goddesscoverI’m so excited that my YA comedy-drama The Goddess Society is out now as an e-book, and even more excited that I designed the new cover myself. I hope you like it!

The book is about three best friends – Jen, Shelley and Lia – who form a society to lose their virginity. Yes, you heard that right. You wouldn’t think they’d have much trouble with this goal – surely there must be lots of boys willing to help out?! But the thing is – the Goddess Society girls don’t just want any old first time. They each want a perfect first time, something really special that they can look back on when they’re old and wrinkly. And they each have the perfect person in mind to lose it with.

Or so they think…

Parents, kid brothers and drag queens all get in the way of their plans… not to mention the boys themselves.

I really hope you enjoy the book if you get chance to have a read. You will laugh, definitely. You might cry, a bit. You might also have a blush or two and have to turn the page/screen away from the person next to you on the beach/train/sofa – because there are some sexy bits, of course. I’m not one of those authors to cut away to curtains billowing at the window while the action is happening! I wanted everything to be in the book – the friendship, the fall-outs, the fun, the cringes, the sad bits, the scary bits, and most definitely the bits where they finally get down to their perfect first times (or not, in some cases!).

The story behind The Goddess SocietyI was only 24 when I wrote this book, which probably seems massively ancient to you guys, but to me I felt like I was only just starting to get a handle on being a grown-up, and to grow into myself and find out who I was. I wrote the book to capture the spirit of being in my late teens, and all the thrill and fun and shock and horror of that time (here’s me at 17).

I was into writing (of course!), reading, dancing, playing the piano and giggling. A LOT of giggling. Most of this giggling was done with my two best friends, Helen and Laura, who I’m lucky enough to still have today, (GASP!) twenty years later. We talked about boys and boyfriends, our hopes and dreams and fears, our ambitions and worries, Blackadder and The Shining (which we watched from behind cushions!), and we were weirdly obsessive about Lipton instant lemon tea. We played guitar, sang and danced, went pubbing and clubbing, drove to the beach with our boyfs to jump off the old bomb shelter (for some reason!), and laid in the park reading magazines. Most importantly of all, we inspired each other with the strength and confidence to be who we were, and encouraged each other to think big and to keep reaching for our dreams.

The Goddess Society is about boys and love and sex, of course. But most of all it is a celebration of girls’ friendship – through the ups and downs, the joys and struggles, the random and weird stuff that life throws at us all. I’m not going to tell you which bits in the book, if any, are based on real events – you’ll just have to guess 😉

So, give your friends an extra-big hug today! And enjoy the book!

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Author: K

YA writer. Voracious reader. Feminist. Home educator. Addicted to tea and Twitter.

One thought on “GUEST POST: The story behind The Goddess Society by Kelly McKain

  1. Interesting back story. Great guest post.