Having held the Guinness world record as the youngest person to host a television show, written a feature film starring Colin Firth and helping produce the award-winning Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Jobbins has enjoyed a fruitful career in entertainment. But she said writing the novel was an important coming-of-age moment.
“What I always wanted to do is write books and publish them. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said.
“I wrote it the first time on the road as a diary, then as a love letter to my husband, then we got married, he got a job and now it is a book. It was published in September with the view to lasting in stores till Christmas. It is a reliable holiday read, light but filling, not too fluffy or not too angst-y and it’s mostly funny, hopefully.”
Jobbins said her personal tour of regional bookshops, which has seen her travel mostly by car from NSW to WA, had been a remarkable experience.
“I’m shameless about accosting readers in the bookshop. I go up and say ‘I wrote that, it has got a happy ending, you might like it for Christmas’ and that usually prompts a nice conversation,” she said.
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