In 2017 after setbacks and sidesteps from the mainstream publishing world, I set up a Kickstarter to raise funds for me to self publish my book Life, Lemons and Melons. I decided I wanted to write a book about what it’s like to get breast cancer when you’re 26, and you’ve just started getting help for the long lasting problems your brain has given you over the course of your adult life. I am, of course, talking about my old pal depression.
Despite having secured myself a brilliant agent who truly believed in my and my book, and despite meeting and speaking to tonnes of publishers who were passionate about my manuscript, the decision to publish eventually came down to social media following. Mine was not big enough.
So I took things into my own hands. Since a successful Kickstarter campaign left me with £5000 to play with, I’ve been knee deep in the writing trenches, driven on by nought but my own perseverance and the 176 investors who chose to believe in me with their hard earned dollar. The book is coming along and will be out before the end of 2018. Probably.
Though the Kickstarter campaign has finished, there’ll still be a chance for you to get your hands on a copy of Life, Lemons and Melons, including illustrations by the exceptionally talented Georgia Wilmot. Please email me on alicemaypurkiss [@] gmail . com if you’d like to reserve a copy when they’re printed. Any money raised by book sales will be reinvested into printing more copies.
Life, Lemons and Melons is the story of figuring out life when it hands you a whole heap of lemons and you don’t have the energy to make lemonade or even reach for the gin. It’s a funny story about things that aren’t that funny and a coming of age story that came a few years later (or earlier) than expected. It’s about mortality, health, the pressures of the modern world, trying to be positive when your heart feels like it’s being repeatedly trodden on by an elephant and finding humour in getting diagnosed with breast cancer aged 26 when you carry a black dog around with you every day.
It’s essentially about the life of every twenty something – but with some added mental anguish and the mild inconvenience which is cancer thrown into the mix. A recipe for disaster? Maybe. A good story? Hopefully.