Writing Magazine

Bringing SEXY back

What did you write in lockdown? A first draft, some poems? Melanie Blake blasted out a bonkbuster. Reworking the classic 1980s formula of sex, sleaze, trash, glamour and high society for the 2020s, Ruthless Women is the addictive page-turner you will shamelessly devour in one sitting, revelling in the vicarious thrill of highprofile catfights set in a the world of a soap opera where anything goes in the competition for global ratings.

It’s a world of drama, divas and volcanic hissy fits that celebrity agent Melanie knows well. Her first novel, the bestselling The Thunder Girls, drew on her experience as a pop manager. As a celebrity agent, Melanie’s clients include some of soap’s biggest names. But the success of The Thunder Girls and the stage show of the same name, and a frantic working schedule, meant that she wasn’t thinking of writing another book.

The Thunder Girls was so successful, with the stage show,’ says Melanie. She’s as high-octane as the character’s she’s created – it’s her face on the front cover – but incredibly down to earth and friendly as she talks up a storm about the book. ‘I thought I wouldn’t have time to write another book. Then Covid came. Everything got cancelled. I’ve been working since I was twelve, I’ve never had a holiday, never had a day off.

Even on the day of.’

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