thisgirldoes: To the newly-crowned Fun Fearless Female of The Year, I do believe your first job as reigning queen should be to inform us all of your make up and hair secrets from the evening because, dammit, you looked fierce! The nude lip, the 60's-style eye, the perfect length long bob...I loved it all. Please tell, I beg of you. Love, A Zoe-Foster-Wannabe P.S. Congratulations ;)
Thank you for your congratulations and your kind message!
Thank you, all of you. Thank you for the lovely messages on Twitter and also very much for voting. As anyone who saw my teary, babbling acceptance speech (I was very pleased with myself for winning Fun Fearless Author and had settled luxuriously into a few glasses of delicious white wine, not thinking for three burps I would be required to speak again) will testify, I was utterly shocked and completely floored to have won.
And well I should be: The Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Woman of the Year Award is a TREMENDOUS accolade, and the women I was up against - like Samantha Wills, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Sam Stosur, Fifi Box, Annabelle Chauncy, and Rachael Taylor, are each fantastically talented, impressive, successful, strong dames. I was thrilled just to be nominated.
I am wildly flattered and intensely honoured to be considered a fun and fearless woman, I can’t think of a more delightful or desirable title. Having fun and seeking out the joy in life is a key driver for me (as well as the foundation of my work) and trusting my gut, and going with my intuition, (my understanding/interpretation of fearlessness) is behind every single decision I make. (This is a new-ish thing, took years to understand how important it is to listen to it.)
Women are very, very wonderful, and the more we can support each other, and enthuse a foundation of fun and fearlessness within all that we do, professionally and personally and with nail polish choice, the more we all stand to gain, and enjoy. There’s enough pie for all of us, you need never worry that helping someone else achieve their success will diminish your chance or level of success.
But enough pie talk. I’m always talking about pie. Stop asking me about pie all the time.
On to makeup and hair!
I had my makeup done at the glamorous Napoleon Perdis Life.Style store in Woollahra by Shanny, and she was (swearword) fantastic. I asked for a black lashline smoky eye (so, not over the whole eye - too heavy for my eyes) and a tonne of single false lashes. Some glowing skin and nude lips completed, as you rightly point out, my homage to sixties dolls.
Blowdry was by Joe at Original A salon - the new Oxford St salon by the crew behind O&M products and colour, and the owners of Paddington institution Atlantis. I asked for it to be styled and blow-dried down over my face. I always do. I like little hair curtains where possible. There was bit more curl and height originally, but the strong wind shat all over that sadly.
Also I had a spray tan at the Benefit boutique and of course, a session of Omnilux to get my skin glowing.
You were lovingly created by the masterful, delightful Allison Colpoys, who does all of my covers and who is criminally talented, and you THRILL me to my cold, hard, robotic core.
It’s a very tough call between you and Amazing Face, but the fact you are hiding within you my favourite book of all I’ve written, and certainly the one that presents me with the most breathtakingly honest and incredible feedback from young women, puts you in the lead for favourite cover, too.
Oh! But why choose! They are ALL so splendid. I am one luckily, lucky little author. (“We” to be fair - Hamish wrote such brilliant man advice throughout the book.)
I hope your fancy new jacket earns you lots of admiring glances and attention, and that a whole new audience of dames find you and read you and love you and get some new ideas about gents and their behaviour and thought cycles thereof.
Dear People Who Like To Win Really Excellent Books,
Did you EVEN KNOW that if you tweet a photo of yourself and your copy of The Younger Man with #theyoungerman as your hashtag on Tuesday April 10 or Wednesday April 11 you have the chance to win:
A copy of Amazing Face…
"One of my greatest inspirations." - Francois Nars
A copy of Air Kisses…
"If only I could write a book as readable as this." - Suzanne Collins.
A copy of Playing The Field…
One of the greatest books of the 21st century.” - Stephen King.
And, a signed copy of The Younger Man to give to someone you really quite like, because obviously you already own a copy.
That’s four delicious books just for having bought one, and taken a quick selfie of you with it. Which is a pretty fun prize. So thanks, Penguin!
The most creative and exciting and adorable and thrilling and (insert adjective) photos will probably win. And since there are only four prize packs, it might be a good time to dust off the jazzercise leotard/inflatable palm tree/miniature horse, in order to stand out. That said, props are definitely not compulsory. (Copy of The Younger Man and your body aside.)
Well. I can’t wait to see you next Thursday, April 12!
And all of the cute fruits who will come along, also.
I know you’re being held at Dymocks, 424 George St, Sydney, and have a 6 for 6:30 pm start, but I wondered if we wouldn’t like to involve a cruise ship somehow also? Just a thought.
I have told all the rascals coming along they must call 02 9235 0155 to book their (free) seat, and listen in comfort as I sign copies of and waffle on about The Younger Man, and chat about books, and relationship stuff, and answer a pile of questions.
However, I am yet to tell them there is a squab and anchovy pie eating contest that will commence immediately after the event, and that it is compulsory they partake. They won’t mind. They will probably be hungry and very grateful, in fact.
Dear People Who Like To Have Books Signed and Have a Chat and A Few Drinks,
Do I have a deal for you?!?!
For the low low price of zero dollars, you can come along to Dymocks in Melbourne city next Thursday evening and listen to me warble on excitedly about my new novel The Younger Man, and discuss relationship and dating, and do some exhilarating Q&A, and then buy the book and have it lovingly scribbled on, and have some delicious pink champagne and tasty snacks and just have a swell night in general.
And! Such a major coup for you, straight out of the gate! I can’t believe you got the chance to be on Booking Good with Mateus Malgorinsonson. He’s terrifically well-respected, you know… and not too hard on the eyes, either!
Oh MAN (younger, I suspect) I can’t wait to get you in stores and on shelves and in hands and in front of eyes. Can you believe you’re out next Wednesday?
Well you are, dingus, so pay attention.
Now, to celebrate this, I want to do something loving and literary for my readers. I want to write them their own personal chick-lit piece.
Twit Chick Lit!
How it will work is this:
On Monday morning, I will tweet something really cool and admirable and totally not self-promoting about The Younger Man. Like: The only book anyone should read this year is The Younger Man by Zoe Foster.
Excitable followers will then RT this self-deprecating and subtle tweet, and when I see them do that, I will select some and write them their own, unique chick lit.
@katie99 met Tom in the park. His fiancee had left him; her marriage had fallen apart. They fell in love doing laundry and bought a cat.
@lizgloss fell for a gent with no scruples. He was exciting and they got tats. They didn’t last but the sex was outstanding.
@lilshopper cheated with a man named Troy. They travelled they world. She felt guilty and returned to her ex. He forgave her; they pashed.
IMAGINE! Their name carefully injected into a thrilling romantic narrative that is brimming with lust and drama and then suspesefully concluded, and all in under 140 characters.
As if that wasn’t enough to lift your luggage, each day I will randomly select one of the gorgeous RT-ers selected for a Twit Chick-Lit and send them a signed copy of what else but… Twilight!
No, no, sorry - it’s The Younger Man. The book they’ll win is definitely The Younger Man.
I think you’ll agree this is the best fun a girl can have on Twitter where new chick lit novels are concerned, and I sincerely hope many fun squids will play along.